We stayed one night at the Aalton late October 2012. It is well run, not modern but very clean, spacious and well appointed studio units: We thought the separate kitchen and the small courtyard at the back of our unit were really great. It is very well located: The Aalton is on Riccarton Rd with Hegley Park a short stroll "down" Riccarton Rd and beyond that the City Centre (which requires a longer stroll across the beautiful Hegley Park). If you go in the other direction, "up" Riccarton Road, you find the very large Riccarton Mall, with a great variety of shops, supermarkets etc. Plenty of dining and takeaway opportunities nearby too. Our unit was to the rear of the property and we had no problems with traffic noise, and it seemed to us that the other units were generally fine also, though Riccarton Road is busy especially at peak times. Host Iain gives heaps of info in his well-practised welcome speech. The Red Zone is very sad - lots of post-quake demolition still going on, and no re-building yet possible, Christchurch still has much to offer but you may need to book good accommodation early because it seems that many tourist accommodation options are closed off in the Red Zone. Wi-fi Internet is free at The Aalton, and we thought the amount was very limited till we discovered as we toured the South Island over the next month, just what expensive internet really was: What is now increasingly free in most western countries is very expensive in most N Z tourist accommodations in Sth Island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Very spacious ground floor units with full cooking facilities, SKY digital television and FREE Wireless Broadband in each room. Comfortable and well appointed in an ideal location. Walking distance to City Centre, Shopping Mall, Restaurants and close to Westpac Arena, Railway Station and AMI stadium. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aalton Hotel Christchurch