Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Distinction Christchurch Hotel

14 Cathedral Square, Christchurch 8011 New Zealand
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4.5
#18 of 150 hotels in Christchurch
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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The newly renovated Distinction Christchurch Hotel is ideally positioned in the heart of the city only a few minutes' walk from the Avon River, Botanical Gardens, Christchurch Casino, Cashel Mall and future Christchurch Convention Centre. The ten storey, 4.5 star Christchurch hotel offers 179 elegant, air-conditioned hotel rooms including 3 floors of brand new Superior Rooms and Suites. Designed to suit everyone from business travellers requiring spacious, contemporary accommodation with the latest technology including large, flat screen Smart TVs to those travellers seeking a place to relax and unwind after a day exploring Canterbury’s vibrant attractions. Complementing this brand new accommodation are conference facilities catering up to 200 delegates. The stylish Gumption Restaurant & Bar, the perfect place to enjoy drinks and delicious cuisine with friends or colleagues.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
24-hour security
Wifi
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Room service
Safe
Iron
Minibar
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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4.5 of 5 stars
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Languages Spoken
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14 Cathedral Square, Christchurch 8011 New Zealand
Getting there
Great for walkers
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Liz N wrote a review Jan 2020
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota284 contributions205 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family of five recently traveled New Zealand and stayed at nine different hotels, from mid-range chains to boutiques and cottages, from luxury to budget. Every one of us, considering the value, put this Distinction at the top of our list. The location is outstanding – we were able to walk to parks, including the gigantic Edge New Year’s Eve celebration at Hayley Park, the indoor market, the river, and the Quake Museum. Our room was absolutely humongous, with plenty of room for all five of us, and exceptionally comfortable. There was not one imaginable toiletry missing from the bathroom. It was really outstanding. Moreover they had a laundry room on the first floor. But what was truly exceptional was when we discovered we left a load of our laundry at the hotel, they neatly folded it and wrapped it and sent it to us at our last hotel stop to New Zealand. What service!
My only minor complaint was that the morning after New Year’s Eve, they closed breakfast at 10 o’clock sharp. And I mean really sharp. That was difficult because the partying (noise) really didn’t stop in the city until about 1 AM so it was a little unrealistic to expect us all to get downstairs much earlier. A lot of people were dragging in late and staff was a bit irritated to serve even a limited menu. I would tweak that for next year if I were them. Otherwise an outstanding stay, for an amazing price, and the ONLY place we will stay in Christchurch.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Ali Brown, Guest Services / Front Office at Distinction Christchurch Hotel
Responded 3 Mar 2020
Dear ready2wander03, Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. I’m so happy to read your amazing comments about our hotel and team. I’m really glad to read that we could help you out when you needed it. So happy to read that you found our rooms humongous and you had plenty of room. We hope you enjoyed your time in our city and we look forward to welcoming you back to Distinction Christchurch again soon! Kind Regards, Ali Brown
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Anita O wrote a review Jan 2020
Mannheim, Germany935 contributions262 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed two nights at the Distinction Hotel. From our twin bed superior room on the 10th floor we had a nice city view, down to the Cathedral directly underneath the window and far enough to see the Hagley Park fireworks.

The room was spacious and nicely furnished, the bathroom had a rain shower, the beds had firm mattresses, and despite the hotel's central location the room was quiet.

The hotel is popular with tour groups and the breakfast buffet can be busy. But the attentive staff provided for a quick refill whenever necessary and also cleared the tables promptly.

With lots of restaurants nearby we did not have dinner at the hotel. We went to the bar twice. It seems that they have live music occasionally...

Shops, museums and the Botanical Gardens are at walking distance. And there is a tram stop around the corner.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from dchgsm, Manager at Distinction Christchurch Hotel
Responded 12 Jan 2020
Dear Hermann M, Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. It’s great to read your positive comments about our rooms, location and breakfast. We hope you enjoyed your time in our city and we look forward to welcoming you back to Distinction Christchurch again soon! Kind Regards, Ali Brown
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jandc8491 wrote a review Apr 2020
Wilmington, Delaware1,251 contribution321 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I were on an organized tour of New Zealand. We stayed here for 1 night. The room #607 was spacious. We had separate double beds (no queens here). The beds were comfortable. We had a sitting area with 2 chairs and a round table. There was a small desk, and a long dresser with a large flatscreen TV. There were numerous electric outlets. There was a small closet and a low shelf in the hallway (the latter good for putting a suitcase on). There was a single sink in the bathroom and a combination shower/tub.

One excellent feature of this hotel was the laundry room. There were three washers and dryers--all of which were free to use. If you didn't bring your own liquid laundry detergent, then you could buy it at the front desk for 3 NZD per load.

