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Akaroa Criterion Motel
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Akaroa
Certificate of Excellence
Surrey England
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85 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Great position and views”
Reviewed January 11, 2012

We stayed in this motel for just one night prior to returning our hire car in Christchurch and returning to the UK.
We had a top floor studio unit which was a very good size and good value for money.
The bed was very comfortable and the shower room well equiped with quality toiletries.
The top floor units have excellent harbour views and the motel is very near to the shops and restaurants.There is comfortable seating looking out over the water and internet access if you need it.
It was a short stay but a very comfortable one.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

Great location but all accommodation in town is in a great location. When checking in I asked where our daughter would sleep, making it clear we had a child. He told us he would sort something out. Nothing happened but when my wife went to ask about the internet she was referred to as 'that lady with the child' in a derogatory tone. A lecture followed regarding norms in NZ regarding extra persons costing an extra $25. I was never asked to pay this at check in and have no objections at all with the fee as per the sites terms. I therefore went to the office after hearing this story from my wife and paid $50 for the two nights and asked if this was enough money for them to treat my wife with more respect. No extra bed ever turned up but I also didn't want to see the management again during our stay anyway. Plenty of other places to stay so avoid. Requested upper flour room with a beach view. Got a ground flour unit with direct side street access. Bathroom floor tiles are freezing and no hob for cooking. Large room and very clean. Worth noting that you will be charged for using the internet when you check out. The husband and wife team play bad cop good cop. Hubby tells you not to be concerned if you go over the quota but the Mrs charges you full whack when you check out.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Invercargill
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Reviewed November 15, 2011

My husband and I stayed at this beautiful Motel for two nights (11.11.11 &12.11.11). To be honest with you even though the weather wasn't great the warmth shown to us by our hosts made up for it and i (we) wish we could've stayed for much longer. Our room was absolutely perfect! Even better than what i had expected. Very modern, warm & clean. Very luxurious. We had a room on the top floor on the end so we had an amazing view of the sea, wee warf and the "main township" that was about a 5min walk away (if you just strolled) so very well situated. The little quaint buildings and shops behind this motel also very nice. Handy to 4Square so you are able to buy nice wine there (and other stuff of course) at a good price. This motel i would rate the highest and would recommend to anyone wanting to stay at a beautiful romantic getaway that provides all (even umbrellas...LOL). Thank you Akaroa Criterion Motel for making our stay memorable for all the right reasons.
Sharon & Les Watson

Room Tip: The room we had was on the top floor beside the penthouse suite. Room 12. It was quiet, warm and wel...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed October 26, 2011

We stayed two nights. This was the first motel of our 12 night trip around the south island. The motel is one street back from the lake. What a view. Double glazed windows to keep out the cold, very efficient heating system. A small seating area to watch TV or just gaze at the wonderful view - mountains - lake. We found it to be a very comfortable room with a king size bed (a little hard for me but,). The room was large with the usual self catering equipment. Well situated within walking distance to all amenities, restaurants, supermarket, shopping etc.

Room Tip: It is a motel, so staying on the ground level would be a little noisy. Second floor was great.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

We stayed on the second floor. The room was large and comfortable with a comfy seating area. The bathroom was modern and attractive.

The room itself had a somewhat garish color scheme: burgundy, blue, yellow. Our "waterview" looked out over a one story brick house that had a car with a trailer attached parked in front of it. It was a bit disappointing.

The basic kitchen facilities included a mini-fridge, sink, microwave, but no stove top.

The hotel is a short walk from the main pier, but it is close to the supermarket and several restaurants. We could hear the loud hum of the supermarket all night (perhaps the sound of their refrigeration unit?).

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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north yorks
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed May 24, 2011

WE booked 1 nigth at The Criterio motel in order to enjoy a full days sunshine in Akaroa. . The view from the 3rd floor is superb so it is well worht the extra few dollars for this magic view.
We thought the motel represented very good value indeed as we had everyhting we needed in the room. The rooms were very spacious indeed . We had a very warm welcome and the oweners were very helpful indeed.
We will definitely go back.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Nuremberg, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed April 18, 2011

Great location, better spend some more one and take a room at the third floor. We stayed at the second and alreay had a great view, one floor higher should be even better.

Quiet, spacious romms with everything you need for a fair price. Also free wifi (with download limit that is enough for checking emails. We exceeded the limit by far and they just did not charge us). Very close to the romantic harbour. What elso you need, enjoy!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Akaroa Criterion Motel
Address: 75 Rue Jolie | Akaroa Banks Penninsular, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Akaroa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Akaroa Criterion Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Superb harbor views from most rooms at this 4 plus star plus motel. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Super-king beds, private balcony. Double glazing and underfloor heating. Free WiFi each day in every room. Free car parking with ltd under cover parking also. ... more   less 
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