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“Lovely little motel on the outskirts of Christchurch”
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Merivale Manor
Ranked #3 of 145 Hotels in Christchurch
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28 reviews
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“Lovely little motel on the outskirts of Christchurch”
Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised when we got to this motel. It was really clean and the rooms were stocked and modern. Great kitchen, huge bathroom and free wifi!!!

The staff was great. So friendly and helpful. Being a small motel though no one is on staff after I believe it was 7pm which was tough for a pair of night owls. Still there were a couple of great places to shop and eat nearby. City center was within walking distance. Unfortunately when we went, Christchurch was still kind of a ghost town. Not much to do because the earthquake the year before decimated the city. Still a lot of rebuilding needed. The Merivale area is lovely though.

The only issue I had was the bed in the room. Whoever stayed there before had some bad BO and it lingered. That was the only issue with our stay. Febreeze is all that wouldve been needed to fix that situation. No big deal. Everything else was top notch.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Great staff, really friendly. They were helpful to book us tours. Quite close to city center. Extra points for free DVD borrowing.

Only trouble here we had was that Christchurch hasn't really come back from the earthquakes. I hope that will change in the very near future. All the best.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Nottingham
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Merivale motel was clean, well appointed, well positioned and the welcome was warm! Just what you need after a long haul flight! We needed a couple of days to recoup before collecting our camper van and starting our tour - this was just what we needed. We enjoyed the local restaurants and the 25 minute walk into Christchurch. It was great being able to self cater as our sleeping patterns were all over the place!! The shuttlebus from the airport dropped us right outside our door for a very reasonable price. A relly good start to a wonderful holiday1

Room Tip: Our room was right by the road and wondered if the traffic would bother us - it didn't!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Hotel is situated at the nice area. Supermarket, small shopping centre and nice restaurants nearby. Easy, about 20 min, walk to the city centre. We stayed 2 nights in the main house. Room was cosy, spacious, with minikitchenette and good facilities. Owners were friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

We arrived after a long 24hrs of travel from the states…it took a little while for the 6 of us to check it, as there was only one woman working the desk and she was handling a customer on the phone, but once she helped us, we were checked it with tomorrow's breakfast in hand and settling into our rooms.

We stayed in the main house, which was superb. There is no elevator, so expect to lug your luggage up the stairs. Although cute and quaint on the outside, the rooms are updated and modern, with nice bathrooms and kitchenettes for cooking.

Breakfast consists of milk, cereal, bread, and condiments (butter, jam, etc). It was plenty to eat for us!

I recommend staying in the main house if possible. The rooms down near the road have one large window that faces the entry and parking area which don't offer much privacy unless you keep your blinds drawn. Otherwise, everyone can see you laying in bed!

I would definitely stay here again :)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

This hotel is a superb historic mansion/villa in a great area of Christchurch. Providing you stay in the main house and not the prefabricated motel style rooms, the rooms are big with a seperate living area that has a kitchenette with hobs for cooking.

The bedrooms are really nice and the bed was very comfortable. And the bathroooms are very luxurious.

It loses one star because there is no breakfast or breakfast option and it's pretty expensive. I'm probably being harsh there though.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

This was our first night in New Zealand and we were impressed! The service was outstanding! The owner offered us a small breakfast (they even had glutenfree bread and lactose free milk!), without any charges. Our room was small (there are bigger ones as well) but very cosy. Everything was very clean and very nice! Free DVDs.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Merivale Manor
Address: 122 Papanui Road | Merivale, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Christchurch
#3 Luxury Hotel in Christchurch
#4 Family Hotel in Christchurch
#8 Romantic Hotel in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Merivale Manor 4.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Merivale Manor, Christchurch. Originally built in the 1880's, Merivale Manor comprises 10 elegant & luxurious Studio, 1 & 2 bedroom suites. The Manor has been completely renovated in late 2014, following repairs from superficial earthquake damage, and is in pristine condition. A further 8 spa studio units are situated in front of the Manor, with 7 chic 3bdrm townhouse apartment accommodation ideal for families and travelling executive groups directly across the road. Situated at 122 Papanui Road, Merivale, Christchurch and reasonably priced, the Manor is in a great location, close to the Merivale village with its premier shopping, restaurants, cafes and bars. We are conveniently close to St Georges & Southern Cross & Nurse Maud Hospitals, St Andrews, Rangi Ruru, St Margaret's and Selwyn House schools. A 20min wander (or a 5min drive) will get you to the city centre and a short stroll to Christchurch's beautiful Hagley Park, golf course and Christchurch Casino. Merivale Manor is within easy access by car, taxi or bus to AMI Stadium, CBS Canterbury Arena , Railway Station, Christchurch's International and domestic Airport and an ideal base for your Christchurch and Canterbury visit. ... more   less 
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