The hotel was centrally located. I did walk to the Cardboard Cathedral. Other sights, I planned to explore when the tour returned to Christchurch on the last day of the organized tour (but the tour was cancelled before then, due to coronavirus travel restrictions).

The front desk staff was friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: March 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Paul stephen B wrote a review Mar 2020
Melbourne, Australia442 contributions75 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had the pleasure of staying at the distinction hotel last week flying in from Sydney on Friday through till Monday. I found the staff very friendly and helpful at reception check in and the rooms were spotlessly clean.
On the other hand I went to book a table in the restaurant on the Saturday 22nd and as there were 'many tables available' I thought we would try out gumptions. To my disarray the gentleman at the restaurant then told me that it would be better to eat later as it was busy?
We found another place to eat that night.
I did try the bar menu meal on The Sunday 23/2/20 and the prawn twisters were ok but were served soaking in a water glass with a portion of sweet type sauce that should have been served on the side in a small sauce dish and not a drink glass?
Also I returned to the room late on the Friday night to order some (dry ginger ale that you mix with bourbon)
& some ice and they sent me Ginger BEER, as it turned up and the gentleman said to me "please sign here" I explained to him that ginger beer was not "dry ginger ale".
After my 3 nights I returned to stay again on the Friday 28th and found that Cloie at reception check-in was the best... As I had to leave My luggage in reception and I was too early to check-in she assisted me in directing me to the rental car location and said she would add me to an early check in list.
After dropping the rental car off I dropped off another bag and it was then she informed me that there was a room ready to go..
Next day I checked out the same Cloie was friendly and helpful in letting me back up to the room as I had left my passport in the safe.
I will be definitely staying at the Distinction again..
Cheers
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled on business
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DINKZ wrote a review Feb 2020
Wellington, New Zealand192 contributions43 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Location is right in the heart of Christchurch so good location however the rooms are really nothing special. My room was "tiny" although the bathroom was relatively big in comparison. My view was of the air con units at the back of another building. There were no air con controls in the room so I made use of the option to open the windows however to reach the top latch I had to climb up onto the desk. The bath robes and slippers were nice and the bed was very comfortable. They seem to be going for the old style opulent wood decor however they don't pull it off as when you open the drawers you can see the cheap wood in the interior - I think if you are going to do it, do it right. Overall not the worst place to stay but can think of other options close by that I would give preference to.
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Date of stay: February 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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CaitlynsGrampa wrote a review Nov 2022
Wellington, New Zealand54 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A warm welcome on our arrival and I was directed to a room on the first floor. I had a queen room booked and it was large in size with 2 queen beds. 2 armchairs provided and a large TV. Separate bathroom with over-the-bath shower. all clean, neat and tidy. Tea /coffee-making equipment in the room too.
Very comfy beds. Hot fabulous hot water pressure in the shower. The showergel / shampoo/conditioner and soap were nciely packaged and included a sanitary kit /sewing kit too. Plenty of thick white fluffy towels.
Room had airconditioning available and complimentary bathrobes to use.
I was thrilled when opening the curtains the next morning to discover the Christchurch cathedral immediately opposite the hotel, we found the city centre a short level walk away.
We ate dinner in the hotel restaurant the next night, I thought the menu was a little pricey but it was delicious. We were wlecomed and staff were polite and attentive.
I will defintely stay here again !
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Date of stay: November 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Great views from higher floors
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Guitarman4 wrote a review Jun 2020
Essex, United Kingdom237 contributions112 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had been pretty underwhelmed by the standard of hotels throughout our coach tour of New Zealand but this was one of the exceptions.

The rooms are extremely well appointed and the bed is very comfortable. Our room didn’t overlook the cathedral but it was nice and light. The bathroom was fresh with a nice selection of toiletries.

The lounge is not especially large but has a nice atmosphere and service at the bar was good. As a group we had a set menu dinner and this was enjoyable. They were serving 50 of us and food came up quickly and very presentable. Desserts were lovely.

