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Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers
Ranked #15 of 18 Hotels in Timaru
Reviewed July 21, 2012

We stayed here for eight days for a national roller skating event. Location is great. Room was dated, but comfortable and had everything we needed. Bedspread was dirty and when I mentioned it to staff, it was promptly replaced.
Thank you for making our first visit to Timaru so memorable.
Walking distance to Caroline Bay, and there's a great bakery across the road!!!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Yoan T, Owner at Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2013

Thank you for your review. We are cheap but we are definitely striving to provide clean rooms. I'm sorry a beadspread was dirty and I'm glad you pointed it out so we could replace it.

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Reviewed May 6, 2012

a comfortable unit with good hosts can be recommended for the budget travellers such as my wife & i

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Yoan T, Owner at Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2013

Thank you for your review Michael. A bit disappointed you gave us only 3 stars since you enjoyed your stay and would recommend others to stay.

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Reviewed April 17, 2012

We spent 10 wonderful days here. The hosts were helpful and kind and friendly. They both ensured all our needs were meet. The unit was very clean, tidy and comfortable. Our children enjoyed the location being close to shops and a skate park.
We will be back to stay sure.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Sally T
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Yoan T, Owner at Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2013

Thank yo for your great review Sally, I'm veryhappy you enjoyed it so much here.

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Reviewed April 14, 2012

The rooms are very comfortable, everything is in walking distance, including my favorite the pier, and Caroline beach, and the hosts were absolutely wonderful people. I will definately come back.

Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
Thank j275
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Yoan T, Owner at Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2013

Thanks for your great review. We hope to see you again

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Reviewed December 27, 2011

My partner booked this scummy motel through the net pics are very deceiving. The fridge stunk, the bathroom was grubby, not a secure place for children at all. Rated a 3 star, makes a good tui ad "yeah right."

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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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Yoan T, Owner at Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2013

Hi Rene,
I'm very sorry you didn't enjoy the Anchor, I would have liked you to mention something on the day if you thought that your unit was not clean. In our view there's absolutely no excuse for a dirty room and we would have rectified whatever it was that you say was dirty. Idon't understand why you say the Anchor is not safe for children (my 6 year old girl who plays here).
p.s. I hope this is not a malicious review

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Reviewed April 23, 2015
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  • Stayed: March 2015, traveled solo
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Address: 42 Evans Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Timaru
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 18 Hotels in Timaru
Price Range: $56 - $99 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AFFORDABLE, COMFORTABLE & FRIENDLY. Location: centrally located, 500m from Caroline Bay, beach, new Aquatic center, tennis center, Northtown mall, restaurants, paddling pool and playground, etc. Accommodation: studios, 1 & 2 bdrm family units, 5 bedroom separate house, separate backpacker. Specializing in group bookings & long-term accommodation. Features: Motel units are spacious and come with fully equipped kitchens, sky TV, wireless internet, guest computer, ample onsite car parks, bbq. 5 bedroom house is fully renovated has 2 kitchens, 2 1/2 bathrooms and a huge balcony. Backpacker has single, twin & dorm rooms with shared kitchen, lounge and bathroom, linen provided, wireless internet avail. Your hosts Sandy & Greg look forward to welcoming you. ... more   less 
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