More about Holiday Inn City Centre Christchurch
Elegant and excellent
We'd read the poor reviews of this hotel, but we are Priority Club members for this hotel group (IC) and use their hotels at various grades regularly. We paid a small amount for an upgrade to Executive, and received a magnificent room, imaginatively designed, spacious and with good views of the city activity below.
Staff were helpful and attentive, and would offer help without being asked - for example taking our shopping to our room for us while we rested our weary feet in the bar!
Room service menu was imaginative and good, and reflected the restaurant well.
The central loction was a bonus.
Looking at the building, though, you can see where the rooms with no view are located, so it's worth asking for a view when booking and the upgrade was worth the money.
Standard Holiday Inn Hotel
My requested non-smoking room was smoke-free. The room was spacious with nice design. Sky Movies and Prime could be accessed from the room. Room service was excellent. Good food.
Disappointed with the low quality toiletry and expired snack in the minibar not replaced. The dryer in the guest laundry was dirty, as was the ventilator in the guest bathroom. The comfort level of the bedding was lower than other standard 4-star hotels'.
Good for the price
When we arrived we were given a smoking room on a smoking floor. we had to drag our bags back down to the reception and ask for a different room. this room was fine, not as great as some of the holiday inn rooms we have stayed in but it was large and clean with a huge bed. We had a good view across the high street but on the weekends it was quite noisy. The hotel had a good laundry and lots of information avaiable about what to do. Has a good bar but it shut at 10.30 each night even on weekends which was quite annoying.
It is in a good location but quite close to the club street. Christchuch was so quite during the week with alot of shops not open but at weekends it was alot busier. I would say 4 days is enough in Christchuch beacuse there isn't a great deal to do but there are some lovely day trips.
We travelled from Christchurch to Queenstown which is so lovely. The tourist centre in Christchuch is reallly good and can sort everything out for you.
Stayed here for 2 nights. It's not a bad hotel, with decent rooms and secure parking costing $9. The only problem we had is that there was quite a lot of noise from the street below our room. I also didn't think the breakfast was particularly good value - one of the more expensive we experienced in New Zealand.
I would definitely recommend the bar's happy hour from 5-6 pm. Great value beer and wine.
Great Location! We spent 3 nights (2 on arrival in NZ and 1 night before leaving). Lots to see within easy walking distance.
Staff was nice but concierge wans't much help on dining recommendations (other than hotel). We didn't eat in the Hotel so no opinions there. Front desk was excellent and even called the 1st night to see if there was anything we needed.
We spent 1st night in Presidential Suite. No complaints but recommend they upgrade the furniture and how about some flat screen plasmas instead of a standard TV. The 2nd and 3rd night was spent in an Exucutive suite on top floor. All three night were on Hotel Reward points (Platiinum) so don't know how much it would have cost. Very nice rooms with decent views and noise was never a factor.
If you have a Full Size car or SUV, getting in and out of the underground parking is a tight squeeze.
We arrived at the hotel on 13th October 06, allocated a room on the 3rd floor room 301. On entering the room an unbearable noise welcomed us, a generator running full on, this went on for over an hour. Same night (Friday) kept awake until approx. 3am in morning by extremely loud crowd noise from people leaving nearby clubs and restaurants. Second night (Saturday) kept awake again by unbearable noise from people leaving clubs etc. this went on until 4.30am. Building was like an echo chamber. Reception couldn't do anything but said they would lodge a noise complaint. Second night we had no sleep at all. On leaving the establishment staff were not at all sympathetic to our experience except for 1 young man who had taken a call from us on the previous night about the noise. We had observed others very angrily complaining when we booked in some were so irate they were intending to write to Management. It was a most terribly experience on our first 2 nights holiday in New Zealand. I advise any tourists who desire a good night sleep give this hotel a big miss.
Good hotel and value
The Holiday Inn City Centre in Christchurch New Zealand is in a great location. Easy walking distance to everything in town. Hotel is very clean and modern, rooms were spacious. Continental breakfast was European in variety and a great value. Highly recommend staying here
Good hotel, good location
I stayed at this hotel for three nights in March 2007, Sat - Mon.
