The George in Christchurch is a very elegant small hotel, located right across the street from a beautiful park. The room was large, very well decorated and very clean. The bed was large and comfortable. The bathroom was large, had all the amenities and was spotless. The room had a desk with a high speed internet connection for fifteen dollars a day. However, there were two computers in the lobby that were surprisingly available for broad band internet. We never had any trouble getting a computer – it seemed like one was always free. There were two easy chairs and a large television in the room.
The staff was exceedingly friendly and helpful. The George does not have a reception counter as such. Instead, there is an office desk right as you enter the lobby, where you sit down on comfortable easy chairs for check in or anything else you want to talk to the receptionist about. The concierge arranged taxis down to Cathedral Square (the main part of town), a tour of the city and transportation to the airport for us in the most friendly manner imaginable.
The prices I saw advertised for the hotel restaurants were surprisingly high. The meal prices I saw advertised in the elevator for their Pescatore Restaurant was ninety-nine dollars (1 New Zealand Dollar = .7 U.S. Dollar) per person, per meal, one hundred twenty nine dollars per meal and one hundred ninety dollars per meal, with wine. We decided that was a bit rich for our blood. So, we took a ten dollar each way taxi ride downtown, where there is one restaurant after another. Downtown (the area around Cathedral Square) is about a fifteen minute walk, if you need the exercise, want to take in the sights or want to save the cab fare. We had very nice seafood meals in a restaurant located a short way from Cathedral Square within sight of the Avon River, in a row of restaurants, for a total of $53 for both meals as the amount of U.S. dollars that showed up on our credit card. The mussels were especially good in Christchurch. There are also several restaurants and a mini mart on Victoria Street, which is about two blocks from the George (you can get a map in the lobby). We ate one supper at the casino on Victoria Street where the buffet was reasonably good (for a buffet) and well stocked and was thirty eight dollars a person, plus the 12 1/2 per cent sales tax (unlike most restaurants in New Zealand, the Casino does not include the sales tax in the prices they advertise).
Overall, it is hard to say too much good about the George. It is a really great place. We recommend it highly.
- 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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- The George Hotel Christchurch
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