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Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Ranked #10 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Staying here is a must do in Christchurch”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

This was a great find thanks to previous positive reviews from the Trip Advisor community. The hotel is fresh, modern, with lovely comfortable rooms, and trendy reception spaces. The staff were very helpful, and it was a really great stay! There's plenty of free parking, and hotel is close to the CBD. I'd stay again in a heartbeat. Sadly we didn't get to use the gorgeous bar and brasserie but it looked very inviting.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Julianne E
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RydgesLatimer, General Manager at Rydges Latimer Christchurch, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
We love being a 'Must do,' thanks for saying so! More importantly, we're glad you enjoyed your stay. Hopefully we will see you again in the near future and you get give Bloody Mary's a taste!
Cheers,
Rob.
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Very good hotel right in centre next to the cardboard Cathedral. Service superb, reception booked us tours and helped with our check in for flight onward so Queenstown. The room was very comfortable and there is a Brasserie and a restaurant serving excellent food. Sadly there was no gym or pool despite advertising but was offered use of them at hotel nearby.
We decided to cut our stay by one day due to lack of things to do as the earthquake has devastated the town and the hotel were accommodating and even booked us at a Rydges in Queenstown for one night.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Moosie57
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RydgesLatimer, General Manager at Rydges Latimer Christchurch, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Thanks for the review Moosie. Sorry to hear you cut your stay short but we're glad you stopped by all the same. Glad to hear our team hit the mark with their service, I'll be sure to pass on your remarks. I'm a little confused about the gym and pool. The gym was delayed in opening but has been operational for a couple of months now. We certainly don't have a pool though and wouldn't send you to a competitor (that would be silly!). Thanks again, we hope you enjoyed your onward journey.
Cheers,
Rob.
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Sydney, Australia
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36 reviews
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Good value in the 2 bedroom apartments , not normally available in the City Hotels .Good food in the Hotels restaurant & at the bar. Do not forget join the Priorities Loyalty program for discounts.Very friendly attentive staff. Only thing lacking was International channels on the TV . A short walk through the CBD to the Museum & Botanical Gardens. The CBD is being rebuilt but do shop at Ballantynes & in the Mall to support the local business.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Thank dang2218
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RydgesLatimer, General Manager at Rydges Latimer Christchurch, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Some great tips here for staying at Rydges Latimer and making the most of Christchurch. We love to hear from guests such as yourself getting out and supporting our locals. There's still plenty of work to do but its so exciting to be apart of the rebuild and what will be a fantastic new Christchurch.
Cheers,
Rob.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

On our recent visit to NZ, we stayed at Rydges Latimer in Christchurch on 3 separate occasions (4 nights in total) over a 10 day period. Our overall experience was excellent, from the Reception staff, Bar & Restaurant staff, and Room cleanliness. We dined in the Restaurant for breakfast & dinner on each day, and the range/quality of food was also excellent. One criticism of the Restaurant is that we were told on 2 occasions that we've had to wait (~20 minutes) for a table for dinner, when the restaurant seemed to be only partially occupied. The trick would be to book very early for dinner. This is a relatively new hotel, and we'd stay at his hotel again on our next visit to Christchurch NZ.

Room Tip: I suggest all rooms are excellent.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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RydgesLatimer, General Manager at Rydges Latimer Christchurch, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Thanks for the feedback Brian we're glad you enjoyed your stay. Making a booking in Bloody Mary's for dinner is always the best option. We try to keep a few tables up our sleeves for in-house guests particularly during peak service times. Mary's isn't a dine and dash type restaurant so at times we do space the bookings out to make sure everyone gets the best level of service. Thanks for staying with us, we look forward to seeing you next time.
Cheers,
Rob.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2014

The most lovely part of staying at Rydges Latimer was the newness of the hotel. There is nothing quite like staying in a freshly refurbished or newly built hotel. The rooms are contemporary and roomy with lovely bathrooms (again, sparkling new tiles and a lovely big shower).

The Bloody Mary's restaurant does a buffet breakfast that is a cut above any other I have experienced. You can even make your own bloody mary. The juice comes in cute little individual bottles. Try the homemade hash browns. We also went for dinner and the service was exceptionally good, great wine list and delicious food - all cooked to perfection. We got the beef for two dish - and I highly recommend this. They carve the meat at your table and it comes with lyonaisse potatoes and broccoli. Yum!

Free parking for guests and visitors is a real bonus. Location is excellent and central - you can walk into the Container Mall or to C1 for coffee and brunch easily. But as it is set next to the park, it is also not in the middle of a reconstruction zone. I found it relatively quiet.

The mini bar is very different to other hotels - they have obviously put some thought into making the offerings a little bit unique and special with the "lolly shop" and a nice range of goodies.

The only thing that would have made it even better for me (and this is me searching hard for something they could add) - would have been pay-for in-house movies. There is Sky TV, but I think guests these days like the flexibility of choosing what and when they watch. That said - there was DVD input on the TV, so for those who were technologically minded and had their ipod - I guess you could watch a movie that way.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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RydgesLatimer, General Manager at Rydges Latimer Christchurch, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Wow, thanks for such a detailed review. There's really not a whole lot more we could add! We'll share your comments with the team, it really is great motivation for everyone after all the hard work that went in to opening. Cheers and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Rob.
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Brisbane, Australia
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

This was my first stay at Rydges CHCH and I thought it was a great new hotel, the staff were very friendly and got requests done promptly, I am looking forward to staying again next week and having a meal at the restaurant.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Thank Vaughan77
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RydgesLatimer, General Manager at Rydges Latimer Christchurch, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Thanks for the feedback Vaughan, glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again. Great to hear you will give Bloody Mary's a try next time round, we're sure you will enjoy it.
Cheers,
Rob.
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London, England, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2014

New hotel, rebuilt following earthquake. High standard of amenities. Centrally located in heart of Christchurch. The hotel was very busy, no doubt reflecting the relative lack of choice following the devastating earthquake. The quality of service tended to be efficient rather than friendly.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Frank B
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RydgesLatimer, General Manager at Rydges Latimer Christchurch, responded to this review, 6 April 2014
Thanks for your feedback, we're glad you enjoyed your stay. Christchurch has indeed been very busy of late, we're very happy to be the first brand new hotel open and operating in the CBD. Its disappointing to hear you didn't find our service friendly enough, as you can see from past reviews, on the whole we're a very accommodating bunch... we'll share your comments and hopefully see improved feedback in the future.
Cheers,
Rob.
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Property: Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Address: 30 Latimer Square, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection 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:
Ranked #10 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rydges Latimer Christchurch 4.5*
Number of rooms: 138
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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