Where to Find the Best Hotels in Christchurch
Staying in a city simply calls for city-style accommodation, doesn’t it? If you have been travelling around New Zealand, no doubt your travels have has you staying in lodges, motels and maybe even hostels. Take a break from all that in the largest urban centre of the South Island, where you can certainly spice up your travels by staying in one of the city’s glorious hotels. From luxury abodes to modern-yet-affordable hotels, Christchurch offers plenty of choices to suit all styles and budgets. We go through some of our favourites on this list of the best hotels in Christchurch.
1. Sudima Christchurch City – Five-Star Hotel in Christchurch City Centre
Experience inner city luxury at the five-star Sudima Christchurch City. Mere steps away from Victoria Street, the hotel is close to all of the city centre action while having a few noteworthy attractions of its own, including The Lane restaurant specialising in locally-sourced and sustainable ingredients, while the Moss Spa is the ultimate place to unwind after a day exploring the city. As for rooms, they’re fitted with all of the mod-cons and then some, including TVs with Chromecast and Sky and an Amazon Echo to listen to your chosen music. Oh, and don’t miss the evening’s free drinks and canapes.
Check Sudima Christchurch City out:
- Sudima Christchurch City on Booking.com
- Sudima Christchurch City on Trip.com
- Sudima Christchurch City on Expedia
2. BreakFree on Cashel – Cheap Hotel in Christchurch
Since the earthquakes, Christchurch has revived as a modern urban centre of New Zealand and nowhere screams this more than the ultra-modern BreakFree on Cashel. The city centre accommodation has all the bells and whistles you didn’t know you needed, like smart TVs with device mirroring, wireless keyboards, ultra-fast broadband and a room service mobile app. As for the simplistically sleek rooms, options include twin, family, double, queen and king rooms with your choice of view or no view. See more hotels like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Christchurch.
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3. The George – Boutique Hotel in Christchurch
With Hagley Park on its doorstep and footsteps away from taking your morning run along the Avon River, The George is not only ideally positioned but it’s a hotel built to impress. The hotel has just 52 stylish rooms styled with contemporary and tradition in mind, from its entry-level “Executive Rooms” to the three-bedroom suite of “The Residence”. Other luxurious touches include EV and Tesla charging stations, fine dining at 50 Bistro and works of contemporary New Zealand art on display throughout the hotel.
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4. Hotel Give – Budget Hotel in Christchurch CBD
With the Christchurch Botanic Gardens right on its doorstep, you can hardly get more central than Hotel Give. This modernly refurbished hotel run by the YMCA not only enables you to save money while staying in Christchurch but supports the community work of the organisation. Choose from self-contained apartments, ensuite rooms, classic single and double rooms with shared bathrooms and dorm rooms. You’ll also find four lounge spaces and two fully equipped kitchens, while the hotel also shares a site with a cafe and fitness centre. See more options with dorm beds in the 7 Best Backpacker Hostels in Christchurch.
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5. The Parque – Christchurch Boutique Hotel on Dublin Street
Forget skyscrapers and endless corridors of rooms, The Parque is the ultimate boutique experience with only 12 rooms. With a location on Dublin Street, you have proximity to Hagley Park, Cashel Mall and Christchurch Convention Centre. After a day of exploring, retreat to your contemporary accommodation with sumptuous linen, air-conditioning, smart TV and spacious walk-in showers. We also love the garden area nestled under a magnolia tree with barbecue facilities.
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6. Golden Hotel – Christchurch Hotel in Riccarton
The newest kid on the block, the Golden Hotel is your go-to in the inner-city suburb of Riccarton. Although there’s a trendy cafe on-site, you can tend to your own meals with your well-equipped kitchenette. Otherwise, kick back with Netflix, enjoy either city views or views of the Port Hills, and find convenience on the free on-site car park with EV charging. What’s more, there are some very reasonable rates to be had!
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7. The Observatory Hotel Christchurch – Luxury Hotel in Christchurch City
Behind the Gothic Revival architecture of Christchurch’s Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre lies the brilliantly bold and tastefully artistic interiors of The Observatory Hotel Christchurch. What was once a school of astronomy and physics is now a sleek boutique hotel where guests can relax at the Library Bar, work out at the fitness centre and retreat to their individually designed room with furniture from the local region, fittings from across New Zealand and works from distinguished local artists.
Check The Observatory Hotel Christchurch out:
- The Observatory Hotel Christchurch on Booking.com
- The Observatory Hotel Christchurch on Trip.com
- The Observatory Hotel Christchurch on Expedia
8. Fable Christchurch – Central Four-Star Hotel in Christchurch
A favourite in Christchurch, Fable Christchurch offers either a little or a lot of luxury depending on which room you choose. Some guest rooms are simple with luxurious touches, such as in-room movies and wonderful city views, while others come complete with a spa bath, mountain views and an espresso machine. Either pair that espresso with breakfast or dinner at the ground floor restaurant, so wander a couple of minutes to New Regent Street where you’ll find Christchurch’s best-looking street packed with eateries. Get inspired on where to eat with The Food Guide to Christchurch: Places to Eat & Food Tours.
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9. Fino Hotel & Suites – Dog-Friendly Hotel in Christchurch
Elevated over the urban centre of Christchurch, Fino Hotel & Suites offers an upmarket home-away-from-home experience. All of the suites here are extremely generous in space and amenities like a fully-equipped kitchen and a smart TV with streaming services. It’s also one of the very limited hotels in Christchurch city centre that has dog-friendly rooms. There’s also an EV charging station.
