My husband and I struggled to find somewhere to stay in Rangiora using the local town map as we found many of the B & B's and home stays had closed. We ended up walking into the Lilybrook and were fortunate to find a room. A slight hiccup on check in, we were given a room that was already occupied but the chap at the desk was very accommodating and gave us a free upgrade in exchange. We were given a very spacious 1 bedroom unit with separate lounge/kitchen/dining area. The decor was very dated, but in walking past some of the rooms it looks like some have received a decor upgrade, so hopefully the rest will receive the well needed facelift in time. The furniture in our unit was a mixed bag but adequate and comfortable. The full compliment of Sky TV channels was very welcome after a long day on the road.
The unit was quite clean, but someone had neglected to empty the rubbish bin in the kitchen, leaving us with a full bin of someone else's stuff. It was not really an issue as we just left our beer bottles on the counter, but if we had been cooking in it might have been a bother.
The room was reasonably priced and there was plenty of room for parking. The beds were comfortable and in spite of being on the main road it was quite quiet. The shower pressure is very good. We had a nice sleep and no hassles on check out.
Good value for the money, and once the units all get upgraded it will be a very nice place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy good hospitality at quality accommodation in one of our 13 fully equipped, self-contained, spacious motel units. We offer Studio to Family units with private balconies or courtyards. Most units have full cooking facilities. Amenities include BBQ. Easy driving distance to all Canterbury ski fields, vineyards and Rangiora's restaurants, Cafes and sporting venues. We are located on the Inland Scenic Route 72. Only 20 minutes drive from Christchurch International Airport and 2 hours drive south of Kaikoura. ... more less
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