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Akaroa Criterion Motel

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75 Rue Jolie Akaroa Banks Penninsular, Akaroa 7520 New Zealand
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#1 of 5 hotels in Akaroa
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Superb harbor views from most rooms at this 4 plus star plus motel. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Super-king beds, private balcony. Double glazing and underfloor heating. Free WiFi each day in every room. Free car parking with ltd under cover parking also.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast in the room
Bicycle rental
Canoeing
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Laundry service
Wifi
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Diving
Hiking
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Seating area
Kitchenette
Microwave
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Iron
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Vicky G wrote a review Mar 2022
Kaiapoi, New Zealand32 contributions7 helpful votes
We stayed early this week and enjoyed a very clean unit and bathroom, fantastic views of the harbour and friendly staff. We will definitely be staying here again sometime and can highly recommend to our friends
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Felicity Taylor, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel
Responded 7 Apr 2022
We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for the great review about our rooms. We take pride in our units and how we present them. See you again in the future.
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Passport277973 wrote a review Feb 2022
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Easy going staff. upgraded to a beachfront view at no extra cost. Spacious,clean, comfy bed, good size TV and a great view of the sea. Just a short walk to bars and cafes. Local movie theatres and heaps of outdoor adventures to do. Tramping, cruises, sailing and dolphin swims. Highly recommend as just short drive from Christchurch.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Felicity Taylor, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel
Responded 1 Mar 2022
Hi There Thank you so much for your awesome review of your stay with us and your amazing endorsement of Akaroa and the bays. We love living here and so pleased you enjoyed our small piece of paradise. Many thanks Felicity and Murray
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Kay P wrote a review Jan 2022
Auckland, New Zealand63 contributions41 helpful votes
Stayed here two nights and really enjoyed the stay. Rooms are large with fantastic views of the water. Nice comfortable beds with good quality linen. Excellent shower. Nice selection of tea and plunger coffee. Hosts very friendly and welcoming. Would definitely stay here again. Close to all the best eating spots in Akaroa.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Felicity Taylor, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel
Responded 2 Mar 2022
Thank you so much for such a wonderful review of your stay with us and we do appreciate the detail you went in to over the rooms and extras we offer as well as your thumbs up to our customer service which is so important to us. We would love you to visit us again in the future and we look forward to seeing you in Akaroa.
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CAJ1980 wrote a review Jan 2022
Greater Sydney, Australia5 contributions1 helpful vote
Great relaxing weekend away, view was amazing, lovely restaurants just close by. Rooms were wonderfully clean and the staff were charming. Bed was comfy and rooms were modern and spacious. Plenty of guest parking was an added bonus as the street is quite narrow
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from Felicity Taylor, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel
Responded 2 Mar 2022
Fantastic review thank you and we love that your weekend away was relaxing in beautiful wee Akaroa and your modern spacious room and charming customer service with us earned us top marks. Put us on your list to visit again in the future. We would love to see you :)
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Kelly Y wrote a review Oct 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand76 contributions11 helpful votes
What a beautiful place to stay! From the lovely email from Felicity approving my request for a upstairs room to the minute we walked into the office, the owner Murray treated us like old friends. The room was beautiful, incredible sea views, fully stocked with all we needed including plunger coffee and biscuits 😀 Beach towels in a bag and cute patio chairs topped this place off. Very very quiet sleep despite the location in the middle of Akaroa. Would definitely stay again. Thank you guys so much!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Lots of parking, very quiet place to sleep, great facilities and fantastic owners who make you...
