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Akaroa Criterion Motel

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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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20 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Large room with a view from the balcony , helpful staff , we had a load of washing to do and they put it through for us ( no charge), close to all shops and restaurants .Banks Peninsula is a awesome place to visit and to stay in top motel only adds to the experience.

Thank ozkiwis2016
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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47 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything you could ask for in a motel. Large room, nice firm bed, big bathroom, great staff. View of the sea, restaurants and shops all within 200 m. A great place to stay, wish we had been staying more than one night.

Thank peterdkiwi
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214 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pleasant receptionist on arrival and to answer our queries about resturants. Book swap at reception love hotels that do that. THE ROOM WAS HUGE WISHED WE COULD HAVE STAYED LONGER. Large comfortable bed, quiet night , a sofa and chair what more could you ask for. Some rooms have sea views I believe. Would happily go back

Thank screennamechalky
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156 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Centrally located, our room on first floor had pleasant views out over the bay to the mountains, clean and plenty of room, included sitting area and comfy beds. Milk provided for coffee and tea included.

Thank Turkey_Baster
FelicityandMurray, Front Office Manager at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are delighted that you enjoyed staying with us. The views on the mid and top floor are certainly worth paying that little bit extra to experience. Thanks and Regards Deborah Reservations More 

Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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47 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice little hotel with friendly owners and large spacious rooms. The supermarket is around the corner and there is ample parking available. The center of Akaroa isn't far away nor is the waterfront. Our room had a small terrace from where you could see the pier. WiFi was free.

Thank stijnvandrunen
FelicityandMurray, Front Office Manager at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Stijnvandrunen Thanks for taking the time to write this review. We are centrally located which is so convenient for our guests to visit shops and restaurants in Akaroa. We hope that your holiday in Akaroa was enjoyable. Many thanks Deborah More 

Sacramento, California
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407 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were only spending one night in Akaroa and we wanted to make the most of our time there. The location is terrific--just round corner from Ma Maison and Sweet As, near a market, only a couple more blocks from more restaurants and shopping. We checked in, dropped our bags and walked up to the Giant's House to catch it... More 

Thank Julie S
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Julie Thanks for reviewing the motel. We are centrally located which is handy for almost all shops and restaurants and activities in Akaroa. Yes. refurbishing is an ongoing project and its exciting to see all the changes happening. Hopefully we will see you again in the not to distant future. Kind Regards Deborah Reservations More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed at the Criterion for Labour weekend 2016 to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary and we were delighted with not only the friendly reception we received but also with the cleanliness and spaciousness of the room we stayed in. The view from the balcony was breathtaking and so relaxing. Sited to get the sun all day untill the last... More 

Thank 200lovetravel
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi 200lovetravel Thank you so much for your wonderful critique of our Motels We are new owners and are absolutely thrilled with our new home, and love living in this wonderful piece of paradise. We are perfectly positioned to enjoy wonderful views over the harbor, and love the fact that we get wonderful afternoon sun. We are currently refurbishing the... More 

Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

One night in akaroa only but booked the motel via email enquiry. Quick reply and no problem when had to change dates. Bery nice room with all you need. Large room and bathroom. Great view from top 2 floors of the harbour and very handy to the Ma Maison restaurant just over the road for dinner and the french bakery... More 

Thank Ian H
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Ian Thank You for taking the time to write a review about our motel. As new owners we are very keen to show off our fantastic premises and are very proud of the gorgeous location with our wonderful sea views. We are also currently in the process of updating the rooms and hopefully when you come to stay again... More 

Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Very warm welcome and we were not disappointed with our view. Comfortable. Would recommend. Close to a great restaurant too. The Little Bistro. Restful start to our holiday. Off to French Peak vineyard next.

Thank Sharon S
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Sharon Thank you for taking the time to review our motel. As new owners we are very excited to share our lovely motels with you, and yes our views are fabulous. We are also excited with the refurbishing of our rooms, so if you are ever able to pop back and visit I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised.... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

This place is ideally situated for people who want to be close to everything, yet it is also off the main street so it is quiet and peaceful. The accommodation is well appointed and the view of the harbor is lovely. Pretty much everything is within walking distance and there is a nice restaurant on the opposite corner and a... More 

Thank Lemonfish8
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Lemonfish8 Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our motel. As new owners we are thrilled with the wonderful location and gorgeous sea views we can offer our guests. Its also great to have feed back on the good and not so good aspects of your stay with us as we will always look for... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Akaroa Criterion Motel

Address: 75 Rue Jolie | Akaroa Banks Penninsular, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Price Range: $153 - $200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Akaroa Criterion Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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“Level 2 for best views”
 of 5 bubbles laMacoste, 13 May 2016 | Read review
“You will need a second floor room to get a view.”
  • View from room somewhat edited. I cropped out the ugly brick building that is visible below.
 of 5 bubbles DebraM791, 3 May 2016 | Read review
“Upper floor is beautiful.”
 of 5 bubbles dorotheas916, 4 Apr 2016 | Read review
“You can't go wrong with the top floor.”
  • Definitely request a room on the top floor for the views.
  • Stunning last few minutes of daylight from the balcony.
  • Enjoying the gorgeous view from the balcony.
 of 5 bubbles ntawali, 3 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Make sure you book a top floor room for the best view.”
 of 5 bubbles WendyJ315, 25 Mar 2016 | Read review
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