28 - 30 Cathedral Square, Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, 8001, New Zealand
Right behind the Cathederal, a short stroll to all the CBD attractions. An excellent base for getting out and about. Hotel facilities were to be expected from a 4 star hotel, staff were very accomodating and we were always meet with a greeting and a smile.
Directions: Central CBD
Indeed a Place of Heritage
Update March 2011
Since the 6.3 earthquake on 22 Feburary there is no way to reach this beautiful hotel as it is in the cordoned-off Red Zone of the CBD, next to the damaged Anglican Cathedral.
This is a luxury four star hotel in the heart of the city, just some steps from the Cathedral. Although the tram passes in front of the doorstep noise from there should not be too bad as the tram only operates from 9am to 6pm in winter and until 9pm in summer. Also buses travel along the railway line but as there is very little car traffic it is not too loud. I can only imagine some singing revellers on Cathedral Square which BTW is rather deserted during weekday nights.
As the name indicates the hotel could be a heritage building. Indeed, a part of the premises are in the former Government Departmental Building which was built in 1909 in the style of an Italian High Renaissance palazzo. It was vacated in the 1980’s as it was considered being at risk of collapsing. In 1991 a demolition notice was issued but after many protests and efforts it was saved. This resulted in the purchase of the building by the City Council who in 1995 sold it to a developer. After major structural works and strenghtening the building was transformed into an apartment building with all the amenities you can enjoy now as a guest of The Heritage – boutiques, restaurant, swimming pool, gym, spa, and sauna.
The hotel occupies the former Government Departmental Building and a more modern Tower Wing (which gets somehow invisible beside the spectacular historic main building). You have the choice of several kinds of accommodation: normal rooms, apartments (one to three rooms) and suites.
The rack rate for a deluxe room is $ 380. If you book last minute in winter you get such a room for as “little” as $ 160, depending on the day. The rates go up to $ 637 for a family suite (down to 260/280 last minute in winter). All rates as June 2008.
I have not stayed at The Heritage – but my husband’s father had his office there as an architect employed by the Government when the building was still used as Government Departmental Building LOL (In the room behind the left-hand window on the first floor…)
When I first started working, the Tower section of this hotel was called Carruca House and it was a Government Department building. I was based up on level 8 which is now fully fitted into some very nice rooms. Next door, in what is the Heritage, was the Dept of Lands and Survey.
The hotel is located right on Cathedral Square so it's well placed for access to everything in town. You can stay in either the hotel with its 1, 2 or 3 bedroon suites or in the Tower with its 135 rooms or penthouse suites.
Unique Quality: The hotel has a fancy restuarant (Maddison's), gym, pool and day spa so you are well serviced for any need if money isn't an object. For full info check out their website which has their rates and current specials.
The Heritage Hotel
I stayed in this hotel during my last trip to Christchurch in 2006. I was given a suite in the older building which was really nice.
Unique Quality: The hotel has a gym and a pool that open from 6am. There is a restaurant also.
The hotel has an older building that has been refurbished and a new building where the main reception desk is.
The Heritage Christchurch 4*
The Heritage Suites In One Of New Zealands Most Carefully Preserved And Restored Historical Buildings, Offers A Choice Of 45 Luxuriously Appointed 1, 2 Or 3 Bedroom Apartment Style Suites. The Adjacent Heritage Tower Wing Has 137 Contemporary Hotel Rooms, Many With Views Across Christchurch To The Canterbury Plains, The Majestic Southern Alps And The Port Hills All Rooms With: * Bath * Shower * Hairdryer * Minibar * Bath Robes * Satellite Tv * Radio * Phone * Inhouse Movie * Balcony * Modem Line * Iron And Ironing Board Extra Suite Features; * Open Plan Dining Room * Fully Equipped Kitchen * Lounge Area * No Smoking, Connecting And Handicapped Rooms Available
Lap of Luxury
Excellent service - on arrival and departure. Our room had all the basics - decent bathroom, sky TV, minibar, kettle, tea, coffee etc - and it was huge!
