We wouldnt normally have chosen this type of a accommodation but due to the distinct lack of available accommodation in Christchurch at the time of booking (in great demand due to the amount of local accommodation continuously booked for the ongoing reconstruction) so beggars couldn't be choosers in terms of CBD accommodation.
It is listed as a hotel, but It felt more like a B&B to me. Don't get me wrong it was a lovely place and the room was clean, comfortable with an oldy worldy charm but a really don't get on with that feeling of 'intruding' in someone else's 'home' and the whole everybody sits round the one big table for breakfast in the morning thing! (which is the case).
Unfortunately the 'intrusive' feeling experienced was exacerbated when we arrived quite late in the evening (10pm) after a long non stop drive down from Picton. The proprietor (Peter) saw fit to admonish us for not calling to advise the arrival time as he had to wait for us - Yes we were quite late and yes we could have called and even yes it did say to advise of late arrival on our internet booking receipt (which was all hassle free by the way) but still, We were tired and it wasn't the time ... whatever happened to the customer is always right!
Still the room was nice, warm and comfortable, high "old house" ceilings, nice decor, tiny but sparkling clean bathroom, and you could help yourself to complementary soft drinks from the kitchen fridge and there was a very nice complimentary decanter of Brandy and Sherry/Port in the hallway. The other 'odd' thing was the instruction we were given (by Peter) on showing us to the room, was to 'take off the pillow covers on the top pillows on the bed if we intended to use them' - "nail in the coffin" for us, we were glad we only booked for one night. The cold buffet style breakfast (round the big table with all the other guests) was nice enough though.
fyi - maybe it was down to the fact that the majority of the CBD was still closed off to reconstruction after the earthquake, but if you are arriving late in Christchurch, grab a bite to eat on the way as there was literally nowhere decent nearby to get dinner after 10pm (by decent I mean, not fast food)
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