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La Rochelle Motel
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Akaroa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 March 2013

Stayed at La Rochelle the eve before my wedding, Staff were very friendly and helpful. The apartment was immaculately presented and amazingly clean. Awoke early due to my big day but was so relaxed sitting on the balcony listening to the stream and birds happily singing away. So big thanks go to the proprietors for making their motel so inviting. :)

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

We had an awesome time in the stunningly beautiful Akaroa township, La Rochelle we highly recommend, lovely clean apartments, wonderful power shower, magic little touches, towels and flannels presented imaginatively, great setting, lovely to be so near to the magical bird song in the morning, good parking, 1st class stay, Many thanks!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

La Rochelle was a lovely place to stay . the room was very nice , the bed wasn,t so good the mattress sagged in the middle so i slept in another bed , lucky there was another one . The motel was situated at the end of town and was a nice stroll to the main street . The owners were really nice and helpful . I would love to go back there again . There,s a pub across the road , went there for dinner , good meal . Was a lovely town , a lot of history with beautiful old buildings and very picturesque . Lots of little shops and places to eat along the water .

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed this motel.the staff were friendly and helpful.The roo m was lovely, very spacious, modern, well fitted out ,as was also the bathroom.Plenty of parking and easily walkable in to the town.The lovely quiet balcony was a delight to sit on, wathing the ducks by the stream below and listening to the birdsongs in the morning.I would definitely recommend this.

Room Tip: upstairs units i think are best.
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

This motel was very easy to find as we arrived from Christchurch. It was modern with good sized rooms and well fitted bathrooms. The hosts were very friendly and helpful. The stay was very quiet and road noise not an issue. Smoke alarms very sensitive though, as one was set off by an incomsiderate smoker which woke us all up at some ungodly hour. Situation quickly fixed.

Room Tip: Downstairs rooms good as no lifts.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Margaret E
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LaRochelleAkaroa, Owner at La Rochelle Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2013

Thank you for your wonderful feedback although worthy of a mention is that we must let everyone know that all of our units are ABSOLUTELY smoke free so there is no way this particular guest activated the fire alarm by smoking inside, he was cooking in the kitchen and popped outside on his balcony to have a cigarette, the cooking left alone triggered the alarm. We are glad we could attend to it immediately and minimize guest discomfort. We look forward to your return one day to La Rochelle.

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Reviewed 25 February 2013

This is a nice enough motel with a good bed and everything you need. Starting to show a bit of wear in the bathroom. Due to location of the room there was no sun but I did enjoy the small balcony overlooking the stream and trees and waking up to birdsong was nice.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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LaRochelleAkaroa, Owner at La Rochelle Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on our property, we welcome feedback and ways to improve our business. We are sorry the sun did not shin for you on this instance, our North Facing Property does see the sun all afternoon (if its shining of course) & yes the tress that provide the native tui with the beautiful birdsong due at times throw shade on small areas of the downstairs balcony. In what has been the hottest and driest summer we have seen for a long time this is a welcome relief for some. We look forward to hosting you again soon.

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Reviewed 18 February 2013

This is a modern, efficient,clean functional motel with not a lot of character to write about. We had the access unit with an excellent bathroom, but it is right next to the main road, so traffic noise was a bit of a problem, especially during the day. The room was small, with only one small shelf for clothes (even the bedside tables had no drawers) so stowage was something of a problem - probably okay for one night though. It would have felt claustrophobic but for the small patio alongside a stream - and by small, I do mean small. Alongside a stream, maybe, but the motel is alongside the main street, and the traffic is noisier than the stream.

The problem is that, when they built this motel, they squeezed too much on to the corner site, so everything is small and cramped, even the parking. It's fine for a short stay, but average.

Room Tip: Try to get a room away from the main road
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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LaRochelleAkaroa, Owner at La Rochelle Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and share your thoughts on our property. We note you booked our Queen Access Unit which as the website states is street frontage and is a different layout to our other Studio's, it is also the cheapest unit. My husband & I did not build the property but we think the architect was very clever in designing a motel on what was the adjoining property's orchard. For a longer stay we would recommend future guests choose a King or Queen Studio or contact us direct and we can endeavour to meet your needs.We apologise you never found character here, we receive lots of positive feedback on our units and on our character, perhaps next time we shall invite Mr Richie M'Caw. Kind Regards Richelle.

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Address: 1 Rue Grehan, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Akaroa
Price Range: £61 - £90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — La Rochelle Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the beautiful village of Akaroa La Rochelle Motel is your perfect destination for a relaxing & peaceful stay. Our modern complex offers a mix of 8 Studio Units with either King or Queen sized beds & a 2 bedroom unit. Access facilities or twin studio also available. Each unit is comfortably furnished with kitchenette, en-suite bathroom with either shower or single spa bath, heating, flat screen TV & DVD player, & iPod docks. Each unit also has its own balcony or patio overlooking our native garden & stream boundary. Off-street parking, free Wireless Broadband, continental breakfast & Guest Laundry available. ... more   less 
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