To get the main negative out of the way first, the bathroom washbasin is basically in the middle of the bedroom area (see photo). So there isn’t any privacy if you are sharing the room, but I guess it means you can brush your teeth/make a cup of coffee/watch the news, all in one smooth movement! Washbasin multi-tasking. With very little shelf space, you will also find this area becomes quite cluttered. The designer of this unusual layout should not be given any further assignments.
Otherwise, the room has good functionality: comfortable bed, safe, tea/coffee/fridge, TV with plenty of channels, excellent desk with international electric socket.
There was a very good view to the banks peninsula, over the city’s cathedral which still awaits its ultimate fate (see photo).
Wi-fi in the lobby area is restricted to 30 minutes, with totally rubbish reception making it virtually unusable. It costs a fortune in the room, so you probably won’t bother. But there are three Macs in the lobby with internet access. Consistently friendly, helpful staff.
The location is extraordinarily quiet in the evening: there are no restaurants, bars, etc, nearby. But it is very interesting to see some of the post-quake developments which are all within a few minutes walk, such as Re-Start, Quake City, New Regent Street and the new temporary Cathedral. The central bus stop is 5 minutes walk away, the Museum/Botanic Gardens 10 minutes walk and there are three large supermarkets around 10 to 12 minutes walk.
However, if you want a hotel, rather than a motel, in the centre of town, with a great room and staff, I would recommend the recently re-opened Novotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spoil yourself in this new, stylish 4+ star hotel. The Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square (re-opened 2013) is elegantly positioned alongside the original Christchurch Cathedral. The hotel boasts 154 spacious rooms and suites, from modern and contemporary to charming and cozy, everyone will be delighted. All rooms are complimented with the modern day comforts and amenities that one has come to love and expect from this international 4+ star hotel. Come to Christchurch and experience the style and sophistication of a 4+ star hotel in Christchurch. ... more less
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