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The 6 Best Hotels in Christchurch (Updated 2024)

A historic tram cruising down a narrow street in sunny Christchurch, New Zealand

Posted: 2/10/2024 | February 10th, 2024

The largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, Christchurch is a popular stop for pretty much anyone traveling around the country. The city was severely damaged by massive earthquakes between 2010 and 2012, which killed hundreds and injured thousands, but has since been revitalized and reborn.

Home to just under 400,000 people, this small city is filled with cool markets, funky bars, and lots of new and trendy restaurants. Admittedly, there aren’t a ton of things to see and do here, but that doesn’t mean the city is boring and should be skipped. There’s fun nightlife, cool museums, and tons of green space where you can lounge away the day or go hiking. It’s a relaxed destination perfect for a couple of days of exploring and taking in the pace of local life.

To help you plan your visit, here’s my list of the best hotels in Christchurch:

1. Carnmore Hotel

A cozy hotel room with a large bed in Christchurch, New ZealandA cozy hotel room with a large bed in Christchurch, New Zealand
Located downtown in Central/City-Centre, this is a modern, stylish four-star hotel within walking distance of most of the city’s main sights. While there’s no included breakfast, the on-site bar and bistro open early and serve delicious locally sourced food. The rooms here are bright and spacious, with colorful wallpaper and a simple, minimalist design. Everything feels new and there’s lots of natural light in all the rooms. The beds are comfy, and the rooms include a TV, desk, AC, and a coffee/tea maker. The showers have excellent water pressure too. If you want to stay in the center of it all, stay here.

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2. The Observatory Hotel

A rustic but posh lounge at a five-star hotel in Christchurch, New ZealandA rustic but posh lounge at a five-star hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand
If you want to stay downtown and are looking to splurge, this luxe five-star hotel is located in a massive, palatial building once home to an actual observatory. It’s a lavish boutique property with just 33 rooms, each featuring antique furniture and a unique, colorful décor. The hotel feels cozy and historic; the lounge is particularly stunning, with exposed brick walls and hardwood floors, giving it a very warm and rustic feel.

The rooms (and bathrooms) are large and airy, with incredibly comfortable beds, coffee/tea makers, Bluetooth speakers, plush bathrobes, and luxurious bath products. There’s free parking, complimentary continental breakfast served each morning in the lobby, and a fitness center on-site. It’s just a five-minute walk to the popular (and must-visit) Canterbury Museum too.

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3. Pavilions Hotel

A simple but spacious hotel room in Christchurch, New ZealandA simple but spacious hotel room in Christchurch, New Zealand
Located in Merivale, a hip suburb north of City-Centre, this is an…

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