The 6 Best Hotels in Christchurch (Updated 2024)

A historic tram travels down a narrow street in sunny Christchurch, New Zealand
Posted: 02/10/2024 | February 10, 2024

Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, is a popular stop for virtually everyone traveling the country. The city was severely damaged by massive earthquakes between 2010 and 2012, killing hundreds of people and injuring thousands. Since then it has been revived and revived.

In this small town of just under 400,000 residents there are lots of cool markets, trendy bars and lots of new and trendy restaurants. Admittedly there isn’t much to see and do here, but that doesn’t mean the city is boring and shouldn’t be missed. There’s a fun nightlife, cool museums, and plenty of green spaces where you can end the day or go hiking. It’s a laid-back destination that’s perfect for a few days exploring and enjoying local life.

To help you plan your visit, here is 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
This modern, stylish four-star hotel is located in the center/city center and is within walking distance of most of the city’s major attractions. Although breakfast is not included in the rate, the on-site bar and bistro open early and serve delicious local food. Rooms here are bright and spacious, with colorful wallpaper and a simple, minimalist design. Everything feels new and there is lots of natural light in all rooms. The beds are comfortable and the rooms have a TV, a desk, air conditioning and a coffee/tea maker. The showers also have excellent water pressure. If you want to stay in the center of the action, stay here.

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2. The Observatory Hotel

A rustic but elegant lounge in a five star hotel in Christchurch, New ZealandA rustic but elegant lounge in a five star hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand
If you’re staying downtown and want to pamper yourself, this luxurious five-star hotel is housed in a huge, palatial building that was once home to a real observatory. It is a spacious boutique hotel with just 33 rooms, each with antique furnishings and unique, colorful decor. The hotel appears cozy and historic; The lounge is particularly impressive with its 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, fluffy bathrobes and luxury bath products. There’s free parking, a free continental breakfast served each morning in the lobby, and an on-site fitness center. The popular (and worth seeing) Canterbury Museum is also just a five-minute walk away.

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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 trendy suburb north of the city center, this is a simple, affordable hotel that is clean and comfortable. It features a modern design and large, modern rooms with smart TVs, mini-fridges and large desks. As a four-star hotel, there are two restaurants on-site as well as a breakfast buffet in the morning (though not included in the price). There’s also a heated outdoor pool, a sauna, and a small fitness center.

The rooms are all large and well lit, the beds are comfortable, the bathrooms are spacious and the shower has pretty good water pressure. There’s also free parking (a major plus if you’re taking a road trip), as well as larger family rooms if you’re traveling as a group.

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4. The Mayfair

A large hotel room with two large, comfortable beds in Christchurch, New ZealandA large hotel room with two large, comfortable beds in Christchurch, New Zealand
Located just south of Merivale and on the edge of the sprawling Hagley Park, this elegant and stylish five-star hotel leaves a sophisticated impression. Everything here is modern and clean. It’s a very good minimalist design. The rooms are bright and feature a flat-screen TV, a minibar, a desk, a coffee/tea maker, a bathroom with a walk-in shower and excellent soundproofing. There is a bar and a café on site. Although breakfast is not included in the price, it is delicious and includes lots of fresh, local options. Some rooms even offer stunning views of the nearby mountains (try to get one of these).

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5. Castle in the park

A relaxing outdoor lounge area near the pool at a hotel in Christchurch, New ZealandA relaxing outdoor lounge area near the pool at a hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand
West of Hagley Park on the eastern edge of Riccarton (an area with lots of students and affordable nightlife), this four-star hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens. An incredibly picturesque property with beautiful architecture (it looks like a cross between a rustic lodge and a charming mansion) and is just a five-minute drive from downtown. The hotel features a modern interior design and simple but contemporary furnishings. Rooms are bright and spacious and feature flat-screen TVs, desks, coffee/tea makers, and large bathrooms. The beds are also super comfortable.

If you have a vehicle, there is free parking. There’s also an on-site bar and restaurant (the latter offers a full breakfast buffet), as well as a fitness center and an outdoor pool.

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6. Dyer’s House

A large and bright living room in a five star B&B in Christchurch, New ZealandA large and bright living room in a five star B&B in Christchurch, New Zealand
This charming B&B is set in a century-old Edwardian-style house. The house is huge and stunning, with large rooms letting in lots of natural light. Some offer beautiful views of the nearby hills, while others have a terrace or a view of the relaxing garden. The owners are particularly friendly and helpful and will do their best to ensure you have an exceptional stay. The included breakfast is delicious, with lots of fresh fruit and pastries, and the dining room itself offers great views of the surrounding area.

The rooms feature underfloor heating, comfortable beds with mattress toppers, luxurious bathrooms with walk-in showers and quality bath products, and there are even free in-room snacks available. It’s my favorite B&B in the area.

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Christchurch is a main stop on almost every trip around New Zealand’s South Island. And even though it’s a smaller town, there’s enough to keep you busy for a few days (especially if you enjoy the outdoors). By choosing one of the above hotels for your stay, prepare yourself for a relaxing and enjoyable time in one of New Zealand’s most popular cities.

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