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Designer Cottage

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53 Hastings Street West, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Ranked #5 of 132 Christchurch B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our flight arrived in the small hours so we contacted Designer Cottage in advance to find out how to check in after hours. Chet replied almost immediately with very simple instructions for late check ins which worked like a treat. To easy! They even put the heater on so our room was so cosy. Breakfast next morning was very relaxed... More 

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are not into generic and bland hotels, so Designer Cottage B&B was exactly what we like. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the City and its surroundings. We were offered a tailor made map identifying local sites and eateries. We are both cat and garden lovers, so Marmite the friendly cat entertained us during breakfast out side the... More 

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ours was only a short stay but we were made to feel at home the minute we arrived. We left our car parked and walked into town past some of Christchurch's interesting street art and really enjoyed a stop at the restart mall just down Colombo Street. Our room was spotless and very cosy. Free WiFi was a real plus... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only 2 nights at this cottage at the end of summer. Wish we could stay more. Being from Singapore we are not accustomed to such space and garden. Many nice reasonably priced food placers close by and Cafe Valetinos in the city which Chet did recommend to us. Great local 'kiwi' food which is what we like.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Designer Cottage was just what we were looking for after a hectic couple of weeks driving around the beautiful south island. It was just the right balance between having loads of privacy and being able to sit down and talk to Chet or Steve about Christchurch and its future rebuild plans. We can't wait to come back in a couple... More 

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Oamaru, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I stayed just one night at this cosy B&B in a quiet section of Christchurch. The hosts are very friendly and unobtrusive, in fact I hardly saw them at all except at check-in and breakfast. The room was a good size, and comfortable, as was the bed--my only quibble is with the pillows, which were a lot softer than I... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We stayed two nights and found this cosy B&B to be just right. The host Steve made us feel welcome and even drove us to the train station to catch the Transalpine express. What a great guy. Breakfast was cereal, toast, yogurt, fruit, juice and tea, which was nice. The room was fine and suited our needs. It was a... More 

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Saint-Petersburg, Russia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Quite good place to stay. had really nice chat during the breakfast and got to know new things about NZ. A bit far from city center if you walk, but is really easy to get by car. In general is quite ok, but I would say it is a bit overpriced for what you get.

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Hong Kong Region, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Book this B&B last minute in Christchurch and loving the unique experience. Very lowkey relax older heritage buildings with the touch of local designer Chet. Our room come with private bathroom overlooking the garden courtyard. Short walk to local restaurants and cafe, such a handy location. If you like to experience local charactor stay, try this unique Christchurch Bed and... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The owner and staff are very friendly and hospitable. Place is clean and nicely decorated. Made me feel like home... Even though I arrived late, I had no problem getting into the room, as instructions were clear, and I could let myself in. Free parking is always nice in a city.

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