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Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Hotel
Ranked #19 of 146 Hotels in Christchurch
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

We had a very enjoyable stay. Pleasant design and décor in the foyer, restaurant and bar. Upgraded to room on 13th floor looking out over the Cathedral. Found the bed and pillows a little firm for my taste. Front of house staff were friendly and obliging. Great position in the center of the city from which to explore the earthquake destruction by foot. Free car parking on the empty lot beside the hotel was a pleasant surprise. Short drive to access to restaurants and shopping on outer fringe of the city.

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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank GrantHay
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Carl B, General Manager at Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2014

Thanks for your review Grant,

You're the second one today to say they found our beds firm!
There has been a real turn around recently hasn't there - Everyone now wants a topper pad!

I guess we'll have to join the race.

But seriously, thanks for your kind comments on our hotel, we hope we will see you back again soon.

Kind regards

Carl and the Team at Novotel Christchurch

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

I stayed at the Novotel Christchurch for 2 nights, the staff on arrival super helpfull and the breakfast lady especially very friendly. The rooms are normal novotel rooms except the bathrooms are kind of weird. The only negitive I have is the beds were very uncomfortable, they are slat and dont have any topper on the top of the mattress. I stayed on the 10th floor. Dinner was very good too and the breakfast was not as good as the Hamilton or Wellington Novotels but still plenty of choices.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Carl B, General Manager at Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2014

Hi Jodie803,
Many thanks for your review on TripAdvisor.
Comments about hardware such as beds and bathrooms are important for the future design of our hotels so we really appreciate this feedback. Thank you.
I think we can take a leaf out of our Hamilton and Wellington Novotels books and keep up with their breakfast standard! We do try and compete with each other for the best offering..these guys are tough..but we can get there..Thanks for giving us a heads up on that one.
Thanks again Jodie, we hope we can welcome you back to CHC.
Carl and the Team at Novotel Christchurch

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Just spent 3 nights here. Wonderful room on top floor with large and view of city. The service was terrific and very friendly. Parking was fine as disused sections all around at present. Everything very clean and modern. Free wifi was a pleasant surprise. Had lovely meal in restaurant. Will certainly be back. Being Accor member really helps.

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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Carl B, General Manager at Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2014

Hi Tommo!

Thanks for your review...I'm glad you enjoyed your stay.

I hope we can see you back again.

Kind regards

Carl and The Team at Novotel Christchurch.

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Reviewed 6 July 2014

I recently stayed here for work, the hotel was really lovely. Great friendly and efficient staff. Big clean room with a stunning view of the city and the port hills. I would say the only thing that let it down was the parking. But as the city is in the middle of a rebuild it is something that will improve in the future!

Room Tip: Ask for the city side as it has a great view the other side is looking out over the car park.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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Carl B, General Manager at Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2014

Dear Charlotte,

Thanks for your review on TripAdvisor!

Not sure what you mean about the parking?..Can you come back to me on that?

We have secure parks under our hotel, valet parking and (far be it from me not to try and sell our valet parking service) but free parking abounds because of the empty space around the hotel, wonderfully free until new buildings go up..!

Please let me know what you meant about the parking..maybe we didn't meet you/direct you?


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Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

Myself and my partner stayed here for 1 night at the start of our trip. We arrived early morning cold, foggy and a bit damp. We thought we would see about check in early. possible of a small charge. Maybe even a small discount for being an Accor Loyalty member. So we asked. To be told about $120. Are you serious? We came back later and someone else was at desk and checked us in. The Executive room was GREAT. View to the cathedral. No noise. Staff apart from 1 were fantastic. The bell boy (think thats his title) thats stands by door to help was AMAZING, he had maps and our route planned out. Definitely recommend to family snd friends

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Carl B, General Manager at Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2014

Hi Bruce and Amber,

$120 dollars...no way!! I'm going to check that out..good lord ... and an ACCOR Member to boot!

Gawd, we really do trip ourselves up sometimes don't we?.. drop me an email so I can follow it up for you..

I'm glad you liked Andrew at the front door..I'm assuming it was him..EVERYONE says he's awesome!!

Many thanks for your feedback, I hope we will see you again.

Kind regards

Carl and The Team at Novotel Christchurch

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Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here for two nights on our honeymoon. We were Very pleased with it - this is such a nice hotel!

Bad things: Wi-Fi isn't free, most of the area nearby is still under construction, there is no parking

Good things: the rooms are modern, clean and very comfortable, the staff is incredibly nice and helpful, they have maps and recommendations for places nearby to go for dinner (some walkable, some where you might prefer to drive), there was an abandoned gravel lot outside where I could park for free (though the hotel warned that since they didn't own it, they couldn't accept liability if something happened), they have laundry machines available for use in the basement ($4/load) which was so useful, and their minibar is reasonably well stocked.

All in all we had a great stay there. It was nice to be able to walk to the restart area too!

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Thank Jenn D
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Carl B, General Manager at Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2014

Hi Jen D,

Thanks for posting your comments on TripAdvisor – Good and bad!

We continue to struggle with the free Wif-Fi issue..but we’re getting there thank you!

Yes, our city is under construction, we will have a whole new futuristic green city as a result.

We have tons of parking, free around the hotel, and 25 valet spaces (secure) under the hotel, in case you visit us on your return through Christchurch.

I’m glad our staff were nice and helpful and were able to recommend places for you.
We look forward to seeing you on your return.

Kind regards’

Carl and The team at Novotel Christchurch.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

I stayed for just one night, and was very happy with the choice. Its an oasis in the midst of all the reconstruction in the city.
Friendly staff who are there to help, and know when to leave you alone.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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Carl B, General Manager at Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2014

Hi Abeb 1900

Many thanks for your TripAdvisor comments!

We appreciate them.

I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and hope we can welcome you back.

Kind regards

Carl and The team at Novotel Christchurch.

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Additional Information about Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Hotel

Address: 52 Cathedral Square | Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Green Hotel in Christchurch
#16 Business Hotel in Christchurch
#16 Luxury Hotel in Christchurch
#32 Family Hotel in Christchurch
Price Range: £105 - £176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 154
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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