Conveniently located, it's short walk from the compact Merivale mall & shops. In the other direction close to Victoria St for nightlife, restaurants & the casino. We arrived via bus 29 from the airport & it was a 5min walk from the stop just after Bealey Ave. Or we could have changed for a 'B' line bus which stops right outside the motel. It's on busy Papanui Rd with motel after motel, so if you like the location & Casino Court is full, there's plenty of neighbouring motels to check out too.
Initial impressions were good as Matt is very welcoming & friendly. He and Reetah were efficient, always friendly & helpful all throughout our stay.
Our room was more dated than we'd expected, though it was fine. It's seems to be an old motel that's had some modernisations here and there. The walls are rather thin which meant we could hear cars throughout the night even though we weren't facing the road. Luckily we never heard our neighbours though, although we did see them a lot (not much privacy in the living room). There's some thin & steep stairs to get to apartments on the first level up, potentially dangerous for some. If concerned request a ground floor room. Matt was more than happy to help with all our luggage though. The free Wifi was great. We had a separate bedroom from the living room however it was quite small, no room for much. The living room was a more decent size though. Our bathroom had a slightly awkward layout & shower only had two settings: off or full blast (and it's very strong). It seems like each of their rooms are quite different from each other so some of these comments may not be relevant across all.
All in all we enjoyed our stay here. The convenient location, nice vibe of Merivale & great staff made it worthwhile, though our room only justified a budget price tag.
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