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Airport Palms Motel
Ranked #1 of 145 Hotels in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Adelaide, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Near the airport but not too close”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

This was our first stop in the South Island. We arrived first as we were meeting our friends from Australia later. When we arrived we were impressed with mostly everything. The staff were friendly, the rooms (both ours and my friends) were comfortable and clean and spacious. Even though they are situated close to the airport and not so close to the city this suited us as we had a car. It would be a little out of the way if you did not have a car. The motel is relatively new so of course everything is new. As we were travelling on the Tranz Alpine train the next day and even though it was not to the airport our hosts very kindly took us to the train station. Unfortunately we got the wrong day and were stuck for 1 more nights accomodation! We rang the motel and they did not have any rooms, but were extremely helpful and recommended another hotel where we could stay. To us this is going above and beyond and we appreciated it very much. We would recommend this hotel to stay and would stay again if we went back to New Zealand in the future

Room Tip: You need a car to get to the city, but the positive is it is very close to the airport.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

This new motel is located amongst many other motels on a reasonably quiet road about 2km from the airport. A shuttle service to and from the airport is provided. The location is very good for air travel – not so good for restaurants or shops as these are in short supply. There is a restaurant in the motel opposite and a daytime café for local businesses nearby but if you want something else you will need to drive or order in take-away.
Reception staff kindly provided us with brochures of restaurants who home deliver.

Our room was large and stylish in greys and white and the king sized bed was very comfortable.
There is a small kitchenette with ‘fridge and microwave.
The bathroom was beautiful.
There was some plumbing noise from the upstairs apartment in the early morning. Other than that everything was fine.

Domestic staff were efficient and helpful.

We stayed in this motel twice and would recommend it for air travellers.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Greer, South Carolina
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28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed March 9, 2013

We arrived in Christchurch at 11:30pm and just needed a place to stay until we picked up our car the next morning and headed out for other areas. We took a taxi here and as promised, our key was waiting in the lock box. The room was neat and clean (be prepared for soft beds). The next morning, the office helped us call the car rental and they send a van to pick us up.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank pegoreag
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Woombye, Australia
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

***** Five-star personal, helpful and friendly service. Room comfortable, very clean and well equipped. Met all our criteria. Hotel manager arranged courtesy transport for us and other guests to and from a nearby excellent tavern which had an extensive and well-priced menu. This hotel is a fine contrast to the many crammed and jammed airport hotels in which guests feel more like worker ants than paying visitors.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

We stayed twice in a large one bedroom unit, and it was perfect for what we needed. Apparently only about a year old, everything was spotlessly clean and comfortable. I was grateful for the free laundry facilities, but the not-free wifi was a bit disappointing especially after so many places have that now. Really helpful manager who booked our very early taxi in the morning, and gave directions to various things. I'd stay here again if passing through Christchurch aiport.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank kpeps
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Nelson, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Good location near the airport. Comfortable rooms. Only complaint was that there was no air conditioning which seemed odd given the standard of the fit out. It was a hot night! Manager welcoming and helpful.
There seems to be nowhere close to eat so be aware of that.
Good experience and quiet location which is important in Christchurch.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Declan O
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Lynn W, Front Office Manager at Airport Palms Motel, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
Thank you for your review, we appreciate all feedback. We do have fans available at reception upon guest requests. There are many restaurants and cafes in the area as stated in the compendium in the units. The closest is the Flight Lounge Restaurant located across the road and several other restaurants in the area do pick ups and drop off at no charge. We thank you again for your review and look forward to seeing you in the future.

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Abbe
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Singapore
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135 reviews
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Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

All is new & good, very clean and comfortable beds. We had the 3 bedroom unit and fit 5 of us nicely. It would be perfect if the shower has a proper pumping system so we don't have to keep opening the shower door to take a breather.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Lynn W, Manager at Airport Palms Motel, responded to this review, May 1, 2013
Thankyou for your review which helped us to address a minor plumbing issue - this has now been resolved.

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Property: Airport Palms Motel
Address: 56 Roydvale Avenue | Burnside, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 145 Hotels in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Airport Palms Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Opened November 2011, Airport Palms Motel offers 22 tastefully decorated and comfortable units as well as friendly and helpful staff. Only 3 minutes drive from Christchurch International Airport, with a wide range of attractions and facilities close by. ... more   less 
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