We stayed at The Criterion for two nights in late January 2014 where we found the most friendly and accommodating management we have experienced, being avid travellers we are most genuine in making this comment. The rooms were extra large and cleanliness immaculate, with beautiful products to lather yourself. The view over the bay from our first floor unit was superb. There are laundry facilities available which would be an added bonus if you choose to stay for an extended time. Walking distance to lovely restaurants, we can highly recommend, The Brasserie in the main street area, and Ma Maison just across the road. Quaint little shops to browse or buy and the supermarket right at the back door is and added bonus.
We will definitely return, hopefully sooner than later as we have fallen in love with Akaroa, it's people and the hospitality.