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Chancellor Motor Lodge & Conference Centre
Reviewed 30 July 2013

Arriving here after driving down from New Plymouth, visiting the fascinating Whanganui on the way, we were well pleased to end up in this very high quality motel. The owners are really lovely, welcoming people and try hard to ensure your stay is a good one. The Chancellor also provided the perfect base to visit this interesting university town, and it lovely surrounds including the jaw dropping Manawatu Gorge.
Like many of the accommodations in New Zealand, the Chancellor offers very high standards at very affordable rates, and we would like to thanks Rex of the Landmark in New Plymouth for his recommendation.

Room Tip: Ours was a well appointed, quiet room on the upper floor
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gillen S, Owner at Chancellor Motor Lodge & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2013

Thank you for your great review, we are very pleased your stay was an enjoyable one. Great also, that you were able to enjoy some of the attractions the Manawatu has to offer, the Gorge walk is becoming increasingly popular with visitors as are other nature walks around the region.

Thank you also for your recognition of the quality we endeavour to provide every guest, both in service and room appointments. We are pleased you felt you were provided a great experience and that our property met your expectations.

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Reviewed 12 April 2013

Had a one night stopover on our way back up North, lovely hosts at the Chancellor and couldnt do enough for you, accomodation spacious and very reasonable, very quiet location. Would definitely go back again.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Gillen S, Owner at Chancellor Motor Lodge & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2013

Thank you Susan, for this glowing review. We do our very best to help everyone who stays with us feel comfortable and at ease. Next time you're in NZ please do come stay with us again.

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Reviewed 10 January 2013

Stayed there twice now and won't stay anywhere else when in Palmy. Great welcome, service was great unit was big and spotless. Nice and quite and I would definitely recommend this motel as an easy place to stay for an individual or group.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Rex W
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Gillen S, Owner at Chancellor Motor Lodge & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2013

Thank you for this wonderful feedback. High commendation indeed. We are pleased you found the service and cleanliness was of a high standard and that you enjoyed the peace and quiet your suite offered.

Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to welcoming you and your family again.

Karen & Gillen
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Reviewed 9 January 2013

Nice to be greeted with a smile but someone helpful. room was really nice with lots of space, two tvs and a nice balcony. Great bathroom and really well priced, the only thing that let it down was the bed which had bad roll together and was difficult for my wife and I to get any sleep. Other wise I would certainly be back a lot more often.

Room Tip: room 10 was great but bed is average.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Gillen S, Owner at Chancellor Motor Lodge & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2013

Hi,

Thank you for taking the time to provide such great feedback. We are pleased the quality of the service and room amenities was up to expectation, and that you enjoyed the spacious living space provided. We are as disappointed as you however, that the quality of sleep was not up to the same standard. We are progressively replacing the well-worn beds with nice new ones and would like to assure you, your next stay here will be much more comfortable.

Thanks again and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Karen & Gillen
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

I had two nights in the Chancellor this month. The first night was sharing with a friend in a two bedroom unit. The lounge area was HUGE but only one two seater/sofa. Only one bathroom. Simple kitchen which worked well. The second night was in a studio unit - much smaller and more like a hotel room. Fine, but with no cooking facilities apart from a microwave. The staff were incredibly friendly, referring us by name even though we were only there for a short time. I would definitely recommend this motel as an easy place to stay for an individual or group.

Room Tip: choose by size - the studio unit was fine for one person or a couple.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Stan061
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Gillen S, Owner at Chancellor Motor Lodge & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2012

Hi Lynda,

We enjoyed hosting you and your friend during tournament week. Yes our two bedroom apartments are HUGE and loungers, sofas can get lost in the space. We hope you also made use of the double spa bath in the apartment.

You are quite right, our studio units are the perfect size for couples or singles wanting to spoil themselves. Nothing wrong with indulging every now and then.

Every guest that checks in is welcomed like an old friend and we are pleased you felt at home.

We look forward to hosting you again in the near future.

Karen & Gillen
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

We recently stayed for 1 night and found the service to be excellent. The room was large, and the amenities were of a very high standard. The check-in was simple, and took only a few minutes unlike other places we have stayed. The bed was comfy and the bathroom was spotless.
The spa bath was large, as was the shower. Breakfast was great - hot, on time and plentiful!
I would certainly stay again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank kiwiabouttown
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Gillen S, Owner at Chancellor Motor Lodge & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2012

Thank you for this wonderful feedback. We try to make everyone's stay as good as possible and appreciate that an efficient check in process is important.

We're pleased you were able to indulge in a spa before retiring for the night and there's nothing like a freshly cooked, hot breakfast to start you off again after a good night's sleep.

We look forward to the pleasure of hosting you again.

Karen & Gillen
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Reviewed 21 May 2012

We recently stayed in a studio suite and found the unit had everything we needed. The bed was very confortable and there was certainly lots of space in the room. The bathroom had a spa bath and a great shower with everything very clean. Complimentary shampoo and conditioner in the bathroom. The kitchen had a small fridge, microwave and kettle plus a coffee plunger and tea bags. This was all that we needed for a one night stay . We had a horse float and there is plenty of space to park at the rear of the carpark.
The hosts were very welcoming and able to provide local advice about shops etc. We will certainly visit again. Thanks.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Gillen S, Owner at Chancellor Motor Lodge & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2012

We are pleased we were able to provide everything you needed for your stay, including space to park your horse float off the street. Many guests comment on how luxurious the spa baths are and how well equipped the rooms are. Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to your next visit.

Karen & Gillen
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Additional Information about Chancellor Motor Lodge & Conference Centre

Address: 131 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Palmerston North
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 35 B&Bs / Inns in Palmerston North
Price Range: £75 - £88 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Chancellor Motor Lodge & Conference Centre 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our suites are spacious and stylish, extra touches like private balconies and spa baths will make you feel special. Corporate, leisure and “romantic getaway”. Guests all comment on our friendly environment and pleasant accommodation. “Fantastic room, the customer service is perfect. Felt very welcomed and looked after. Thanks for a great getaway." Our central location enables you to leave your car and take a comfortable walk to the city centre. Massey University is a five minute drive or catch the shuttle bus which goes past our gate. The 30-seat, air-conditioned function venue may be ideal for your event.There are wonderful cafes, restaurants and bars in the nearby CBD serving ethnic food, traditional New Zealand fare with either casual or fine-dining options. A number of restaurants deliver meals to your room or you may prefer to dine out and take advantage of charge-back facilities we offer. “Really loved it here, have sampled many in Palmerston and this is my favourite, will come again.”"This is the cleanest, tidiest motel I have stayed at in New Zealand, and the rooms are so spacious. I will definitely be staying here again." (Richard, Vero Insurance 2012) ... more   less 
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