Perfect spot for a stay in the charming small port of Akaroa which, nestling between vaguely Côte d'Azur hills and with its French history, seems to be a delightful forgotten slice of the South of France before it became ribbon development.
We spent two nights at the Criterion, perfectly situated in the centre of town. The room was very comfortable, spacious and well maintained, and reflected the town's ambiance with a couple of Raoul Dufy prints on the wall. The room had a balcony, suitable for late afternoon reflection aided by a fine Otago wine, a small, adequately equipped kitchenette, and, usefully, a coffee table, couch and armchair.
Gabrielle and the laconically humorous David, are great hosts and even Mista (?), the Motel Dog, was affably welcoming (forgive the pathetic fallacy, but Mistah really did seem genuinely pleased to see guests).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Akaroa Criterion Hotel Christchurch