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Bealey's Hotel
Ranked #130 of 146 Hotels in Christchurch
Reviewed 25 October 2011

Room was filthy, found crumbs in one of the beds, heaps of vehicles driving around early in the morning making alot of noise. Rooms aren't sound proof AT ALL. Bugs crawling all over benches around kitchen area and climbing up the walls. Doesn't look anything like the pictures and certainley didn't reach my expectations!

Room Tip: Do not stay here, very disappointing!
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

I don't want to say bad things about places in Christchurch given what they've been through recently but I really have to make an exception for this place. I wouldn't mind the dated decor, including the sludge brown colour of the walls, if they at least made some kind of effort with the cleaning. I'm not one to go looking for dirt but you couldn't avoid seeing the thick layer of dust around the edge of the room and the disgusting state of the corners. The drain of our shower was clogged up with hair and soap scum - it really made me retch. Nothing would induce me to stay here again - when we passed back through Christchurch we stayed at the Bella Vista motel just up the road which was many many times better.

The service was also generally rude and unhelpful and there were many other annoyances such as the fact that there is no sound-proofing whatsoever so we could hear the entire drunken conversation of the people next door when they got back at 3am, the plumbing would randomly gurgle and the toilet randomly flush itself, half the buttons on the tv remote didn't work and the "cleaners" always turned off all the heating so that we would get back in the evening to a freezing room. I couldn't wait to get out of there.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jane C
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Reviewed 5 September 2011

This was a pretty standard motel/hotel setup, seemed fairly 'out in the burbs' but then you could not stay anywhere closer to the CBD as it was still closed post-earthquake. The real plus of this place is its restaurant- I'd book into the motel just to have somewhere to crash after a great dinner, breakfast, or lunch! We were there prior to a contiki as I am sure many other reviewers have noted, but it was a mix of families and youths too.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2010

Stayed there for 4 nights mid July with some family. The rooms were pretty average but definately dated. The bathroom was very average, cold, small and really dated. The Tv had no remote and there wasn't even a rubbish bin in the room.

No electric blankets on the four single beds which meant we had to keep the fan heater on all night just to stay warm and if you are familiar with Christchurch you know it can get real cold at night. The beds however were nice and comfortable because they were pretty soft.

The receptionist seemed pretty freindly and they helped with questions that I had so I was happy with that although the 24hr reception is a bit of a have as we needed to book some travel tickets at 11.00pm at night (internet access in reception forum) and they told us we couldn't use it and we would have to come back at 6.00am in the morning, this hastened a quick trip into town to look for a internet cafe.

The location is good, you are only a minute or two away from central city by car and a leasurely 10 minute walk.

There is an onsite reasturant that we didn't get to utilize although it did look quite good (or at least the menu did).

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 December 2009

This hotel stood out for us in our New Zealand tour as the only place in 3 weeks where we met rude and unhelpful receptionists. When we booked in she chatted on the phone, barely spoke to us as she gave us keys etc and when we asked for two keys said that there wasn't two for that room as they don't always get them back and there was nothing she could do. Great staying in a room where you are not sure if someone else has a key to it! When we tried to book a taxi to the train station the next day, we asked for advise on how long it would take to get there so we could estimate a pick up time - this receptionist thought is was funny that she didn't know where the station was, then said we had better allow 1/2 hour and when she booked the taxi didn't even ask them to confirm how long it would take. We were at the station very early as it only takes 10 minutes!!! The room was basic but clean. Parking is terrible there especially at busy times which it was. Glad we only had to park one night as we returned the hire car the next day. I would stay there again as its close enough to the city centre to walk in, in about 20 mins but it would be despite the staff.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank beautyman
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Reviewed 21 August 2009

Bealey's Hotel was booked as accommodation as part of our New Zealand tour and we stayed there a total of three nights (2 nights before and one night during). Unfortunately it was also the least pleasant hotels we stayed at.

The hallways smelled funny and were unheated and rooms didn't have built in heaters either. We were given two tiny space heaters to use although one of ours was broken. Since it was middle of winter this made for some cold nights. The window in our bathroom didn't close all the way so we made do by keeping the bathroom door closed and putting towels at the base of the door to block the cold air.

The rooms themselves resemble college dorm rooms and are generally in poor repair with damaged furniture, peeling linoleum and musty bedding. We also ran into issues with the room keys not working in the lock. Staff were generally pleasant, but the property itself is not in good shape. The hotel is located a good 15 - 20 minute walk from Cathedral Square, although we were able to catch the free Christchurch shuttle bus from half way.

Would not recommend this for a stay in Christchurch. We spoke to other people on our tour who booked their own hotel before the tour and were able to find better hotel in a better location for only a slightly higher cost.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank BCExplorer
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Reviewed 20 September 2007

This is a great find at a good price.Its been around a while but has been recently upgraded.Nice garden setting and plenty of parking.
About a 10 minute walk to city.
Fabulous food and ales in Speights Ale House on premises run by ex All Blacks.Try the great steaks.

Stayed: September 2007
1  Thank springfield9
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Additional Information about Bealey's Hotel

Address: 263 Bealey Avenue | PO Box 21189, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #130 of 146 Hotels in Christchurch
Price Range: £45 - £45 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bealey's Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 66
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