Having worked in a five star property in Melbourne for a number of years, my expectations were pretty high in terms of presentation, service, and cleanliness.
This was the first time I've stayed at an Ibis hotel and was most impressed with the experience.
The proximity to the centre of the city is fantastic. Cathedral Square is a two-minute walk, as is the iSite (information centre). This is particularly useful for first-time visitors to the city, which I was.
When we arrived late Saturday afternoon, the room was already ready. We were loverlooking Hereford Street and were able to see views of the mountains on the clearer mornings that we were there.
The room was exceptionally clean and still looked and felt 'new'. With the two double beds, there was still room to move, which was a pleasant surprise. The room was cozy and the framed photograph on the wall and the bamboo reed (?) blinds made the ambience quite homely.
I'm glad we didn't sacrifice on space, as we most likely would've done had we decided to stay at Hotel So (which we had considered), for the room rate was very competitive. We paid NZ$100 inc GST per night and that included breakfast for two in the hotel's cafe.
One of the Receptionists was most helpful and managed to book a last minute tour for us with minimal fuss. Two other Receptionists, however, were less than helpful; responding rudely and abrubtly towards our general enquiries.
Overall, despite the bad attitudes of the two Receptionists, the hotel stay was fantastic and I have no hesitations about recommending it. I would definitely stay at Hotel Ibis the next time I visit Christchurch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ibis Christchurch is ready to welcome you. Adjacent to the new shopping heart of Christchurch, Cashell Mall. The "pop up" shopping precinct is the new vibrant heart of the city, featuring many new designer shops and modern cafes. Ibis Hotel Christchurch is very close to the famous Cathedral Square, the historic heart of the city providing easy access to the outer lying attractions and the airport. The Ibis features 155 contemporary rooms, restaurant OOPEN, a bar and meeting room. ... more less
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