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“Understated excellence - staff, rooms....” 4 of 5 stars
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The George Christchurch
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   50 Park Terrace, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #7 of 142 Hotels in Christchurch
Perth
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Understated excellence - staff, rooms....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2009

Can not fault this hotel!! Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!! Awesome staff, helpful, patient (thanks Nick - we drank at the bar into the wee small hours and he looked after us so well) and they know their city! Fantastic newly fitted out modern room....do not judge this boutique hotel by the outside, it doesn't give away just how great it is!!

And thank you for the George bears....little treasures we took with us!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Brooklyn, New York
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33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2009

We stayed here for one night, while in transit through the south island. The room was modern (similar to what you would find in a W Hotel), and the staff friendly and attentive. We did not have time to have to dinner at the hotel, but we did manage to have breakfast. I would recommend it. Overall a very pleasant, relaxing stay.
if in Christchurch, definitely consider staying here

Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Phoenix, Arizona
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2009

Wow, what can I say about this property? I can say that, as it was our first stop in New Zealand, it ruined all other hotel stays for us on our trip. None of the other hotels we stayed at, while nice, could compare to our experience at The George. The staff really treat all guests like royalty. The rooms are wonderful:understated elegance. They make for a comfortable stay and provide luxury and comfort without being the least bit gawdy. We had the priveledge of staying in one of the Executive suites. Amazing sitting area with a view of the river, along with a fireplace and OUTSTANDING sound system. The bathroom with doulble shower and tub is awesome. The restaurants offer outstanding, modern cuisine with only the freshest ingredients. The location is on a small street, and is about a 10-15 minute walk from the city center. Our stay here was magical. If you want to feel pampered an treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind experience that you won't get anywhere else in the world, The George is defiinitely for you!

  • Stayed May 2009
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Frankfurt, Germany
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2009

Very nice hotel indeed. Staff very attentive, very nice and clean room, good location in Christchurch.\
Free internet access through kiosk PCs in lobby.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hamilton
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2009

I can't say enough good things about this hotel. I've travelled a bit, and this is certainly one of the best experiences I have ever had, both in NZ and overseas. The biggest asset to the hotel is the staff. To an individual, they were courteous, friendly, and most importantly, *genuine*. Not once did it seem like these guys and girls were just doing their jobs. They really seemed to enjoy meeting guests, and providing great service. I'd like to particularly mention Tim and Mark as examples of awesome hotel staff.

I don't understand the comments of reviewers complaining about "70s" style. Our room was modern, luxuriously appointed, warm, comfortable, and a delight to return to after a long day of wandering around Christchurch. The bathroom in particular felt palatial.

The dining experience was excellent, with the food and service at Pescatore in particular being worthy of awe.

The bar was fantastic, with a selection of local craft beers, which really stands out in a country usually dominated by bland beer from two giant breweries.

It might sound like I've been paid to write this review, but I honestly just can't think of any way our weekend could have been better at the George. We shall certainly be back.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland, New Zealand
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41 reviews 41 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2009

I was lucky and got a room on one of the top floors and newly renovated. Had a flatscreen unlike other so called 5 star hotels. Very roomy, styley with bathroom and closet 'hidden'around the corner. I'm glad work paid for this one.

  • Stayed August 2006, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra, Australia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
42 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2009

As of our stay during September 2009, the hotel is undergoing refurbishment. We were woken up *each morning* by the sound of building tools and hammering on the floor below us.
Before booking at this place - check directly with the hotel to ensure that they have completed renovations, otherwise your stay will be disrupted like ours was.
When we booked via email we were not alerted to the renovations, nor when we checked in. And when we mentioned our dissatisfaction to staff after our first night they were not empathetic at all.

Before booking we asked around about good hotels in Christchurch, and everyone said that The George was the standout. We agree, with the exception of our above comments.

Both of the restaurants at the hotels are fantastic - great food and great staff. The location is just outside the city centre, but being a small city it's only a 10-15 minutes walk into the CBD. The surrounding streets are quiet and safe.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 50 Park Terrace, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Christchurch
#7 Romantic Hotel in Christchurch
#7 Luxury Hotel in Christchurch
#14 Family Hotel in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The George Christchurch 5*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The George is the essence of supreme comfort. Its 53 spacious rooms are designed with a stylish eye for detail, complete with luxury amenities. With a one-to-one ratio of staff to guests, impeccable service is guaranteed. In 2013, 2012 and 2010 it was recognised as ‘New Zealand’s #1 City Hotel’ in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, was New Zealand’s Leading Boutique Hotel’ 2006 – 2010 & 2012 – 2013 in the World Travel Awards. The George offers discerning travellers superb comfort and individual attention in an intimate ambiance. ... more   less 
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