The Best Boutique Hotels to Book in Christchurch, New Zealand

Take your Christchurch trip to the next level with a stay at Britten Stables
Take your Christchurch trip to the next level with a stay at Britten Stables | Courtesy of Britten Stables Library Suite / Booking.com
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Christchurch’s best boutique hotels demonstrate that, amid all earthquake destruction, there is plenty of beauty and elegance to be cherished. With a handful of newly refurbished historic houses and beautifully kept contemporary buildings, anyone can get a taste of luxury while passing through this iconic New Zealand city. Here are some of the finest accommodation offerings you can check into.

1. The Establishment, for a luxurious suburban bolthole

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White exterior of The Establishment – a modern building with large windows and glass doors, and a garden with tables and chairs
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A short walk from the Riccarton pioneer homestead in a leafy, residential suburb, this intimate Christchurch boutique hotel comprises just three individually designed suites. Dominated by a classical cream-and-brown colour scheme, all three come with super-sumptuous king-sized beds with patterned, padded headboards, Nespresso machines, and high thread-count Italian linens. A generous breakfast spread seals the deal, and you’re a mere 10-minute stroll from the cluster of restaurants along Riccarton Street.

2. Peppers, for a tranquil countryside stay

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Exterior of Peppers – a large building that sits in the middle of a lake, surrounded by landscaped gardens
Courtesy of Peppers / Booking.com

Sitting amid beautiful landscaped grounds overlooking Lake Kaikainui just beyond the north edge of town, Peppers appeals to those looking for a countryside resort within easy reach of the airport and the city’s buzzy dining and nightlife scene. Golfing, tennis and fly-fishing for brown and rainbow trout are on the menu here, while the extra-spacious rooms, sheathed in classic creams, charcoal greys and dark leathers, provide a peaceful retreat. Dishes crafted from local produce await at the onsite restaurant.

3. The Britten Stables, for unique rooms with history

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Indoor pool at The Britten Stables that sits in a building with a glass roof, surrounded by plants and a staircase leading to the first floor
Courtesy of The Britten Stables / Booking.com

A wrought-iron spiral staircase in a striking glass atrium welcomes you to one of the most unique boutique hotels in Christchurch. Originally the stables for the historic homestead of Mona Vale (across the street), the building has been sensitively restored and turned into four individually-styled, luxurious rooms that are all clean lines and neutral shades. Choose between the open-plan, multi-level Library Suite, a secluded garden studio, the Observatory suite beneath soaring eaves, or the Britten V1000 Workshop suite, where the legendary eponymous motorcycle was originally built.

4. Carnmore Hotel Christchurch, for dining on your doorstep

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Room at Carnmore Hotel Christchurch with blue-and-white patterned wallpaper, a large bed with white bedding, and a wall-mounted television
Courtesy of Carnmore Hotel Christchurch / Booking.com

Riffing on Christchurch’s nickname, the Garden City, this boutique hotel is a happy marriage of style and substance. Its well-appointed rooms are flooded with plenty of natural light thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows, and feature statement walls that are all bright colours and geometric patterns. Families will appreciate the interconnecting rooms, while the Executive Studios are ideal for extended stays. If you’re still hungry after grabbing some light bites from the onsite Cosa Cafe, restaurant-lined Victoria Street is just two blocks away.

5. The Muse Christchurch Arthotel, for contemporary art aficionados

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Exterior of The Muse Christchurch Arthotel – a multi-storey building with balconies and a roof terrace
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Look out over the Christchurch skyline as you sip your pink gin- and candy floss-laced Pink Mistress cocktail and nibble on Baja fish tacos at the Muse’s open-air rooftop bar. Located in the heart of the CBD, this Christchurch boutique hotel taps into the city’s vibrant art scene, with each of the rooms featuring original works by one of five up-and-coming local artists, plus perks such as espresso machines. The earthquake memorial is just three blocks away, while you’ll find a cluster of popular cafes and bars right across the street.

