We stayed here as a stop-off between Motueka and Christchurch, travelling with our 3 month old son. Having travelled up to Motueka via Kaikoura and Blenheim, we wanted to return through the Kahurangi national park and the beautiful Lewis Pass. We'd heard bad things about Springs Junction and Maruia Springs, so chose Murchison as our half-way point. It's a small town, but beautifully located amongst forested hills. We wanted somewhere clean and inexpensive, and this is exactly what we got with Mataki Motel. We had a standard unit, with a double bed, a clean en-suite bathroom and a great shower. The room wasn't palatial by any means, but served its purpose well.
What particularly struck me were the little things - such as the bucket of water and sponge/squeegee in the carpark for a much needed cleaning of our car windscreen. Simple, low-cost, but useful for guests, and showing a customer-oriented attitude lacking from many - generally larger - hotels/motels. We were unable to connect to the free WiFi - but that may have been a fault with our hardware - and had we alerted reception no doubt they would have tried to resolve the issue.
All in all, a very nice place to stay, with excellent value and customer service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mataki Motel offers clean and comfortable accommodation at an affordable price. 16 self-contained units: • 12 units sleep 1-3 • 4 family units sleep 1-6 • All non-smoking units • Serviced daily ... more less
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