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“Truly a Great Stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Greatstay Bed & Breakfast Boutique Accommodation
4.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   33 Kilmarnock St | Riccarton, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #19 of 131 Christchurch B&B and Inns
Harpenden, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Truly a Great Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

What a find! Only booked in for our last night in Christchurch as Top 10 was full - how lucky we were! John and Lesley were perfect hosts. They entertained us, along with an American couple, with wine, nibbles and stimulating conversation in the comfortable guest lounge. Our bedroom was well-appointed, delightfully decorated and spotlessly clean. A fine spread was presented for breakfast, which was cooked to order in accordance with our wishes. As John helped us with our luggage into our car, we were sad to be leaving after such a brief flirt with luxury. No doubt we could have made a cup of tea in their kitchen had we asked, but the provision of facilities to do this in our room would have been appreciated - we do like a cuppa in bed!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lesley r, Owner at Greatstay Bed & Breakfast Boutique Accommodation, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Dear Grajem44.
Thank you for taking the time to review our establishment.
We are pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and other guests. We are concerned that maybe we omitted to say to you that you were welcome to make a cuppa and take it back to bed in the morning.
We know that some people like to do this, and for this we apologise.
It is good that you enjoyed your holiday in New Zealand, and maybe one day will return.
Lesley
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Manhattan Beach, California
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4 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Greatstay is THE place to stay in Christchurch. If you want privacy in a quiet location this is the place for you. Our hosts, John and Leslie, were very friendly and full of information about the city. The Camellia Room was extremely clean and very comfortable. The bathroom was large with a walk in shower. We always had plenty of hot water. The bedroom was spacious with a comfortable bed, great pillows and an electric blanket. The garden outside the room was inviting and well manicured. Breakfast was very good. Guests have a choice of a cooked or continental breakfast. Greatstay is in a great location, close to downtown, Hadley Park, the Botanical Gardens and several nice restaurants. We highly recommend Greatstay and would stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lesley r, Owner at Greatstay Bed & Breakfast Boutique Accommodation, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Dear Team,
Well how lovely to read your review this morning on waking.
We are pleased that we were able to spend time with you, and have lots of discussions.
We will have some good memories of your time here.
We endeavour to give good service and a high standard of cleanliness to which you have spoken.
Keep on travelling safely.

Lesley
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Great to find a no-fuss high-standard accommodation for my flying visit to CHCH in business - a beer was in my hand within 10 minutes of arriving - friendly, warm welcome A+++ - Breakfast was AWESOME!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lesley r, Owner at Greatstay Bed & Breakfast Boutique Accommodation, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
Dear Guest,
Many thanks for taking the time to review our Bed and Breakfast.
We are very pleased that we ticked all the boxes for your stay with us.
We look forward to meeting with you again.
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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We arrived in Christchurch on the Pacific coach train (fantastic!) and John was waiting for us at the station.
The House is lovely and very spacious. We had a large en-suite bedroom which was exceptionally clean and tidy.

John & Lesley made us feel at home very quickly and we were sorry we were staying only one night.

Looking forward to our next trip to Christchurch - highly recommended.

Thanks for a "great stay".

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lesley r, Owner at Greatstay Bed & Breakfast Boutique Accommodation, responded to this review, December 6, 2013
Dear cctlgw,
Many thanks for your wonderful 5 star review of our home and hospitality.
We also would have liked another night with you both.
Your photo of the bedroom is magnificient. Maybe you could be the photographer.
We are pleased that you were very satisfied with the service we gave, and look forward to next time.
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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights whilst attending a wedding in Christchurch. Made to feel very welcome by very knowledgable hosts Lesley and John. Very immaculate property, breakfast was wonderful both cooked and continental, very welcome cake, tea / coffee when we came in late one night. In a great location walking distance to Hagley Park. Keep up the great work lesley and John its a credit to both of you hope to see you again one day.
Mick & Yvette UK

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lesley r, Owner at Greatstay Bed & Breakfast Boutique Accommodation, responded to this review, January 11, 2014
Dear ibi331,
Thank you for taking the time to review our establishment. It is always good to hear the views of past guests and we are pleased you enjoyed your time with us.
We hope to see you in New Zealand again.
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Swansea, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Arrived at 'Greatstay' due to a booking error at another hotel so did not know what to expect. Actually did not care at the time because my wife and I were unwell and I spent the first 36 hours of the stay in bed! During this time Lesley & John looked after my wife really well and showed us both real hospitality.
The 'Garden Room' is really comfortable and well equipped and the bonus is the rest of the home which is almost all available to guests - extremely comfortable. If we hadn't pre-booked further places to visit in NZ would happily have stayed longer.
Thanks again Lesley & John.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Palm Beach, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012 via mobile

After having stayed here for over a week, I must declare this location great deal! It os centrally located to all activities and major roads and highways. Overall valué is is high! The. Professional staff and clean accomodations tenderá this location a jewel amongst its peers! I highly reccomend this place as a viable travel lodging solution.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 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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lesley r, Owner at Greatstay Bed & Breakfast Boutique Accommodation, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our Bed and Breakfast.
It is always good to get comments and to know that we are making our guests feel "at home".
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Address: 33 Kilmarnock St | Riccarton, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 131 B&Bs / Inns in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Greatstay Bed & Breakfast Boutique Accommodation 4.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our new home offers spacious and comfortable en-suite accommodation, which is quiet and restful.John and myself have sought to create a friendly atmosphere with the accent on luxury "home away from home." 25 Min walk to city centre, art centre and museum through Hagley Park Botanical Gardens. Beautiful walks, golf course and shopping minutes away. Close to Horncastle Arena,Riccarton Bush public hospital, university, airport, railway station and many fine restaurants.We have not been affected with damage by the earthquakes and are very happy to have both business and travelling visitors stay. We have high speed wi-fi .Most businesses are within our area of Riccarton and Addington. O.S.P. "Come as a guest, leave as a friend."SPECIAL: Happy hour with nibbles and host company. ... more   less 
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