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Papanui Court Motel
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Papanui Court Motel
Ranked #96 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
Christchurch, New Zealand
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14 reviews
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“Tidy and spacious ...but”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

Spacious units, well presented and clean, but the experience was spoilt by the management. Felt as though we were given the 10 th degree, and reading other reviews it appears that we are not alone with that experience. Made for an unwelcome feeling, and there's plenty of other options out there.......

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

Originally, I was looking for a basic motel that would be an easy drive to the airport. Papanui Court Motel does the trick and more. The first thing that impressed me was how substantial the furniture and fixtures felt, giving a sense of quality to the place. Although it has a simple decor, the place was spotlessly clean. The bath and kitchen appear updated with a more modern touch. There was plenty of room to spread out and the desk was nice to be able to do some work on my laptop. Initially, I was worried about the street noise since it directly faces the Main North Road (see photos). With good windows and with traffic subsiding in the evening, it was not too bad, although I could still hear the occasional truck or bus go by. The owner/manager was wonderful, friendly and helpful in all regards. When the free Wi-Fi failed to work, she gave me her personal USB telecom stick to connect to the internet. Wow! What service! One last thing to note, the hotel is not really close to much, so you will likely need to have your own transport to drive to restaurants or the CBD. It is about a 15 minute drive from here to the airport. Overall, a good comfortable choice, that is slightly less than other places nearby.

Pros: good service; clean, comfortable place to stay

Cons: street noise persists

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2013

I feel a bit bad giving it 3/5 seeing as most are 5 and 4, and there was nothing really wrong with the place.

The proprietors are nice, things look fairly new, and everything worked as it should.

However there was no real X-factor, and little drawbacks such as the balcony being uncovered and quite narrow (really it's just a walkway but there are a couple of plastic chairs outside), no 2 or 3 seater sofa, and for both people to watch the TV straight we needed to move one of the sofachairs to the other side of the room which then partially blocks the door. I don't know if it was just our room with that layout or whether others are similar.

We would likely stay again if we needed to stay in the same area in future.

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bangkok
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2013

We stayed in Christchurch one night when arriving NZ and one night before leaving NZ. We are the first timer for NZ. We rent motorhome to travel to Dunedin/Queenstown/Mt.Cook, but we stayed in hotel/holiday parks as it's too cold for me and my wife to stay overnight in motorhome.
We stayed at Papanui Court the night before we left. We initially reserve 1-bedroom unit upstair, but the owner is very kind to switch us to 2 bedroom unit downstair with no extra charge (we would like to pack up for the flight and don't want to drag all our bags upstair).
The room is very spacious (even if you take the second room out of picture. Amenities are very good: microwave, small kitchen, dining table, sofa, flat screen tv, bathtub, drying towel hanger in restroom!!!!!
We park our motorhome on-site, but even if parking is full you could also park off street within 25 meters.
After staying here, I just thought I shouldn't have stayed in holiday park in the same street, which is even more expensive but much less comfortable (kiwi cabin in top 10).
Location wise, you got Northland mall with 2 supermarket chains, within 200-300 meters away.
Will definitely come back here.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

We stayed for one night. The room was great value. Very clean and plenty of room. We were on the main road side of the complex and was a bit noise but not that bad over all. The host very welcoming on arrival. Although we arrived earlier that stated the only thing that disappointed us about the room was the heaters had not been turned on and the room was cold. It did not take long though to heat the room. Great motel on the outskirts of Christchurch handy to most things.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

Stayed one night and much to my surprise a really pleasant comfortable place with plenty of spacious room. The hosts are very welcoming and attentive to guests needs. As for value for money it would be hard to beat.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 21 December 2012

Lovely, caring manager. Motel unit provides the basics and more. Nice light, airy room with a spa and cooking facilities....and lots cheaper than the competition down the road. Serviced rooms... laundry.... we would come back without hesitation.

Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Papanui Court Motel
Address: 140 Main North Road, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
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Ranked #96 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Papanui Court Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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