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Akaroa Criterion Motel
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Akaroa
Certificate of Excellence
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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“Great location; large rooms”
Reviewed 3 February 2013

Stayed for two nights in a top floor room. View over the bay was excellent and the room was very large incorporating a kitchen, settee and chair plus table and two chairs, and plenty of room still to spare. Its been refurbished and is up for sale so expect standards to be high.
Its close to all the amenities but far enough away from the main bars to be quiet--everything is walking dostance in Akaroa. Good wifi. Virtyaully all rooms have decent size balconies which face the evening sun

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 20 January 2013

This was one of the nicest motels we stayed in in NZ. The rooms are spacious and clean, and the location and view is perfect. We were also lucky to get upgraded to a nicer room at no cost, so we were not complaining!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Al Awami
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

The location is great and nice view. I got meddle luxury room which was roomy, clean and has all basic facilities. The staff also helpful and friendly. I was with my kids which I think was family oriented motel. Has free parking and free wifi for half an hour.

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Pottsville, Australia
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

As all accommodation was booked out in Christchurch on the last 2 nights of our holiday, we headed to Akorao. All accommodation was booked out in Akaroa due to a wedding on the Saturday so we found ourselves discussing our problem with the hosts of the Criterion Motel. They were most accommodating,but had only accommodation for one night (in a lovely spacious room with a fantastic view) Then David and Gabrielle offered to put us up in their house for the other night. We were overwhelmed by their kindness. We had a very enjoyable evening getting to know our hosts and will continue our friendship with them when they travel to Australia next year. We would highly recommend the Akaroa Criterion Motel – it is in a fabulous position, large clean rooms and wonderful hosts.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Paihia, New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 November 2012

We stayed one night at Akaroa Criterion. We got a lovely, big room on the upper floor, with magnificent view over the sea. The bathroom was very spacious, clean, big walk in shower with good toilettries. Dave showed us the room and we got a bit of history about Akaroa while standing on the balcony and enjoying the afternoon sun. Restaurants and shops are all in walking distance and we felt very well looked after at this place. There is even a library for guests.
We have already booked a return visit here.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed 15 November 2012

Spent our first 2 nights in New Zealand at the Akaroa Criterion. What a fantastic start to a fantastic holiday. Great Motel - huge room with a view, beautifully clean (and I am very fussy). Could not have asked for more. We loved the location even though not right in the middle of town. Only a short walk to everywhere. Dave made us feel very welcome.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 14 November 2012

We arrived in Akaroa with our AA Motel Guide after arriving by air in Christchurch.....stayed one night at the Criterion. Hostess lovely, so too her beautiful cat and dog......room on first floor large and very comfortable with water view and balcony. Spoilt us for later motel rooms which could not match size and reasonable pricing. Supermarket just around the corner for ease of quick meal, so too restaurants.
Unfortunately our schedule only allowed one night, but the township of Akaroa was quite special and our visit was complimented by great accommodation.

Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Akaroa Criterion Motel
Address: 75 Rue Jolie | Akaroa Banks Penninsular, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Akaroa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Akaroa Criterion Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Superb harbor views from most rooms at this 4 plus star plus motel. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Super-king beds, private balcony. Double glazing and underfloor heating. Free WiFi each day in every room. Free car parking with ltd under cover parking also. ... more   less 
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