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Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers

2.5 of 5 Motel   |   42 Evans Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
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Ranked #14 of 18 hotels in Timaru
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
Patrick M Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
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214 reviews 214 reviews
47 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The room was cold but at least it was clean the rooms are in need of some renovations but for the price you pay and to keep costs down this is what you get so don't come here expecting anything flash and you wont be disappointed. Its conveniently located to both supermarkets and Caroline bay as well as other shops... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Stayed one night in basic double unit costing $75. Owner said it was a very popular unit but we would not recommend it due to poor maintenance. The toilet and shower area were not clean and the skirting boards were rotting. There was no basin or mirror in shower/toilet area and nowhere to hang clothes in shower area. The dripping... More

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Tampa, Florida
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68 reviews 68 reviews
38 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We had room number 9, which is a family room about halfway down the building on the ground floor. We didn't hear much noise, except in the toilet area because it had windows that wouldn't close. It had a separate bedroom with 2 beds in addition to the two beds in the tv/sitting room. The room also had a nice... More

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243 reviews 243 reviews
38 hotel reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

large comfortable room, spacious lounge and generous sized television small balcony overlooking the road which had to be said was noisy not the owners fault but as we are used to double or tiple glazing in the uk the single glazing let in the noise good bathroom has bedrooms? cant help feeling if they might not have shared us with... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

We booked only the day before so were pleased to get accommodation comparatively near the centre of town. Our private room was quite large with two windows and a well equipped kitchen corner. It had adequate en suite bathroom facilities and a huge comfortable bed. The room was up a flight of outside steps but we parked our car very... More

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Yoan T, Owner at Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your time at the Anchor Motel. To answer your question 3 of our rooms are upstairs and 8 are on the ground floor. More

Dunedin, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

Will keep this brief. Was badly disappointed by this place. Was very noisy and motel looked like it was stuck in a time warp.It also seemed to have wall to wall hookers by the comings & goings in the unit next door. Would probably suit some travellers but not me. For 20 dollars more I've stayed in much better places.... More

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Yoan T, Owner at Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your stay. You say "I was expecting a 2 bedroom apartment but what I got was a motel room". I had another look at our advertising to see if it was misleading. The heading is "Anchor Motel" and the description "2 bedroom appartment" which is exactly what you got, a 2-bedroom apartment with bathroom,... More

Timaru, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

A great value and very clean. The hosts are very friendly and cheerful, and helpful when informing you what are the great place to see and eat at. The beds are comfortable and warm. It is in a great location when you dont have a vehicle. plus it is not far from caroline bay which is very memorable place to... More

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Yoan T, Owner at Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Sonya, Thanks for the great review, we're glad you're enjoying yourself here. More

Kristiansand, Norway
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

The room was very shabby! The room didn't even have a door to the bathroom, neither had the bathroom any sink to wash your hands. Obviously you don't expect a nice view for such price, however you certainly don't expect to look straight into trash bins either. There are other options in Timaru, we unfortunately chose the wrong option this... More

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Yoan T, Owner at Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Vaganor, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your stay at the Anchor Motel. You make a valid point, that having a curtain to separate the bathroom from the studio is not good enough, even if you stayed in our cheapest unit and we have now fitted a door. The rubbish bins are about 8 metres (24 feet) away from your... More

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3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

We got there quite late (2am) but the hosts still entertained us without any issues. Slept very well in their comfortable and soft beds. Not the usual back packers. Definitely nice and clean. :) we couldn't have picked a better place. Paid a good price and will be back for sure!

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Yoan T, Owner at Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you Wendy More

Napier, New Zealand
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

We stayed here for eight days for a national roller skating event. Location is great. Room was dated, but comfortable and had everything we needed. Bedspread was dirty and when I mentioned it to staff, it was promptly replaced. Thank you for making our first visit to Timaru so memorable. Walking distance to Caroline Bay, and there's a great bakery... More

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Yoan T, Owner at Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are cheap but we are definitely striving to provide clean rooms. I'm sorry a beadspread was dirty and I'm glad you pointed it out so we could replace it. More

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Address: 42 Evans Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Timaru
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers 2.5*
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AFFORDABLE, COMFORTABLE & FRIENDLY. Location: centrally located, 500m from Caroline Bay, beach, new Aquatic center, tennis center, Northtown mall, restaurants, paddling pool and playground, etc. Accommodation: studios, 1 & 2 bdrm family units, 5 bedroom separate house, separate backpacker. Specializing in group bookings & long-term accommodation. Features: Motel units are spacious and come with fully equipped kitchens, sky TV, wireless internet, guest computer, ample onsite car parks, bbq. 5 bedroom house is fully renovated has 2 kitchens, 2 1/2 bathrooms and a huge balcony. Backpacker has single, twin & dorm rooms with shared kitchen, lounge and bathroom, linen provided, wireless internet avail. Your hosts Sandy & Greg look forward to welcoming you. ... more   less 
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