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“Elegance and Comfort at The George”

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The George Christchurch
Ranked #5 of 146 Hotels in Christchurch
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Reviewed 23 June 2012

From the outside, you might think the hotel is a relic out of the 80s, but don't let looks deceive you. I love The George and I can't think of a better option in Christchurch. The hotel is part of the Small Luxury Hotels (SLH) of the World group and it really is a small luxury hotel - it has understated elegance. The rooms are perfect - and come complete with "George" - a small teddy bear- just an example of the small luxury touches at the hotel. The two restaurants are fabulous - don't bother eating anywhere else. And did I mention the beds are perfect - absolutely perfect. The amenities are beautiful (and generous) too. Nathan Maynard is one of the 'fixtures' at The George - and nothing is too much trouble for him.
I much prefer a small boutique hotel like The George to a large chain hotel - it's much more personal and you feel like the staff have become your friends. We've stayed here a few times and are never disappointed. (The ONLY downside for me is that wifi is charged - it's only $15 a day - but I'd love to see The George do away with this charge - it's a constant bugbear of mine and not what I expect from a 5 star boutique hotel.)

Room Tip: I don't think there is a bad room at The George to be honest!
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

We've stayed at The George several times and always have been delighted with the quality. The hospitality from Nathan and his team is exceptional from the welcome at the door, to the relaxed check-in at a sit down desk, to the regular staff knowing your name and saying hello. Despite a late arrival we had a fantastic meal at the restaurant accompanied by a glass of good quality wine from a well thought through and complete wine list. The bed is too comfortable! We are normally early start people but in the comfort of a dark room and superbly comfortable bed we slept until late morning! Lucky we had no meetings until after lunch.

My only complaint is with the charge for internet - which at The George is not excessive at $15/day - but it is a charge which is hard to justify when free wireless is pervasive in most places. However it is a small issue in an otherwise wonderful hotel that we look forward to visiting on our trips to Christchurch.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

We were scheduled to stay at the Crowne Plaza but due to severe earthquake damage we stayed here at the start of our New Zealand tour. We were impressed with the quality and comfort of the hotel and enjoyed our short visit. George the bear was a great idea and after travelling many thousands of miles with us before returning home, he now takes pride of place on the bed in our grandson's room! We definitely recommend staying here when in Christchurch.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2012

Worth the cost, classy, comfortable, staff were great and the rooms are fabulous - I didn't want to leave. All the little luxury touches are fab, heated floors, lovely toiletries, even the choccys on the pillows were delicious!
We were only here two nights, one at the start and end of our trip and it was a great way to begin and end our trip to the South Island. The food was lovely, bar area is nice and again, the staff are all just really friendly and helpful. Loved this place would stay again and recommend it.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2012

We stayed at The George with a few colleagues. Our stay was very comfortable and the staff were legendary. What a bunch of lovely people they were! The rooms are thoughtfully appointed and nicely decorated. The restaurant is wonderful and on our dinner was delectable.However on our second night, we picked up Indian takeaways from a restaurant near the university. We were pleasantly surprised to find the 650 ml Jaipur Lager beer at the supermarket nearby.

Centrally located close to the big park and ideally placed for a refreshing, early- morning stroll by the Avon river.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 May 2012

It's a sad experience in Christchurch - we weren't prepared for the deverstation we saw. However, this hotel is on the edge of it and if you need a night in Christchurch this is a top quality hotel. It's not much to look at from the outside - to be honest I was quite concerned when we arrived and was thinking 'we've paid how much to stay here...?' However, once in the hotel nothing was too much trouble; the room was awesome! Fabulous touches - like a George bear and chocolates with the turndown service, floor lights came on when I got up in the night... Loved it! Highly recommend staying here - just a shame there is not much to do in Christchurch currently.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 May 2012

Thankfully the George had not been too affected by the earth quakes.
The staff could not have been more helpful everyone was cheerful and so helpful nothing was too much for them.
Rooms although a little tired were large and comfortable.
The restaurant had a great menu for valentine's night. Red roses and all!!
The grill had great food and the manager was very helpful.
Would recommend this hotel any day.

Room Tip: we over looked the park and that was really nice.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The George Christchurch

Address: 50 Park Terrace, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Christchurch
#3 Business Hotel in Christchurch
#5 Luxury Hotel in Christchurch
#7 Romantic Hotel in Christchurch
#15 Family Hotel in Christchurch
Price Range: £155 - £472 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The George Christchurch 5*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The George is the essence of supreme comfort. Its 53 spacious rooms are designed with a stylish eye for detail, complete with luxury amenities. With a one-to-one ratio of staff to guests, impeccable service is guaranteed. In 2013, 2012 and 2010 it was recognised as ‘New Zealand’s #1 City Hotel’ in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, was New Zealand’s Leading Boutique Hotel’ 2006 – 2010 & 2012 – 2013 in the World Travel Awards. The George offers discerning travellers superb comfort and individual attention in an intimate ambiance. ... more   less 
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