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“Great B&B stay” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Designer Cottage
Ranked #5 of 139 Christchurch B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great B&B stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013 via mobile

We were looking for somewhere that offered a more personal experience rather than the anonymity of a large hotel. Chet, our host, surpassed expectations and was both helpful and kind. Would definitely recommend.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Margate, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

This b&b was in a great place for getting into the center of Christchurch with a bus stop at the top of the road about two min from the b&b or a short walk into city, and with plenty of places to eat in the area.nice and clean and comfortable with a nice breakfast and if it was not what you want you just had to say what you would like and Chet the host of the b&b would sort it out for you. nothing was too much trouble for him .there is a lovely garden to sit in and have a coffee or something a bit stronger if you like, and free wi fi so all in all a very nice place to stay and would stay again. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Robert R
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Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

I have been here 4 times now for work and I love the character, charm and friendly, helpful and couteous service Chet and his team offer. I travel alot and have grown to dislike impersonal hotels that are all carbon copies of each other. Designer Cottage is refreshing, very easy to fit in and enjoy and really adaptable to my work hours. It's so close to CBD and other attractions and transport routes that I get inner city with a feel of peaceful vintage and character to balance things out. See you for visit number 5 soon in 2014!!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sarah R
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Greytown, New Zealand
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39 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

This b&b was a great find. The place was spotless and the host was extremely hospitipal. everything that was asked for was provided quickly. Only downsides were a small bathroom and no wardrobe which we were told was a work in progress. Overall great value and a very enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: There are very different rooms at this b&b. Modern and old fashioned. Ours was very new hence th...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rob H
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Sydney, Australia
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46 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

We stayed only one night at Chet's lovely Designer Cottage. We arrived earlier than the check in time, were greeted so politely and encouraged to make ourselves at home! This is a lovely B&B. It has everything you could need, comfortable, clean and cosy. Very close to the center of Christchurch. Chet was so helpful in giving advice (and a map!) of all the must- see sights in Christchurch. The restaurant recommendation was also perfect! Cafe Valentino, a must! Thank you for having us, we wished we could've stayed longer!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

Hi there.....We had a great time at Designer Cottage and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone wanting a nice restful stay. Host was EXCELLENT and the brekkie was great. So friendly helpful and courteous and learnt all the good places to visit and eat in CHCH. You couldn't do better than this "family-feel" accommodation place. Well done Chet and staff. (We stayed 12 great nights at Chets place in CHCH)

Room Tip: All are great. All rooms are nicely heated. Personally I always choose the room closest to where the...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Todd T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013

Stayed at Designer Cottage on Sat 3rd while visiting Chch. Chet met me on arrival and took me to my room which was warm and even had the electric blanket turned on for me as I arrived after dark. The studio had a modern ensuite and was very clean. The bed was very comfortable.
Chet certainly has a great knowledge of dinning places.

It was a great B & B experience as I would normally stay in a hotel /motel.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Designer Cottage
Address: 53 Hastings Street West, Christchurch 8023, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 139 B&Bs / Inns in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Designer Cottage 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Designer Cottage was a sailors' retreat in the 70s and is located in peaceful surroundings just off Colombo Street near the shops and opposite Sydenham Park. The walk to the city centre from the cottage will give you the chance to admire many listed heritage buildings on Colombo Street. We offer a variety of rooms, which are all tastefully decorated, including share facilities, private room with en-suite and a self-contained cottage. ... more   less 
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