We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Large rooms and close to water and amenities”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 8 more sites!
Akaroa Criterion Motel
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Akaroa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 24, 2013

The room that we stayed in was large and had everything that we needed. KItchenette, good sized bathroom, comfortable bed and quality tea, coffee, shampoo, conditioner, use of BBQ and laundry etc. All that you would need for a holiday. The owner was friendly when we arrived and has a beautiful dog. The scenery is spectacular. When we were in Akaroa it was crowded with tourists off the cruise ships. The drive from Christchurch took some time after arriving late in the afternoon, unfortunately to leave Akaroa, you have to return over the same road.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank JeffGoldCoast
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Gabrielle D, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2013

The dog thanks you for saying he is beautiful. He is a bit like us, getting older but always enjoys a good comment. He does his job of showing people to rooms well :) Glad you enjoyed your stay

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (296)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

236 - 242 of 296 reviews

Reviewed March 16, 2013

Our third floor room had a nice view of the waterfront. The self-cater kitchenette was well equipped. The bathroom was a good size and the bed comfortable. Would definitely recommend the 3rd floor or you will just be looking out at the street.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank cacl3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Gabrielle D, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2013

Thank you for your review. We always appreciate them. By the way you do get sea views from most of the units not just the top floor.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed February 11, 2013

We knew nothing of Akaroa and chose from web site.
It was one of best stays in New Zealand visit. Could not fault anything. Particularly found owner and wife ultra helpful. Well Done. We are usually very critical.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Review collected in partnership with Easytobook.com
Thank heronpisces
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Gabrielle D, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2013

Thank you for your comments. Its always good to know that we can make your stay happy and comfortable

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Stayed for two nights in a top floor room. View over the bay was excellent and the room was very large incorporating a kitchen, settee and chair plus table and two chairs, and plenty of room still to spare. Its been refurbished and is up for sale so expect standards to be high.
Its close to all the amenities but far enough away from the main bars to be quiet--everything is walking dostance in Akaroa. Good wifi. Virtyaully all rooms have decent size balconies which face the evening sun

Room Tip: Get a top floor room
See more room tips
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Teddall
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 20, 2013

This was one of the nicest motels we stayed in in NZ. The rooms are spacious and clean, and the location and view is perfect. We were also lucky to get upgraded to a nicer room at no cost, so we were not complaining!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank gal_melbourne
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 6, 2013

The location is great and nice view. I got meddle luxury room which was roomy, clean and has all basic facilities. The staff also helpful and friendly. I was with my kids which I think was family oriented motel. Has free parking and free wifi for half an hour.

Room Tip: Choose meddle or upper for the nice view
See more room tips
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Shatha A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 2, 2013

As all accommodation was booked out in Christchurch on the last 2 nights of our holiday, we headed to Akorao. All accommodation was booked out in Akaroa due to a wedding on the Saturday so we found ourselves discussing our problem with the hosts of the Criterion Motel. They were most accommodating,but had only accommodation for one night (in a lovely spacious room with a fantastic view) Then David and Gabrielle offered to put us up in their house for the other night. We were overwhelmed by their kindness. We had a very enjoyable evening getting to know our hosts and will continue our friendship with them when they travel to Australia next year. We would highly recommend the Akaroa Criterion Motel – it is in a fabulous position, large clean rooms and wonderful hosts.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Chrissy233
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Akaroa hotels
0.4 mi away
Akaroa Village inn
Akaroa Village inn
#1 of 5 in Akaroa
133 reviews
0.3 mi away
La Rochelle Motel
La Rochelle Motel
#3 of 5 in Akaroa
223 reviews
0.1 mi away
Akaroa Waterfront Motels
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.3 mi away
Tresori Motor Lodge
Tresori Motor Lodge
#4 of 5 in Akaroa
125 reviews
0.4 mi away
L'Hotel Akaroa
L'Hotel Akaroa
#9 of 25 in Akaroa
140 reviews
1.5 mi away
L'Abri
L'Abri
#1 of 25 in Akaroa
227 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Akaroa Criterion Motel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Akaroa Criterion Motel

Address: 75 Rue Jolie | Akaroa Banks Penninsular, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Phone Number:
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Akaroa
Price Range: $108 - $149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Agoda, Booking.com, Priceline, Travelocity, Hotwire, Orbitz, HotelQuickly and TripOnline SA so you can book your Akaroa Criterion Motel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Akaroa Criterion Hotel Christchurch

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing