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10 Best Accommodation in Christchurch for Foodies

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Hotels with excellent Restaurants and/or Self-catering Accommodation in Christchurch

Being a foodie means different things for different people. You might want to stay in a hotel with an amazing restaurant to enjoy time and time again or you may want to opt to make your own creations from fresh produce bought from the local markets. All of that is possible in the city of Christchurch which boasts both hotels with sensational eateries, as well as self-contained accommodation. We’ll go through some of your best options in this list of accommodation in Christchurch for foodies.

While you’re here, don’t miss our 10 Things to Do in Christchurch at Night and The Foodie Guide to Christchurch.

1. Pavilions Hotel

If you’re not coming to the Pavilions Hotel for the stylish studios, apartments and cottages, then at least come for the most tender rib eye steak in the whole of Christchurch. Enjoy a cosy stay in one of the Pavilions contemporarily-furnished Cottages or Spa Studios in-between enjoying meals in the characterful Jimmy’s Restaurant & Bar. The menu is irresistible to meat-lovers while plates are impeccably presented. What’s more, you’re not too far from the city centre should you want to go check out the other eateries.

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Pavilions Hotel© Pavilions Hotel

2. ibis Christchurch

Affordability meets contemporary at ibis Christchurch. The three-star hotel is well-appointed with modern rooms furnished with king beds. While there’s not much else to say about the simple rooms, there’s plenty to boast about the food and the hotel’s ideal location. The on-site bar and restaurant, Oopen, is well worth stopping by for a meal or a drink at least once during your stay for its tailor-made menu. And who can complain when the hotel is located in Christchurch’s new BNZ shopping precinct buzzing with bars, cafes and restaurants?! See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Christchurch.

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ibis Christchurch© ibis Christchurch

3. Camelot Motor Lodge

Aside from a fun medieval theme, the Camelot Motor Lodge offers foodies a place to whip up their own creations in the self-contained accommodation. Camelot Motor Lodge offers everything from compact Studio Rooms for couples to a complete private Lodge with four bedrooms and two bathrooms for groups! And for those nights that you don’t feel like cooking, you only need to walk for five minutes to find an array of city centre eateries. This accommodation is a popular choice for families, so see more recommendations like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Christchurch.

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Camelot Motor Lodge© Camelot Motor Lodge

4. Dorset House Backpackers

Located right beside Christchurch’s bar and eatery hub, The Terrace, Dorset House Backpackers is arguably the best hostel in Christchurch for foodies. Choose from private rooms to dorm rooms for an inexpensive stay in Christchurch while saving money for the things that matter, like food! That’s not to say that you won’t be able to cook for yourself with communal kitchen facilities available in this Victorian-style building. See more cheap accommodation like this in 9 Best Backpacker Hostels in Christchurch.

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Dorset House Backpackers© Dorset House Backpackers

5. Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

Looking for a little luxury during your stay in Christchurch? The Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch has a range of simple yet well-appointed rooms with luxurious touches including in-room movies and wonderful city views. Or why not treat yourself to the Spa King Suite, complete with a Jacuzzi, mountain view and espresso machine? On top of your morning espresso, get a grab n’ go breakfast from the ground floor restaurant. The restaurant and bar also serve gourmet cuisine throughout the day or you can enjoy 24-hour in-room dining. All of this while being a stone’s throw away from the eateries of New Regent Street.

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Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch© Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

6. Airport Gateway Motor Lodge

This boutique motel fills up fast so book your Studio/Bedroom/One, Two or Three-bedroom Motel unit quickly! The Economy Wing of the Airport Gateway Lodge provides affordable accommodation complete with kitchens, a TV, ensuite and free WiFi. The Business Wing offers a more luxurious version of the rooms. But let’s talk about the food, as the on-site bar and restaurant serve some of the best fish and steak dishes near the airport. There’s even Late Room Service should you be getting off a midnight flight. But if all of that isn’t tempting enough, at least most rooms have kitchen facilities to spruce up your own dishes.

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Airport Gateway Motor Lodge© Airport Gateway Motor Lodge

7. Tuscana Motor Lodge

A popular option for foodies wanting to mostly make their own meals, Tuscana Motor Lodge provides excellent self-catering accommodation for solo travellers, couples and families. Make use of your kitchen facilities in the Studios, 1-Bedroom Suite, 1-Bedroom Spa Suite and 2-Bedroom Family Suite. Otherwise, make your stay more like a bed & breakfast by ordering continental breakfast. On summer days, you can also make use of the barbecue area.

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Tuscana Motor Lodge© Tascana Motor Lodge

8. Southern Comfort Motel

Enjoy southern hospitality, privacy and comfort at the Southern Comfort Motel. The affordable motel offers private self-contained accommodation with kitchen facilities. Choose from affordable Studio Units, the relaxing Superior Studio Spa Unit or larger apartments if you’re travelling with a tribe. The motel is located on Bealey Avenue, just a short walk from the city centre.

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Southern Comfort Motel© Southern Comfort Motel

9. Academy Motor Lodge

If you’re looking for self-catering accommodation by the Canterbury University then one of your best options is the Academy Motor Lodge. Enjoy the ease of on-site parking and your own kitchen facilities in either a studio, one or two-bedroom motel unit. The decor is a little old-school but the convenient facilities and location for those visiting the university more than make up for it.

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Academy Motor Lodge© Academy Motor Lodge

10. Quality Hotel Elms

One last alternative location in Christchurch, the Quality Hotel Elms in the Papanui suburb provides an excellent base between the airport and the city centre. The four-star hotel has a modern-meets-traditional style across its 97 guest rooms and its Fig Restaurant & Bar. Speaking of which, the restaurant is simply excellent, serving award-winning grilled lamb, chicken and Angus beef dishes.

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Quality Hotel Elms© Quality Hotel Elms


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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