At the south part of downtown Christchurch is the newly opened Rydges hotel. Given that it is so new, everything is immaculately clean. Service is professional too. Definitely worth considering as an option for business hotel in downtown location. Downtown is very quiet, and eerily empty so this location gives you a chance to better view the impact of the 2011 earthquake.
Minibar: good selection including a very humorous chocolate bar that made me laugh; won't spoil the fun for others.
Internet: Bought the unlimited 24 hr packages for up to three devices and downloaded an entire series of a TV show within a couple hours! I had the impression that internet on the South Island was touch and go. Rydges high speed internet dispelled that myth!
Bathroom was a small square that was functional and bright. Plenty of counter space. Big mirror, bright lighting, square glass shower.
Bed: fantastic support, just firm enough not to broadcast every move yet soft for comfort
Noise: very peaceful and quiet spot (stayed on weekend so very little traffic)
Location: half a block from the cardboard cathedral; 10 min walking distance to RE:Start retail hub and what used to be a bustling downtown. It is hopeful to see businesses such as Rydges opening up again to bring much needed foot traffic and I've back to the Center of the city after the 2011 earthquake. Many lots are still fenced off, and buildings deserted, a reminder of the destruction of nature's forces.yet, I see lots of hope in that old facades are held in place by shipping containers and supports until a time Christchurch will rebuild. Definitely check out RE: Start area, an innovative solution to bringing people back to the downtown.
On a one way street so keep that in mind when driving here.parking fills up but there is enough.
A nice stay in a nice hotel. It grows on you after you explore the nearby area and see that there aren't many options that don't put you beside empty lots or deserted buildings. Would stay here again if back to Christchurch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rydges Latimer Christchurch overlooks scenic Latimer Square, in the heart of the city. Newly built 100% compliant to new building standards and opened in 2013 this 4.5 star hotel is five levels high and offers 138 accommodation rooms spread over the first four floors. The fifth floor boasts a penthouse apartment with breathtaking views stretching from the Port Hills to the Southern Alps. Premier conference and event facilities with 11 flexible spaces housing up to 500 delegates. All spaces are flooded with natural light, integrated audio visual equipment, exceptional menu options and a dedicated team of conference professionals is on had to assist in the planning and facilitation. Located on the ground floor is Bloody Mary's Bar-Lounge-Grill, a premium steakhouse featuring some of the finest locally sourced ingredients from right here in Canterbury. New York steakhouse meets Kiwi hospitality for a true beef lover’s dream. You will be eager to ‘steak’ your claim. ... more less
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