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Arena Motel

4.0 of 5 Motel   |   30 Whiteleigh Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Ranked #39 of 137 Hotels in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good value motel,close to all amenities walking distance from the city,parks and restaurants,nice big comfy rooms,with GR8 service,courtesy bus to the rail station if your taking The Tranz Alpine to the west coast.Free Wi-Fi and full kitchen facilities it needed,we stayed 2 nights and then returned for another night after touring the south island....rooms are spotless with a good quality... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thanks Arena Motel for the great service we arrived very early in the morning and the owner had gone out of her way to have a room ready for us and we had also been upgraded. The room was lovely everything we could need for our 3 day stay. Very spotless lovely bedding and a lovely comfy lounge and kitchen... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We stayed here on two nights, before and after a train trip to Greymouth. I chose this motel because they offer a free shuttle to and from the station. We found the two rooms to have very comfortable beds and the rooms were clean and well-equipped. Free Wi-Fi was provided and the lady at the desk was very helpful. A... More

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We stayed in a two bedroom unit. Room was tidy and quiet. Staff were very helpful, offering directions, eating recommendations and umbrellas. The only negative was the shower - it's one of those where to increase the heat of the water, you must turn down the speed of the water. Hence, it was a cold shower or a dribble of... More

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153 reviews 153 reviews
19 hotel reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We stayed here one night prior to going on the Tranzalpine. The room was comfortable enough, and the staff friendly. It was a fair walk into central Christchurch, but the drop off to the train was convenient. It was ok for one night, but wouldn't have wanted to stay any longer...

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84 reviews 84 reviews
44 hotel reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I spent five nights here and it was bliss. My room was spotless each day. The kitchenette was perfectly functional. A good vareity of food outlets are about a 5min walk away. A small Supervalue supermarket is approx 20min by foot. The bed with its thick topper was very comfortable. Each morning..I had delivered right on time a beauitifully cooked... More

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31 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I think for most of the travelers who choose this motel is to take advantage of its proximity to the train station and the free transport provided by the motel. Other than that this is just another ordinary normal motel. The host was friendly and helpful. The facilities provided by the motel was just adequate.A plus point is that it... More

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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 hotel reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Located on a fairly busy road, it's not a quiet place unfortunately. The rooms are ok, with a basic electric heater to try and keep the place warm. It only just succeeded. You get 500Mb free wifi which is helpful - this worked without issue. Shower only just managed to get hot enough. Continental breakfast and a cooked breakfast can... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Excellent location for travel on Tranzalpine train trip. Free transport to and from railway station a real bonus. Friendly and helpful hosts. Only had a 2 night stay and room was serviced which was an unexpected surprise for motel accommodation.

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Singapore, Singapore
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

My husband and I chose Arena Motel as our last stop of our 14 days self drive trip in South Island because of its proximity to the train station and the free transportation service provided to/from the station. We took the TranzAlpine ride from Greymouth to Christchurch. Upon arriving at the Christchurch train station, we made a free phone call... More

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Address: 30 Whiteleigh Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Arena Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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