It's confronting to stay in a hotel when it's in a building that's the tallest building still standing in Christchurch - especially when you look out your hotel window to nothing! It seems almost every building surrounding it has been levelled - however it's only a 5 minute walk to many things since you are in the centre of the city at this hotel.
It's new (well newly refurbed) and they've done a great job. The room I was in (12th floor) wasn't large but well laid out and had nice modern furnishings. The bed was very comfortable and there was a good sized desk and desk light, tea and coffee making facilities, ironing/ironing board, wardrobe, bathrobe - everything you need in a room when you're on business. The bathroom wasn't big either however it did have a nice long bench to put your toiletries, a great hairdryer and a huge tiled shower. It's so nice to have a big shower (that 2 could easily use) rather than a shower over a bath. Well done on the bathroom - having a large shower like this is enough to make me want to come back and use this as a regular business hotel in Christchurch.
The staff are friendly and very eager to help - and there's a nice seating area and bar in the hotel lobby. I didn't try the restaurant -- not many people in them but this hotel has only recently opened so perhaps the hotel isn't at full capacity as yet.
I was concerned about the internet as it seemed it was a pay system - and it is if you want high speed internet - it's about $30 a day. But they do offer a lower speed cable-connected internet for free - so if you're not downloading movies and basically using the internet for email etc, there isn't a charge. There is free wifi in the lobby area too.
All in all I think this hotel has got it right! I think it's the perfect business hotel and would definitely stay again.
Thanks for making me feel so welcome team!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch, located in the heart of the city, provides modern and stylish accommodation for the savvy business traveller and leisure guest, at an affordable price. Offering clean, contemporary design, Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch is a place where you can work at your peak. Use the latest hassle-free in room technology or relax in comfort and quiet. When your work is complete reward yourself with a satisfying meal in our restaurant and enjoy great service from people who care. Straits Cafe our 55-seat, fully-licensed restaurant, is located next to our ground floor lobby. Here you'll find an exiting range of contemporary-style dishes showcasing local and seasonal produce. Junction, our lobby bar, serves 60 peopleWe know that you want a hotel with style. Our guest rooms and suites are designed for your comfort, with individually controlled air conditioning, double glazing, amazing views and everything you need to make working a breeze. There's a choice of four room and suite designs. Because your phone and laptop still can't do everything, our efficient business centre is there when you need it and our gym and sauna, help you stay in shape when your are on the road. ... more less
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