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“Pleasant "B&B" style hotel but grumpy proprietor” 4 of 5 stars
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The Classic Villa
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   17 Worcester Blvd | Christchurch Arts Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #19 of 137 Hotels in Christchurch
Guernsey, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
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16 hotel reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Pleasant "B&B" style hotel but grumpy proprietor”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

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)

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Peterm8, General Manager at The Classic Villa, responded to this review, September 16, 2012
My sincere apologies to ItlsWotitls.
As they say " I must have got out of bed the wrong way"
Our Reception does close at 7.30pm and we Email all guests directly, or through the Internet site they booked with, a Security Code to get in after this time.
As can be seen from the immediately previous two reviews, we really are pretty good here.
We look forward to welcoming all guests, no matter what time they arrive, we will welcome them at our delicious Mediterranean Breakfast in the morning.
Cheers!!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Our second stay here, after staying here 5 years ago, we vowed to return on this trip. Even though it's not the cheapest accommodation around, it certainly is the most enjoyable. We even brought friends along this time who also loved it!
We adored returning to this delightful Classic Villa for a night, accompanied by our infant son, who was well catered for with a portable cot and bedding. The staff were as lovely as we remembered, accommodating for our every need. The breakfast.. Oh the Breakfast!
This place is a great 'base camp' whilst in Christchurch as you can pop in and out during the day, then return to warm up by the fire with a cuppa and biscuits while listening to music, or tinkering on the piano.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Sydney, Australia
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

We stayed in for 1 night as we came in late on our way to Mt Hutt......would have loved to stay a week...great atmosphere and wonderful breakfasts ....staff were a knockout. Spend the extra and stay here rather than a budget airport hotel as you are made to feel special and the beds are spectacular !

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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Taupo, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

i stayed here on a Wednesday. I arrived late and was made to feel sooooo welcome. Noni is a gem! The standard of accommodation at the villa is very high. Noni gave me an upgrade which was very unexpected but well appreciated. The breakfasts are very social and the spread is expansive to say the least. I would very much stay here again next time I am in Christchurch. if you are staying here the city art gallery is located about 200m up the street. Currently an outdoor exibition is on and works by Micheal Parekowhai - wish I had time to see them.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 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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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

This was my second stay at this Italian villa in the centre of Christchurch and nothing has changed - it's perfect - they have a winning service delivery so why change.

Friendly, free wi-fi, fabulous breakfast (including pizza, bloody Mary ingredients and vitamins if you've left yours at home) and most of of, a genial host and great staff. I'll be back!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 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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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Home away from home.Location was handy..close to some of the restaurants and bars..From the time we checked in we were treated like royalty.Our hosts were so perceptive.Served us delicious breakfast for the two days we stayed there.Would stay here on every visit.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

This hotel is so cozy and friendly i still can't believe it, all included, also breakfast got even bloody mary ingredients and vitamins on table for those who's night been long. Lobby, breakfast room and fire place room with nice back yard were like being in home with good service. Room was small but really nice. I warmly recommend this hotel to all, good value and I really left from there with a nice big smile on my face, thank you Hal and Classic Villa=)

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 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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Address: 17 Worcester Blvd | Christchurch Arts Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Christchurch
#16 Romantic Hotel in Christchurch
#17 Luxury Hotel in Christchurch
#20 Business Hotel in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Classic Villa 5*
Number of rooms: 15
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