We arrived at the Anselm in February at the start of a 5 week tour of NZ. We had booked the 'River Room' which was just a delight. Lovely and bright an airy, with a very comfortable bed (much needed after our 26 hour flight!!) a spacious bathroom and a great view of the garden and the river. But the best part of staying at the Anselm was the breakfasts! After travelling over 4000km around NZ and staying in 17 different Hotels/Motels & B&B's, we can definately say that the Anselm was the best!! Starting with fresh fruit, various cereals, fruit juices, tea/coffee and then Jan would cook a hot option (eggs, bacon etc) to order. Complimentary tea/coffee/hot chocolate/soft drinks, cookies and fruit were always available. Wifi reception was good we were able to facetime our son back in the UK with no problem. Jan and Leigh were very welcoming and more than happy to share their knowledge of Christchurch and the best places to visit. The Anselm is about a 5 minute walk to Hagley Park (well worth a visit) and a further 5 minutes to the centre of Christchurch. Leigh kindly picked us up from the airport on our arrival and then took us to the train station to catch the Tranzalpine train on our day of departure. All in all, a great little B&B and a fantastic start to our NZ adventure!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Features & Attractions: Free personal Airport transfer and TranzAlpine /Coastal transfer— Free Wireless LAN, email available —Secure off-street parking — Short walk to banks, mall, restaurants — Outdoor tables by Avon River — Walk to Hagley Park, Botanical Gardens — Handy to University & Mona Vale — TV in each bedroom — On bus route. Kia ora! Jan and Leigh welcome you to Anselm House, situated on the bank of the Avon River, central Christchurch. Anselm House is a landmark home designed by the famous New Zealand architect Heathcote Helmore and is constructed of pink Hanmer marble in which fossilized shells can be seen. Guests are welcome to enjoy the riverside garden or to cross over the brick bridge and visit historic Riccarton House and Deans Forest. Cathedral Square, The Art Centre, Art Gallery and Museum are an easy walk through Hagley Park and the Botanical gardens. Canterbury University and Mona Vale are also within easy walking distance. As New Zealanders, we offer friendly, genuine kiwi hospitality. We are willing to help with travel suggestions. We are endorsed as KiwiGreen Certified using only eco-friendly products and practices which minimise our carbon footprint. An evening meal is offered by arrangement. Free 24 hour coffee /tea accessible with cookies and seasonal fruit; a fridge is available for guests' use. Tariffs: Doubles from NZ$ 190.00 per night, per couple. Singles from NZ$ 170.00 per night. Longer stays by negotiation. All enquiries are answered within 24 hours. Interests include agriculture, horticulture, medicine, rugby, sport and education. ... more less