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Southwark Apartments
Reviewed January 16, 2014

We spent two weeks plus criss crossing New Zealand and this was the nicest place we stayed at. It was HUGE, very very clean, had a full kitchen and a washer dryer. AND unlimited internet access which if you have been in NZ this is a huge bonus and very unusual. The neighborhood is right in the middle of some of the hardest hit places of the earthquake but it is right near to downtown and there a is great pizza place around the corner! (Winnie bago's)

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Thank bruindog
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Reviewed December 6, 2013

There is no reception so on arrival you pick up a phone and someone comes across from a different property, it seems to work ok. I had booked a parking space for 2 nights but on arrival it wasn't available for the first night but no problem with public parking right next door and they were kind enough not to charge for the other night. Our apartment was very narrow but well designed and equipped so it didn't feel cramped. Nice bathroom, friendly service, I would stay there again. There is a very nice friendly restaurant around the corner called St Asaph's Kitchen. The centre of Christchurch is still terribly badly damaged from the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

found via trip advisor and didnt check closer to see location, found myself amidst the decimated parts of this city felt uneasy passing building walls propped up by 5 high containers was un nerving yet the place was comfy and clean if not a tad squeezy in room size felt very compact yet everything was there a statement of limited space saw shower stuff on the shelf in kitchen area no a/c but windows open, this was fine but found the area had its share of youngsters out and about as its a semi industrial place

Room Tip: get 1st or 2nd floor if you want to or need to open your windows and feel a little safer
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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Thank royaashcroft
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Stayed in a bachelor unit. Everything was clean and modern and bright. We stayed here whilst on our honeymoon. We were delighted to receive the gift of a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates for the second day when we mentioned this. Bravo!

We made small meals in the unit and used the kitchen for anything requiring an oven. Kitchen facilities were up to date in.

The location is decent - near the cardboard cathedral, and if you're fit to walk, you can get through the whole CBD easily from Southwark.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Peter I
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Reviewed October 21, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in a two bedroom apartment which was really lovely but if you want a sleep in or a day time nap it's very difficult as parts of the roofing are glass, allowing a LOT of sunlight to come through. This is quite nice at night though as you can see the sky and I imagine it would be pretty impressive when it's raining. Apartment was clean and roomy with good facilities. The above bedroom is a mezzanine so not a lot of privacy up there. Overall a nice place to stay, it's close to all the damaged buildings of the city.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Great base to explore Christchurch city, near to the city centre and close to major supermarkets and fast food. Room was spotless and had just enough space for my girlfriend and I. Absolutely loved the television, which was right in front of the bed. Had a small kitchenette and a fully equipped shared kitchen to prepare our food, very convenient. Toilet was clean and came with whatever you need to shower. Room came with some complimentary coffee and tea, which is always appreciated. Check-in was quick, made a call at the reception and the staff was on hand almost immediately. Free wifi for the first 3gb, which was quite substantial for a two day stay.

Downside:

1. Heater only worked during stipulated times (early morning and evening), may be a concern during winter.
2. Car parking is not free, contrary to what seemed to be represented on the website ("parking subject to availability") - it costs NZ$5 a night.
3. A man popped into our room 30 mins after our check-in. He appeared to be a resident of our room the night before and was supposed to stay another night, but his belongings were all missing and we ended up in his room, what a rude shock! Certainly hope he managed to retrieve all his belongings!

Room Tip: There is no passenger lift in the premises and there are three floors.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank yshon
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Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

I have stayed at a lot of apartments/hotels but this tops the cake! Nice modern rooms, great common areas and very good value for money specially in Christchurch. Restaurants and supermarkets were very close by and its at the center of the city so it is very convenient for me because of my business meetings that I had .

Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
1  Thank Francis P
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Address: 25 Southwark Street, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
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Ranked #9 of 105 Specialty Lodging in Christchurch
Price Range: $56 - $127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Southwark Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 33
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