The long-awaited opening of the Crowne Plaza holds a great deal of significance to Christchurch. Standing 70m above the street, it is the city’s second tallest building. The venture symbolizes a milestone in the city’s recovery. Built in 1989, originally an office building, it mostly withstood the 2011 earthquake and has recently completed a refit. The hotel has been met with a huge level of local support just weeks since opening. When Nick and I checked in, we were amazed by the sheer volume of people mingling in the lobby and socializing at the wine bar. Every inch of the hotel was buzzing with activity (in fact, I waited until very early the next morning to take the photo above).
As the city’s tallest hotel building, Crowne Plaza is 17-storeys and has 200 or so rooms – all beautifully decked out in navy and mustard hues. The upscale hotel is ideal for a weekend away or, in our case, a staycation. Every detail has been perfectly executed and you may find yourself here for your morning coffee or after work drinks. Cafe 1851 pays homage to the hotel’s roots. Settle in and admire the tile floors, high ceilings and marble countertops. The coffee’s by Mojo and there are plenty of pastries on offer.
With the comfiest bed I’ve slept on in years, a pillow menu and a gorgeous reading nook, the Crowne Plaza is the ultimate place to unwind for the night. I loved getting ready in the marble bathroom. The mustard accents throughout our room (and in the lobby) provided me with ample interior inspiration as I begin to decorate my own apartment. We couldn’t stop staring out of the large windows looking out over the city. We stayed on the 17th floor and marvelled at the bird’s eye view of the city below. Christchurch is rebuilding as a low-rise/mid-rise city, so it’s remarkable to experience it from above. We even woke up for the most spectacular sunrise before heading downstairs to experience the buffet breakfast.
If you’re looking for a place to meet friends for after work drinks, Social Wine Bar will certainly fit the bill. Market Place is great for dinner, serving up tapas and shared plates of local, seasonal food. The salmon and polenta fries are both delicious options.