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ASURE Ashley Motor Lodge
Ranked #1 of 18 Hotels in Timaru
Cardiff, Wales
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478 reviews
91 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 311 helpful votes
“Great stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

After the spectacular journey up the Otira Gorge and across its marvellous viaduct, over Arthur's Pass, we continued onto Timaru via Geraldine on the East Coast, accompanied most of this way by the tracks of the Transalpine Railway. Although the journey from Hokitika took several hours, the open roads and beautiful scenery make travelling New Zealand a real pleasure. The Ashley Motor Lodge was a little tricky to find, but when we did so, it was a real find. Carl was most welcoming and said that he had upgraded us as the lodge was fully booked as an Army Brass Band was staying. Our room was spacious, well-appointed and very comfortable, and although the soldiers came back quite late, we all settled down to a good nights sleep. Following Carl's recommendation we ate at Bennys Again earlier in the evening and had good value decent food surrounded by images of Hollywood icons such as Marilyn and Elvis and other similar memorabilia. We has also earlier enjoyed walking the rugged surf tossed coast line, with all kinds and colours of seaweeds blown in off the Pacific Ocean, remembering that we had only left the the Tasman Sea that morning on the West Coast. Although we had intended to drive up to the foothills of Mt. Cook, and the wonders of the Tasman Glacier, the weather took a turn for the worse and we quickly revised our plans, thanks to the wonders of Wi-Fi and Booking.com, and headed north to Kaikoura, for a spot of whale watching.

Room Tip: Carl is the man to ask!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

We stayed in this place unexpectantly. We stayed in a 2 bedroom family unit. It was a pleasant stay. No real complaints. It was clean, spacious and quiet. Bed was comfortable. Nothing 5 star but overall I had nothing to complain about wit my stay. I think this is one of the more expensive places in Timaru, but probably worth the extra dollars.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

We had an outstanding experience at the Asure. Even though we only stayed for one night, everything was perfect. Roomy living space, well appointed kitchen, comfortable beds and couches and fabulous shower and spa bath. Luxury without the luxury price tag.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

Beautiful clean, modern and spacious unit with a Lovely comfortable bed and a great shower. The units capture the afternoon sun. Plenty of parking.
Lovely owners and friendly staff.Carl and Janet are excellent hosts. The room rate is very reasonable. The owners have gone out of their way to ensure we were happy with our room, even offering suggestions of local places for dinner. Highly recommend this Motel, whatever your trip.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2013

i phoned my booking the day prior & on arrival was upgraded to a 2x bed far corner upstairs unit- it was impressive bigger than most appartments with a generous spa bath & space to burn for 2. for 2x nights of very affordable luxury
i was so suprised i thought their was a mistake for the quoted price!! - but no it was laughed off by me & the manager . I really enjoyed my stay here & yes their is no surprise why its rated #1 in Timaru keep up the good work.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

I stay at this motel often.

Carl and Janet are excellent hosts. The units are clean, spacious, quiet and well furnished. The room rate is very reasonable.

The motel is on the main road south of the city and close to supermarkets and restaurants.

I would always stay here when in Timaru. Timaru is worth a visit if you are touring the south island. Go to Caroline Bay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

Our family stayed in a two bedroom unit at the Asure Ashley Motor Lodge on our journey down to Dunedin. We enjoyed our stay so much that we decided to stop for another night on our way back to Christchurch several days later. The units were very clean, modern, and spacious and great value for money. Although positioned near a busy road, we did not notice any traffic noise at all and slept very soundly. Our children particularly enjoyed the spa bath in the two bedroom unit! Thanks Carl and team for a lovely stay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Property: ASURE Ashley Motor Lodge
Address: 95-99 King Street, Timaru, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Timaru
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 Hotels in Timaru
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — ASURE Ashley Motor Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ASURE Ashley Motor Lodge provides quality, 4 Star Plus rated, central Timaru accommodation and is ideal for corporate travellers, families and tourists. ASURE Ashley Motor Lodge offers 17 spacious quiet fully self-contained and serviced studio, one and two bedroom apartments. Asure Ashley Motor lodge also offer the twin king unit, a two bedroom apartment with kind sized beds in both rooms, as well as having two access rooms. All apartments have fully equipped kitchens, spa baths (except for access studios), FREE WI FI (100MB Limits Apply), Continental and cooked breakfasts are available each morning. ASURE Ashley Motor Lodge is situated on SH1 just south of the bypass, 3 minutes' drive to central Timaru, Caroline Bay and restaurants, close to the Timaru Hospital, the Timaru Botanic Gardens and golfers have a choice of seven nearby golf courses. Your hosts Carl and Janet offer you a warm welcome at ASURE Ashley Motor Lodge located in the heart of Timaru. ... more   less 
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