A few nice touches - mints came with our weather report for the following day.
Unique Quality: The location of this hotel gives it huge advantage - it's smack bang in the middle of town - with great views of the city.
I think the staff are a huge asset to the hotel. I can't describe the service any better than 'second to none'.
Directions: Follow the tram tracks from the square, behind the Cathedral... look right.
More about Heritage Christchurch
Heritage Christchurch - Central City Location
Very central location within easy walking distance to the Arts Centre, Botanical Gardens, i-Site, Internet, shops etc.
Rooms were clean and spacious. Windows managed to block out a good portion of the City Centre noise - including the clock tower. Stayed in room 507 and 309 (2 seperate trips). Found the room quieter the higher up you were. In a 5 night stay noticed they only replaced bubble bath once which was a bit disappointing. Couldn't be bothered calling up for more.
Staff were friendly and knowledgeable about surrounding areas. Thought it was an absolute rip off tho that they charge $15 per day for valet parking, when there is little to no street options. (Who really wants to be moving their car off the streets at 6am???)
Would stay here again.
Enjoyed our stay at the centrally located hotel
After doing extensive research, my sister, brother-in-law, husband and I spent 2 nights at the Heritage Christchurch in early November at a rate of $282NZD per day. It received 4+ stars from Qualmark, NZ's hotel rating system, 4 stars from Virtual Tourist, and a 2/3 rating from Frommers. We requested a 2 bedroom suite in the Old Government Building (OGB) which was perfect for our foursome and we were not disappointed. The reception desk is in the main tower, but the spa, gym and restaurant are all located in the OGB.
The hotel is centrally located, just across the street from Cathedral Square and is within a few feet of the free city shuttle and other bus transportation. It is also walking distance to many restaurants, the information center, the Avon River and lots of shopping.
The suite was 2 levels, with both bedrooms upstairs. One bedroom had a bathroom in it with a shower stall. The second bathroom was located downstairs and had a larger tub and a very small washer/dryer. The downstairs had an open floor plan which encompassed the living room, kitchen and dining room. This set up was ideal for watching TV and hanging out.
The staff was very nice and accommodating and we greatly enjoyed our stay. There is wi-fi in all public areas of the hotel and we had a good internet connection in the room, though internet access was not free (it isn't free anywhere in NZ), and cost about $25NZD per day.
We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to Christchurch. You don't really need a car to get around because of its central location and the abundance of transportation options within walking distance of the hotel.
Charm & History in a Great Location
Stayed in a two-bedroom suite in the Old Government Building (OGB). The suite was perfect for our family of 2 adults and 2 pre-teens, with a nicely-equipped kitchen, dining room, living room, washer & dryer, and two bedrooms, one with a King bed and one with two twin beds. The suite and the OGB were very charming, although the bathrooms were nothing special. The main disappointment was that there was no view (just a parking garage), whereas some of the rooms in the new building have views over the southern alps (but no large suites in the new building). The location is perfect, and we experienced none of the street noise other reviewers complained of. We did find the suite quite cold, despite the heater being on full-blast, and had to have the staff bring us a portable space heater, which worked very well.
We loved our stay at the heritage. Good points are (1) the room is larger than a normal hotel room (2) water pressure in the shower was great (3) bathrobes were nice and fluffy and clean (not like some other places we stayed at in nz (4) the staff were extremely helpful with directions and suggestions on where to go/not go (5) it is in a great location (very central to everything). There is a good restaurant with great service and food (especially fresh fish) called The Boulevard which is within walking distance and the mall/art centre/avon is close by.
Only bad point was we were on the 3rd floor of the tower wing and we did find the traffic noise and lights a minor problem (very minor). If you enjoy TOTAL quiet, I would suggest that you ask for a room higher up or towards the rear not the front.
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Address: 28 - 30 Cathedral Square, Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, 8001, New Zealand