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Garden City Motel

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14/05/2017 15/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were a bit high maintenance from the beginning - last minute, showing up in the middle of the night, calling with questions - and we were treated with nothing but kindness and patience. Would recommend this motel to anyone who wants to support small businesses owned and operated by hardworking, kind Kiwis! Thank you.

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gcmotel, Manager at Garden City Motel, responded to this review

Thank you Dana, we look forward to you staying with us again one day.

New Plymouth, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hosts here were lovely - the rooms however are very close to one another and we found ours had an odd smell that lingered for the whole time. Also the decor here is extremely dated with our water pressure being very temperamental at best. We had a two bedroom and while comfortable, it was very basic and the smell...

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gcmotel, Manager at Garden City Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Having recently taken over this motel we appreciate your feedback and will follow up from your note. Thank you again

Cherhill, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at Garden City for a total of five nights with a break of one night in between. The managers were very happy for us to be there for two nights and then go away and come back. Our room was large and at the front of the motel. Even though it was on the main road into Christchurch...

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gcmotel, Manager at Garden City Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our Motel. We look forward to having you stay again sometime in the future.

Levin, New Zealand
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

We had a really great motel room on a busy street but very little road noise, I unfortunately had a day where I was very ill, if you have to get sick this is the place to do it, near to everything but oh do quiet, we needed to stay an extra night & Lindsay was kind enough to fit...

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Stroud, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Lindsay talked us into up grading from there basic room, as we were there for 5 nights,it was very good with a/c , he was most helpful , and the pub up the road was good. Would recommend it for a comfortable stay.

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gcmotel, Owner at Garden City Motel, responded to this review

Thank you very much! It was truly a pleasure to host you and we hope to see you again in the future. All the best for 2017. Regards, Rose

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

A great place to stay. We were a party of 4 adults. The beds were comfortable, the units clean and tidy, the service personable. We used this hotel a second time in 20 days after touring the South Island. The host remembered us and assisted us get other accommodation when the booking was a night short. Plenty of space for...

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gcmotel, Owner at Garden City Motel, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the fantastic review! We only just found out recently that our motel units are apparently the most spacious in Christchurch, which really does make them ideal for spreading out and relaxing! Cheers, Rose

Sacramento, California
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We stayed at the motel on Christmas Day. Being brand new to NZ, and with everything closed for the holiday was a bit challenging. Our hosts, Lindsay and Rose, were very accommodating in helping us make the most out of our limited options for getting out and about that day. They even forgave us for our President-elect, knowing that we...

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gcmotel, General Manager at Garden City Motel, responded to this review

Hi there and thanks so much for the great review! We pride ourselves on our passion for customer service, which we genuinely enjoy and, what better time to demonstrate it than Christmas?! We actually felt quite privileged that you wanted to spend your Christmas time with us and it was our pleasure to assist you. All the very best for...

Nelson New Zealand
Reviewed 6 January 2017

I travelled through Christchurch and spent the night at this motel twice. I chose it because it is pet friendly with some rooms designated to dog lovers, with the rule that doggie bags are needed and the dogs cannot jump on the furniture and have their bed with them. What a friendly helpful couple . Nothing was too much trouble....

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gcmotel, Owner at Garden City Motel, responded to this review

Hi there Susan, thanks for the review! It was fun having you stay here and nice to see you return. We appreciate that people can stay anywhere they choose, so we love our loyal guests, of which we have many! All the very best for 2017. Cheers, Rose

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 3 January 2017

The final days of our NZ holiday were rescued thanks to Garden City Motel. Checked into our Christchurch accommodation at a different motel and were so appalled we immediately looked for another motel. Found Garden City and were extremely happy with the clean, spacious rooms, comfy beds, making for a very pleasant stay. The owner very graciously allowed us to...

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gcmotel, Owner at Garden City Motel, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your lovely review! We actively seek to ensure our guests are well looked after, so it means a lot when our kindness is appreciated. We were happy to be able to check you in early the next morning, following your departure from the neighbouring motel. We're pleased also to be instrumental in your leaving our beautiful...

Pukekohe, New Zealand
Reviewed 27 December 2016

I arrive and 1st thing the lady at reception tells me I paid too much for room through Expedia, that did not worry me, she asked me if I wanted an upgrade. This is where we went wrong. I thought great so said yes and she proceed to tell me it would cost $10 more which was a deal no...

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gcmotel, Owner at Garden City Motel, responded to this review

Hi Jonathan, we were of course, immensely disappointed to read your review of your overnight stay here, but we welcome the opportunity to offer our response. Firstly, our preference is always to offer guests a complimentary upgrade whenever we can, however this was not feasible on the night you stayed as we're now into our busy summer season. The extra...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
GreenLeadersGold level
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Accessible rooms
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Breakfast included
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Garden City Motel offers clean, spacious and quiet units and is fondly known to many as their "home away from home", with excellent customer service being our specialty. We are proud recipients of a Green Leaders award, recognising our efforts to manage the motel with ecological sensitivity, and we have gained a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. Last summer we won an award from the Christchurch Beautifying Association for our harmonious companion planting of herbs, flowers and vegetables. Our centrally located motel caters for all types of guests, including professionals, couples, families and sports teams. We have a Queen Studio (sleeps 1 - 2), a King Studio (sleeps 1 - 2), Super King Studios (sleeps 1 - 6) and 1 and 2 bedroom units (sleeps 1 - 5). We also have 2 wheelchair access units. All units are self contained and most have generous kitchens, with fridge/freezers, ovens and microwaves. The units have their own heatpumps/air conditioning and there is free WiFi, Sky TV and off street parking. All of our units are smoke free. Our motel is located 10 minutes from Christchurch Airport and approximately 5 minutes from Northwood Super Centre and Northlands Mall, the latter hosting Graham Condon Recreational Sports Centre and Pools and Hoyts Movie Theatre. Just around the corner is a range of superb restaurants, which includes the popular Greek restaurant Costas and Chillingworth Road Fine Dining. Our location makes us an ideal choice for those wanting easy and close access to Burwood Hospital, Bottle Lake Forest, Willowbank, Orana Park and the Antarctic Centre. There are also nine golf courses within a 5 km radius. We offer a complimentary airport shuttle (subject to availability) and there is a free shuttle to and from the newly refurbished Papanui Club. Both being Christchurch born and raised, we have extensive knowledge of the area and are more than happy to offer recommendations, based on your preferences. So if you're looking for a quiet, peaceful and happy place in which to relax, we are just what you're looking for! Members of Hospitality New Zealand and Accommodation New Zealand Some of the positive feedback from our guests includes: - our beds are some of the most comfortable in Christchurch - our units are significantly more spacious than most others in Christchurch - the units are remarkably quiet, ensuring a great night's sleep - our friendly, helpful and caring service is second to none ... more   less 

Additional Information about Garden City Motel

Address: 242 Main North Road | Papanui, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Price Range: RM335 - RM531 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Garden City Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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#2 Green Hotel in Christchurch
#6 Family Hotel in Christchurch
#26 Romantic Hotel in Christchurch
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“the room we had on the upper floor was excellent , we prefer rooms with no one above .”
jimamber, 12 Mar 2017 | Read review
“The studio is amazing”
whatsupdoc471, 5 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Room 10 has a balcony; great on those long summer nights to sit out and recall what you did during the day, with a glass of wine or two.”
Dilance, 23 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Site is on main road but set back so all rooms should be quiet.”
jduijsters, 15 Jun 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are the same orientation.”
kevinbB8372IY, 20 Feb 2016 | Read review
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