SO Hotel has become ALL SEASONS Cashel Street: "The Hit in Town - Great Rates, Small Rooms" Top 5 Page for this destination Christchurch Hotel Tip by Kakapo2
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Update Feb. 2011
Due to insolvency of the creator and owner, the SO Hotel has been sold and become the All Seasons Cashel Street. (There is another and completely different All Seasons Papanui Road, so take care when booking.)
Update March 2011
Since the 22 February earthquake this hotel is unaccessible. It is in the cordoned-off Red Zone of the CBD, and additionally it is next to the leaning high-rise building of the Hotel Grand Chancellor which has to be demolished. Before this is not done, the All Seasons Cashel Street is off limits.
The All Seasons Papanui Road is not open either.
If you do not care about the size of your room this is surely a great place to stay. This hotel claims to deliver five star service at budget rates, and the location is fantastic ? in Cashel Street, just some steps from Cathedral Square. The slogan is: Great rooms at great rates. They save on room size, so you save money.
Depending on the room type you choose you can get a room from NZ$ 79.
Although being small (they call them compact), the rooms have smart features like free wireless broadband, flat screen entertainment system, and controllable mood lighting. The walls are triple insulated, so the rooms are surprisingly quiet although you are right in the busy city centre.
Checking out some hotels for visiting friends and colleagues a while ago, I had a look at a room of the hotel (when it was still the SO Hotel), and was blown away. The quality of the accommodation is fabulous. I had a closer look at a family unit. The main room is absolutely funky and a lot more spacious than I would have imagined, and there is good storage space. I really liked it at first sight. The small second room has two bunk beds (so four beds) but to be honest, that is it in this room. The bathroom is accessible from the main room, small, modern and functional. I would happily stay there.
BTW They told me that thanks to their low rates they have quite some local guests who stay for the night when they go out and do not want to drive, instead of investing the money in a taxi ride home. As rates have been "adjusted" in the meantime, I am not so sure if a lot of people are still doing this. A taxi back home would still be a cheaper option.
Rates (as February 2011):
Single NZ$ 79
Twin/Double NZ$ 109
Premium double NZ$ 119
Family room (1 double bed, 2 bunk beds) NZ$ 149
Address: 165 Cashel Street, Christchurch
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: From Cathedral Square walk towards Bus Exchange, at traffic light cross diagonally, and carry on through High Street. Next left. Hotel on the left.
From Bus Exchange turn right into Cashel Mall (pedestrian zone), hotel after 150 m on the left.
othercontact: Fax (03) 968 5001
Phone: (03) 968 5000
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