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Distinction Coachman Hotel

140 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North 4410 New Zealand
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Nestled in the heart of Palmerston North, New Zealand and just a 3 minute walk from the CBD, Hotel Coachman is Palmerston North's only 4 star plus boutique accommodation provider offering 73 accommodation rooms and suites feature sky digital television, queen and king size beds and some studio rooms offer cooking facilities and free wireless internet access.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Babysitting
Children's television networks
Street parking
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Salon
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Ironing service
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Daniel Schuurman wrote a review 3 Feb
Blenheim, New Zealand4 contributions
The booking was in the motel but I didn’t realise this from the booking process. Even the reception to get the key is in the hotel side so not sure how this happened. Pictures on the site at booking time showed the hotel. The motel room was in a poor state of repair and very dated and doesn’t have air conditioning so on a hot day it’s an oven even with it all open. Wouldn’t stay here again.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled on business
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Brendan L wrote a review Jan 2024
Auckland, New Zealand7 contributions1 helpful vote
No aircon?!?!? Hotel looked great online and the Distinction brand great so I booked a standard room for $160 despite others in the street being $15-30 cheaper. Room 108. What disappointed me, was that in 2024 the room had no aircon. Which is a must in the middle of summer. I slept with the windows open and because of that had a cockroach for company! TV was old school with just a few channels. No Sky as far as I could tell as remote’s channel changer only went up not down… 😬. Room a bit dated too and bed tired, I think a basic change for them would be to at least tell you when checking in that the room doesn’t have aircon. All the cheaper ones in the street did after all, along with 50 Sky channels I discovered by looking at the signs outside other motels whilst going for a run. Motel and room was quaint, I just think they need to update those rooms as there was no value for money there, especially with so much choice on Fitzherbet Ave.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled on business
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Dream12012744446 wrote a review Dec 2023
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The room was dark and dated, the water came out orange in the bath tub. in the bathroom the bath coating is pealing away. There is no aircon only a floor fan which was full of dust, room was muggy. We won't be back.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Cristin D wrote a review Nov 2023
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The room was old and tired and looks like was built in the 1970s and hasn't been renovated since. Minimal amenities. There was a spider web holding up the lamp in the corner. Could use a spruce up and a good clean.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Wander25565808165 wrote a review Sept 2023
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Medieval level lighting Bathroom like a rainforest Decor of a retro adult movie set. Had a pretty good sleep though, so that was nice. Probably suit a last minute booking like we did for some where to sleep, just bring some reef shoes for the bathroom.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ian W wrote a review Jun 2023
Oamaru, New Zealand50 contributions15 helpful votes
Thought being part of the Distinction Group this would be a nice hotel, it was exactly the opposite. the heater comes on for a minute and then turns off for 10 so doesn’t warm the room, and when it does come on it sounds like a small plane. You have to have it on over night as the room is so cold but every time it comes on it wakes you up. The bedding is so thin you cant warm your bed, so you have to get up after an hour of trying to put an additional blanket on. The lighting is inadequate and with both them on still looks dark. The chairs in the room are uncomfortable with the desk chair having a bar that cut into he bottom of your thighs. In short a very uncomfortable outdated hotel that I won’t be returning to and will be telling all my fellow travellers to avoid
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Trip type: Travelled on business
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Robin S wrote a review Jun 2023
Masterton, New Zealand263 contributions99 helpful votes
I did stay at this Hotel over 30 years ago and it is indeed showing it's age. We understand that the owners are progressively updating their properties. However the room was clean and comfortable and the restaurant/dining room well serviced by dedicated staff. Thanks Chef for one of the best lamb shanks I've had and my wife's salmon was spot on.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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DocCMT wrote a review May 2023
Christchurch, New Zealand34 contributions4 helpful votes
This is a tired old place which needs serious attention. It has retained its old worlds vibe but it needs a serious spruce up. The only good thing I can say is the shower had great pressure. Otherwise the motel room was grubby. Carpet was filthy, curtains ripped and I wouldn’t sit on the couch it was grimy. The bed needs replacing as does the bed covers. Sheets seemed clean. It has a restaurant which is handy but food was disappointing. Ordered pork belly. A very small piece arrived (nicely cooked) on some shredded red cabbage and three small pieces of Broccoli with a bit of jus. $36. No carb at all. I was left wanting after spending less than 5 mins eating that morsel. Ordered peach cobbler which was a lazy crumb over a small bowl of believe it or not ‘tinned peaches’ and a small scoop of supermarket ice cream. $16 All in all dissapointing. Will not return.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
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Steve Mc wrote a review May 2023
Wanaka, New Zealand111 contributions19 helpful votes
Good parking, free parking, decent hearty breakfast, good value for money, old style hotel rooms ok, comfortable bed, good bathroom facility and shower pressure, no frills but all a weary traveler needs
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Date of stay: May 2023
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seriouscomedy wrote a review May 2023
Silverdale, New Zealand31 contributions22 helpful votes
I make a point when I can to make positive reviews on my travels. I'm really struggling with this place. There's nothing terrible about it. I wouldn't be reviewing it at all but for one incident. My first day, my room was not serviced at all. I returned back after work around 5pm on the 2nd day (today) to find my room's door wide open, the lights on, the room had been serviced but there were no staff around at all. Rooms get serviced soon after 10am. That's why they make us check out. So, my room could have been open all day. No one was servicing rooms at or slightly before 5pm. I informed reception. They said "sorry" and "I'll let the cleaners know". That's it. I've yet to go back and check if anything has been stolen. If not, it's certainly more good luck than good management. The place smells musty and has worn carpet to the concrete base with torn curtains. This place is not 4 stars. It is not cheap. I'm usually not fussed about small things like worn carpet and torn curtains but it's not like I'm getting a word carpet discount. The smell is just sad. And, I wouldn't be saying any of this privately or publicly if it wasn't for the door thing and the poor response to it. Also, FYI, there are 2 Distinction Hotels in this town. Choose wisely.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Room Tip: This might be the Distinction Hotel you're after. There are 2 in this town. Try the other one.
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Distinction Coachman Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Distinction Coachman Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Victoria Esplanade (0.9 km), Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science & Heritage (0.7 km), and New Zealand Rugby Museum (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Distinction Coachman Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Distinction Coachman Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Distinction Coachman Hotel?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Distinction Coachman Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Nero Restaurant, Arranged Marriage Restaurant, and Haru Japanese Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Distinction Coachman Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Distinction Coachman Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Distinction Coachman Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Distinction Coachman Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Palmerston North.
Are any cleaning services offered at Distinction Coachman Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Distinction Coachman Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Is Distinction Coachman Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.