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Diplomat Motel
Ranked #98 of 148 Hotels in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
44 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Excellent value for money”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

A great motel along the Papanui Road 'motel strip'.

Very clean and comfortable, and by the looks of it recently renovated. Friendly and informative hosts.

We had a unit at the back which was great - no road noise at all.

Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back, probably quieter than the front.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank KiwiWanderlust1
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

We just keep coming back!
Great location and the Hosts Bridget and Brian very helpfull and make you feel welcomed..
Love the new decor,the owners keep updating the place which is very nice. Worth the money!

Room Tip: All rooms nice specially Number 6,7 or 8 (they get the sun all day) Great motel, close to St Georg...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nicky H
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Motueka.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

Dear Bridget and Brian, (2013)
On two occasions over the last 2 months I have stayed at your motel and wish to thank you both very much for being the perfect hoists at all times even though you were facing many big repairs problems to the units and infrastructure. I can highly recommend to anyone that I know or people I meet that I don't know, that they stay at your fine motel anytime in the future and that you are both great and very nice people to talk to and to stay with, you go out of your way to make sure that your guests are comfortable and go the extra mile. So thank you very much for being so nice and accommodating to me when I was not well. I would also like to highly commend the two or three cleaning staff who are very nice and polite and treat guests thoughtfully, are helpful and very pleasant to talk to and consider the guest greatly, very well managed.
I appreciate this very much and look forward one day to be able to return to stay with you sometime in the future.

Yours sincerely,

Gerard Kay

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GERARD K
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Nelson, New Zealand
Level Contributor
59 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

On the plus side, The Diplomat is in an excellent location, the rooms were spacious and decor was quite nice. The kitchen was well stocked and had decent coffee cups (not the small things you usually get!) and was very clean.
On the negative, the walls were paper thin and we were kept awake all hours by the group in the next room, then got woken at the crack of dawn with the decorators coming in on the other side of us. I appreciate that they need to get the earthquake repairs done, but it would have been good to put us in a room away from this. We also had a large skip of concrete outside our room and once the contractors arrive, there is no place to park and we had difficulty getting out one morning. Still once the repairs are done, this will all go away! Also the owners weren't very friendly - this could also be due to all the chaos going on! Short term this was ok - wouldn't stay long term.

Room Tip: Make sure the EQ repairs have been finished!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank janine_k1
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Tauranga
Level Contributor
85 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

Older style one level unit so they are spacious !.......excellent for a long stay !
We found the units comfortable and warm . Separate kitchen, great if you like to cook. Laundry facility available.
Location can't get much better, Merivale Mall just a stroll (with supermarket,) a cafe literally next door, bus stop at the door , restaurants a great choice all with in walking , Hagley Park for your morning walk and to top it off the Hosts are terrific, ever so obliging !

Room Tip: Units2-7 get the afternoon sun
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank GoodyNZ
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Sunshine Coast, Australia
Level Contributor
67 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

Re painted large rooms with double and single bed. Separate kitchen, bathrooms and toilet which means plenty of space for a long stay. Units are quiet and very little road noise heard. A better than basic typical NZ motel which suited us just fine. Friendly and helpful management.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Runaway53
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Whangarei
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

We agree with other reviews - very handy position only a few minutes walk from Merivale centre, helpful service, comfy bed and at a reasonable tarrif. Although well maintained, the motel is due for total renovation to bring it into this century.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank OldieWhangarei
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Additional Information about Diplomat Motel

Property: Diplomat Motel
Address: 127 Papanui Road | Merivale, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#30 Business Hotel in Christchurch
#33 Romantic Hotel in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Diplomat Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Diplomat Motel consists of 4 x 56m2 x 2 bedroom family units and 12 x 32m2 large studios. Each unit is fully self contained with full oven,microwave,pots,pans,cutlery,crockery,toaster,tea,coffee etc. There is a shower and vanity in the bathroom and separate W.C. In the main studio room there is a 2 seater couch,queen/king bed and a single bed. There are tables and chairs and a writing desk with phone and free wireless internet. These units have all been refurbished in Jan/Feb 2013.There is a free swimming pool,spa pool and childrens playground.Just 5 minutes walk to Merivale Mall which has many restaurants,cafes,boutiques and a supermarket. ... more   less 
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Best Western Christchurch
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