I was surprised and delighted by the Criterion. Describing itself as a Motel, it is more a set of large studio apartments with balconies facing the sea. The huge bed was very comfortable, and the sofa and chairs added nicely to the usefulness of the place when the rain closed in without making it cluttered or cramped. The whole suite including the bathroom was spotlessly clean and seemed to have been either recently refitted or very well maintained. Possibly both!
There is a very decent Freesat reciever and flatscreen TV (also good when the weather goes wrong) A good selection of tea, coffee and biscuits are laid on and there is a fridge, kettle and microwave oven if you feel like running up a quick feast. Personally I would save this measure for the small hours lest you miss out on the excellent eating that Akaroa has to offer. Between the French tradition of elegant eating, and New Zealand's aptitude for innovation and skilful adaption of old ideas and new ways, and you will take a long time to run out of great places to eat; and that's just within a very lazy walking distance.
There is a small supermarket next door for general supplies and lots more shops for presents, gifts and other bits and pieces along the main strip and by the harbour front and pier. I wasn't joking about the location! All told, a great place to stay for a comfortable visit to this rather unique part of a very beautiful country.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Akaroa Criterion Hotel Christchurch