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Response from Felicity Taylor, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel
Responded 4 Oct 2021
Hi Kellymarc Thank you so much for such a great review of your stay with us and we do appreciate the detail you went in to over the little extras we offer as well as your customer experience of course :) The Criterion is our home as well so it is important to us that we offer our guests everything there is available and the knowledge of this beautiful town and surrounding countryside. We would love you to visit us again in the future and we look forward to seeing you in Akaroa. Warm regards Felicity and Murray
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Crayeater wrote a review Jul 2021
Hamilton, New Zealand66 contributions56 helpful votes
I initially booked this as a single room and was given a fab free upgrade when I invited, mobility challenged, Mum along. After an amazing crayfish lunch at Nins Bins we arrived well after the office closed on an autumn evening. They couldn't have made our late arrival easier with a personalized welcome letter, and the heater and lights on in our luxurious room. Awesome location, service, and accom!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Felicity Taylor, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel
Responded 10 Aug 2021
Thank you so much for taking the time to review you stay with us. We love our central location close to all the best restaurants and pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Hope to see you back soon. Kind regards Felicity
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RobChristina wrote a review Jun 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand89 contributions14 helpful votes
Our second stay here. So many positives… super friendly welcome, studios are modern & roomy, super king bed was very comfortable, everything we needed for a relaxing weekend away. Great views over the water from the top floor! Quiet at night. Free unlimited wi-fi. Definitely value for money. We loved being able to walk to many local shops and restaurants, and has a lovely cafe right next door.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Room Tip: Great view over water from top floor
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Response from Felicity Taylor, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel
Responded 10 Aug 2021
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay with us at La Maison par Quay (the Criterion Motel). We are thrilled to read your positive comments about so many aspects of your stay! We do hope we will see you again for your third visit in the not too distant future. In the meantime, be well and happy... Warm regards, Angie Mack (Team Criterion)
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SteveK wrote a review May 2021
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We were very impressed by the super friendly welcome and attitude. Really nice, big room with a big comfortable bed and great view of the harbour. The motel is conveniently situated and everything in town is within walking distance.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Response from Felicity Taylor, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel
Responded 10 Aug 2021
Greetings to you from la Maison par Quay (the Criterion Motel)! Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review. We take pride in our team's friendliness and the standard of our studio units, so we are thrilled to read your comments surrounding these aspects especially. We do hope to see you again one day soon... Warm regards, Angie Mack (Team Criterion)
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Dereck G wrote a review May 2021
Mosgiel, New Zealand3 contributions
We stayed in the corner room over looking the bay. The room was delightful, very clean and very spacious. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We previously managed our own 5 star motel so tend to be very critical. This motel tics all the boxes as a well run professional motel. Clean, comfortable beds, quiet, spacious, great location, friendly staff, attention to detail- indeed well done Felicity and Murray
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Response from Felicity Taylor, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel
Responded 10 Aug 2021
Hello Dererck and thank you for your flattering review of your stay with us! It is especially pleasing to hear positive feedback from someone who has worked in the industry and understands the joys and challenges of providing an enjoyable experience for our guests. We pride ourselves on the cleanliness of our complex and our friendly staff so thanks especially for commenting on those aspects. We do hope you will come and stay again soon. Warm regards, Angie Mack (Team Criterion)
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Muzza1947 wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland, New Zealand17 contributions8 helpful votes
Owners Felicity and Murray are gems. Their enthusiasm for their town and their business is infectious. Nothing is a problem, suggestions for all manner of activities are based on personal experiences. Located one street back from the shore and in easy walking distance to all amenities is a huge bonus. Supermarket at your back door, cafe and restaurant next door. Thoroughly recommend The Criterion.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Room Tip: Best views are from the top floor but level one has views too.
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PRICE RANGE
US$86 - US$104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
akaroa criterion hotel christchurch
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionAkaroa
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Akaroa Criterion Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Akaroa Criterion Motel?
Nearby attractions include Akaroa Museum (0.05 km), Akaroa Lighthouse (0.2 km), and Banks Peninsula War Memorial and Grounds (0.08 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Akaroa Criterion Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Akaroa Criterion Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Akaroa Criterion Motel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Akaroa Criterion Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Akaroa Criterion Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Little Bistro, Mandala Restaurant, and Ma Maison Restaurant & Bar.
Is Akaroa Criterion Motel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Akaroa.
Are any cleaning services offered at Akaroa Criterion Motel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does Akaroa Criterion Motel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is Akaroa Criterion Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.