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Aotea Motel
Ranked #77 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Kuala Lumpur
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Good for a just a night...”
Reviewed January 31, 2012

We stayed for the night in a family of 7. We were given two rooms which were on the ground floor. While the property looks rather old, worn out and rather depressing - the kitchen and rooms were clean and comfortable if you are just stopping over in Christchurch for a short stay or layover. The surroundings looked pretty eerie. A dilapidated house which looks like it is about to collapse stood next door and pavement outside the motel had cracks all over. Perhaps due to the previous earthquake (prior to December 2011) of aftershocks. Funnily enough, we left the next morning for Sydney, 48 hours before the 23 December 2011 earthquake hit Christchurch.....

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed December 30, 2011

We stayed there in a family of 9 persons(included 2 old folks & 1 child) & booking made thru booking.com. When we arrived, there is no booking made for one of the two bedroom. The owner simply offer another room right opposite the hotel but the room were even suck & his attitute were terrible(maybe because we are asean??). This is the worst stay i ever had in my NZ trips even is just ONE night(that is my last night stay in NZ), their room are too small and not comfortable for family stay. Once enter the room there is one kingsize bed at your living area?? and another seperate bedroom. Is not value for money!!!!

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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West .Australia
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Reviewed December 5, 2011

Do not judge Motel by external design. Internal studios are roomy, spotlessly clean with well equipped kitchen facilities. On busy road but not noisy.Owner/ manager very pleasant & helpful as experienced throughout our 2 trips around N.Z. Very good value in a city that has a shortage of vacancies following earthquake. Can recommend. Handy to lovely Merivale shopping arcade. Say 1.25 kms by car.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 13, 2011

We arrived about 3 hours earlier than the check in time of 2pm and the owner was very welcoming and our room was ready. The studio we had was clean and very spacious for the two of us. It was a lovely short walk down the river to the city centre - which we enjoyed. The kitchen was well equipped and it was nice to have a seperate room for the kitchen, living area and bedroom - which we didn't get in the other motels that we stayed in. It was handy to be able to leave the bedroom when I was awake with jet lag in the middle of the night and be able to sit in the living area and watch tv without waking my husband. Would definately recommend this motel to anyone visiting Christchurch.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Mumbai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed May 20, 2009

I stayed in a one bedroom apartment on the first floor of the Aotea. The units are quite spacious and the place is extremely affordable. You are provided a tv, micro, gas, etc and the one bedroom unit can easily accommodate 3 people. The staff was also quite helpful with suggestions on how best we could utilise our 1 day in Christchurch. Only drawback - The motel is kind of far from the cathedral area and hence taking your car to the city center might be required.

  • Stayed February 2009
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Scotland
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Reviewed March 28, 2008

Our room at the Aotea Motel was spotlessly clean and comfortable athough our 2 bed apartment was a little small for the 4 of us - but there's so much to see and do in the area that we were out and about so much that it wasn't a problem. The kitchen facilities were fairly basic - 2 ring hob, micro and fridge but fine for what we needed!

It was a 15 - 20 minute walk into the town centre but we walked along the River from the motel which was quite pleasant and avoided alot of the traffic!

All in all - we enjoyed our stay at the Aotea motel - certainly good value for the price and the owners were friendly and helpful.

  • Liked — Clean rooms, pleasant owners
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with friends
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Property: Aotea Motel
Address: 302 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #77 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Aotea Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aotea Motel has 10 apartment style units available at reasonable prices, studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom & interconnecting units all located close to the CBD. Just a 5 - 10 minute walk gets you into our lovely city following the gorgeous Avon River. Handy to supermarket, restaurant & cafes within minutes or venture into the city for lots of other choices. Our friendly, hospitable home away from home awaits your arrival. ... more   less 
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