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“Awful place!”
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The Garden Hotel
Ranked #97 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
Auckland
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“Awful place!”
Reviewed 8 February 2012

The reception area was dark and seedy. Built like barrack blocks sandwiched between a big liquor store, a booze barn and a large dusty bus park at the back, not a bit of green in sight ('garden'?) The rooms have seen better days.
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Everything was organised for the bus tours (if the bus tour people had finished their meal the restaurant closed early), no breakfast. Service for ordinary people was bad, if you asked for something you were treated as a nuisance.

Not an experience to be repeated.

Room Tip: The second night we went to a place with very good service a few kilometres away ...and they gave us...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 December 2011

Very basic accomodation... the whole complex is a little Adhoc.. a little musty and a little run down. Had to walk a long way to find the laundry... and it was a mess.... with only a childs ironing board and a pathetic cheap tiny iron. The Restaurant also closes at 8.15pm and its badly run.... and the food was very average. The bed was not comfy and there's no room service.This place could have been so much better... but a combination of factors as mentioned, let it down.

Pro's: The grounds are nicely presented and there's an excellent Pub on the grounds called the Stock Xchange, great staff, service and atmosphere.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

After spending 30 min at the I-SITE looking for accomadation with a pool, we booked a night at the garden motel. Which was the worst pick ever...
The only room left for 3 people, was a Standart triple motel unit.
The room was smelly, dark, the windows on the back "kitchen" side were broken and locked. The Fridge smelt, and the "oven-stove" was a ridiculous, grease looking something...
The beding looked old, with stains and....just not like something you want to sleep in.....

Well, at least we thought, our doughter could have fun in the pool, so we followed the pool sign to find that there was no pool, just a big "construction side" ...so we asked in the office what happend, and we got a sloopy answer, the earthquake destroyed the pool...if so im sorry, but I think you should write this on your homepage....

We are normaly people that like to sleep in and have a late check out....at The garden motel we checked out 6.00 in the morning....

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 January 2011

We stayed a night both in December on the way down to Queenstown and a night in January on the way back home.

The place is in the suburbs but we didn't care because we had a car and found a great price online at $95NZ for 3 adults in a studio room layout. The stuff were modern, a large LCD with HD channels thou not cable tv channels. The bathroom was modern too but maybe a tad smaller. The bathroom door didn't latch when closed but the door didn't open.

Very quiet even on Boxing Day night, there is a restaurant and a bar down the block that might be owned by the same owners. There is a pool too but we didn't use. Parking right outside the door.

No fan or aircon. Not enough cutlery for 3 people (as the layout).

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 August 2007

We wanted to stay in a suburb, as we are looking to move to NZ in the future. Shirley is apparently very popular with Brits. We had a two bedroom unit, with an extra bed in the lounge. The kitchen area had 2 hotplates and a microwave, along with fridge, kettle toaster. The lounge had sofa and table with chairs. The bathroom had shower and separate bath. Both bedrooms were a good size with double and single in each. Hotel has it's own restauarant on site, although we didn't use it. It was our last night in NZ so we went bake to Cafe Bleu, where we had had an excellent time earlier in the trip. Handy for the Palm Mall. Outside our unit was a shared grassy area, with picnic table. When we checked out we went to the Antarctic experience, which was fantastic. We went on the Hagglund ride, over crevices, up and down hills and through a small pond that was apparently twice as deep as the vehicle! Experienced an arctic storm and watched the penguins being fed.

  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
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Property: The Garden Hotel
Address: 110 Marshland Road | Shirley, Christchurch 8061, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #97 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Garden Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Garden Hotel is conveniently situated minutes away from the Palms Shopping Mall. The hotel features 62 hotel/ motel rooms. We have rooms that are suitable for families, tourists, sports groups/ teams, business or corporate travelers that are visiting the "Garden City". Our units are quiet and we have a spacious free car parking available.Our hotel units are fully installed with air conditioning. For wine and dine options, you could choose from the different facilities that we have - Garden Restaurant (Buffet) GBC -Garden Bar & Cafe. We are only 5 minutes drive away from the heart of the city where you can take a stroll along the picturesque Avon River, from which the views of the Southern Alps can be seen. ... more   less 
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