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10. Heritage Christchurch – Upscale Self-Contained Rooms
On the other end of the scale, get a sense of what the old Christchurch was like by staying at Heritage Christchurch. The luxury hotel is set in an Italian Renaissance Palazzo-style building where the charm of this heritage building can be experienced throughout. The award-winning hotel offers suite-only accommodation with either one, two or three bedrooms. Each suite is fully self-contained and allows guests access to a wealth of facilities such as a health club, a heated indoor lap pool, spa pool and sauna. What’s more, the central location makes exploring the city a breeze.
Check Heritage Christchurch out:
- Heritage Christchurch on Booking.com
- Heritage Christchurch on Trip.com
- Heritage Christchurch on Expedia
11. Commodore Hotel Christchurch Airport – Five-Star Hotel Near Christchurch Airport
Whether you’re taking a flight or not, Commodore Hotel near Christchurch Airport is a superb base in Christchurch. Getting around is made easy with the hotel’s 24-hour complimentary airport shuttle, complimentary bus pass to the city, free bikes and car rental (the latter is, unfortunately, not complimentary). In between city exploration, the resort-like facilities allow you to have some quality downtime whether it’s on the tennis and basketball courts, indulging in fine cuisine at the bar and restaurant, working out at the fully-equipped fitness centre, or relaxing at the pool and spa pool. The hotel has four room types to suit each travel style: “Business Level”, “Premium Rooms”, “Family” and “Corporate”. The choice is yours.
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12. ibis Christchurch – Three-Star Hotel in Christchurch
Affordable, contemporary and convenient: that’s what ibis Christchurch is all about. The three-star hotel is extremely well-appointed with modern rooms furnished with king beds. While the rooms are simple and provide just the basics, who can complain when the hotel is located in Christchurch’s Five Lane shopping precinct?! The on-site bar and restaurant, Oopen is also well worth trying at least once during your stay.
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13. Quality Hotel Elms – Christchurch Hotel in Papanui
Looking for an alternative location in Christchurch? Set your sights on Quality Hotel Elms in the Papanui suburb between the airport and the city centre. The four-star hotel has a modern-meets-classic style across its 97 guest rooms and restaurant. Each room has free WiFi, an ensuite bathroom and Sky TV. As for food, there is an a la carte breakfast menu as well as a breakfast buffet every morning. Grab some dinner at the Fig Restaurant & Bar, which serves award-winning lamb, chicken and Angus beef dishes.
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16. Pavilions Hotel – Christchurch Hotel with Spa Baths
If you’re not coming to the Pavilions Hotel for the most tender rib-eye steak in the whole of Christchurch, then at least come for the cosy yet comfortable studios, apartments and cottages. The Pavilions cottages boast modern decor while the “Spa Studios” give you a place to unwind. We’d even go far as to say that the hotel solidly earns a place on our 10 Best Romantic Accommodations in Christchurch.
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17. Southwark Hotel & Apartments – Self-Catering Hotel in Christchurch
Live like a local at one of the Southwark Hotel & Apartments‘ 56 sleek apartments. From cosy yet affordable “Compact Double Studios” to spacious and idyllic “Two Bedroom Executive Suites”, the hotel offers an ideal private Christchurch pad. Each apartment has a kitchen, work desk and ensuite, while others include a few luxurious extras, such as a smart TV with streaming services, a balcony stylish mezzanine design and marble floors. For more stays with kitchen facilities, check out the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Christchurch.
Check the Southwark Hotel & Apartments out:
- Southwark Hotel & Apartments on Booking.com
- Southwark Hotel & Apartments on Trip.com
- Southwark Hotel & Apartments on Expedia
18. Park View on Hagley – Hotel in Christchurch with a View
Set on the edge of Christchurch’s pride and joy, Hagley Park, Parkview on Hagley is an elegant 4-star hotel offering self-contained apartment accommodation. The hotel offers luxury and romance with its idyllic location and views. Most rooms have a spa bath, while the kitchenette facilities provide a home away from home.
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19. Chateau on the Park – Christchurch, A DoubleTree by Hilton – Christchurch Hotel with a Pool
No other accommodation evokes the “Garden City” vibe of Christchurch quite like Chateau on the Park – Christchurch, A DoubleTree by Hilton. This 5-acre (2ha) property not only incorporates a vineyard but also boasts a rose garden and even a moat. Your stay here is made effortless with regular shuttles to Christchurch’s main attractions while staying fit is all too easy with a heated outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre available. In between exploring the city, working out and dining at the on-site bar and restaurant, you’ll stay in one of the stylish rooms or suites.
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20. Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport – Christchurch Airport Hotel with Free Shuttle
Enjoy four-star accommodation and services straight after landing at the Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport. After a long flight, stretch your legs for five minutes or take the complimentary shuttle to the hotel which offers a couple of excellent options for all travellers. The hotel offers both affordable rooms and luxurious options with more space for work or relaxation. The hotel has cots and space for families too (not to mention that kids stay free), so see the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Christchurch for more recommendations like this one.
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More About Hotels in Christchurch
That’s it for our list of the best hotels in Christchurch, but it’s by no means the end of our travel tips! Get more stellar travel advice from the following guides:
- 20 BEST Motels in Christchurch
- 25 Best Things to Do in Christchurch
- The Food Guide to Christchurch: Places to Eat & Food Tours
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Travel Guide to Christchurch.