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Carterton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

Stayed in Unit 7 in early October - it's a comfortable and clean unit off Papanui Road - with no traffic noise. The unit was clean, spacious and well maintained with everything we wanted. There's unlimited wifi which is always a good thing. It's within walking distance of Merivale Mall and a supermarket and perhaps a 15 minute walk into... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 July 2016

We have stayed in this Motel regularly for a few years now. It was always clean, comfortable, reasonably priced and everything went well, that was up until our last visit. Not sure but think there are relatively new owners. That doesn't excuse the fact that when we booked in the heater wasn't working. Winter in Christchurch is no fun, you... More 

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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

I booked the Diplomat purely because of its location, being close to St Georges hospital (700m down the road). Surprised with how big the studio unit was. Unit was clean, super comfy bed, Freeview tv and fully equipped kitchen. My only negative comment was the road noise....I stayed in unit # 3 which is relatively close to the road and... More 

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Albury, New Zealand
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75 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2016

I booked due to positive reviews but was disappointed with my stay. The key was super hard to work. The bed was very soft. The soap and shampoo were out in the bathroom. The cold tap made a horrendous noise. Light bulbs had blown. When I mentioned all of these at the front desk, the response was "It's an old... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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61 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 4 March 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights during a very warm spell. The pool was a welcome assett. Our room was clean, comfortable and roomy. I would happily stay here again. They also sent my phone charger I carelessly left behind - thanks.

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Thank Felix150
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2016 via mobile

Very clean & tidy. Spacious rooms , easy walk to town, cafes (Brigitte's cafe a doozy) , Restaurants, Museum. Hagley Park a fabulous place to walk wit the botanical gardens in the centre. Quiet. Swimming pool excellent. Made our stay most enjoyable. 👍👍

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Thank craigc941
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20 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 16 February 2016

We stayed in #13 2 bedroom unit, good layout and plenty of space for our wee family. Only problem would have been the condition of the spa, has a few cracks and the bubbles didnt work, a little TLC in this area would be recommended, Wifi was very hard to stay connected to

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2016

Good location, more than adequate for a couple of nights stay. Although not in the centre of Christchurch, there are a few bars and an Italian restaurant within walking distance. Friendly owners, very accommodating.

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Thank Philippa38
Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2016 via mobile

We planned an overnight stay only in Christchurch as we made our way south with boys aged 5, 3 and 8 months but due to a really bad forecast down south changed plans to a 4 night stop. The owners have just changed and the current management will be retiring. This is a huge loss as the husband and wife... More 

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2 Thank PaulnCatherine
Auckland New Zealand
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85 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2016 via mobile

We often stay in this motel when we visit family in Christchurch ! Clean and spacious with very comfortable beds! We always get the two adjoining rooms so our teenage boys have their own space! Very reasonable rates ! Walking distance to Merivale! My one criticism would be low pressure showers !

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Pool
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Refrigerator in room
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Diplomat Motel consists of 4 x 56m2 x 2 bedroom family units and 12 x 32m2 large studios. Each unit is fully self contained with full oven,microwave,pots,pans,cutlery,crockery,toaster,tea,coffee etc. There is a shower and vanity in the bathroom and separate W.C. In the main studio room there is a 2 seater couch,queen/king bed and a single bed. There are tables and chairs and a writing desk with phone and free wireless internet. These units have all been refurbished in Jan/Feb 2013.There is a free swimming pool,spa pool and childrens playground.Just 5 minutes walk to Merivale Mall which has many restaurants,cafes,boutiques and a supermarket. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Diplomat Motel

Address: 127 Papanui Road | Merivale, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Price Range: RM458 - RM604 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Diplomat Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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Also Known As:
Best Western Christchurch
Christchurch Best Western
Hotel Style:
#30 Business Hotel in Christchurch
#33 Romantic Hotel in Christchurch
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“the room we had was big excellent for anyone”
 of 5 bubbles sexylegs45, 28 Mar 2015 | Read review
“The hotel is quite is situated off a busy road so ask for a quiet room, ours was located near the swimming pool and that worked just fine.”
 of 5 bubbles Dugnano, 9 Feb 2015 | Read review
“At the rear away from the road is quieter.”
 of 5 bubbles OskarandSunny, 6 Feb 2015 | Read review
“Our rooms were at the back so absolutely no road noise. Very quiet. We tried to get 2 room as 5 of us. All booked but offered connecting studios. Courtyard at back next to spa and pool”
 of 5 bubbles 906KarenS, 29 Jan 2015 | Read review
“Unit 3 is great if you have a dog with you as there is an area at the back, and it gets lots of sun in the front, but is well screened for privacy.”
 of 5 bubbles 47a293926, 18 Oct 2014 | Read review
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