I would like to stay in Christchurch, New Zealand, anyone out there that has stayed somewhere in good accommodation or…tell me about the bad too! hotels, motels, chalet, lodges, not camping sites or backpackers
I’ve stayed in several places in CHCH – some were paid for by my UNI and others paid out of pocket. Personally I like staying at the Grange on Armagh Street. The Grange is a B&B in a quaint old house, but I usually stay in the apartments in back. You can get a studio or a one bedroom unit, complete with kitchenette, Sky TV, and wireless internet and it is very reasonable.
The upstairs units have balconies. The location is just about two blocks to the Free City bus service, which loops around the city. I usually walk to New World (grocery) and then catch the bus back when I’ve made my purchases. The Grange is only a few blocks from the city centre, just beyond the gardens, close to Cathedral Square, the Conference Centre, the Art museum, and the Casino.
Of course you’re just minutes away from the shops, cafes, clubs, and bars in the downtown area if you are into shopping or clubbing. I prefer the Grange if I have a choice, because I like being able to cook my own meals instead of having to eat out. Plus it is handy to most of the attractions, and a good central location.
I’ve stayed at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, which I thought was overpriced for the value. Also stayed on Bealey Avenue at several different places. Never again, too noisy with all that traffic. There was a decent place called the Russley Scenic Circle – with rooms that opened into a private courtyard, a swimming pool, good service, etc… but I heard it was being torn down to build a retirement complex.
Check out the Grange bed and breakfast in Christchurch and see what you think. Good luck and I hope you find what you are looking for…
P.S. If you decide on the Grange, please tell Des and Tracey I sent you =)