This was recommended by the University of Canterbury staff who were running the 5 day block course I attended with two other colleagues. Staff friendly enough but if you are arriving late make sure you call ahead, the office generally closes at 9.30pm I was told. Our flight was delayed and late arriving and luckily I did ring ahead and the manager stayed open till we got there - not sure what would have happened if we didn't do this.
Rooms are clean and tidy but very 80's decor, i.e. tired. Sky TV only has basic channels and sometimes the movies channel switches to parental lock later in the evening. Luckily I brought a couple of DVD's with me to watch on my laptop. There is Wi-Fi available but you have to pay to use it. Should be complimentary in this day and age. This will affect my decision whether or not to come back here.
Restaurant - my experience echos those of previous reviewers. The woman who usually runs it is rather blunt and indifferent in the morning. She makes the cooked breakfast when you order it and this can take a while - stick to the continental if you're in a rush as this is self service. Unfortunately because this is a residential area, there are no other options close by. Perhaps try the university's Cafe 101 - I didn't, so don't know if it's open early, nor where it is exactly on campus.
The proximity to the university and cleanliness are the main positives. Also excellent parking on site and generally pleasant environs.
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