Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

11 Best Hotels in Christchurch

© Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

Where to Stay 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 best hotels in Christchurch.

While you’re here, don’t miss these 10 Amazing Things to Do in Christchurch and The Complete Guide to Christchurch.

1. BreakFree on Cashel

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.

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BreakFree on Cashel© BreakFree on Cashel

2. Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

A favourite in Christchurch, perhaps for its 12pm late check-out or complimentary breakfast, Rendezvous Hotel 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 the Spa King Suite and 2 Bedroom Suite King and Twin are complete with a Jacuzzi, mountain view 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. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Accommodation in Christchurch for Foodies.

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Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch© Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

3. Heritage Christchurch

On the other end of the scale, get a sense of what the old Christchurch was like by staying at the 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.

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Heritage Christchurch© Heritage Christchurch

4. Commodore Hotel 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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Commodore Hotel Christchurch© Commodore Hotel Christchurch

5. ibis 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 on Christchurch’s new BNZ shopping precinct?! The on-site bar and restaurant, Oopen is also well worth trying at least once during your stay. See more hotels like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Christchurch.

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ibis Christchurch© ibis Christchurch

6. Quality Hotel Elms

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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Quality Hotel Elms© Quality Hotel Elms

7. Pavilions Hotel

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 Accommodation in Christchurch.

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Pavilions Hotel© Pavilions Hotel

8. Southwark Hotel & Apartments

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, ensuite, while others include a few luxurious extras, such as a SMART TV with Netflix, a balcony stylish mezzanine design and marble floors.

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Southwark Hotel & Apartments© Southwark Hotel & Apartments

9. Park View on Hagley

Set on the edge of Christchurch’s pride and joy, Hagley Park, Parkview on Hagley is an elegant 4.5-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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Parkview on Hagley© Parkview on Hagley

10. Chateau on the Park – Christchurch, A DoubleTree by Hilton

No other accommodation evokes the “Garden City” vibe of Christchurch quite like Chateau on the Park. 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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Chateau on the Park Christchurch A DoubleTree by Hilton© Chateau on the Park Christchurch A DoubleTree by Hilton

11. Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

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, so see 10 Best Family Accommodation in Christchurch for more recommendations like this one.

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Sudima Christchurch Airport© Sudima Christchurch Airport


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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