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Camelot Motor Lodge in Christchurch, NZ – A Review

This post is a review of Camelot Motor Lodge, a self-catered apartment accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Camelot Motor Lodge – 9.5/10
Address: 28 Papanui Road, Christchurch, 8014, New Zealand

Camelot ‘village’IMG_2454At the end of our trip, we arrived back in Christchurch where we needed to catch our returning flight. Since we are going back to Christchurch why not try a different place and since we were going to try a new place I wanted to try this place because from the photos it looked quite cute.

New Zealand has a lot of European influences from the European immigrants and a lot of the architecture shows this. Camelot Motor Lodge is in the style of English timber villages, and I was surprised at the (albeit simplified) detail. While not 100% detailed in every little way, it was interesting enough for a simple ‘themed’ accommodation. There was a full suit of armour in the reception lobby.IMG_2451 Edit

The apartments, at least our large one, was, in our friend’s words, ‘like a mansion’. (apparently our friend’s family, whom we travelled with, since they had less people in their group, had a much smaller apartment). I have to say it was indeed quite large for a motel room, it was the largest one we stayed in during this trip, had English style windows, cast iron chandeliers with chains, timber roof structure, arched solid timber doors for the main door and a large on inside as well (unfortunately I do not have a picture of this, if you do please contribute!)

This was also the only place we stayed at that had a bathtub.

The apartment was a double storey building, with the second floor being a loft/mezzanine and thus had no door. The second set of beds were upstairs, there are 4 beds in total, 2 of each single and double bed type on each floor.

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Upstairs bedroom, single bed by the ‘half-wall’ or on the ‘balcony’ next to the living room chandelier. The half wall blocks most of the direct light from your face but is still pretty bright as the chandelier, which lights up the ground floor, is hanging nearby. This was my bed.IMG_2475

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The ground floor bedroom and a separate combined toilet and bathroom were in a part of the apartment that was separated from the rest by a large wooden door (which I did not take a photo of unfortunately), this means the bedroom itself doesn’t have a door and if you close the wooden door, other people won’t be able to access the toilet, but that’s not much of an issue.

I didn’t see our friend’s room, but when one of them came and saw our room, she said it was like a mansion compared to theirs. I felt it was quite large, for 4 people which was a good thing, however there was no outside balcony, unlike the first place we stayed at. The windows were openable.

Location:
This place was in the city of Christchurch, with restaurants within walking distance.

Facilities:
Free wireless internet with unlimited number of devices, however connection not accessible upstairs in the loft. You are given slips of paper with login information.

There is a car space in front of each apartment. The kitchen is clean and maintained well, the cookware is simple. The combined living room and dining room is good sized and roomy, with a solid timber table, television, sofa, coffee table, DVD player. There are free coffee and tea facilities but they are placed in its own box along with a tray of “mini bar” style snacks, with a price list, so make sure you read the price list before touching anything, just to make sure you know which ones are free and which ones are paid.

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I saw a lot of these stoves that were placed next to the wall. I don’t get why they do this because there is no room for the handlebars of the pots so that means they all have to face one way meaning you can only fit 2 pots at any one time on a 4 burner stove.IMG_2471

The bathroom here is the only bathroom that we came across on the entire trip that had a bathtub which was great if you prefer baths (although I don’t expect to see bathtubs in cheap to mid-range hotels to save space). Basic toiletries were supplied as refillables on the wall (body wash, shampoo and conditioner).

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There is an above ground pool right outside our door, there was also some nice umbrella covered tables and seats by the pool with nice plants growing around.

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The living room has 3 sofas and an armchair, a rectangular timber coffee table and windows with curtains.

The reception has a small DVD library with a good range of popular movies, from Harry Potter to Kill Bill and Under the Tuscan Sun. You can rent them (for free I assume) and watch it in your room’s DVD player.

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Breakfast is not provided.

Total price for 2 apartments for total of 7 people for 1 night: $370.60 New Zealand dollars. This is $50 NZD more expensive than Southern Comfort (but this place does have a pool and DVD library).

