Where to Find the Best Luxury Hotels and Lodges in Christchurch
In one of New Zealand’s most picturesque cities, also known as the “Garden City”, luxury and Christchurch just… fit. The reviving city is cropping up with ultra-modern hotels, while some heritage buildings that survived the Canterbury Earthquakes are a reminder of the city’s character and charm. In between exploring the Botanic Gardens, dining along stylish streets and wandering between museums and art galleries, stay in some of Christchurch’s most prestigious addresses. We’ll guide you through your best options in this list of luxury accommodations in Christchurch.
1. The Observatory Hotel Christchurch
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.
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- The Observatory Hotel Christchurch on Booking.com
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- The Observatory Hotel Christchurch on Expedia
2. Sudima Christchurch City
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.
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- Sudima Christchurch City on Booking.com
- Sudima Christchurch City on Trip.com
- Sudima Christchurch City on Expedia
3. The Mayfair
Your five-star boutique hotel in the city centre, The Mayfair is an appealing go-to for discerning travellers. All rooms are ultra-spacious with sleek and modern decor, large bathrooms with walk-in showers, and floor-to-ceiling windows to soak in the city views. Your room is only part of the parcel here, with Majestic at Mayfair being one of the up-and-coming top places to meet in Christchurch, renowned for its high tea and cocktail bar.
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4. The Classic Villa
For something a little different, choose The Classic Villa. This boutique five-star hotel is a lovingly restored 1899 villa that has certainly not lost its historical charm. Wake up to a sumptuous included breakfast each morning before getting out and about, and return to your elegant double or twin room where complimentary tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruit are waiting. If you prefer, there are also drinks to purchase from the bar to enjoy in the comfortable lounge or out among the manicured gardens.
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5. The George
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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6. Fable Christchurch
Whether you’re looking for a little bit of luxury or the full shebang, this hotel in the centre of Christchurch is an excellent choice. Fable Christchurch has a range of simple rooms with luxurious touches, such as in-room movies and wonderful city views. Or up your game by staying in the “Junior Suite” complete with a corner spa bath, mountain views and an espresso machine. During your stay, indulge in gourmet cuisine at the bar and restaurant on the ground floor or enjoy the eateries at the nearby New Regent Street. See how this hotel compares to the 20 Best Hotels in Christchurch.
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7. Chateau on the Park – Christchurch, A DoubleTree by Hilton
No accommodation evokes the “Garden City” vibe of Christchurch quite like Chateau on the Park – Christchurch, A DoubleTree by Hilton. This 5-acre (2ha) property incorporates a vineyard, rose gardens and even a moat while being within walking distance of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Hagley Golf Club. Your stay here is made effortless thanks to the regular shuttles to Christchurch’s main attractions. Plus, staying fit is all too easy with a heated outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre. In between exploring the city, working out and dining at the on-site bar and restaurant, you’ll stay in one of the stylishly simplistic rooms or suites. The most luxurious options include the “Deluxe Balcony King Room” with stunning views across the gardens and the “Park Suite” with a kitchenette and spa bath.
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8. The Salisbury
Another endearing Christchurch central hotel, The Salisbury can’t help but “wow” as soon as you step into its foyer with marble stonework and illuminating chandeliers. The elegance continues all the way to the 33 guest rooms brandishing marble stone basins and fireplaces. That’s not to say that you haven’t a few modern conveniences, as each room boasts a 4K TV with streaming services, as well as some rooms also have a spa bath and a Bluetooth audio mirror. For more couple-centric stays, take a look at the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Christchurch.
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9. Heritage Christchurch
Arguably the hotel with the most character on this list of luxury accommodations in Christchurch, Heritage Christchurch is set in an Italian Renaissance Palazzo-style building that first opened in 1913. The award-winning hotel is surely a special place to stay, offering suite-only accommodation with either one, two or three bedrooms. Each suite is fully self-contained and provides guests access to a wealth of luxury 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 highlights a breeze.
