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Ilam Motel

250 Riccarton Road, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is a basic motel but it was clean (I am pretty sure the carpet in our unit had just been shampooed). It was warm and the soap and shampoo was plentiful and nice to use. It is on a main road so there is traffic noise. The welcome at reception was friendly and efficient. I think the price was... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Perfect place to stay . We had a couple nights here either side of our NZ adventure . Staff are fantastic and helpful . Rear units were not noisy , so quiet .The motel is within easy walking distance to restaurants and supermarket as well as is a short bus trip to the CBD . Our flight didn't leave until... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Kay very kindly let us check in early, much appreciated. Separate bedroom and living area, ideal for jet lag when wide awake at 2 am! Shopping centre nearby. Bed very comfy. Outside seating, quiet, although on busy road. My friend and I had a wonderful stay here.

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Timaru, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Christchurch was very busy with so many events happening over the weekend so this was the only motel with a vacancy. I now can see why. On booking the motel I spoke to an Asian gentleman who couldn't understand me. Very dificult to communicate. I had to contact the motel to confirm my booking the night before arrival as I... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Earlier this month we stayed for a number of nights at the Ilam Motel. We had been there in earlier visits to Christchurch and had been satisfied with the accommodation. However, the ownership must have changed. This latest stay was filled with problems. The receptionist could hardly understand/speak English. In addition, they were not proactive to problems but just reacted... More 

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Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Another Oh Dear! - Friendly helpful owners, handy location and reasonably clean. BUT so very shabby, tatty and care-worn. Net curtains throughout all units in various stages of tidy or tatty, furniture looked old and 'Op-Shoppy' and nothing matched, no headboard on double bed, kitchen taps leaked, kettle leaked, loo on a lean, navy towels so washed they were faded,... More 

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Invercargill, New Zealand
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

I have to stay in Christchurch regularly and usually on Riccarton Rd which has some excellent Motels. Arriving this week the only Motel not fully booked was Ilam and I soon realised why. Cold, smelly, noisy, old fashioned, sign over bath saying please do not use, two hand towells no bath towells, worn out furniture, poor decor, traffic noise. Best... More 

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Kuranda Qld
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Such friendly and helpful management here. Very clean and excellent value. Located on Riccarton road it is very handy for bus transport into the re-emerging city centre Hagley park not far at all and the botanic gardens there are a must see in Christchurch.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

I can only repeat the above and wonder how in going to survive this place for 3 nights. Agents and travel coordinators beware. You are going to send your customers to a place that is not helping your business relationship!! The hot water pressure is so low I was forced to take lukewarm showers just to get wet enough to... More 

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New Zealand
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90 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

I've stayed here several times. Down to earth and homely, with 1950s furnishings, this handily located motel has all you need for a basic stay. Not affected by the earthquakes, and with friendly welcoming hosts. If you demand 5 star luxury, try somewhere else, but for basic value, I can recommend this

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