Novotel Christchurch is one of only few hotels in the city, which are still operating. After the horrible earthquakes in the past, many properties have ceased operations or are due to open again. Yet, the Novotel is a great option in the meantime.
For our trip to Christchurch, I checked the market for possible options in the luxury segment. As it appears, there’s not much choice after the horrible earthquakes of the past years.
Novotel Christchurch is one of the properties, which reopened after a renovation following the earthquakes. As the hotel is also very well located, it was an obvious choice for our stay. Upon arriving at Novotel Christchurch early in the morning, we were warmly welcomed by the concierge and the receptionist.
As it was just 10 am, no room was ready, yet. Thus, we were promptly offered that the hotel could store our luggage, while we explore the city. The concierge immediately took over to explain what’s interesting to see. Great service you wouldn’t expect at a Novotel.
When coming back, we were given the keys to our room. The upgraded Executive Room (due to my Le Club Accor Gold membership) was located on one of the highest floors, which is basically what differentiates it from other rooms.
Upon entering, there is the open bathroom to the right. As it’s the norm for Novotel, there’s no “real” wardrobe as such. Yet, the rooms at Novotel Christchurch are reasonably nice. I’d say they are approximately 20 square meters and offer a comfortable King Bed with decent pillows, a daybed with a coffee table and a proper working desk with several plugs and a real office chair.
Then there’s also a flat-screen television and an easily accessible media hub to connect your own devices to the TV. While the typical Novotel design is rather boring, I found the Executive Room at Novotel Christchurch to be quite nice.
The spacious windows with great views of the cathedral (or what is left of it) and the ‘skyline’ may be one of the reasons for that.
The bathroom of the Executive Room at Novotel Christchurch is a little disappointing compared. That’s not to say that it’s not totally okay, but I’m not a fan of an open bathroom design.
In this instance, the sink is located immediately to the right after the entrance door and is just separated from the room by a glass wall. Right next to the sink there’s also a minibar, which I found to be an even more bizarre setting.
The toilet and walk-in shower are located to the right of the sink and are detached from the room by a sliding door. The shower as such is a nice set-up with a handheld device and a rain shower head, both with decent pressure.
The typical ‘Fair Trade’ toiletries by Novotel are nice as well. Yet, it’s worth noting that no Body Lotion is provided.
Even though being a relatively new property, Novotel Christchurch comes with limited facilities. There’s a breakfast restaurant, room service and a small business center in the lobby area. Other than that, there’s only a small gym. Personally, I’d say that the gym is rather disappointing.
Two treadmills, two other machines and a few weights don’t really make up for a serious gym. While nicely designed, the gym doesn’t have any windows and thus lacks daylight.
Novotel Christchurch is one of only few proper four stars in the city. While you shouldn’t expect a luxury hotel, I’d say that the hotel is great for what it is. The nightly rates are reasonable and the Novotel comes with a great location.
The rooms are modern, spacious enough, have a comfortable bed, lots of daylight and a good working desk. The only negatives are the weird bathroom set-up and the disappointing gym. Nevertheless, I’d highly recommend staying at Novotel Christchurch.