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4.5 out of 5

"Location and cleanliness plus the owners were so helpful and friendly " More

By a verified traveller on Mon 04 Mar 2019

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Hotel Description

At Athena Motel & Apartments you'll be 0.1 km (0.1 mi) from Riccarton Road and 1 km (0.6 mi) from University of Canterbury.

Digital TV and irons/ironing boards are featured in all 15 soundproofed rooms. Additionally, pillowtop beds and room service are available.

This smoke-free motel offers free WiFi in public areas, a business center, and a garden. Other amenities include wired Internet in public areas and laundry facilities. Each morning continental breakfast is available. There's also the convenience of free self parking.

With a stay at this 4.5-star Riccarton motel, you'll be 1.8 km (1.1 mi) from Hagley Park and 2.8 km (1.7 mi) from Christchurch Public Hospital.

Executive Studio, Non Smoking, Kitchenette (Executive Studio Spec 8)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Standard Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Non Smoking, Kitchenette (Emirates Special 5)

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

One Bedroom Plus (2 Level Apartment 6)

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Studio, Non Smoking, Kitchenette (1 Night in Christchurch..)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Studio, Non Smoking, Kitchenette (James Bond Double Spa 007)

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Suite, 1 Bedroom, Non Smoking, Kitchenette (Queen Bed)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Athena Motel & Apartments ratings based on 95 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Athena Motel & Apartments

Everyone (52) Couples (25) Business (1) Students (1) Family (16)
5 out of 5
Location and cleanliness plus the owners were so helpful and friendly

Posted by on 4 Mar. 2019

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5 out of 5
Good location, friendly owners, nice room. Shower was amazing

Posted by on 16 Feb. 2019

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5 out of 5
Very good room serviced every day clean towels handy to riccarton mall and eating places would come here again

Posted by , from Bombay nz on 19 Nov. 2018

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1 out of 5
Cold, strange layout, heat pumps and heaters don’t work, bathroom heater doesn’t work. Staff rude and unhelpful. I had got a spray tan while in town and had brought my own sheets and pillows to avoid ruining theirs and my pillow was taken, then they lied about having it and then phoned me up after both myself and my partner having asked for my belongings back, they told me I had in fact not brought my pillow and it was already at my house. Then they called to tell me they miraculously found it in my room when they stripped the bed on the bed even though I had left the bed already stripped from the process of looking for my stuff. Following this, I asked to be sent my things and they refused as I had “forgotten” it and it was not their responsibility. Absolutely terrible.

Posted by , from NZ on 20 May 2018

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5 out of 5
a very well run family motel even though on a main road the units are set back and are very quiet. Nice to be over the road from the mall

Posted by on 24 Nov. 2017

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4 out of 5

Close to Riccarton Mall & Restaurants.

Pros: Clean & tidy quiet.
Cons: Our room didn't have a lounge area.
Location: Handy to Riccarton Malll.
Very friendly staff, warm comfortable clean & tidy. Close to Riccarton Mall also Horncastle Arena.

Posted by , from Tapanui NZ on 17 Apr. 2017

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4 out of 5

Nice motel close to mall

Pros: Location
Cons: All good
Location: 200 metres from Riccarton mall
Across the road from mall and far enough away from the road so no traffic noise.

Posted by on 3 Apr. 2017

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5 out of 5

Clean hotel. Close to the mall

We booked here as a last minute hotel and it was perfect. Comfy clean and close to the mall and eateries. Staff friendly and helpfull. Would stay again and recommend.

Posted by on 8 Jan. 2017

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4 out of 5
Family break in Christchurch Motel extremely handy to Mall, Restaurants and shops making it easy to get around. Staff was very friendly and helpful Overall an enjoyable stay at Athena

Posted by on 11 Oct. 2016

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3 out of 5

Nearly nice and peaceful...

Great location, great rooms, but... the walls are paper thin. Unfortunately we could hear the TV, the kettle, the drawers etc from the unit next door. Other than that, a great stay

Posted by on 22 Sep. 2016

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About the Athena Motel & Apartments

Location 160 Riccarton Road, Christchurch, 8004

Property Features

Public spaces have free WiFi. You'll find a business center on site. Athena Motel & Apartments also features tour/ticket assistance, a garden, and laundry facilities. Free self parking is available. This 4.5-star Christchurch motel is smoke free.

  • 15 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 3 buildings
  • Business facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Garden
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Laundry facilities


Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Wired internet access - surcharge


Free self parking


  • Train station: Christchurch Railway Station (2.2 km / 1.4 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Athena Motel & Apartments offers 15 air-conditioned accommodations with irons/ironing boards. Beds feature pillowtop mattresses. Televisions come with digital channels.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Digital channels
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy continental breakfast daily.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at 8:30 PM

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 8:30 AM - 8:30 PM. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 8:30 AM - 8:30 PM.
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for NZD 40.0 per day.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. For guests' safety, the property includes a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; guestroom doors are sealed after cleaning. Social distancing measures are in place; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • No lifts
  • Staffed front desk
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff do not wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is not available for guests
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are not available
  • No gap period between guests' stays
  • Staff temperature checks are not conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is not available
  • Property does not follow sanitisation practices of any association
  • Guest accommodation is sealed after cleaning
  • Electrostatic spray is not used for disinfection
  • Cashless transactions are available
  • Masks are not compulsory at the property
  • Contactless food service / room service is not available
  • Reservation is not required for facilities on site
  • Mobile key entry is not available
  • Food service not has not been amended for enhanced safety


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: NZD 200.00 per day

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between NZD 15 and NZD 20 for adults, NZD 16 and NZD 18 for children (approximately)
  • Fee for wired Internet in public areas: NZD 5.00 per night (rates may vary)
  • Rollaway bed fee: NZD 40.0 per day
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Athena Christchurch
  • Athena Motel & Apartments
  • Athena Motel & Apartments Christchurch
  • Athena Motel Apartments Christchurch
  • Athena Motel Apartments
  • Athena & Apartments
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You should know

  • Please note that this property can refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, which include pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Alcohol isn't served at Athena Motel & Apartments.

National Rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our rating system.

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*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.