The staff were friendly and helpful which was the only redeeming feature of this hotel. The room was basic but clean enough, bathroom very dated. There is no lift and there was no porter available when we left at 8am so we had to carry our suitcases from the second floor. The room has full length patio doors facing onto the walkway to other rooms but there is no privacy, the privacy curtains are attached to the normal curtains and cannot be closed separately so you either have to sit in a goldfish bowl or sit in the dark. We were in a group of 48 pre booked you would have thought they could have stocked the bar in anticipation but there was hardly anything in there, a few bottles of beer which soon ran out and a few bottles of wine and spirits. One of our group wanted wine was told he would have to wait as they had run out of wine glasses!. There was not room to sit our party together for our farewell dinner and the food was awful, cold soup which had been put on the tables before we even sat down and two choices of gooey stuff reminiscent of bad school dinners. Even the fruit salad was horrible and the breakfast- only continental available pre 8am - was very basic just toast and some cold meat and cheese. SOme members of our group had booked to stay more than one night but promptly made other arrangements when they saw what it was like. It was very noisy near the train line. I know hotel choice in Christchurch is limited after the earthquake but the issue of the curtains and stocking the bar are well within their control. A very disappointing end to our trip to New Zealand.
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- The Ashley Hotel Christchurch is a newly refurbished, 45-room hotel that delivers a charming, relaxed and convenient experience. The Ashley Hotel is located in Riccarton, within walking distance of Hagley Park, shopping malls, dozens of restaurants and cafés, Christchurch Hospital, the train station and plenty of other Christchurch attractions. We offer several different Christchurch hotel room types, perfect whether you are visiting for business, holiday or as part of a group. For your convenience, The Ashley Hotel also has disabled facilities. Whatever your reason for visiting Christchurch, enjoy it in comfort and style at The Ashley Hotel Christchurch. ... more less
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