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- Heritage Christchurch on Booking.com
- Heritage Christchurch on Trip.com
- Heritage Christchurch on Expedia
10. Commodore Hotel Christchurch Airport
Whether you’re taking a flight or not, the Commodore Hotel near Christchurch Airport is a superb base for exploring the city. Getting around is made easy with their 24-hour complimentary airport shuttle, complimentary bus pass to the city, free bikes and car rentals. In between, enjoy some downtime at the hotel’s resort-like facilities, including tennis and basketball courts, fine cuisine served at the bar and restaurant, a fully-equipped fitness centre, pool and spa pool. The hotel has four room types to suit your travel style: “Business Level”, “Premium Rooms”, “Family” and “Corporate”.
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11. Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport
Enjoy four-star accommodation and services straight after landing at the fantastic Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport. After a long flight, stretch your legs or take the complimentary shuttle to the hotel which offers a couple of excellent options for all types of luxury travellers. While more affordable rooms are available, your most luxurious options come in the form of the “Executive Room” and the “Junior Suite” offering more space for work or leisure. The hotel has cots and rooms available for families too – see 10 Best Family Accommodations in Christchurch for similar recommendations.
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12. Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Live like a local at one of the Southwark Hotel & Apartments‘ 56 sleek and luxurious apartments. From cosy yet affordable “Compact Double Studios” to spacious and idyllic “Two Bedroom Executive Suites”, your ideal Christchurch pad is waiting for you. Each apartment has a kitchen, work desk, ensuite and perhaps a few luxurious extras, such as a smart TV with streaming services, a balcony, a stylish mezzanine and marble floors. What’s more, this upscale stay is irresistibly affordable, as listed in the 12 Best Budget Accommodations in Christchurch.
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- Southwark Hotel & Apartments on Booking.com
- Southwark Hotel & Apartments on Trip.com
- Southwark Hotel & Apartments on Expedia
13. Parkview on Hagley
Set on the edge of Christchurch’s gem, Hagley Park, Parkview on Hagley is an elegant 4-star hotel offering self-contained apartments. The most premium of which is the “Premier Executive Penthouse” complete with a balcony overlooking Hagley Park, a super king bed, corner spa bath, Sky TV and more. Nevertheless, most rooms have a spa bath, while the kitchenette facilities provide a home away from home.
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14. Quality Hotel Elms
For an alternative location in Christchurch, take a look at the Quality Hotel Elms in the Papanui suburb, providing the best of both worlds between the airport and the city centre. The four-star accommodation in Christchurch has a modern-meets-classic style across its 97 guest rooms and Fig Restaurant & Bar. Families, couples and friends will have ample yet shared space in the “Standard” and “Superior Queen Rooms” with a choice of one or two queen beds. Each room has free WiFi, an ensuite bathroom and Sky TV, while the “Deluxe Rooms” have an espresso machine. “The Apartment” is the creme-de-la-creme of the hotel, kitted out with a spa bathtub, luxury toiletries and excellent garden views.
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15. Quest Cathedral Junction
Whether you’re a couple or a whole tribe, enjoy your own space at Quest Cathedral Junction. The open-plan apartments with modern decor offer large kitchens and dining areas, while some have balconies for entertaining. Although everything is here to spruce up your own meals, you are reminded that you’re on holiday with breakfast and restaurant options available. The location here is excellent being only a short walk from Cathedral Square, the Botanic Gardens and New Regent Street. What’s more, on-site parking and Sky TV are included. For alternative stays with kitchens, also check out the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Christchurch.
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- Quest Cathedral Junction on Booking.com
- Quest Cathedral Junction on Trip.com
- Quest Cathedral Junction on Expedia
More About Luxury Accommodations in Christchurch
That’s it for our list of the best luxury accommodations in Christchurch, but it’s by no means the end of our travel tips! Get more stellar travel advice from the following guides:
- 25 Best Things to Do in Christchurch
- 10 Luxury Activities 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 Luxury Guide to Christchurch.