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City Central Motel Apartments

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

A comfortable bed, a nice hot shower with great water pressure and somewhere to easily park the car. There is a small kitchenette and a bathroom. The staff are absolutely lovely. It is very easy to drive here, leave the car parked and just walk through the city centre. Worth it 👍

These motel apartments were well-situated, just walking distance from downtown Christchurch. We were easily able to travel to dinner, the cathedral rebuilding site, and shopping district. The rooms were nothing to write home about, but they were good value for what we paid - clean and safe. The motel staff was extremely helpful and kind, welcoming us warmly to town.

Thanks city central motel lovely Apartment nice room and gorgeous living room we going with my family and friends I really enjoy good service I will definitely visit again this apartment thanks for look after as 👍🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠

Check-in was easy, and after a long day travelling it was welcomed to be given a Snickers, a small milk, and a packet of crisps (although disappointing that the crisps were stale). I was only in Christchurch for just over 24 hours, and the bed seemed comfortable enough for one night. In the room the major problem was the heating (or lack thereof). The Central Heating doesn't seem to work at all times (in fact they told me at reception that it only comes on at certain times) however there was a bar heater provided in the room which helped (although connected by a series of extension leads which could be dangerous if you had a child with you or were a bit clumsy). The bathroom was small and pokey, and whilst it was cold there was a heater in this area as well which worked nicely. I'm not a heavy set guy, but if I was I think I'd probably struggle with the small shower. If I was coming to Christchurch for a very short period of time (aka one night) I'd probably stay here again however for anything more than a day or so I'm sure there'd be similar options for the same price point.

This is basic hotel/motel accommodation, but the room was tidy, comfortable and quiet enough for our 3 day stay, and suited our purposes just fine ... we arrived via a VERY late flight and didn't get to the motel till well past midnight, but we had advised this with our booking, and kudos to the manager as there was someone still awake to give us our key. Big thanks for that! The office staff were also friendly and helpful with directions and advice on getting about. The furniture and fittings are modest, but functional, as was the small kitchenette. The LCD TV wasn't great quality either, with wiring dangling about the place (a bit of a nightmare with kids!) but had 50 Sky & freeview channels available. The weather was chilly when we were there, so we spent all our time at the motel in the room, but the outdoor areas would benefit from some refurbishment. The motel has ample on-site parking and free Wi-Fi.

Stayed here as I was attending a course at LesMills. Not the best place in the world no flannels or milk. Just missing those little touches you expect to see in a motel. Also found a fake nail beside my bed so makes me think not the cleanest of places.

When my friends and I arrived after check-in, the kitchen was very filthy and dirty; the floor was stained with food from the previous occupants; we had to call management and have someone thoroughly clean the kitchen otherwise we would not have been able to cook our dinner. The 2 bedroom service-type room was basic necessity with clean towels and bedsheets; bath with good running hot water; and automatic dishwasher. There were complimentary instant coffee and tea, however, we provided our own. City Centre was about 2 kilometers from a Pak-N-Save which provided food provisions. Although City Centre Motel was not fully booked, the management seemed to be quite busy with other matters beside guest relations.

I arrived at the end of March looking for somewhere affordable and comfortable for a few nights in Christchurch to do some sightseeing. Upon arrival the room was spacious, clean and had all the basics required. Parking was free and more importantly hassle free unlike at some of the bigger hotel's I've stayed at. Staff were friendly and helped us settle in giving us free fresh milk for tea and coffee (very important) and gave us directions for close by attractions. Overall a good stay that I'd recommend if your just in town to be out of the property for sightseeing. Ohh and Wifi signal was strong and easy to connect to, very important.

Okay so read mixed reviews on this place but decided to make my own opinion and reasonably happy I did. Location was great, rooms I wouldn't say are 'stylish' more basic than anything but I was happy with my stay. Customer service was 10/10, but still ok. Wifi 5/10 - not the best, not the worse. They also describe on there outside sign that it's a quiet accommodation - again it wasn't party party super loud but it was hardly quiet. Rooms could do with a revamp , however I overall I would stay again.

Checked in late which they were able to accommodate. Plenty of free onsite parking despite very central location. Free laundry, and the staff helpfully moved laundry to laundry bag when done. Rooms were comfortable and clean and wifi was free and fast. Would definitely recommend.

252 Barbadoes Street Christchurch

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Canterbury Museum
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Laundry facilities

Located in Christchurch City Centre within a mile (2 km) of Canterbury Museum, City Central Motel Apartments is within a few miles (5 km) of other popular sights such as Riccarton House. The 26 rooms at this 3-star motel include refrigerators, microwaves, and flat-screen TVs. Centrally located in Christchurch, the motel is also a short walk from Cardboard Cathedral and New Regent Street.


Start each morning off right with continental breakfast served for a fee.


All 26 rooms provide microwaves, refrigerators, and phones. Guests can expect WiFi and 32-inch flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Hair dryers, ironing boards, and desks are also available. Limited housekeeping is available.

Property features

Guests of City Central Motel Apartments enjoy free WiFi in public areas, express check-out, and free newspapers. You can take advantage of free parking, along with a shuttle from the hotel to the airport (available 24 hours) for NZD 25 per person. Front-desk staff can assist with luggage storage and tours/tickets. This motel also has laundry facilities.

Room options

Superior Studio

Queen 1 | Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Family Suite, 2 Bedrooms

Twin 3 | Twin 3 | Sleeps 6


Queen 1 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Twin Studio

Twin 2 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

91% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 297 reviews