I stayed with a family member in march and found this hotel to be rather pleasant and warm.
However, the outlook of the hotel should seriously be improved as its nondescript and plain-office-building outlook is rather off-putting as a first impression. As a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the appearance of the hotel should be upgraded to resemble a 5 star luxury hotel.
The check-in was fairly quick and the staff was lovely- no complaints there. Nice lobby- very cosy and warm atmosphere. Staff were helpful and friendly and automatically offered me drinks while I was waiting for someone.
Upon entering the room (on the first floor overlooking a nice little garden), the room felt a little cramped but the decor was fairly sophisticated- quite nice and plush. I was rather surprised, upon stepping into the bathroom, that a luxury hotel would provide a shower with shower curtain instead of a modern shower or luxurious bathtub. I like my bathrooms dry and the shower curtain did nothing to prevent water from spraying out. Even though it was only an executive room, the hotel should look into a way to improve and upgrade the executive rooms that are missing baths or proper showers. Also as I was just about to use their wonderful recycling bins, I was disappointed to find a used tissue still stuck in the corner of one of the bins which led me to question how thorough housekeeping was.
I was impressed by the touch-button paneling that controlled the lights. This was sleek and high-tech and everything that should exist in a luxury hotel.
Sleep didn't come easily- the single mattresses were small and not very comfortable! To top it off, something was wrong with the air con control and I kept waking up the whole night to adjust and turn on the air con again whenever the air con suddenly switched off halfway! However, did manage to fix it on the last day and wasn't too bothered by this.
I liked the fact that they offered free internet at little booths in the lobby as it saved us plenty of hassle and i was glad not to be charged exorbitant prices for internet service. The staff were friendly and showed good service to us and I liked the personal touches that came with the hotel stay such as their minty chocolates every night as well as the George bear on the first night. The housekeepers were wonderfully friendly and genuine.
The thing I enjoyed most about was the food. I had a casual dinner at 50 on Park on my first day and loved their soups and food was pretty good. Loved the truffle butter that came with the bread- kept finishing it all! For casual dining and brunch, the place is highly recommended. Breakfast was rather expensive- especially if one isn't a big eater. I ate something on the menu and wanted some cornflakes and was charged for a full continental breakfast and my ordered item. Needs a change of policy here. However, their breakfast omelets are excellent. For fine dining, Pescatore was impressive. Their entrance was beautifully modern but the dining area looked a little tired- some spicing up of the carpet maybe? Good view, lovely for watching the sunset but area should have better lighting and a more luxurious feel for the price that you pay. Food was great. We had a wonderful raspberry infusion drink made on the spot by the staff in the entrance. Their bread came in these cute little brown bags which was creative and exciting. Portions were just right and the Blaff Oysters were truly delectable- tasty and unusual!
Overall, building outlook and toilets need to be improved. But loved their personal touches and the service. Plus food is a definite draw!
- Also Known As:
- The George Christchurch Hotel Christchurch
- The George Christchurch Hotel
- The George Hotel Christchurch
- George Hotel Christchurch
- 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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