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Diplomat Motel

127 Papanui Road Merivale, Christchurch 8014 New Zealand
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#63 of 97 motels in Christchurch
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The Diplomat Motel centrally localated consists of 4 x 56m2 x 2 bedroom family units and 12 x 32m2 large studios. Each unit is fully self contained with full oven,microwave,pots,pans,cutlery,crockery,toaster,tea,coffee etc. There is a shower and vanity in the bathroom and separate W.C. In the main studio room there is a 2 seater couch,queen/king bed and a single bed. There are tables and chairs and a writing desk with phone and free wireless internet. There is a free swimming pool,spa pool and childrens playground.Just 5 minutes walk to Merivale Mall which has many restaurants,cafes,boutiques and a supermarket and St George's Hospital. 10 minutes walk to town and the Botanic Gardens.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Breakfast in the room
Babysitting
Books, DVDs, music for children
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Parking
Wifi
Hot bath
Outdoor pool
Vending machine
Car hire
Spa
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Self-serve laundry
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Housekeeping
Safe
Seating area
Separate dining area
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Microwave
Bath / shower
Refrigerator
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Family
Languages Spoken
English, Chinese
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coppersnow wrote a review May 2023
Sydney, Australia9 contributions1 helpful vote
Terrible. We actually wondered if this has been used for cooking P. Had a very distinctive, sour chemical smell and we had bad headaches. Place felt like it needed a very good clean, and was very shabby and tired. Good sized rooms and well located. The pool wasn't really useable - apparently they tried to limit numbers so you had to ask permission to use it - but it looked filthy so we avoided it. Not a great place to stay as a family and wouldn't recommend it to women travelling alone. Wondered if it was being used for emergency housing. Expensive and wouldn't stay here again.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Michael Payne wrote a review Dec 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand23 contributions13 helpful votes
Title sums it up, it’s affordable, clean and comfortable with everything you need, full kitchen, ensuite bathroom and most studios with queen bed and single, couch, desk, coffee table. Love being this close to the city, 3 minute walk to Merivale Mall and Supermarket, ten minute walk to Casino + Bars. Friendly host, yet to try the spa and pool hopefully warmer weather for New Years!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Mumma&Co wrote a review Nov 2021
Timaru, New Zealand6200 contributions598 helpful votes
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First time we've EVER booked in, unpacked car then left!! Unit 16, two bedroom unit, cheap at $120 night but no thanks!! It was freezing cold with every window open even though it was raining, toilet bowl was so stained, shower was filthy, TV unit super dusty, the leather couch was filled with dust in the creases etc! Should have trusted my gut when booking as that was super painful. I know English isn't the ladies first language but when I was asking the price she kept giving me my phone number!! Plus kept getting night we were staying wrong etc. Super weird.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jane Doe wrote a review Aug 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
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Absolutely filthy, toilet bowl stained, mould on windows, dirty kitchen floor, would not stay there again, their website is not true to the condition of rooms, ants on kitchen table, hooker operating out of room next door.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Simon Green wrote a review Nov 2020
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Super friendly staff, very comfortable bed and nice big room. I was in Christchurch for surgery and a bit hazy when I checked out - left my toilet bag behind and they couriered it to me free of charge.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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marce280 wrote a review Nov 2019
Christchurch, New Zealand63 contributions19 helpful votes
This would have to be one of the worst motel I have visited in Christchurch. Owners very rude to the point that when our friends came over we where told they where not allowed in the pool. And it was 30+ outside. They seemed to me like they enjoyed telling us off. Would not recommend staying here at all
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Cindy C wrote a review Jul 2019
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Clean but quite shabby, very friendly staff, uncomfortable pillows and bed, outside area looks untidy. Good parking and handy to shops, takeaways, restaurants etc. Not much milk supplied and very cheap coffee, tea etc
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Date of stay: January 2019
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pht935 wrote a review Jun 2019
Otago Region, New Zealand2 contributions
The studio was clean and tidy. Although older it looks as though updating is happening. The bed was very comfortable after a long drive and my dog was allowed to stay and having a back door as well made toileting much easier for him. Very friendly and helpful staff and for a person with disabilities the low level access to front and back made life a lot easier. I will be staying again.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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WilsonFamilyNz wrote a review Apr 2019
Pleasant Point, New Zealand576 contributions42 helpful votes
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Stayed here last night, Lady in office was nice, and that is where the niceness stopped. Bed was like a riverbed in the mountains, Windows that don’t secure properly, food on the floor, plugs falling out of the wall burn marks on the carpet, dirt and dust everywhere. The two bedroom units need a full refit.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Julie D wrote a review Mar 2019
Takaka, New Zealand16 contributions3 helpful votes
After a long day's travelling, my Mum and I were looking forward to settling in to rest, but both found this motel too dirty and worn to feel we could even unpack. The external doormat had clearly not been lifted or swept around for weeks, the windows were probably at least 6 months from having been cleaned last, every surface including lino, carpet, tabletops, sofas and bedspreads was grimy and marked. The outdoor courtyard, which was marketed as private, but was shared with other units and unsuitable for our small dog, still had the leaves, dirt and debris which remains after autumn and winter and the outdoor furniture was too dirty to use. When I realised that the painted door to the master bedroom had either blood or coffee dripped down its surface I decided enough was enough and went to the office to state unequivocally that the motel was unfit for human habitation without a great deal of deep cleaning and that we were moving out immediately and wanted a refund of our 3 night stay for which they had wanted to charge $782. The host wanted to tell Booking.com through whom we'd booked our stay that we were "no shows" but I said that would make us out to be unreliable guests which we are not, and a cancellation due to the low standards of cleaning oversight was a more accurate reason.As we were about to drive away, the husband of the host appeared with a spray bottle and cloth in his hands, my Mum advised he was going to need more than that to put right the sheer grime involved! A full refund was obtained and confirmation of no cancellation fee was phoned through by the host 5 minutes after we had left their establishment - never to return!
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Diplomat Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Diplomat Motel?
Nearby attractions include Merivale Mall (0.3 km), Frogmore (0.3 km), and St. Mary's Merivale (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Diplomat Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a spa.
Which room amenities are available at Diplomat Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Diplomat Motel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Diplomat Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Diplomat Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tutto Bene Restaurant Pizzeria, six ounces, and No.4.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Diplomat Motel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Diplomat Motel have airport transportation?
Yes, Diplomat Motel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Diplomat Motel?
Yes, dry cleaning and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Diplomat Motel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Diplomat Motel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Chinese.