First impressions upon check in at reception were of a quality, bright, clean and spacious hotel. The room was very comfortable and more than adequately sized and suitabley well equipped. In fact the only fault I could find with the room itself was I was unabe to open the window to let some air in, I'm not sure if it was permanently locked or not.
I found the hotel to have a problem related to it's otherwise great location in the city centre of Christchurch, less than five minutes to Cathedral square and that is external noise. Noise from nearby bars was only a problem on Saturday night during my stay, possibley contributed to by the fact it was St. Patricks day. Even though I was quite high up on the 9th floor, street noise was still very distracting lasting well into the early hours of the morning. All in stark contrast to the almost total lack of noise within the hotel itself.
The staff were pleasant and helpful at all times.
Beware of Noise from Nearby Pubs and Streets
We stayed at the Holiday Inn City Centre for 2 nights at end March 2007. The hotel is in a good location within walking distance to many of Christchurch's inner city attractions.
We had requested a quiet room and were assigned a room on the 9th floor. Unfortunately this hotel building is in close proximity to several pubs and clubs that operate until around 4:00 am and all seem to be immune from any noise control requirements. We had intended to stay there for 3 nights but after two sleepless nights due to excessive noise from thumping beats emanating from the nearby clubs and pubs, their rowdy patrons coming and going, and the immature hoons with their excessively noisy cars in the streets below, we decided to check out and cut short our visit to Christchurch. Not even the 9th floor was high enough to minimise significant noise intrusions. We spoke with other guests staying on higher floors and they also had had sleepless nights from the noise.
The hotel appears tired, the furnishings were well worn and the king bed was not comfortable. The buffet breakfast was reasonable. The hotel appears to be past its use-by date for a significant heavy renovation, which should include the fitting of double glazed windows to help insulate against street noise and complete refurnishing of rooms.
After the first night, we complained re the noise to the reception staff but they said they were unable to do anything other than possibly transfer us to the other Holiday Inn if they had availability.
Given that Christchurch City seems to have alcohol restriction zones just about everywhere in the public city areas, it seems most unusual that the City / NZ State does nothing to require pubs and clubs to operate within buildings that contain noise emissions to below acceptable levels in the wee small hours and to confiscate noisy vehicles that the hoons race around the streets at night....... obviously the authorities have no regard as to the bad impression that tourists are left with from unacceptably high night-time noise levels.
Good location, friendly staff
We stayed here in July of '05. The location was what drew us - we had only 2 days in Christchurch and didn't want to mess with public transit or anything like that. The hotel was a typical Holiday Inn - we could have been anywhere in the world. The rooms were comfortable and clean. The staff were friendly and helpful. In fact, I assume it's due to being guests in the city's down season, but we arrived after a 27 hour flight at 7:30 in the morning. We asked to store our luggage until check-in time, and the man at the front desk said "You two look like you could use a room right now. We're not busy - you can go right on up and have a rest." I could have kissed that man! The showers in this hotel were exceptional, too. As for the location, you can't beat it. A 2 minute walk to the Cathedral, Shops and restaurants right outside the door. Given that it was July, and rainy and 8 degrees, it was so nice to be in easy access to our hotel at all times, for when we needed to come back and dry off. We've recommended this hotel to friends; it's a standard, safe bet, and if you book well in advance, you can get a good discounted rate. Our nightly rate came out to $75 CAD. Not bad!
Kimi the Bear enjoys trips to the snowfields.
A pig in the park.
The Swiss Café at is former location.
Cheap food shops in Christchurch?
A very close friend of mine will be in Christchurch for a few months and I was wondering where the best value supermarkets are located?
My friend only arrived yesterday so is still getting to grips with the city, thought I'd use this forum to try and help her out!
Many thanks in advance people
Re: Cheap food shops in Christchurch?
Pak n Save are NZ's cheapest supermarket chain, and there are a few branches iaround Christchurch.
Christchurch is quite easy to get to grips with, its well laid out, your friend should soon find her way around OK.
Re: Cheap food shops in Christchurch?
Yep pak and save is the cheapest. In CHCH there is this free bus that will take you around to some shopping malls and there are supermarkets there too.
In the city centre there is also a very good asian foodcourt for if she doesn't want to cool herself. The food here is cheap too and very tasty, especially the satay at the Khmer satay noodle house.