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Ashford Motor Lodge

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We booked a two bedroom studio as we had our two teenage children in tow. Plenty of room for everyone. Room was very clean and warm on a cold Canterbury day which was really nice. Beds were comfortable. Bonus having a tv in both bedrooms and another one in the lounge area. Full cooking facilities although we didn't use them on our one night stay. Walking distance to great eateries, liquor shop and the kids were stoked about Burger King on the corner. Wifi was good (not complaints from the teens!) Check in and out was easy and the staff were really friendly and welcoming. Very centrally located, Rental car park right outside our unit. Nice and quiet surroundings. We will certainly stay here again :)

We stayed at Ashford Motor Lodge last week for two nights with our two pre-schoolers and small dog. We booked a two bedroom apartment for all of us, which was a perfect size. We were delighted with our stay - the motel itself is really well located, clean, the manager and other staff and super friendly and accepting of crazy kids plus dog, beds are really comfortable and the apartment was warm and well equipped. So, if you’re looking for somewhere that does everything it says it will and then a bunch more besides for a good price, stay here. Having read some of the other reviews, the only negative ones are from people with comically incorrect views of what you get for this price - your dishes aren’t gunna get done while you pop out, the staff aren’t gunna magically know you are travelling with an extra person you didn’t tell them about, you’re not gunna get a super wide hallway (????) and the motel isn’t in control of roadworks. Thanks for the stay team, keep up the good work.

Spacious and good value accommodation - met our needs as a family staying for a few days in Christchurch. Units were tidy and nicely appointed, property in good location for access to city centre, back units nice and quiet away from road. Pug was super cute!

Good location and near by to airport, we are stay here when preparing to go back to our home. So, access to airport was our consideration. Our room are comfortable, facility was good and reception Lady was very helpful with our booking, reservation and direction to airport.

Well located with very friendly and supportive staff. I used the ‘disability’ studio given to me after I explained I had had a fall. The room was spacious and well appointed with amenities carefully attended to. Will be back if in Christchurch 😊

Arrived after hours of air travel very tired only to find a rude and unhelpful host more concerned about her own needs than mine. When working in the hospitality business you need to be adaptable and cognisant of the needs of the weary traveller. I travel frequently to Chch but will stay elsewhere.

Clean, spacious, immaculate room #17. Comfortable bed with heated mattress, huge bathtub that could actually fit me (1.8m, 120kg). Friendly and courteous staff. Better than what we expected compared to a proper hotel. Definitely worth the price. Close to CHC airport too, only abt 15min drive. Will definitely stay at Ashford Motor Lodge again when we revisit beautiful NZ!

I stayed at this motel with my friend, Rose from 18/3 - 21/3/ 2019. This was the last stop of our road tip in South a island of NZ., after my son’s wedding in Wanaka. We left our car at the motel with Carol’s permission and visited the Botanical Garden and museum nearby. We were on our way back when I realised that the car key was missing. We seek Carol’s help to contact Thrifty. She went out of her way to speak to the Thrifty staff, and tried to calm us down. Honestly I was v stressed as our flight time was 3:50 and we had to check in by 1:45 and the car was to be returned by 1:30pm. Thank you, Carol, for your assistance, we checked in on time and touched down at Melb airport 30 min ahead of schedule. With your help, our holiday in beautiful NZ ended on a happy note. Thank you again. Sui Tin Tan

The motel is in a good location and the room was a decent size. However, the Wi-fi was terrible, our kettle didn’t work and it was very noisy. Fine for one night but definitely doesn’t match the description on the website.

Have stayed here many times and keep coming back when in Christchurch..have got to know the folks there...I get treated well and nothing is a bother or a problem...highly recommend this Motel when staying in christchurch..

35 Papanui Road Christchurch

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Christchurch Casino
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool

Located in Merivale within a short walk of Christchurch Casino, Ashford Motor Lodge is within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights such as Canterbury Museum. This 28-room, 4-star motel welcomes guests with conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking.


Start each morning with continental breakfast, available for a fee from 3:00 AM to 3:00 PM.


An LCD TV comes with cable channels and a DVD player, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Other standard amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a microwave.

Property features

Guests of Ashford Motor Lodge have access to an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and free WiFi in public areas. If you drive, put free parking to good use. Front-desk staff can assist with luggage storage, tours or tickets, and dry cleaning/laundry. Other amenities at this family-friendly motel include free newspapers, a terrace, and laundry facilities.

Room options


Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Suite, 2 Bedrooms

Queen 1 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 5

Superior Suite (Promotion)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Studio Suite, 1 Queen Bed, Accessible, Courtyard View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

86.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 174 reviews

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.