Dave very friendly, room spotless&pretty modern, didn't get to use the free airport transfer but that's a nice touch.
Was surprised the "bedroom" turned out to be same size as our walk-in-robe at home, and that's where our boy had his single bed. No problem for him; it was like a cubby, but it's not for the claustrophobic!
The noise was a problem, though. Not so much from the busy road out front, more because the walls are very thin&other guests arrive late/leave early, and they pass the rooms with noisy roller-bags etc. One group that seemingly arrived late at night and obviously couldn't sleep sat outside their rooms smoking&talking loudly til the wee hours until i couldn't take it any more and asked them to pipe down. They obliged but only a few hours later our neighbours next door banged&crashed around in their room, well before dawn, as they must have had an early flight/whatever. The L-shaped configuration of the building and the proximity of the airport means there will likely often be other overnighter guests making noise around your room, so if this is an issue for you, maybe ask for the far-end.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Airport Birches Motel, built 2001, is located just 4 kilometres from the Christchurch Airport, but out of the flight plan. All our rooms are GROUND FLOOR with NO additional floors on top. We offer our guests the comfort and convenience of being close to the Christchurch Airport, without the noise and hassle.Our courtesy shuttle service operates between the Christchurch Airport and Railway station between 9:00am - 9:00pm everyday, except, Xmas Eve, Day, Boxing Day & New Years Eve, Day. In addition to this we offer a park and fly option for those wishing to leave their cars behind whilst they travel overseas, conditions apply.We are close to both Hornby Shopping mall (2 minute drive, 10 minute walk) and Westfield Riccarton (5 minute drive). We are also one of the closest motels to Riccarton Racecourse & Riccarton Park Convention Centre, we offer a shuttle them during normal shuttle hours. Though it is only a few minutes walk. We are also only 5 minutes walk from a nearby minigolf and driving range, for those interested in Golfing. If you are heading into the city there is a local bus service that is a mere 400m down the road.We are ideally positioned for incoming travellers as we are on the crossroads of both the North and South bypasses. As well as on the main road off to the West Coast. Making us a perfect base to start your holiday. If you are looking closer a field, then Akaroa and Hanmer Springs as well as Arthur's pass are all within around 2 hours drive of us. Along with all the Ski Fields, such as Porters Heights and Mt Hutt.For those hungry travellers a large number of local eateries will deliver to our motel, as well as free transfers to the popular Avonhead Tavern. There is also a 24 hour service station down the road for snacks and goodies.So for a relaxing experience stay, stay with us at the Airport Birches Motel.Kind regards ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Airport Birches Hotel Christchurch