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Akaroa Criterion Motel
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Akaroa
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Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for a night in July 2013 and had a very pleasant stay. Our room had a lovely view of the harbour and was very warm. The motel building must be really well sound proofed as we heard nothing from the other guests, no TVs, no plumbing noise. Comfy bed, well stocked kitchenette (microwave only) and very friendly, helpful owners. What more could you ask for?! Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Gabrielle D, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2013

Thank you for your glowing report. You won't hear the room next door usually unless they are particularly noisy as the walls have spaces between them for extra soundproofing. The plumbing etc all goes down between the walls so shouldnt hear that either. Underfloor heating helps to keep the rooms warm. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay.

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Reviewed June 28, 2013

This motel was great very central and close to the 4 Square supermarket (which had some fantastic wine specials), shops and some very good Restaurants etc.
Our Penthouse apartment had great views over the harbour and was huge!!!!

Room Tip: We booked the Penthouse which was great, very spacious and great views of the Harbour. My only moan...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank maureen55
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Gabrielle D, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2013

Thank you for your comments.
We are really sorry about the hum from the chiller unit on the side wall of the supermarket. I have approached the owner and they are getting it seen to and quietened down. It does come on and off as it runs the meat chiller. She was most apologetic.
We will monitor this as well. Thank you for your other positive responses too. The Penthouse certainly is a great unit and has fantastic sea views.

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

We stayed here on the last weekend of May and would highly recommend it. Akaroa Criterion responded to our email enquiry promptly, answered our questions and were friendly and professional throughout. We stayed in a modern studio room with ensuite bathroom which was very clean and felt brand new. We had a nice view of the harbour and the hotel was extremely centrally located, easy walking distance to everything. It was also just behind the 4 Square store and so handy for those of you that want to use the room's facilities to cook/eat your own food. It seems to be a husband and wife team that run the place so also nice to know you're supporting a local business. Also, the Akaroa Criterion was fully booked while we were there despite it being off-peak season. We would happily stay here again.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms have a view of the harbour, e.g. Room 5.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gabrielle D, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2013

Thank you for your lovely comments. They are certainly appreciated.
Yes we are just a husband and wife team, apart from the dog and cat who do help when they can.
We do try and run the Motel as we would like to find a place when we travel. Also most of the rooms do have harbour views. Only 2 that don't. Once again Thank you and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday..

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Reviewed May 25, 2013

This was our first stop in NZ and we couldn't have been more impressed. From the moment we walked in we hoped the rest of the accommodation was going to be like this! Great size room, upstairs with a view out to the pier. Loved the high-end toiletries, and the variety. Short walk to the main restaurants. Lovely resident cat and dog. Absolutely stay again.

Room Tip: Ask for a view!
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gabrielle D, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2013

The resident dog and cat thank you very much. They work very hard on their customer relations.
We thank you too as we try as hard as they do to get things right. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you have a wonderful holiday in New Zealand.

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Reviewed May 18, 2013

Really liked this place. Owner was friendly, room was pretty big, clean and comfortable, and we got a free upgrade to a waterview room (see the picture I posted along with this review). Also very conveniently located -- short walk to everything. Would absolutely stay here again if in Akaroa.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gabrielle D, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2013

Thank you for choosing to stay here, That picture you posted is really neat. I havent seen one like that before. Didnt show much of the sea view but still a neat piccie. We always try to upgrade people where we can, and enjoy doing this. Makes everybody happy. Glad you would stay here again. Thankyou.

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Reviewed May 15, 2013

We ran a workshop here for 10 colleagues over two days. the location was superb the room for the workshop (which very comfortably fitted 10) had a stunning view overlooking the harbour . the facilities were great with morning and afternoon teas avaiable. The cost of this facilty was 220 (which incldued accomodation for up to four) which was incredibly cheap.
The rooms were very comfortable and of a high standard.
Certainly recommended for a holiday or work.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Gabrielle D, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2013

Thank you for your comments. We enjoyed having your group here and are glad you had a good meeting. I know it is difficult with the view from the room. We are getting known for small conferences and it is always our pleasure to meet new people.
The price you quoted id not always that. It is seasonal and is for 2 persons and not 4. Usually when its a conference just the facilitator stays there, although the apartment does have 2 bedrooms.

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Reviewed May 11, 2013

We stayed here for one night in a mid-level room and were very happy with the experience. The room was clean and spacious and we had a partial view of the harbour. The location is extremely central and restaurants and shops were very close by. It was quiet too. Would definitely come back.

Next time I will remember to bring slippers as the floor tiles were extremely cold!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gabrielle D, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2013

Thank you for your comments. Slippers should not be needed on the tiles as there is underfloor heating. Maybe this just wasnt turned on at the time. It certainly is now., so cosy warm feet if you have to get up during the night.:)

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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 #2 of 5 Hotels in Akaroa
Price Range: $103 - $150 (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 
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