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Bella Vista Motel & Apartments
Ranked #69 of 145 Hotels in Christchurch
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
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“Excellent Value...But motel with its faults...”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

Now I when you are reading this review you will say not again...of course it is motel and it needs to give you value...but then not just because of value but also because of its location, i really appreciated my stay here...now..many of my fellow travellers could vote for hotels in city centre (like Ibis) or closer to Airport...I couldnot disagree but I dont think any motel in the city could compare with the motels located on Bealey Avenue because they take you directly to Hagley Park that can overwhelm you with its extent and its wonderful greenhouse or rose garden or the gold course...
Bella Vista is excellent because within 5 min you can drive to city centre or get onto the main south road or North Motorway within 10 min that shall open up your drive to Dunedin in south or Kaikora in north...but most of all i love this because i could jog to Hagley Park and just spend an entire evening there watching guys play rugby or walk in the woods or go have a game of golf....
coming to the hotel, it has well appointed rooms...fully equipped kitchen and the staff do great job of cleaning up the apartment when you are out...sleep quality does suffer if you have a room or apartment towards the bealey avenue...so try and get it more inside than on the road...and yes please do stock up...there are no stores nearby or no super marts nearby unless you can drive to city centre or you drive to Parkn Save at Synedham which is good 10 min drive...so if you are a backpacker or you have no car..then best of luck if you havenot stocked...and it more so becomes important because most of the diners or pubs nearby are well moderate to high priced (and if you can make do there is a Thai diner just west to the motel on caledonian road) and also you exactly dont want to stay in motel if you dont want to cook,,,do you?/there is just one vending machine in the motel and you cannot do with that...so please do pack and save in your apartment if you want to be full!!!...and yes jut be warned there are only 12 tv channels (sky Tv) and I did get bored after sometime...so stock up on movies if you have because there is a DVD player in all apartments and a great couch where you can just lay in and watch if you have nothing to do...
Other than that it i just about cozy for a good stay and yes if you want to see the impact of the great earthquake ..you can head down to city centre (christchurch cathedral) or just look at the eastern block wall in the motel and you can see cracks jigzagging all the way...but it seems a deliberate attempt on part of the operator to leave it as a reminder to that dreadful event..
Chirstchurch was awesome and i jut spent about half a day at the beach..but never regretted my stay at this motel because i was closer to the fantastic city folk living there who were among the most friendly i did find there...

Room Tip: Ask for rooms away from the Bealey Avenue as it gets noisy and in summer if you need to open you win...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

The choice of getting anything decent currently in Christchurch is limited. This was definitely adequate for our needs for a 1 night stopover. Clean, value for money motel, and with a parking space right outside your bedroom. A decent pub for evening meals was reccommended to us by the motel proprietors, just 100 yards walk away which was extremely helpful to us.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Friendly staff and clean rooms. I stayed in room 11 which is upstairs. It gets a bit hot on a very sunny day as there is no A/C but wit a window open on both sides of the soom you get a nice cross breeze.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Tim H, Owner at Bella Vista Motel & Apartments, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Thanks for your great comments... it was great having you with us and we hope that you will return to Christchurch again.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

On a main road but not too noisy. We had a 3 bedroom unit so plenty of room. Unit was clean and comfortable but dated. Relatively close to town centre and a short walk to an excellent pub where meals were good (but very slow). The lady at the desk was very friendly and helpful. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Tim H, Owner at Bella Vista Motel & Apartments, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Thanks for your comments. The update of our property is due to occur during the Earthquake repairs which is due to commence shortly.
Hope that you enjoyed Christchurch and look forward to your return to our great City.

Tim
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Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

All I can say is that the hosts truly make this a fabulous stay. Grant was super friendly to the point of even helping us with our bags. When you get a warm, sincere welcome it immediately helps you relax and shows that the owner has a passion for what they do. The rooms are well equipped with cooking facilities and .I found the location to be quite central for walks to the park or a city venture. My family and I enjoyed the bedroom bring separate from the lounge as it allowed my young kids to recover from the flight. Highly recommended!

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

This hotel has suffered some damage in the quake, so don't be put off by the scaffolding but yes it's there.
The rooms are typical motel style but clean and comfortable. The husband and wife team who manage the place are nice and friendly. No luxury here but it's quiet, clean, well situated and only 15 minute drive to the airport. You can walk to the CBD and gardens but it will take you at least 20 mins or so.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We would not have chosen a motel if it were not for the earthquake damage but we would have missed a good place to stay.
we had a friendly welcome, the room was smallish but fine and all very clean. The kitchen area was very well equipped - better than some of the big aparthotels.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bella Vista Motel & Apartments
Address: 193 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#42 Luxury Hotel in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Bella Vista Motel & Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bella Vista Motel and Apartments is located within 15 minutes flat walk of the Central City. Newly renovated, our property has been assessed by Qualmark  (independent accreditation) as 4 star quality accommodation, and we have also been awarded a Qualmark Enviro Bronze Rating for our sustainable tourism practices. Our superior smoke free Christchurch accommodation includes a variety of studios and one to three bedroom units and apartments. Our purpose built access units have been designed with parking at the door for your convenience. You have a choice of king, queen or single beds with electric blankets for the cooler nights. We are easy to find on Bealey Avenue. Our great location makes it an easy walk to the city centre, Casino and Southern Cross hospital, tourist attractions, the information office, restaurants, bars and entertainment. You can be assured of a warm welcome at reception where we will assist you in every way possible. ... more   less 
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