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La Rochelle Motel
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Akaroa
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

This is a nice enough motel with a good bed and everything you need. Starting to show a bit of wear in the bathroom. Due to location of the room there was no sun but I did enjoy the small balcony overlooking the stream and trees and waking up to birdsong was nice.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mary J
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LaRochelleAkaroa, Owner at La Rochelle Motel, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on our property, we welcome feedback and ways to improve our business. We are sorry the sun did not shin for you on this instance, our North Facing Property does see the sun all afternoon (if its shining of course) & yes the tress that provide the native tui with the beautiful birdsong due at times throw shade on small areas of the downstairs balcony. In what has been the hottest and driest summer we have seen for a long time this is a welcome relief for some. We look forward to hosting you again soon.

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

This is a modern, efficient,clean functional motel with not a lot of character to write about. We had the access unit with an excellent bathroom, but it is right next to the main road, so traffic noise was a bit of a problem, especially during the day. The room was small, with only one small shelf for clothes (even the bedside tables had no drawers) so stowage was something of a problem - probably okay for one night though. It would have felt claustrophobic but for the small patio alongside a stream - and by small, I do mean small. Alongside a stream, maybe, but the motel is alongside the main street, and the traffic is noisier than the stream.

The problem is that, when they built this motel, they squeezed too much on to the corner site, so everything is small and cramped, even the parking. It's fine for a short stay, but average.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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LaRochelleAkaroa, Owner at La Rochelle Motel, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and share your thoughts on our property. We note you booked our Queen Access Unit which as the website states is street frontage and is a different layout to our other Studio's, it is also the cheapest unit. My husband & I did not build the property but we think the architect was very clever in designing a motel on what was the adjoining property's orchard. For a longer stay we would recommend future guests choose a King or Queen Studio or contact us direct and we can endeavour to meet your needs.We apologise you never found character here, we receive lots of positive feedback on our units and on our character, perhaps next time we shall invite Mr Richie M'Caw. Kind Regards Richelle.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Had a wonderful first time stay at the La Rochelle, comfortable, very clean and lovely setting with the stream, quiet but close to everything, felt very welcomed by the hosts and look forward to staying again at the La Rochelle.

Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay here. It was quiet and comfortable and we slept really well, which was a bonus after nearly ten days traveling. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The bathroom was a little small, but was fine for what we needed. Loved the stream out the back of the room, very pretty and tranquil. The location was perfect, within walking distance of the sailing boat Fox II we went on to view the dolphins and also the fantastic Little Bistro. Lovely stay.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

We recently had our 5th stay at Le Rochelle and it was excellent as usual. We had booked a Saturday and Sunday stay instead of Friday and Saturday in error so when we arrived Jeremy had no free units for us so he promptly got on the phone and found us alternative accommodation for the Friday night, he then charged us only for the Saturday night even though he was entitled to charge us for both nights - thanks again Jeremy. I highly recommend La Rochelle to everyone, I did recommend it to a friend and she did stay and thoroughly enjoyed her stay so it is also her choice for her next visit to Akaroa and I wouldn't stay anywhere else now.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

Spend 2 nights in this motel. Very good adress even with bad weather. Very friendly staff. Good and well equipped room/kitchen with everything we needed. The cleaning lady even washed our dishes!!! Perfect choice.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank 61Bernadette
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LaRochelleAkaroa, Owner at La Rochelle Motel, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2013

Thanks for your review and acknowledgement of our high standards of service. Our small team here work together to provide great service, which of course includes doing the dishes. See you again soon . Kind Regards Richelle

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Reviewed January 1, 2013

On a hiking trip around nz. Booked here on advice of trip advisor for 2 nights. Very comfy bed. Nice having a little balcony over looking a stream. Wifi was important to us and worked in the room. Can walk to everything, yet it's located in the unbusy end of town so quiet at night. Happy we chose here.

Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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LaRochelleAkaroa, Owner at La Rochelle Motel, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on our property. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and time in Akaroa. We look forward to hosting you again soon. Kind Regards
Richelle

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Additional Information about La Rochelle Motel

Address: 1 Rue Grehan, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Akaroa
Price Range: $85 - $177 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — La Rochelle Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the beautiful village of Akaroa La Rochelle Motel is a small family operated property that is your perfect destination for a relaxing & peaceful stay. Our modern complex offers a mix of 8 Studio Units with either King or Queen sized beds & a 2 bedroom unit. Access facilities or twin studio also available. Each unit is comfortably furnished with kitchenette, en-suite bathroom with either shower or single spa bath, heating, flat screen TV & DVD player, & iPod docks. Each unit also has its own balcony or patio overlooking our native garden & stream boundary. Off-street parking, free Wireless Broadband, continental breakfast & Guest Laundry available. ... more   less 
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