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Aspen Court Motel Kaikoura
4.5 of 5 Motel   |   154 Beach Road | PO Box 181, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #3 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Boston, Massachusetts
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38 hotel reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Modern AND economical”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

Very much enjoyed this property in Kaikoura. Kevin was friendly upon arrival, and had useful local tips. We appreciated that he helpfully informed us that there was indeed no transfer offered by the Dolphin Encounter (our travel agency messed up) because it saved us the stress of waiting for a ride that would never come. Agree with earlier reviews that this property is nicer than what you would think of as a "motel"; I would describe it as more on par with a mid-range hotel. While the doors open to the outside like motel set-ups, the room interior was more hotel-like, with modern and updated furnishings and fixtures. There was a small table outside our room (on the upper level) so that we could enjoy a takeout dinner with a nice view. Also noticed a communal grill; next time we would love to get some local seafood from a market to cook ourselves for dinner! The property is located on a busy trafficked street, and not in walking distance to the whale watch/dolphin encounter ir the "main street" with the restaurants and shops; however, this is not an issue with a rental car. Overall, we recommend this place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

Having stayed at some pretty poor Motels in NZ during my last visit, I was a little reluctant to stay in one again. However, Aspen Court is more like a high class hotel. It is modern, clean, and extremely comfortable. Aspen Court is a great base for exploring the area. I simply couldn't fault it in any way. Kaikoura is more than just organised whale watching and swimming with dolphins tours. The surrounding scenery is spectacular and the local history is very interesting. I would highly recommend the Kaikoura peninsula walk - at just 3 hours (allowing time to stop for the amazing views and to read the information stands) it is a perfect way to appreciate the heritage of Kaikoura.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

We upgraded our room and were extremely happy with the quality and size (the bathroom is fab!!). They even sent us emails before our stay letting us know about the local area and things we could do. We stayed two nights and would happily have stayed longer. It's about 0.8 miles into town (which isn't a great hardship) and is close to a supermarket and a nice bakery.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

Go there ! You will be very happy. I'm fussy & can be hard to please- my stay(I'm writing this review from the large, comfortable bed) is faultless & I can't wait to sample the state of the art shower in the heated-floor bathroom ! Not gushing too much but the cleanliness, presentation & comfort are A1 :) Erika Scott, Days Bay, Wellington

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

Very nice rooms, very clean. Only stopped one night but we we given loads of info on where to eat etc. The owners even gave us a short itinery for our drive to the ferry on the day we left.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

We stayed here on Christmas day and the owners went out of thier way to make sure we had the perfect visit, even ordering and picking up a crayfish from a local restraunt for us, the room was good, clean and fresh, we had a great night's sleep.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

We only stayed one night whilst doing a whistlestop tour of the South Island. We were upgraded on arrival - room really well equipped and very clean. We enjoyed sitting on the small patio in the early evening sunshine over a glass of wine. Staff really helpful and welcoming.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 154 Beach Road | PO Box 181, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Kaikoura
#3 Family Hotel in Kaikoura
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Aspen Court Motel Kaikoura 4.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aspen Court Motel prides ourselves on Comfort and Cleanliness. Our commitment to hygiene has set a new high standard in the industry with our 5 star Hygiene Certificate. All rooms have Super King size beds. We offer FREE internet access. ... more   less 
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