"a comfortable stay" Crowne Plaza Christchurch Tip by Openseas

The Crowne Plaza is located in Victoria Square linked to the Convention Centre by a covered walkway and across the road from Christchurch Casino. It is approximately a 5-10 minute stroll into the hub of Christchurch main shopping and business district. The international and domestic airport is 20 minutes away. (10kms)

We have stayed at this hotel numerous times due to its close and easy access to the convention centre. It is a comfortable and reliable hotel offering spacious rooms and modern amenities?.

Food = There are numerous restaurants within this hotel and all are excellent. The Japanese Restaurant called Yamagen offers authentic cuisine from teppan yaki to sushi, sukiyaki and sashimi. The teppan yaki is a fantastic and well worth a visit. (Bookings essential) as every night it was busy.

Other restaurants are located on lobby level and Canterbury Tales offers a contemporary modern menu. Breakfast is also served in the main restaurant, which was okay but not excellent.

There are two bars, the Atrium Bar is located next door to the restaurant and offers tea/coffee/snacks throughout the day and drinks in the evenings. The other bar called Rumpoles and it is a fabulous place to watch the local football on the big screen or another sporting event.

Room = our room was located on the 12th Club Floor; the room was spacious and comfortable with a lovely view of Victoria Square and the Avon River. Being on the 12th floor has an added bonus of offering complimentary continental breakfast at the Club Lounge on the sixth floor and free drinks and canapés at 5.30pm. In addition, free usage of the internet at the Club lounge. Broadband and a good size-working desk are also supplied in the rooms.

Other Amenities= Free bicycle hire, business centre, gym and valet car parking.

Disliked - The shower over the bath - difficult shower hose ..with little pressure.

Overall = the Crowne Plaza is a large and extremely comfortable hotel offering excellent restaurants and bars. Although the hotel is not modern, it offers tourists all requirements for a perfect stay in Christchurch.

Unique Qualities: Liked - Free drinks/canapes and internet service on 6th floor Club lounge. Catching the lift with the English Rugby Players and Zara Phillips who were all in town for a game against the All Blacks.

Address: Cnr Kilmore and Durham Streets, , Christchurch
Price Comparison: about average
Price: US$180 and up
Theme: Hotel
Website: http://

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  • Updated Jun 25, 2008
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