We stayed here on our first day in NZ. This hostel is located along the street of Akaroa, on the right hand side if coming from Christchurch, opposite the McCrostie Akaroa and Shell petrol station. We nearly missed the building but quickly noticed the pink house, which was a good indication of Chez La Mer.
The building is really pretty from the outside, with a cute white wooden gate.
On the way to our room, we passed by a pretty little garden at the backyard and we needed to climb a stairs to the room.
We stayed in the queen room. It was a pretty room, nicely painted in lilac, with a large double bed and a single bed. The mattress of all the beds were super comfortable and we really had a nice sleep until morning.
This hostel provide free towels and they gave a free postcard of Chez La Mer too. The bathroom is quite small but very adequate and complete with shower. During our stay the hot shower was not functioning, since we just stayed there for 1 night we just let it go.
There is a common kitchen outside the room, small but well equipped.
This hostel provide free Wifi which was really a good thing during our stay (the only accommodation we stayed in NZ to give free wifi without time restriction).
However during our stay, I noticed the people who stayed there were a bit cold and unfriendly..I dunno maybe it's just me..
The lounge is rather small, I am not sure how it can accommodate more people during high season. I also noticed that there's a room beside the piano too.
Overall, we had a nice stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the beauty of the Banks Peninsula while staying in the heart of historic Akaroa. Enjoy free gourmet brewed coffee and tea. Relax in the tranquil garden, take one of the many area walks and kayak (or swim) with hector dolphins. Free mountain bikes and fishing rods. Heated rooms and fully made up beds. Owners offer special discounts to guests on their dolphin/wildlife sailing cruise aboard the Fox II. ... more less