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Designer Cottage

Certificate of Excellence
3.0 of 5
53 Hastings Street West, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Ranked #4 of 126 Christchurch B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Rhode Island
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63 hotel reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What stood out the most for us in this stylish, low-key, well-located b&b was the personal knowledge of Christchurch that the owner, Chet, took pleasure in conveying to his guests. Shortly after arrival, he sat us down in the lovely separate breakfast building and gave us a copy of a map on which he had drawn up numerous recommendations for... More 

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spokane, wa
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11 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Thank you to Chad for being such a wonderful host. The location is perfect for touring Christchurch then staying in a quiet, secure location. We enjoyed no keys with coded access to our door and the front door. Breakfast was great as well. We highly recommend staying here.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed a Designer Cottage for 2 nights in January 2015 and had the best sleep of our trip to New Zealand. Our ensuite room was so cosy, clean and Quiet. Breakfast was all we needed and to be able to chat with the other guests was a unique experience for us. I don't think we will stay in a... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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52 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a very enjoyable stay at Designer Cottage, and meeting the charming hosts, Steve and Chet. Steve greeted us warmly upon arrival, providing us with detailed maps of nearby restaurants and attractions, and gave us a nice tour of the B&B. We stayed in the Yellow Room, which was tastefully decorated and very comfortable. The B&B is conveniently located... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dear Chet, we really want to thank you and your team for your lovely reception in your designer cottage. We can totally recomand your cottage and appreciated your breakfast. It was a pleasure to meet you. We will definetly come back when we are in Christchurch next time. Thank you for all! Dennis & Janina

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very enjoyable place to stay in Christchurch. We received quite the warm welcome along with a map and loads of interesting information about the area, the earthquake, and the rebuilding efforts. There are restaurants within reasonable walking distance. Our room was large, comfortable, and very clean. The breakfast was adequate, but nothing special.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of those places you wished you had a reason to stay longer for. On arrival we sat at the kitchen table and were given a drink and shown the local points of interest on their map. After a tour of the garden, our host helped bring in our bags. The room we had was spacious and well... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were greated at the front door of the charming Designer Cottage by Chet the owner and were blown away at what an interesting bed and breakfast we had found. Chet gave us a tour of the garden with fruit trees and a pond and then sat us down to explain (with the aid of a custom made map) what... More 

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Harpenden, England
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87 hotel reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We loved the style of Designer Cottage - harking back to an earlier era. Ideal for chilling out after wandering around a city still in the process of rebuilding. The kitchen offers the opportunity to cook for yourselves or there are takeaways and restaurants quite close by. Christchurch has much to do but If you want something different to chain... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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23 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We stayed here for two nights late January on arrival from UK. Great room with en-suite bathroom, lovely and clean, great kitchen everything you need although we were too exhausted to cook. Steve & Chet are great guys, very helpful and chatty. Great breakfast of cereal, fruit, toast, juice, tea, coffee. etc. There are places to nearby to eat or... More 

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