6. The Classic Villa Luxury Hotel, for award-winning excellence

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A traditionally decorated room at The Classic Villa Luxury Hotel, with wooden flooring and furnishings, and a large bed with wooden headboard
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You’ll recognize this Italian-style villa as soon as you see it. A lovely pink exterior welcomes guests into the five-star hotel which, since redevelopment, has earned its place on TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame for winning the Excellence Award for six years in a row. The Classic Villa is tucked away on a private pedestrian boulevard, just a few minutes walking distance from the Art Gallery, Botanical Gardens and the main shopping precinct. There are 15 rooms to choose from, each named after a key historical figure, including Earnest Rutherford, known for splitting the atom, and Kate Sheppard, who pioneered the campaign that made New Zealand the first country to give women the right to vote. A common area with lounge and dining facilities keeps guests comfortable and replenished, and complimentary continental breakfasts are very much a part of the Classic Villa experience.

7. The George, for a cozy retreat

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Room at The George Canterbury with modern decor, two green armchairs, a large bed with white bedding, and a beige carpet
Courtesy of The George Canterbury / Booking.com
Over the years, The George has become a darling in the ranks of Travel and Leisure Magazine‘s World Best Awards — it has won the top accolade from 2006 to 2010, and again from 2012 to 2016. Along with a remarkable collection of 53 luxurious rooms, this incredible retreat boasts two separate restaurants, both of which are renowned for their minimalist take on all things fine dining. If you need a bit of a pick-me-up, there’s also an on-site gym, a private garden and library to enjoy in your downtime. The lush interior, with upscale furnishings and amenities abound, flows into a courtyard with a cozy fireplace that will keep all guests snug on the chilliest nights.

8. Eliza's Manor Boutique Hotel, for a stay at an historic institution

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Room with traditional decor at Elizas Manor Boutique Hotel, with a patterned wallpaper, a bed with white bedding, and green curtains
Courtesy of Eliza's Manor Boutique Hotel / Booking.com
Originally built in 1861, Eliza’s Manor is a historic institution in its own right — in fact, it has been around since the city’s foundation. In its lifetime, the Manor has been a private residence, a hospital and two different luxury lodges (both carrying the name Eliza’s Manor, through the most recent incarnation received a temporary name change early on). The lush accommodation is named after Eliza Doolittle from the film My Fair Lady, and combines its rich history with the finest B&B amenities. The hotel comprises eight elegant suites, a function room, an antique-inspired guest lounge that regularly hosts high tea sessions, and a bar with a spacious courtyard right on its doorstep.

9. Hotel 115, for proximity to artistic attractions

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Modern reception area at Hotel 115 with rustic furnishings, pendant lighting and a large wall map
Courtesy of Hotel 115 / Booking.com
For something more contemporary and centrally-based, you can’t go wrong with the stylish Hotel 115. Designed to look and feel like the chic hotels you’ll find in some of Europe’s top destinations, this hotel makes full use of the heritage building in which it resides. The city tram runs through the hotel itself — something you’ll likely never see elsewhere. Eight spacious suites aptly contrast modern interior design conventions with the dramatic architecture enveloping it. The hotel is also very close to the Christchurch’s finest artistic attractions and the iconic Cathedral Square.

10. Hotel Montreal, for contemporary cuisine

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Cosy room at Hotel Montreal with dark grey walls, a double bed with white bedding and a brown-leather headboard, and two bedside lamps
Courtesy of Hotel Montreal / Booking.com
Hotel Montreal is a new addition to the Christchurch boutique hotel scene. Set right at the edge of Hagley Park, this sophisticated accommodation is a melting pot of exquisiteness: the rooms are European by the design, while the restaurant’s contemporary cuisine has a hint of Argentinian flavour. All 26 suites come with their own private balcony. The three-bedroom Penthouse is the finest of the lot, and includes a self-contained kitchen, separate living room, and a spacious dining area that is perfect for private functions and dinners.

For more options, discover our guide to the best hotels in Christchurch and book now on Culture Trip.

Georgia Platman contributed additional reporting to this article.

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