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Western Australia, Australia
Reviewed 12 December 2016

This is a great location. It is close to everything. The bed is very comfortable with all the required amenities. The coffee bags were lovely & the makeup facecloth is a very good idea. We would definitely stay here again.

Thank Sandra M
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi sandra Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay at the Akaroa Criterion Motel. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and liked our recently refurbished rooms and the amenities we supply. As new motel owners and to Akaroa we are very proud of our motel and can't believe how lucky we are to...

Brisbane, Aust
Reviewed 10 December 2016

My wife, Jan & I along with 2 of our friends stayed here on the night on of 26 November 2016. The recently refurbished room was lovely, with a beautifully comfortable king size bed, nice flat screen TV ( not that we used it ). The location was just about perfect too. The most unfortunate thing was that we were...

Thank Chris_Jan_Brisbane
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Chris Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review on your stay with us and more importantly for the lovely comments you made. As new owners and new to the hospitality/accommodation industry we are very keen on getting feedback from our guests and are always looking for ways to improve. We love Akaroa, its paradise...

Mudgee, Australia
Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

What a classy, newly refurbished motel only metres from everything in this quaint little French style village. The owner could not have been more helpful with perfect choices for dining and sight seeing.

Thank Jeff W
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write this lovely review. Location is certainly a big plus at our motel. The new owners have worked hard to achieve the "classy" and comfortable look in the 6 months since they took over. Good food and interesting activities abound in Akaroa. Glad you enjoyed your stay in Akaroa. Regards Deborah Reservations

Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Reviewed 26 November 2016

Large room with a view from the balcony , helpful staff , we had a load of washing to do and they put it through for us ( no charge), close to all shops and restaurants .Banks Peninsula is a awesome place to visit and to stay in top motel only adds to the experience.

Thank ozkiwis2016
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Ozkiwis Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your stay with us. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and as you said Banks Peninsula is an awesome place to stay. We hope to see you back some time soon. Kind regards Felicity and Murray

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Everything you could ask for in a motel. Large room, nice firm bed, big bathroom, great staff. View of the sea, restaurants and shops all within 200 m. A great place to stay, wish we had been staying more than one night.

Thank peterdkiwi
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Pleasant receptionist on arrival and to answer our queries about resturants. Book swap at reception love hotels that do that. THE ROOM WAS HUGE WISHED WE COULD HAVE STAYED LONGER. Large comfortable bed, quiet night , a sofa and chair what more could you ask for. Some rooms have sea views I believe. Would happily go back

Thank screennamechalky
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Centrally located, our room on first floor had pleasant views out over the bay to the mountains, clean and plenty of room, included sitting area and comfy beds. Milk provided for coffee and tea included.

Thank Turkey_Baster
FelicityandMurray, Front Office Manager at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are delighted that you enjoyed staying with us. The views on the mid and top floor are certainly worth paying that little bit extra to experience. Thanks and Regards Deborah Reservations

Den Bosch, The Netherlands
Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Nice little hotel with friendly owners and large spacious rooms. The supermarket is around the corner and there is ample parking available. The center of Akaroa isn't far away nor is the waterfront. Our room had a small terrace from where you could see the pier. WiFi was free.

Thank stijnvandrunen
FelicityandMurray, Front Office Manager at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Stijnvandrunen Thanks for taking the time to write this review. We are centrally located which is so convenient for our guests to visit shops and restaurants in Akaroa. We hope that your holiday in Akaroa was enjoyable. Many thanks Deborah

Sacramento, California
Reviewed 1 November 2016

We were only spending one night in Akaroa and we wanted to make the most of our time there. The location is terrific--just round corner from Ma Maison and Sweet As, near a market, only a couple more blocks from more restaurants and shopping. We checked in, dropped our bags and walked up to the Giant's House to catch it...

Thank Julie S
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi Julie Thanks for reviewing the motel. We are centrally located which is handy for almost all shops and restaurants and activities in Akaroa. Yes. refurbishing is an ongoing project and its exciting to see all the changes happening. Hopefully we will see you again in the not to distant future. Kind Regards Deborah Reservations

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed at the Criterion for Labour weekend 2016 to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary and we were delighted with not only the friendly reception we received but also with the cleanliness and spaciousness of the room we stayed in. The view from the balcony was breathtaking and so relaxing. Sited to get the sun all day untill the last...

Thank 200lovetravel
FelicityandMurray, Owner at Akaroa Criterion Motel, responded to this review

Hi 200lovetravel Thank you so much for your wonderful critique of our Motels We are new owners and are absolutely thrilled with our new home, and love living in this wonderful piece of paradise. We are perfectly positioned to enjoy wonderful views over the harbor, and love the fact that we get wonderful afternoon sun. We are currently refurbishing the...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Superb harbor views from most rooms at this 4 plus star plus motel. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Super-king beds, private balcony. Double glazing and underfloor heating. Free WiFi each day in every room. Free car parking with ltd under cover parking also. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Akaroa Criterion Motel

Address: 75 Rue Jolie | Akaroa Banks Penninsular, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Price Range: $134 - $189 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Akaroa Criterion Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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“3 levels (ground floor would be accessible for limited mobility) if able, I would opt for the 2nd floor for the views.”
 of 5 bubbles sherylm541, 16 Jan 2017 | Read review
“You need to book early”
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“The bottom floor is good for people with heavy suitcases-no lift Second floor is a little noisy as you can hear Movement above.”
 of 5 bubbles sandramL6258DO, 12 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Level 2 for best views”
 of 5 bubbles laMacoste, 13 May 2016 | Read review
“You will need a second floor room to get a view.”
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