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Designer Cottage

Certificate of Excellence
53 Hastings Street West, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Ranked #7 of 131 Christchurch B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
James G Oamaru, New Zealand
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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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Oamaru, New Zealand
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84 reviews 84 reviews
30 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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127 reviews 127 reviews
38 hotel reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 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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Brisbane, Australia
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14 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

After lots of pre-trip research we decided on Designer Cottage for our Christchurch accommodation. Definitely not disappointed - great location and friendly welcome with great recommendations for dining options and things to see in Christchurch. Good room which was very clean and well appointed with ensuite (although the ensuite was very small). Continental breakfast was also good along with friendly... More 

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Rhode Island
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120 reviews 120 reviews
66 hotel reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

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 April 10, 2015

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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84 reviews 84 reviews
50 hotel reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

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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