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Azena Motel
Ranked #75 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
Wollongong, Australia
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173 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“lovely apartment in Christchurch”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

This motel was a lovely surprise: the photos do not do it justice! It feels brand-new, although it is more than 5 years' old. It has classy silk curtains, and is well appointed. Great, spacious comfortable bed. The staff is very friendly, efficient and helpful. (Came running when I set off the smoke alarm, burning the toast!). I could live there, it is that comfortable. The only harsh reality is the empty space every room looks at: the house next door is no longer there, due to the earthquakes. However, accepting that as a fact of life in Christchurch, our stay was very good. The motel is in a very handy location, close to a supermarket and also the CBD. We had free WiFi for our iPad. Only thing: it needs serving and wooden spoons and a (small) frypan. And why is it that no accommodation in New Zealand has flyscreens on windows or doors?it even has very efficient washing machine and dryers in every room! For the first time in our lives we took clean washing home from holidays, as it was so easy to do the washing. Brilliant in every aspect.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Akaroa
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We really enjoyed our 3 days stay. The room was clean and modern and provided free internet. We also appreciated having a washing machine and dryer in our room. My only recommendation would be to offer wifi, vacuum the rooms when servicing them and pull out the dead flowers. Thanks for great stay!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Encinitas, California
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

We arrived after an exhausting international journey, well before checkin, and stayed two nights in January. John at the desk was extremely friendly and helpful. The room was modern, neat, with all furnishings clean, the beds were very comfortable and in excellent condition. The convenient kitchenette is equipped well-enough for preparing basic meals (beef stroganoff) and the washer-drier was appreciated after a long journey. Location convenient to shops and restaurants, on a bus line or short walk to the CBD. Overall, excellent value. One minor thing to watch out for - the free broadband daily internet allowance is adequate (unless you want to stream hours of movies), but it's a wired ethernet connection in the room - not wireless.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Devonport
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Friendly and very helfpul hosts. Walking distance to CBD, close to most other things. Comfortable rooms with great cooking facilities. Washing facilities within room makes things very easy. Enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Maputo
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

This place seems to be fairly new, with a washer, dryer and kitchenette. We arrived late in the day and stayed 3 nights in December. I asked for one extra sachet of washing powder and the manager was very reluctant in providing it. The next day, I asked for one extra towel and he questioned why I wanted the towel. There were no tissues in the room and the teas/sugar etc were not refilled even once during our stay. We will not stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

Stayed just 1 night. Host very pleasant and helpful. Good soundproofing from road noise. Room lovely. Only thing that let it down was no breakfast available however host suggested places for us to go. Would happily stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Not only was our room immaculate but John at the front desk could not have been more helpful . He told us of an amazingly good Indian restaurant that was only walking distance away. Probably the best Indian meal we've ever had (and I lived in India for many years.) The next day, when we realized we'd have to pay excess baggage on an internal flight he agreed to look after our third suitcase for 5 days and arrange to get it to the airport for us on our return 5 days later. He did this with no charge. Then , when my wife's cell phone arrived by post after we left, he held on to it for eleven months for us and then shipped it to Australia for pick up by our friends when we requested it. Again he refused to accept re-imbursement of the postage for the phone.
We've never ever experienced such service; even in five star hotels . Can't recommend enough the Azena Motel in Christchurch.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Azena Motel
Address: 12 Cranford Street | St Albans, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #75 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Azena Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Azena Motel, new! opened 2007 , studio apertments with free internet in room conection cat.5e cable. Washing machines and dryer in all units , brilliant breakfast menu. Party of 4 or 5 ? no problem - we have units with interconnecting doors. close to CBD -2.0kms bus at the door . Airport is 9.5kms - 10-15 taxi ride. ... more   less 
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