Crowne Plaza Christchurch
a comfortable stay
The Crowne Plaza is located in Victoria Square linked to the Convention Centre by a covered walkway and across the road from Christchurch Casino. It is approximately a 5-10 minute stroll into the hub of Christchurch main shopping and business district. The international and domestic airport is 20 minutes away. (10kms)
We have stayed at this hotel numerous times due to its close and easy access to the convention centre. It is a comfortable and reliable hotel offering spacious rooms and modern amenities’.
Food = There are numerous restaurants within this hotel and all are excellent. The Japanese Restaurant called Yamagen offers authentic cuisine from teppan yaki to sushi, sukiyaki and sashimi. The teppan yaki is a fantastic and well worth a visit. (Bookings essential) as every night it was busy.
Other restaurants are located on lobby level and Canterbury Tales offers a contemporary modern menu. Breakfast is also served in the main restaurant, which was okay but not excellent.
There are two bars, the Atrium Bar is located next door to the restaurant and offers tea/coffee/snacks throughout the day and drinks in the evenings. The other bar called Rumpoles and it is a fabulous place to watch the local football on the big screen or another sporting event.
Room = our room was located on the 12th Club Floor; the room was spacious and comfortable with a lovely view of Victoria Square and the Avon River. Being on the 12th floor has an added bonus of offering complimentary continental breakfast at the Club Lounge on the sixth floor and free drinks and canapés at 5.30pm. In addition, free usage of the internet at the Club lounge. Broadband and a good size-working desk are also supplied in the rooms.
Other Amenities= Free bicycle hire, business centre, gym and valet car parking.
Disliked - The shower over the bath - difficult shower hose ..with little pressure.
Overall = the Crowne Plaza is a large and extremely comfortable hotel offering excellent restaurants and bars. Although the hotel is not modern, it offers tourists all requirements for a perfect stay in Christchurch.
Unique Quality: Liked - Free drinks/canapes and internet service on 6th floor Club lounge. Catching the lift with the English Rugby Players and Zara Phillips who were all in town for a game against the All Blacks.
formerly the Park Royal
The Crowne Plaza is about 15 years old and still one of the better places to stay in Christchurch. It boasts not only nice rooms but also one of Christchurch's top restaurants in Canterbury Tales. You can also get authentic Japanese cuisine at the Yamagen or dine casually in Victoria Street Café. If you just want a drink, Rumpole’s Bar is the place to go. The bar has live sports coverage (big screen TV) and in the past a DJ if you want to have a dance a bit later on at night. The hotel has its own gym with range of exercise equipment and car parking ($20 or so each day). There are 298 rooms spread over 9 floors, many with a great view over Christchurch city.
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Room was big, clean and with all the amenities. Only problem was that it was verty cold in the winter, and we couldn't turn the heat up with A/C equipped in the room. There were some kind of motion detection sensors in the rooms which seemed to control the temperature automatically, even if set to manual setting.
Unique Quality: Great service, they helped us with all the questions swiftly. Also, prepaid rates can be quite good value. There is a good quality a la carte restaurant in the hotel, and a few smaller ones, too.
Directions: Take the shuttle from CHC airport around NZ$10, taxi about $20-.
Crowne Plaza Hotel
I stayed at the Crowne Plaza the last time I was in Christchurch with work. We also hosted a breakfast function here. The hotel has no pool or spa facilities but has a couple of good restaurants and a bar.
Directions: Opposite the Christchurch Casino
Fantastic service, central location
A warm welcome greeted us when we walked in from the doorman and porter to the check in staff. We were escorted to our 11th floor room which was a good decent size and had a great view overlooking the Christchurch Casino.
Unique Quality: This must be the only hotel in Christchurch with a large atrium lounge behind the lobby. In the atrium, you can enjoy drinks, dessert and live music with a grand piano taking pride of place in the middle of the area.
The atmosphere is buzzing with tourists and locals enjoying themselves. You can walk to the Art Centre from here and the Christchurch Casino is right across the road.
Fiona on concierge recommended fantastic restaurants and even called us back to let us know she had the menu for one of the restaurants. She also gave us a copy of the menu for Yamagan Japanese Restaurant located in the hotel.
You don't have to leave the hotel to find food actually as there are a number of these in the hotels.
Canterbury Tales the signature restaurant of the Crowne Plaza.
Yamagen for yummy Japanese food.
Victoria Street Cafe and the Atrium lounge and bar.
Directions: Right next to the Christchurch Convention Centre and the Christchurch Casino
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