The Best Hotels in Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch has some excellent accommodation options, including the urban luxury of Peppers Clearwater Resort
Christchurch has some excellent accommodation options, including the urban luxury of Peppers Clearwater Resort | Peppers Clearwater Resort Christchurch / Expedia
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15 October 2020

Christchurch, on the east coast of New Zealand‘s South Island, is home to more than just heritage buildings and trams. Much if it was rebuilt after the 2010 earthquake, including innovative shipping-container malls and the cardboard cathedral. Stay in one of these top hotels to discover the Garden City’s treasures.

Hotel Montreal

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Hotel Montreal is a five-star hotel in a prime location just a block from Hagley Park. The attached Polo Bar and Restaurant serves Argentinian dishes, and its sporty decor, featuring polo mallets and helmets, spills over into the hotel where you’ll find tasteful equestrian-themed art. The suites have private balconies unusually clad in artificial grass and lounge chairs, which overlook a well-groomed croquet lawn.

Hotel 115 Christchurch

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At Hotel 115, each room has its own personality and is styled after boutique hotels in European capitals, with bespoke layouts and furniture. Balconies showcasing work from Christchurch artists overlook the heritage area of the city, where trams burrow through the streets. The four-star hotel lies steps from New Regent Street, the Theatre Royal and Cathedral Square and offers homely touches such as free fruit and coffee on arrival.
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The Classic Villa, Ascend Hotel Collection

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This late-Victorian townhouse, built in 1899 and painstakingly refurbished into a five-star hotel, is listed by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. It has a striking pink exterior, stately common areas and eight guest rooms and four suites with ornate ceilings, timber floors and doors made of kauri wood – a type of indigenous tree. The Classic Villa is also only a few minutes from the Christchurch Art Gallery and the Botanic Gardens.
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The Establishment

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Run by a local couple in the suburb of Fendalton, the Establishment has an intimate feel, with only three guest suites: the Hinau, Puriri and Totara, each comprising a king-size bed, walk-in shower and writing desk with Italian fabrics throughout. Because of its compact size, the hotel feels like a private residence, with a welcoming lounge complete with a fireplace, and an outdoor deck for dining. Luxury touches include valet parking, and a crêpe menu with your complimentary breakfast.

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Eliza's Manor Boutique Hotel

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This grand manor house is one of the oldest character buildings still standing in Christchurch. Built in 1861, it has been extensively refurbished but retains an old-world feel, with large stained-glass windows and a statement wooden staircase that rises next to the fireplace. Eliza’s Manor Boutique Hotel has eight rooms, all ensuite, as well as a guest lounge and serene courtyard. A cooked breakfast is included with your stay, as well as extras such as home-baked biscuits.

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  • Bellano Motel Suites

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    If you’re looking for self-catering accommodation in central Christchurch, Bellano Motel Suites fits the bill. These studios and one-bed suites have ample kitchen facilities and modern furnishings. Picture chic leather sofa, flatscreen TV and, in the most lavish apartments, a spa bath. The motel has parking and is just a two-minute walk from Victoria Street and five minutes from Hagley Park.

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    Fino Hotel and Suites

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    The Mediterranean-themed Fino Hotel and Suites offers fully equipped units with kitchens, lounges and balconies with views over the central business district, so it’s ideal if you’re looking for an extend stay in the city. The most impressive two-bed penthouses, on the seventh floor, come with large L-shaped sofas and furnished terraces. If it’s just a room you’re after, the Fino also has hotel rooms, a pet-friendly suite and its own restaurant.

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    Peppers Clearwater Resort Christchurch

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    Less than 10 minutes from Christchurch airport, Peppers Clearwater Resort is set in landscaped grounds overlooking Lake Kaikainui, giving it an urban-escape feel. Choose from Quay rooms and Lakeside Villas for your accommodation; plus there’s a golf course with views over the Southern Alps and two tennis courts for sporty types. The on-site, award-winning Lakes Restaurant serves a gourmet menu with regional treats such as Akaroa salmon and Silver Fern Farm steak, accompanied by an unsurprisingly extensive New Zealand wine list.

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    These recommendations were updated on October 15, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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