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“Pleasant Change.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Classic Villa

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The Classic Villa
Ranked #27 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
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55 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Pleasant Change.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

This was the 12th hotel we have stayed in on our visit ' down under ' .All the rest have been in corporate hotels so this was just a really pleasant surprise. Excellent welcome, and although we only stayed here less than 24 hours it is an establishment I would have been happy to have spent 2 days plus in.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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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 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

This place seems to usually be referred to as a boutique hotel. Whilst that is fair, it could just as well be classified as a first rate B&B.
My wife and I stayed there recently for two nights. We were highly impressed. Indeed we cannot even think of any minor criticism to make!
Our room was advertised. as a Luxury Room. It justified that description.
, very comfortable and relaxing, and having the benefit of tasteful decor and furnishings.
The breakfast room was spacious and clearly a lot of thought had been given to the preparation and display of the ingrediants of the meal in order to make it memorable. . Excellent!

The two people managing this little hotel were interesting to talk with and gave us helpful advice about Christchurch and the local restaurants.

The price was fairly high by New Zealand standards..However, in our view it was fully justified.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Shorewood, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

This property is a very nice oasis in the middle of a city that is rebuilding post earthquake. In a city where so many have experienced disaster, this villa stands tall a step above with wonderful accommodations but even better than the very comfortable setting is the staff. Ana, the bubbly Polish associate, greeted us with a wonderful optimism, excitement and energy. She checked us in and insured that we were totally comfortable. It was made obvious from the start that the common area was ours to use and not an invasion on the owner's space which made us feel very much at ease. The night Manager was as engaging and provided us with great conversation and set the tone for a wonderful experience. The breakfast was a huge highlight here in a most comfortable open space that did not intimidate. The breakfast and conversations with other travelers was a special experience in our 4 week trip! The rooms were warm, charming and comfortable with a sense of the villa's history throughout. Thankful for the Classic Villa for a wonderful experience while we keep the people of Christchurch in our hearts. So glad we were there!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2014

This hotel is a beautiful old Victorian House (with a more modern additional upstairs). We really enjoyed our stay here – what really put it over the top was the manager – Noni. She was lovely to chat with – it felt like you were staying with your mom and she was on your side as she told you about the dining options, transportation options, sights, breakfast etc. This is more of a B&B as opposed to a standard hotel – we loved it.

The location is wonderful – you can walk to downtown Christchurch, restaurants, pubs etc.
We stayed upstairs in one of the modern rooms, it was spacious and well appointed, though not as elegant or fancy as the older rooms downstairs. We had the choice and ended up choosing the upstairs room as it was nice and bright because it had more natural light.

There is a large communal breakfast room downstairs, as well as a large reading and TV room. It has a good sized library of books you can read or even take with you.

Breakfast had a good variety, though we had one minor quibble – the pastries seemed stale.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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56 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2014 via mobile

We stayed a night with our baby. Peter was accommodating to set up a baby cot for us. We enjoyed the place so much that we spent quite a fair bit of the late afternoon till night in there. Breakfast was more than continental so it was a pleasant one.
A little gripe would be the slow wifi, but we didn't had to pay.
Would return back for sure!

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013

Plus the best breakfast I have ever had in 26 countries worth of travel. Just a lovely place to stay and so close to the best bar I have also been to in a few countries... the Astro Bar. Nice to revisit Christchurch after living there many years ago and be so close to the devastation but get to stay in such a lovely place. Thanks to Noni and the staff!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Frimley Green, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for just one night, lovely hotel, very friendly staff, very central, perfect for getting about and into Christchurch, made the hotel perfect for a getaway or a romantic weekend away, although not great for the business trip. Internet is exceptionally slow, but something I am finding common in hotels in New Zealand, at least this time it was free. Would highly recommend this place for a quick stop over or weekend in Christchurch.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Classic Villa

Property: The Classic Villa
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:
#3 Spa Hotel in Christchurch
#16 Romantic Hotel in Christchurch
#20 Luxury Hotel in Christchurch
#21 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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