This hotel was only opened a few months ago, and it faces the cathedral square from where you can still see a lot of the terrible destruction the city suffered during their earthquakes a few years ago. In fact, it is one of only a handful of hotels in the city centre which is open for business.
Having said that, I was very impressed by how normal and smoothly everything worked. Reception staff very capably advised me where to shop and have a meal or a coffee (still not too many options around nearby), and they also managed to get me an early check-in on arrival.
The room was well appointed even though I generally dislike it when the bathrooms are so integrated into the room. As I was using the room on my own, it didn't matter, but if I am sharing with someone else, I'd prefer it if they can brush their teeth behind a closed door.
A couple of glitches probably due to the recent opening: a kettle was missing and my phone didn't work so I didn't get my wake up call.
But the room was otherwise immaculate and the bed very comfortable.
There is a small but well equipped gym as well.
The single best thing about the hotel though is their restaurant. First class food and wine list, very attentive service and nice ambience. I ate there twice and enjoyed both dinners no end.
The Novotel is slightly pricier than its sister hotel the Ibis, just across the square, but I would happily stay there again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Hotel Christchurch