City Centre Motel has taken the fourth spot amongst the Top 10 Bargain Hotels in the South Pacific, alongside five Australian and two Fijian accommodation providers.
"We've always known that Christchurch offers some of the world's best accommodation experiences, and it's no surprise that City Centre Motel has been recognised for excellent value as part of this prestigious list," says Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism CEO Tim Hunter.
"TripAdvisors Travellers' Choice 2011/2012 Awards reflect the views of real travellers. City Centre Motel's unique combination of a peaceful garden setting, easy access to key city attractions and genuine Kiwi hospitality has clearly made an impression around the world."
City Centre Motel Hosts Mary and Tina call themselves "Scottish-born Kiwis" and enjoy helping their guests have the best possible experience of Christchurch. Their Visitors' Book contains evidence of how much their special hospitality is appreciated.
"Thank you, for all your kindness and caring. Best motel we have ever stayed in. Best service, warm, comfortable, spotless!" wrote John and Lyn Allison, from Australia.
City Centre Motel is known for its tranquil setting and award-winning gardens, as well as ultimate convenience - being a four-minute walk from Christchurch Town Hall and Convention Centre, as well as the city's free bus service and Southern Cross Hospital. Cathedral Square, the Cultural Precinct, Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens are only 10 minutes on foot, making it an ideal base for visitors wanting to explore at their leisure.
The motel's award-winning gardens display rhododendrons, camelias, azalias, roses, daphne, lavender, hydrangeas as well as other spring and summer plantings.
Known for its parks, gardens and green spaces, Christchurch is Mary and Tina's perfect home, as well as the setting for New Zealand's premier horticultural event, the annual Ellerslie International Flower Show.
History - Christchurch's City Centre Motel
This central city motel is situated in an historic area of Christchurch and is located on Colombo Street, the longest street in New Zealand (originally named after a bishopric from Ceylon).
The motel's site was previously that of a Catholic girls' school and although many buildings from its time were demolished in 1994, you can still visit the nearby Rose Chapel dating from the late nineteenth century. You will also see in the grounds of the motel itself several trees with protection orders, including the oldest gleditsia tree in the city.