We spent a couple of nights at the Rydges last month and it was a very good stay.
We arrived around 8pm after flying down from Auckland, when they checked us in we were upgraded to a city\port hills view at no extra cost. Staff were really friendly and helpful.
The hotel is a 5-10 minute walk to get to the main areas of the CBD such as Restart mall and most bars\restaurants, but as it is Christchurch it is a flat easy walk everywhere. It is about 100m to the "Cardboard Cathedral".
Room was spacious, furniture was minimal but sufficient.
The view was out over Latimer Square towards the cbd and the port hills, was nice and the balcony was large enough to sit down.
The mini-bar was well stocked, we didn't partake but it was reasonably priced.
The bathroom was large and luxurious looking, with a giant shower that had good water pressure.
The restaurant had a great sounding menu, unfortunately we didn't get the chance to eat there.
The entire hotel has a very new feeling, everything looks polished and tidy.
I will definitely be staying here again when I come down to Christchurch, hopefully next time I can try out the restaurant.
- 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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