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Lincoln, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 January 2017

I booked too late to get an en suite room but no matter my room was spacious and had everything I needed.The breakfasts were outstanding, all seated round a huge table. Wonderful socialising and lots of choice. My gandsons loved the scrambled egg and the fact that one guest was a professional artist.....the guesthouse was a comfortable distance from Christchurch...

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Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 13 January 2017

I have ben here before and always, when I am here I can see that the owner has realized new ideas. The rooms are in excellent conditions and well equipped with good (!) beds and TV. Wifi is acessible in nad around the house which is located about 20 min walkway from the city center. In the separate breakfastroom (that...

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designercottage, Owner at Designer Cottage, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review Thomas. You are welcome to stay here anytime.

Tucson
Reviewed 9 January 2017

The area is just on the border of the tourist area and locals. Plenty of great food options and just a quick drive to the center of the tourist area. We were here for 2 nights, the owners give you tons of info on where to go and what to do. Super helpful. Room is super clean, has dark curtains...

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Shanghai
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

I had an amazing stay at this beautiful boutique B&B. The owners were really super nice and extremely helpful. The cottages/rooms all have an individual touch and are very nicely and carefully decorated and were also super clean. All cottage are located around a beautiful garden - a small oasis in this somewhat chaotic city. But the biggest highlight is...

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designercottage, Owner at Designer Cottage, responded to this review

Dear Moritz, We sincerely thanking for your stay and made this B&B so uniquely special. We hope the character cottages can be safe, and many more great guests like you can share the experience with us at the Designer Cottage B&B. We hope to see you again for sure. Warmest wishes for this special year 2017. Many many thanks again...

Eugene, Oregon
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I chose to stay at Designer Cottage as a start to our 2.5 week travel adventure on the South Island. Our reasoning was quite simple. After 14 hour flight from LA to Auckland, followed by a 5 hour layover before jumping on a flight to Christchurch, we knew in advance we'd appreciate a B&B to rest and...

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uk
Reviewed 20 November 2016

The owner is of Malaya Chinese origin, a great character and landscape archtect (I believe) plus B & B owner. He was very welcoming and pleasant and we spent sometime talking to him. A really interesting guy who makes every effort to ensure your stay is pleasant and that you are aware of the facilities. It is well situated for...

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Wellington
Reviewed 14 November 2016

It was a shot in the dark but we were impressed by the website and made our booking on line several weeks in advance . Arriving after 7pm we were greeted warmly by Chet who made sure that we were aware of all the facilities and understood the nature of the keyless lock to which we had our own code....

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Shanghai, China
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

We needed a place within walking distance of the downtown area and the depot where we dropped off our camper van. We were unprepared for how lovely and accommodating our stay was. A series of lovingly restored historic railway workers cottages are connected by beautiful professionally designed and immaculately maintained gardens. The owner/operator/designer Chet Wah bent over backwards for our...

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Reviewed 28 October 2016

My first visit to Christchurch, I couldn't have picked a better place to stay. I only had one night in Christchurch but will definitely seek out this accommodation on my next visit. Hosts Chet and Steve are friendly and hospitable, I felt instantly welcome and at home. The Designer Cottage is well situated, just out of the city centre but...

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New Orleans, Louisiana
Reviewed 23 October 2016

I recently stayed at the Designer Cottage while visiting Christchurch, NZ. It worked out perfectly for my visit. I was in town for a race, the Port Hills Crater Rim Trail run. The race starting point was from the nearby Hansen Park. The Designer Cottage was in the perfect location for this. It was only about a mile away. My...

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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Breakfast included
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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: $115 - $167 (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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