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Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

For a singly the little place I was allocated was ideal. Was welcomed by the owner. There was a heater (bonus) as not that warm that night and an electric blanket (didn't use as quilt warm enough). There was a fridge, kettle and making plus crockery, cutlery and glasses which was a bonus. Only problem was couldn't get kettle under... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

My girlfriend and I stayed here for one night and got a room at a more than reasonable price. Room was clean, comfortable and warm. Walking distance to town centre. The customer service we received was what really stood out, they really went above and beyond to help us out when we had car trouble this morning. Recommend this place... More 

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Reviewed 10 May 2016

Overall good motel for budget travelers. Staff were very friendly and welcoming. The room we stayed in was clean, had fresh towels and complimentary tea & coffee. Seen some complaints about the place, if you expect 5 star accommodation then don't come here. For the price you pay, its great value! I have no complaints :)

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1 Thank Victoria G
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 9 May 2016

This motel is a good budget stopover; its clean, good shower, good kitchenette, the room was behind the main building so no main road noise, good to be on the main road as easy to find and close to the main town, but not near late-night noise, and the office people were friendly and helpful. Improvements would be a new... More 

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1 Thank lovelyttelton
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Reviewed 27 March 2016

A budget motel - older style but partly refurbished (e.g. new vanity in bathroom and new kitchen). Reasonably spacious as older motels tend to be. The couch was terrible, but apart from that we were happy, especially with the price as is probably cheapest 2 bedroom motel we have ever booked. The lady actually dropped price $20 from what it... More 

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2 Thank Becca_Monsta
Whangarei, New Zealand
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 15 February 2016

Great customer service and loved that a real person answered the phone. That person was Sandy who was able to accommodate us late at night. Provided a key afterhours, had the lights on, helped where to park our big van and was very welcoming and professional. Appreciate your time and patience. The room was clean and tidy.

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4 Thank Kristi24_13
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

We stopped in number 3, which on first appearance was a bit tired and shabby. But it has everything that you need, cooker, microwave, fridge and decent tv. Staff were great and procured a hair dryer on request. Not sure if the wifi is free or not, but it is a cheap hotel and beds were clean. Would I stay... More 

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3 Thank colin1957
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 30 October 2015

I stayed for 3 nights. Room was tidy and looked out over a balcony. Bathroom was clean and tidy but shower and toilet are in the same room separated by a sliding door. Staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming. Great location near restaurants, convenience store, supermarket and take away shops.

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2 Thank Willow E
Brisbane, Australia
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30 reviews
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Reviewed 8 August 2015

We stayed in more than a motel room for one night only while driving around the country. Staff were friendly, ( and sweet dog Buddy helps at reception). The room was as advertised. Yes it is budget and you get what you pay for, but I thought it was good value: very spacious, clean and tidy. I liked having a... More 

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3 Thank DrDebTheTravelDoctor
Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 17 June 2015

A group of 8 of us rented the house for 9 nights and it was the worst accommodation I have ever booked. We travel all over NZ in June every year for the NZIB Federation Nationals and I have booked some amazing houses........but NOT this time. One bathroom shower has no curtain around it, it's in the bath, the 3rd... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free Parking
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
AFFORDABLE, COMFORTABLE & FRIENDLY. Location: centrally located, 500m from Caroline Bay, beach, new Aquatic center, tennis center, Northtown mall, restaurants, paddling pool and playground, etc. Accommodation: studios, 1 & 2 bdrm family units, 5 bedroom separate house, separate backpacker. Specializing in group bookings & long-term accommodation. Features: Motel units are spacious and come with fully equipped kitchens, sky TV, wireless internet, guest computer, ample onsite car parks, bbq. 5 bedroom house is fully renovated has 2 kitchens, 2 1/2 bathrooms and a huge balcony. Backpacker has single, twin & dorm rooms with shared kitchen, lounge and bathroom, linen provided, wireless internet avail. Your hosts Sandy & Greg look forward to welcoming you. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers

Address: 42 Evans Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Timaru
Price Range: $84 - $129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“room 10 is quiet, ground floor easy access.”
 of 5 bubbles lovelyttelton, 8 May 2016 | Read review
“Number 3 has a road view and balcony if you like that sort of thing.”
 of 5 bubbles colin1957, 8 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Head for room away from the road”
 of 5 bubbles L2Js, 2 Mar 2015 | Read review
“probably not on the front if you dont want a road noisy room”
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 of 5 bubbles 290chrisc290, 28 May 2014 | Read review
“Upper rooms accessed via outside steps - not sure if any are on ground level, best to ask”
 of 5 bubbles brenc2014, 15 Jan 2014 | Read review
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