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“The Diplomat is a home from home in Christchurch” 4 of 5 stars
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Diplomat Motel
3.0 of 5 Motel   |   127 Papanui Road | Merivale, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #67 of 137 Hotels in Christchurch
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“The Diplomat is a home from home in Christchurch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2010

We came to New Zealand for our daughter's wedding and the Diplomat was helpful from the start. We e-mailed them about our needs, we had lots of people arriving at diifferent stages, and we intended to spend a couple of periods away from Christchurch. They advised us on how to to get the best value in terms of room rates and occupancy. Everyone was friendly and helpful, and any request was met with a "can-do" by Linda and Paul, the owners. Our family are grown up but we felt that it was a welcoming place for children. It is located in a very nice area outside the city centre, with shops, restaurants, bars and supermarket close by and a good bus service. If you're not too unfit, you can walk into town!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2009

I took my elderly parents to Christchurch for a holiday and decided to book here after seeing the advertisement on the net. The owners were friendly, helpful and went out of their way to make sure that everything was to our satisfaction. We were made so welcome. We had booked for 10 days and did not want to leave! The motel was situated on the Papanui Road,( a main road) but the motel was quiet. There was outdoor seating, a pool, and a spa pool. Beds and seating were comfortable and there was good heating in the motel. Buses left from outside the motel. We were handy to the Merivale Mall and Restaurants. Our visit was so enjoyable - we will be returning and intend to book into this motel again. It is by far the nicest motel we have stayed in at Christchurch and would not consider staying anywhere else!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2008

We stayed here for three nights in Feb, the start of our first visit to New Zealand. It was perfect for us, a nice small motel with a pool and hot tub. The units all have kitchens and our unit was certainly well equipped and roomy.

The owners and staff are very friendly and helpful, and even offered free wireless internet access while we were there.

Christchurch is a lovely city, and the motel is in a great location. It's on a main road for bus access (5-10 minutes to downtown) yet has great shops within 2 minutes walk.

  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Diplomat Motel

Address: 127 Papanui Road | Merivale, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#23 Business Hotel in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Diplomat Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Diplomat Motel consists of 4 x 56m2 x 2 bedroom family units and 12 x 32m2 large studios. Each unit is fully self contained with full oven,microwave,pots,pans,cutlery,crockery,toaster,tea,coffee etc. There is a shower and vanity in the bathroom and separate W.C. In the main studio room there is a 2 seater couch,queen/king bed and a single bed. There are tables and chairs and a writing desk with phone and free wireless internet. These units have all been refurbished in Jan/Feb 2013.There is a free swimming pool,spa pool and childrens playground.Just 5 minutes walk to Merivale Mall which has many restaurants,cafes,boutiques and a supermarket. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Best Western Christchurch
Christchurch Best Western

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