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“Busy and Welcoming B&B” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Orari Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #6 of 139 Christchurch B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Charlotte, North Carolina
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116 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Busy and Welcoming B&B”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2014

We stayed in Orari B&B twice for one night each as we were using Christchurch as a launch point for the southern region of the South Island. Both times the B&B was full, but Jan did a superb job of keeping the flow smooth and providing excellent facilities, service, and food. Our room was nicely furnished, the bed was comfortable, and the bath was up-to-date. The public areas are spacious and inviting with comfortable, traditional furniture. Breakfasts are delicious and filling. Jan willingly took the time to recommend restaurants and places to visit and to direct us to them on city maps. The location is perfect, near the central district but on quiet streets.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Charles P
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2014

Orari is a really good B & B in a nice central position. We had a lovely sized room with a seating area where you can make use of the tea and coffee making facilities. There was a fantastic choice for breakfast where you can help yourself to fruits, yoghurts, muffins, croissants and then any hot food you choose is cooked fresh and brought to your table.
A highlight was having a complimentary glass of wine each evening, where you can meet other guests or just sit and relax in the beautiful courtyard garden.
The main drawback for staying here is Christchurch itself as it hasn't yet recovered from the earthquake of 3 years ago and there is little of interest that is still standing. Although Orari was excellent, we would only suggest a 1 night stay here before moving on to another part of New Zealand.

Room Tip: Room 1 was spacious, comfortable and quiet.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JulieandAndy2014
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36 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

We stayed one night in the Orari while travelling round NZ with friends. Jan is extremely efficient, she had booked our evening meal and checked our transport to the station for the following morning before we even saw the rooms.
Our room was comfortable and large with a nice windowsill, however it was a bit dated with a rather small bathroom. There was no fridge. Good working wifi. A staff person came in early to give us breakfast and allow us to catch the transalpine train.
The Orari is located very near the botanic gardens and within walking distance to the mostly destroyed town centre.
There are a limited number of places to stay in Christchurch, I would recommend the Orari, especially for its location.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Romsey, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014

Can't speak highly enough of the Orari. Comfortable accomodation, super breakfast and complimentary wine in the lounge in the evening to meet other guests. Nothing too much trouble for Jan, whether booking an evening meal, arranging transport to the airport or sorting out our faulty hire car.
Marj

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Marjorie D
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St. Neots, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

This was our first stay in NZ. Absolutely superb. Lovely room, great breakfast and super staff. Everyone was very helpful. This B&B is perfectly located... close to the city centre, close to many attractions and on the bus route to/from the airport. Bus no 29 goes from the airport to the city centre and back and stops outside the door... very convenient and cheap.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Peter J
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topbnb, Manager at Orari Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, March 8, 2014
Dear pwjohns,

Thank you for you for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and found Orari so comfortable. We do have great staff and I will pass you good comments on to everyone. I'm really pleased we have been part of the great memories you will always have of your trip.

Regards,
Jan.
Manager
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2014

We have just spent 4 weeks traveling around NZ staying in hotels and b&bs finally staying at the Orari b&b. Everywhere we went we experienced what we now understand to be true NZ hospitality, friendliness and generally nice people. Until now.
Whilst the room (Room 6) is clean and has the usual basic facilities, the attitude of the staff is not what we have learned to expect in NZ. There is certainly no warmth or friendliness or interest in what we've been doing. If you are a vegetarian and you want a cooked breakfast you get 2 eggs. For a couple we got 3 slices of toast with no chance of more or more tea/coffee.
This is a bit of a rant but it is so disappointing after all the incredible experiences we have had everywhere else in NZ and so I suppose it makes it that bit easier to be going back to the UK. If you stay at the Orari before anywhere else in NZ then you won't know what true NZ hospitality can be like and so all the above will mean nothing to you! I am pleased for all those others who had such a wonderful experience at the b&b - wish we had.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank peb747
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topbnb, Manager at Orari Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, March 1, 2014
Dear peb747,

I am very disappointed to hear that you found your stay below par. Most guests and their reviews comment especially about our warmth and hospitality, where nothing is too much trouble, which is definitely our intention.

Firstly, room 6 is a room most people particularly enjoy as it is very spacious with a lovely box window and garden outlook. It has a brand new ensuite bathroom and very high quality bed and bathroom linen and the selection of different teas and hot drink options in the rooms is extensive.

The continental breakfast buffet has a wonderful array of food on offer - more than most B&Bs. We would normally ask all guests if there is anything else they would like, often several times during the meal and I apologise if this was not the case for you. We do make 3 pieces of toast per couple as we find we are constantly throwing out so much, when we start with more, which is understandable considering we also have croissants and home made muffins as part of the buffet.

We do remember when you had breakfast that Mrs B ordered bacon and eggs while Mr B ordered eggs only. Sorry, we did not realise this was because Mr B is vegetarian as it is not unusual for guests to order just eggs - for all sorts of reasons - and our free range eggs are delicious, so why not? Incidentally, the extensive buffet selection is all vegetarian..

We are always very interested in everyone's travels but we take our cue from our guests as to how much they want to chat, as often people just want to relax relax and / or interact with the other guests, rather than feeling they must chat with their hosts. If you want to, we certainly do! You say in your review "I am pleased for all those others who had such a wonderful experience at the b&b" - you have obviously read the experiences of the vast majority, have been most enjoyable and that they have loved staying at Orari.

We would love the opportunity of having you to stay again, if you do return to NZ as it sounds as though you did not have the experience we would have wanted you to and we are very sorry for that.

Regards,
Jan,
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wiltshire
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49 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014

We arrived late afternoon and were due to leave very early next morning. The owner is very welcoming and before showing us to our room she arranged transport to the station and also arranged for breakfast to be available to us before we left. The room we had was compact with a sloping ceiling - not a problem for one night but would have been for a longer stay. The usual complimentary drink making and toileteries were provided. A great idea was the provision of an additional 'make up' face cloth, however, on this occasion this was not required. The breakfast that was left for us was more than adequate and much appreciated! Although our stay was brief and our room a little small our impression was that Orari would be a great place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank birthdayoys
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Property: Orari Bed & Breakfast
Address: 42 Gloucester Street, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 139 B&Bs / Inns in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Orari Bed & Breakfast 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Orari Bed and Breakfast is a heritage home located in the city center opposite the art gallery. Offering 10 bedrooms, Orari B&B makes an ideal place to see all of Christchurch's attractions. ... more   less 
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