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Flag Hotel Camelot Cathedral Square
Ranked #114 of 145 Hotels in Christchurch
Brisbane, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“The old cliche holds true - "You get what you pay for".”
Reviewed 30 November 2010

This hotel is average in every way and is certainly worth the money you pay - but not a cent more. Other users have reported used linen and towels piled up in the hallway outside the rooms and this very odd behaviour continues. I have never seen this practice in any hotel I have stayed in anywhere in the world. I was tempted to tell the manager that special trolleys are available for collection of used room laundry but I thought this would be a waste of my time.

The property is in a prime location in the city centre and within walking distance to restaurants and shopping. A big advantage of this location is it is a well known and central pick up / drop off point for buses, and shuttles and is well known to taxi drivers. A taxi from the airport will cost you $45 but you can get the XBase shuttle for $5 per person one way. The shuttle drops you right at the door. Book your return journey at XBase backpackers right beside the hotel. Check out this facebook link for further information:

http://ja-jp.facebook.com/pages/Christchurch-xBase-5-Shuttle-Appreciation-Society/159979217353511?v=info

We did not have a rental car but the hotel offers no guest parking. There are multi-level parking centres in the city but the cost is very high which is in common with all large cities.

The hotel's bar / restaurant is average but still perfectly acceptable. There are other eating and drinking establishments close by. Bailies Irish Bar & Restaurant right next door is worth a visit.

As is common in NZ south island the rooms have no reverse cycle air conditioning. Fortunately (!!) one or two of the windows in the room can be opened to allow fresh air and city noise to enter. Great! Please remember we were here in summer so I can only imagine guests staying here is winter would eventually suffocate. There are plug in electric heaters in the room for the 10 months of the year when it's freezing outside. I am told the reason air conditioning is rare is because of the incredibly high cost of electricity. Fair enough.

During our stay we did see another guest in the hallways or lobby and we were starting to believe we may have been caught in some wierd Twilight Zone time loop. Another odd experience. Or was it we were the only guests? Mmmmm.

The only TV stations we could pick up clearly on the in-room TV was CNN and the local Maori language channel. For us this was not a problem. Internet access is average at best (we had our own laptop of course) but there are heaps of internet cafes close by.

Our room contained absolutely NO information about available hotel services eg: room service (I have no idea if it was available), in-house restaurant, dry cleaning services, internet, telephone, telephone book, and the like. There was no "do not disturb" / "please make up my room" sign. However the lobby contained extensive information on attractions and things to do.

This hotel is perfectly adequate in every way and as long as your expectations are set to " approaching average" you will enjoy your stay here. There is nothing bad about this property at all rather one or two things are just a little odd. If you want a low price option then the Camelot is for you. If you want a bit more I suggest the Novotel right next door. I would stay here again as its quirkiness does give the place extra character!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 October 2010

Position couldn't be better, at heart of city. Basic facilities, clean but "tired". Beds very comfortable. Shower just a trickle, but earthquake damage could have caused the problem. Staff very friendly and helpful. Restaurant food not up to much - salmon cakes had no salmon flavor, roast pork just average. Needs an upgrade, but I'd stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 7 October 2010

Exactly where you want to be located in this city. Cheap $110 with Breakfast. Receptionist was lovely and very helpful, arranged us the same taxi driver twice who was a great laugh and much more like a guide then a taxi driver, great value! We stayed two nights in different rooms. The Cathedral view room was much nicer than our second (twin, 2 doubles for only 2 of us?) alley view room! Very basic studio rooms, tea/coffee making facilities, old tv and bed all in the one area, bathroom lacked good ventilation, in need of a reno. Did the trick for a bed for the night but a little disappointed I didn't pay the extra $30 for the Ibis across the square in the same great location.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2010

Stayed one night. Our rooms were large (rather corridor-like in fact) and tired. Both faced onto the alleyway at the back but that meant you got noise from the nearby backpackers, people "using" the alley in the night and finally, the rubbish-collection in the very early morning. Don't stay here if you want to sleep. We arrived late and the dinner in the restaurant (we were the only people there) was fine.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with friends
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dublin
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Reviewed 28 June 2010

We stayed for three nights at the Camelot before travelling on to Queenstown. Christchurch itself is a beautiful city and has a very European feel to it. We actually spent very little time in the hotel!

The hotel itself was perfect for us. We paid only 59NZD per room per night which was as cheap as a hostel. The hotel is situated on cathedral square and overlooks the Cathedral itself. We checked in quite late as our flight got in late. Check in was quick and easy. Our room was quite large with two queen size beds. Room quite basic. Had old enough TV and tea and coffee making facilities. The bathroom was fine, bit of a strange smell!!! but other than that it was clean. The room had a heater which was sufficent to heat the large room. Cleaning service done daily and if u wish not to be disturbed they leave towels, toilet roll etc outside the room which was good. Overall the rooms are dated and basic but considering the price it was perfect for us and beats sharing a dorm in a hostel!!

We ate lunch in the hotel restaurant which was really cheap- 2 courses for 10NZD. Food was ok nothing spectacular. We also had breakfast the morning we left for 15NZD we had cooked breakfast which wasn't good at all and could also help ourselves to cereal, toast, coffee etc. I would in future just stick to that and avoid the cooked breakfast or eat elsewhere.

Staff were very friendly in the hotel and the restaurant. They also dont have internet acess which I would have liked. I would recommend this hotel for anyone on a budget. Can't beat the location!!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Invercargill
2 reviews
Reviewed 22 June 2010

There were stains on the bedspread, bed, chair, and sheet. Thick dust by the lamp that did not work in any plug and especially not the one by the bed - which had a hole where the on/off switch should be. Old dribbled stains around the handbasin, where there was also a hairclip - left by the previous occupier. Thick scum on the bottom of the shower curtain and marks on the white towels. The saucers had brown stained rings and one teacup was stuck fast to the saucer. Teaspoons had a murky film coating them and a deflated ballon was in the wardrobe. I asked to be moved to a room that MAY have been serviced. It did not have noticeable stains on the bedspread, but the shower curtain was worse than the previous and the towel had a brown mark, (not black).. I did not touch the dishes or anything more than I had to and checked out in the morning. If I could have avoided that overnight stay I would have. I found another awesome hotel a few blocks away for the next 4 nights. I recommend you find alternative accommodation and avoid this hotel if possible. The experience is one I don't wish to repeat.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled on business
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New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 June 2010

I stayed here for 2 nights and am impressed with the entire experience. The rooms are impeccably clean, and very comfortable. A nice relaxing atmosphere. Nice sized rooms...not small and pokey like many hotel rooms. The location is perfect! Right in the middle of the square with buses stopping all around you so never short of transport. Very friendly and helpful staff. The Camelot is my new place to stay in Christchurch. Wonderful!

  • Stayed June 2010
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Property: Flag Hotel Camelot Cathedral Square
Address: 66 Cathedral Square, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
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Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #114 of 145 Hotels in Christchurch
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Hotel Class:3 star — Flag Hotel Camelot Cathedral Square 3*
Number of rooms: 66
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