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Governors Bay Hotel
Ranked #24 of 135 Christchurch B&B and Inns
Reviewed 30 August 2012

Charming old hotel, built in 1870. We had a room with views on the bayside that opened up to the shared balcony. The room was fairly small, but tastefully decorated and comfortable. We didn't have an ensuite, but the shared bathrooms were modern, roomy and clean. Lovely surprise to have bathrobes provided. The shared breakfast room was well-stocked with tea/coffee/hot chocolate and choices of cereals, bread and spreads. We didn't dine there this time, but we have in the past and the food was delicious. That's what prompted us to stay there this time when we went to Christchurch. The owners are very friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend you stay there.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 March 2012

Nice old pub/hotel/restaurant.Great views from front.
Room small with share facilities.
All Christchurch accommodation fills up fast because of earthquake damage, plus prices higher than elsewhere in NZ.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

My partner and I would recommend staying here - the staff are very friendly and you have a choice of room size (and price) - all which have shared bathroom facilities. We stayed in a room facing the balcony and enjoyed the views and the clean room. The communal breakfast room means you can make tea/coffee as you please and enjoy a continental breakfast at any time (we needed to leave for an early flight so were able to have an early breakfast before we left). We enjoyed some drinks in the garden and a lovely pub meal downstairs the night before. It might be noisy if you stay on a Friday/Saturday night when the pub and garden areas are full. But if you can't beat them join them I say!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Biggles63, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 February 2012

Hi Gilds,
Many thanks for taking the time to the time to post a review on Trip Advisor. We very much appreciate your comments and would welcome you back should you be in the area again. Completely, understand your comments regarding Friday and Saturday nights (Thursday nights tend to be pretty busy too). Generally, bar noise is diminished by 11pm or midnight in some circumstances. Moreover, this becomes less of a factor in our low season periods. However, it is something we would like to draw to the attention of any potential guests and the "if you can't beat them..." comment is appreciated.
Kind regards,
Jeremy

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Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Jeremy D, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2016

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Reviewed 4 February 2015
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  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2014 via mobile
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Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 January 2013
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Governors Bay Hotel

Address: 52 Main Road | Lyttelton, Christchurch 8971, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 135 B&Bs / Inns in Christchurch
Price Range: £53 - £64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Governors Bay Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Governors Bay Hotel is an historic 1870s Hotel overlooking Lyttelton harbour, 20 minutes drive from central Christchurch. There are 6 guest bedrooms, 4 of which have French doors opening out to a wide balcony. Shared bathroom facilities, free wifi, 32 inch LCD TVs. The Hotel serves highly regarded gastro-pub fare 7 days a week from 11.00am to 9.00pm. Recommended in the Lonely Planet guide and 2012 winner of the Beef and Lamb Excellence award. ... more   less 
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