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Akaroa Criterion Motel
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Akaroa
Certificate of Excellence
Hove, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great place to stop”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

We were in room 12 on the second floor, fab views of the harbour! Owners very helpful and friendly, nice supermarket right behind motel. This is a great little town with nice restaurants and shops. Had a very nice meal at Vangionis bistro.

Room Tip: top floor for good views
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gabrielle D, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review, 7 June 2014
Thank you for your lovely comments,
We are glad you enjoyed your stay and found Akaroa to your liking.
You still get good views from mid level just not quite as good as the top floor.
We hope you manage to visitg us aging onew day.
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Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

The Akaroa Criterion Motel is good for views, for friendly service and for a good night's sleep. These solid and well built apartments are close to all the action and have excellent views across the harbour from the top floor.

The king bed was very comfortable, the room warm and the shower was a really good one. (personal hate is a shower over a bath that hotels and motels seem very keen on providing)

VERDICT

A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP: Excellent
VIEWS: First class
SERVICE: Excellent

TIP: Take the top floor as the exercise will do you good after visiting the restaurants and the views are worth it.

Thanks to Akaroa Criterion Motel for an enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: Take to top floor
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gabrielle D, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review, 29 May 2014
Thank you for your great comments. We enjoyed having you here. You were a tripple A customer too. :)
I too hate having the shower over the bath. That is why we make sure you have just really good showers.
I agree the top floor is the best and you certainly need the exercise after some of the great meals you can get in Akaroa. Fantastic harbour views.
Once again thanks and we are glad you enjoyed being with us.
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Ashburton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

Thoroughly recommend staying here. Close to everything you need, restaurants, shops and just wandering around the town. Friendly staff and we were lucky enough to be on top floor with great views. Room a good size and warm and comfortable.

Room Tip: If you want a great view go to top floor.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gabrielle D, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review, 24 May 2014
Wow
Thanks Jo for your great comments.
Always pleased when someone enjoys Akaroa and all its hospitable places and cafes etc.
We look forward to meeting you again one day
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Atherton, Australia
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Reviewed 16 May 2014 via mobile

We stayed here on our first night in the South Island, for our honeymoon. Lovely large room. Good clean facilities, pretty views, and very close to everything. Most comfortable bed we have slept in so far, and this alone is high commendation! Recommended accommodation :)

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gabrielle D, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review, 17 May 2014
Thank you for your lovely comments.
You didnt tell us you were on tour honeymoon. We would have wished you all the best for a full and happy life together. Also glad the bed was very comfortable. Always a must especially on a honeymoon :)
Glad you enjoyed Akaroa and we are pleased you had a great time here.
All the best for your future together
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2014

Stayed here for one night.
Great location close to all the shops and restaurants.
Very helpful staff. Although the view is better from the second floor be aware you have to carry your bags up two flight of stairs.
The room is quite large and an adequate kitchen.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gabrielle D, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review, 11 May 2014
Thank you for your review.
If you need us to carry bags to the top floor we can do that for you. Yes the view certainly is great from there. The sea in all its changing moods and especially lovely on a sunny day.
We are glad you enjoyed your stay in our lovely town and hope you will visit again one day.
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Gore, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2014

The Criterion in Akaroa has so much to recommend it. Fantastic location just off the main street of the French Bay area of town has to be number one. We went for a room with a harbour view and it definitely lived up to expectations. We were near the end of the main building, with a clear view from the pretty balcony along to the end of Rue Balguerie. The room itself was enormous with clean and comfortable facilities - I don't think we've ever had so much space for two people in a hotel room!! The well-designed and maintained motel kitchenette and bathroom were perfect for what we needed. The great king-size bed and cosy little lounge space completed a set-up which was a pleasure to call home for a few days!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gabrielle D, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review, 5 May 2014
Merci beaucoup for your lovely comments.
Yes the rooms are spacious but it is great to spread out sometimes and not feel claustrophobic in a Motel room,
We are so pleased that you enjoyed our town. Akaroa has so much to offer even in the winter. as all our units have underfloor heating as well and are double glazed.
We look forward to meeting you again should you come back here
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2014

We arrived early for our one night stay and Gabrielle immediately took us to our room. As everyone mentions, the rooms are very large with king bed. Decent kitchen facilities and small table and chair set along with large sofa, second large chair etc. so lots of room to spread out. We had booked a 2nd floor room but found out that we were upgraded to a 3rd floor unit - very modest of Gabrielle not have mentioned it. The view is over rooftops of buildings below but does not impede view in any way. There are several places to pick up food or eat out. There are two streets with the same name so make sure you have directions to locate hotel. It is only a two minute walk to the water. The unit had a nice balcony with a small table and chair set to use. I have to say the only drawback was that the units face west and in the afternoon we had to close the curtains when inside the unit until closer to sunset (everything in Akaroa facing the water would likely have this issue). Most people would surely be out and about anyway but I thought I should mention it. We found this to be a quiet end of the town and a bit away from the many tourists who were there for the day from the cruise ship. A reminder that there is no elevator and I am not sure anyone is able to assist with luggage in need. We carried ours on our own so you would need to inquire if you need assistance.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gabrielle D, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review, 18 April 2014
Thank you for your comments. Yes we do upgrade people if we are able (and they are nice people like yourselves) Always a nice surprise :)

Most people love the sun streaming in, for the afternoon but sometimes the glare from the water just at the wrong angle can be a little blinding, but lovely to sit on the blacony on a nice day and watch the world go by.
We can help with luggage if you need us to. You just have to ask.

Once again thank you and we are glad you enjoyed your stay here
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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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