Stay time: January 25-26, 2016

Verdict:
I give this place 9.5 out of 10 for location, rooms, comfort, style and facilities. Staff was nice (the reception desk had just one staff member when we were there). The toiletries could have been a little better but were okay (this is a non-essential trivia issue).

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Southern Comfort Motel in Christchurch, NZ – A review

This post is a review of 53 Southern Comfort Motel, a self-catered apartment accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand.

53 Southern Comfort Motel – 8.5/10
Address: 53 Bealey Ave, St Albans, Christchurch, 8013, New Zealand

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Location:
In January 2016, we travelled around New Zealand South Island for 8 days with another family, there was a total of 7 people in our group. We arrived in Christchurch Airport. Because we had 7 people, we would have needed 2 taxis and it would have been very expensive, so I specifically chose this motel for our group because it was located so close to the bus stop. We took bus number 29 from the airport. Christchurch international airport is tiny, the bus bay is right outside the exit when you get out of customs after arriving and is not hard to see. If you don’t know where it is, inside the airport there are Spark and Vodafone sim kiosks, outside the airport is a taxi rank along a patch a grass and standing at the airport doors facing the grass, on your left are the buses.

Facilities:
There is free wireless internet with unlimited number of devices. You are given slips of paper with login information.

The apartment we stayed in had 2 levels.

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There was a small courtyard outside with tables and chairs. Each apartment had a car space in front of it which is convenient for people who are renting cars. The car space is included in the room rental cost.

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Downstairs there was a small living room which was fine but also a small dining table that seated 4 people which made no sense to me since there was enough space to comfortably sleep 9 people, or 7,  if you don’t want to share a bed.

In the small living room there were sofas, couches, a heater, a closet with an iron and ironing board in it, television which we could not work out how the remote works and dvd player.IMG_1458

The kitchen was okay, was a good size, had adequate facilities and free coffee/tea/hot chocolate/sugar, but what was strange was that you had to walk through the kitchen to get to the downstairs combined bathroom/toilet. There were no toiletries like shampoo except an un-labelled empty shampoo/body lotion dispenser on the shower wall, but each sleeping place (ie 2 on a double bed) had a small bar of soap. The good thing was you can open the windows in the bathroom. Hairdryer available.

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Bedrooms:
There was one double bed bedroom downstairs, the rest of the bedrooms were upstairs.

Downstairs Bedroom 1
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There are 3 bedrooms upstairs, Bedroom 1 had a single bed, Bedroom 2 had two single beds and one double bed and Bedroom 3 had two single beds.

Note: Part of the staircase has no handrails(seen above). I am mentioning this in case there are people who travels with a large family (and hence books a family apartment) and there are elderly or otherwise people who need handrails.

Upstairs, Bedroom 1
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Upstairs, Bedroom 3
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I was in bedroom 2, it had a quaint little balcony with a great view (the apartments had a great timber cottage style with flowers so great cute photo opportunity) and I slept in the bed right at the door. That’s when I discovered that this room was most likely made for 2 beds because my bed was right in the way of the sliding door wardrobe, one of which doors opened to reveal the hot water heater.

(Just stating the facts, doesn’t mean I didn’t like the place or am recommending against it.)

January is supposed to be summer in New Zealand but it was still quite cold. I’m pretty afraid of the cold, but if you are like me you have nothing to worry about, the blankets and quilts were very sufficient, warm and comfortable, a little too hot even, for the weather. Bed was quite soft and comfortable, pillow too high (don’t know why hotels always have such high pillows). Each bed had bath towels.

There is also a separate toilet and shower room upstairs.

All the bedrooms and bathrooms meant there was plenty of space for all of us.

Breakfast is not included.

Price for 7 people for 1 night: $320 New Zealand dollars.

Stay time: January 19-20, 2016

Verdict:
I give this place 8.5 out of 10 for location, rooms, comfort and facilities. Staff was nice (the reception desk had just one staff member when we were there). Overall the bedrooms were very nice and all had their own heaters. The toiletries could have been a little better and the living/dining room was a bit small.

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