If we ever get back to New Zealand this is one hotel we will definitely return to.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Gabriel B wrote a review Feb 2023
15 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I stayed here for MIQ in late 2021 and were really impressed by the quality, so we resolved to stay here when we were next in Christchurch. We stayed here two nights in late January, at the beginning and end of a Lake Tekapo holiday. We got a Superior King room on the 10th floor and it was great! The bathroom in particular was excellent – very modern, with both a rainfall and regular showerhead. The service was great from start to finish – the staff were very friendly and helpful and made us feel welcome. We used their valet service for $25 per night (roughly equivalent to or potentially cheaper than nearby parking). However, we didn't use the car much; as the hotel is located in the centre of the city, a lot is within easy walking distance. The price is reasonable for a hotel of this quality. There were cups and glasses; although bowls and small plates would have been useful in addition. Overall, we were once again delighted with our stay at Distinction Christchurch.
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Date of stay: January 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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nakiboys wrote a review Jan 2020
New Plymouth, New Zealand161 contributions109 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 3 nights on the 10th floor. Our first room was next to the lift and the noise of the lifts was a slight annoyance so decided to comment to reception on whether they could provide earplugs. They moved us later that day to another room which was amazing. The rooms are furnished to a very high standard and the friendliness and professionalism of the staff should be commended.We loved the location, easy walk to new Riverside market complex and surrounding area. Would highly recommend this hotel.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from dchgsm, Manager at Distinction Christchurch Hotel
Responded 12 Jan 2020
Dear nakiboys, Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. I’m sorry to read that you were disturbed by noise from the lift, but I’m thrilled to read that our team were able to remedy this for you! Thank you also for your amazing comments about our rooms. We hope you enjoyed your time in our city and we look forward to welcoming you back to Distinction Christchurch again soon! Kind Regards, Ali Brown
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ksufan88 wrote a review Feb 2020
Wichita, Kansas6,261 contributions568 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our room on the 7th floor was massive and had views of the destroyed Christchurch Cathedral. It was a corner room with a king size bed and enough room to host a large party with two sofas, two chairs and a desk. The bathroom had plenty of counter space and plentiful hot water. We ate in their hotel restaurant and also had drinks at their bar and enjoyed the service received at both.
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Date of stay: December 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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GreenBedfordshire asked a question Feb 2020
Bedfordshire22 contributions83 helpful votes
Are there washing machines and dryers available to guests? Many thanks
Answer from Barry S
Nottingham, United Kingdom108 contributions54 helpful votes
Yes The use of the machines is free but you need to purchase a sachet of liquid detergent from reception.I think they are $2
462mimi1212 asked a question Jan 2020
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Hi Is there a hairdryer and iron in the rooms?
Answer from Ali Brown
Christchurch, New Zealand
Hi There, We have hairdryers and irons with boards available in every room. They are located inside the wardrobe for your convenience. Kind Regards, Ali
Budiarto D asked a question Mar 2019
Jakarta, Indonesia4 contributions
Do the hotel have a free car Park?
Answer from Dianne B
Gold Coast, Australia144 contributions53 helpful votes
Valet parking only. Charges apply.
travelbynita asked a question Aug 2018
San Diego, California1 contribution
where is CHC Art Gallery
Answer from Janet F
Auckland, New Zealand83 contributions27 helpful votes
About 10 mins walk down the road from the Distinction. come out of the door of the distinction turn left then then through the square and keep on walking it is on the right hand side of the road.
travelbynita asked a question Aug 2018
San Diego, California1 contribution
where is the art gallery
Answer from _lcharding60
Christchurch, New Zealand6 contributions1 helpful vote
walk from the cathederal square down towards the arts centre, and its on the corner of hereford and the one way system of madras street. cant miss it, a huge glass museum! you can have lunch there as well, in the cafe.
Jnietupski3 wrote a tip Apr 2024
Millbury, Massachusetts235 contributions30 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Things to avoid…this hotel"
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TIm M wrote a tip Dec 2023
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Breakfast if you need to catch a train"
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KimAH2013 wrote a tip Oct 2023
Castle Rock, Colorado39 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Construction 🚧 is heavy as they rebuild the cathedral severely damaged in the 2011 earthquake. "
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Jorg P wrote a tip Aug 2023
Queenstown, New Zealand22 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Worth every cent"
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GnA480 wrote a tip May 2023
New South Wales, Australia389 contributions131 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"A room with an outlook over Cathedral Square is better than at the back with a view of a carpark."
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PRICE RANGE
S$199 - S$242 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Millennium Hotel
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionChristchurch
NUMBER OF ROOMS
179
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Frequently Asked Questions about Distinction Christchurch Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Distinction Christchurch Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Escape Artists (0.1 km), Margaret Mahy Family Playground (0.5 km), and Quake City (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Distinction Christchurch Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Distinction Christchurch Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Distinction Christchurch Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Distinction Christchurch Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dosa Kitchen, Rascal, and Jaba Grill and Bar, City.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Distinction Christchurch Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre and a sauna during their stay.
Is Distinction Christchurch Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.06 km away from the centre of Christchurch.
Are any cleaning services offered at Distinction Christchurch Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Distinction Christchurch Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Distinction Christchurch Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Riccarton House & Bush (3.1 km), Mona Vale (2.7 km), and Ferrymead Heritage Park (6.6 km).
Is Distinction Christchurch Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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