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Reviewed 25 February 2015

We stayed here for two nights on our three week holiday. As we were two couples we had the bronze and the silver room, both beautifully decorated and furnished also with ensuite rooms. The place itself was very warm and welcoming. Chet and Steve were extremely helpful to us in order for us to get the most out of our...

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9Thank Clare M
Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 23 February 2015

Wow, what a find of a place. Chet was very friendly and welcoming when we arrived for our three night stay. When he showed us the cottage, he pointed out that it was a communal kitchen and help ourselves as required. In the breakfast room out in the garden, Chet sat us down with a local map and advised us...

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7Thank Keith E
Reviewed 19 February 2015

we only stayed in Christchurch for one night recently and booked to stay at Designer Cottage. The hosts were so welcoming and made us feel very at home. The room upstairs with a shared bathroom was large and the bed very comfortable. Breakfast was amazing, and all made with local produce. The B&B is very close to Christchurch centre, and...

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5Thank Robert K
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 26 January 2015 via mobile

The cottage is extremely well run! Chet was polite,informative, professional and thoughtful. We chose an rm with a bathroom and recommend it considering it is only a small cost difference. The rooms are secured by control pads and I really appreciated the effort put into us feeling secure. The bed was so comfy and it was the best sleep I...

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5Thank KataMay2014
Toowoomba, Australia
Reviewed 24 January 2015

We stayed at Designer Cottage during Christmas 2014 for five days while in Christchurch. The kitchen is a great bonus for guests and we made use of it on several occasions, takeout from down the street and fixing Christmas dinner when everything was closed on Christmas day. Steve and Chet are wonderful hosts. Steve volunteered to drive us to the...

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5Thank Adam S
boston,mass
Reviewed 21 January 2015

The cottage was well situated in a quiet residential area yet not too far from central city. We were met by proprietor (unfortunately his name escapes me at the moment) who was quite helpful in introducing us to the cottage and the city. The cottage offered the advantages of privacy, beautiful gardens, a full kitchen with washing machine, 2 nice...

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5Thank sharkfish
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
Reviewed 22 December 2014

Loving that raw experience of local community and heritage. Great city after the quake, still in the process of change. Will love to visit the Christchurch City after rebuilt is many years ahead. The owner Steve is very kind to us, and the assistant also helpful. Garden is well kept, and many interesting designed areas.

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4Thank Odling
Armidale, Australia
Reviewed 6 December 2014

We booked a room in the main house for my in-laws and the cottage for our family of four. We were met at the door by Steve, the proprietor, and he took us through the cottage explaining the various heating systems - reverse cycle aircon plus a pellet stove, which I was delighted to see as I’d written about them...

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6Thank Janene C
Reviewed 6 December 2014 via mobile

Our experience with Designer Cottage began before we had arrived in Christchurch. When we advised of a late arrival the owner; Steve promptly replied with instructions on the late check-in system he uses which, even at mid-night, was easy to do. Greeting us personally in the morning and serving breakfast, Steve was congenial and welcoming. Breakfast was continental and plentiful....

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4Thank Painfull16
Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 November 2014 via mobile

We stayed in the yellow room for two nights at the end of a wonderful 3 week holiday in NZ. Steve has been a brilliant host, making us a great breakfast (even when we had to leave early for the airport) and providing us with local recommendations and even a map. Great location, just 20 mins walk to the CBD,...

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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Designer Cottage was a sailors' retreat in the 70s and is located in peaceful surroundings just off Colombo Street near the shops and opposite Sydenham Park. The walk to the city centre from the cottage will give you the chance to admire many listed heritage buildings on Colombo Street. We offer a variety of rooms, which are all tastefully decorated, including share facilities, private room with en-suite and a self-contained cottage. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Designer Cottage

Address: 53 Hastings Street West, Christchurch 8023, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Price Range: €80 - €116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Designer Cottage 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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“The garden rooms we stayed in were lovely”
 of 5 bubbles roses4me2, 3 Mar 2017 | Read review
“private bathroom ensuite is a must. a bit more but truely worth it.”
 of 5 bubbles magday2017, 6 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Room with private bathroom.”
 of 5 bubbles catkiwinz, 24 Jan 2017 | Read review
“There are rooms in adjoining cottages, all under ownership of Designer Cottage.”
 of 5 bubbles 145vals, 15 Jan 2017 | Read review
“The rooms are all very quiet. I would try to choose an onsuite.”
 of 5 bubbles ThomS-61, 13 Jan 2017 | Read review
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