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Akaroa Waterfront Motels
Ranked #2 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Akaroa
Certificate of Excellence
auckland, new zealand
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4 reviews
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“over=priced Driftwood in Akaroa”
Reviewed January 4, 2008

This motel does have the only waterfront in Akaroa, as advertised, but you pay too hefty a price for it; the amenities/decor/facilities are that of an basic NZ$100 motel, but the price is $200. I'd expected a lot more in the way of up-to-date decor, comfortable bed, etc for the money. We got a studio motel unit with additional small bedroom, but the kitchen lacked a microwave, fire extinguisher, or smoke detector (required by NZ law), and the bed was saggy and allowed little sleep. Not too flash for $200!!

  • Liked — the waterfront location
  • Disliked — poor value for money - felt ripped off
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 3, 2007

We booked the Driftwood using the AA & Janson's accomodation guide as we were arriving in Akaroa about 7.30pm. We wanted water views & these showed great pictures of the views and described the units as unsurpassed. No pictures of the interior. Not unsuprising when we saw our room which looked like it hadn't been renovated since the 70s/80s. The decor was tired & dated, as was the crockery & glassware & the the little deck.
We paid $165 a night for our room which was the most expensive we paid anywhere on our 2 week holiday of the South Island. We stayed in brand new 1 bedroom apartments with mountain views & a pool/spa in Wanaka for less! To make matters worse, you had to pay for EVERYTHING. For the plunger coffee, the (usually) complimentary biscut (be careful to read the compendium first or you won't know this), for extra milk (for more than you would pay at the shop!) & to rent videos/DVDs. You have to let them know whether you want the paper by 8pm - which they failed to tell us when we checked in. No ironing board & iron in the room (for $165 you have to use the laundry!). No little complimentary extras here like an extra towel. Only one soap for hand washing & shower! Felt totally ripped off. This place could no justify charging this amount! Would definate shop around.

Stayed January 2007
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Property: Akaroa Waterfront Motels
Address: 56 - 64 Rue Jolie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites
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Ranked #2 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Akaroa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Akaroa Waterfront Motels 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the beautiful, historic French village of Akaroa, just 1.5H from Christchurch. With 24 refurbished units to choose from featuring studio,1, 2 and 3-bedroom units, you can enjoy affordable comfort with the waterfront right at your doorstep. With most units offering views of the water, spacious living and well-equipped kitchens you have everything you need to make your stay enjoyable. We are only a minutes stroll to the art and craft shops, restaurants, cafes and other attractions Akaroa has to offer. You could also relax in our private hot tropical spa pool. ... more   less 
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