Designer Cottage

53 Hastings Street, Sydenham, Christchurch, New Zealand, 8023
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8.9
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7.7
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Very good location - 1.6 kilometers from city center
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FREE
  • 185 Empty White Chairs Earthquake Memorial1.73 km
  • Hagley Park1.9 km
  • Cathedral Square1.98 km
  • Canterbury Museum2 km
  • Margaret Mahy Family Playground2.25 km
  • Gondola6.75 km
  • International Antarctic Centre10.1 km
  • Sumner Beach10.17 km
  • Banks Peninsula36.59 km
  • Highlights and ratings

    3.5-star Guesthouse/bed and breakfast
    Free Wi-Fi
    "The room was lovely, the hosts friendly and entertaining at breakfast (so many stories!) and the location may not be in the city centre but it's an in..."
    Erin - November 30, 2016
    Excellent facilities on premise
    8.7 facilities on premise
    Excellent comfort
    8.7 room quality and comfort
    Excellent cleanliness
    8.6 rating for cleanliness
    Excellent service
    8.6 rating for service
    • Airport transfer

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Breakfast [free]

    • Daily housekeeping

    • Garden

    Value for money8.2
    Distance to city center1.8 km
    Location rating7.7
    Nearest airportChristchurch International Airport (CHC)
    Distance to airport10.5 km

    Rooms available at Designer Cottage

    8.7
    Excellent
    Room comfort & quality
    2 Bedroom Cottage
    2 Bedroom Cottage
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    • Room size: 53 m²/570 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 queen bed & 1 queen bed
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    Double Room En-Suite
    Double Room En-Suite
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 queen bed
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    Double Room - Shared Bathroom
    Double Room - Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 double bed
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    Single Room - Shared Bathroom
    Single Room - Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 single bed
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    Casal
    Casal
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      House Two Bedrooms
      House Two Bedrooms
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        Home Standard
        Home Standard
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          Bed in dormitory STANDARD
          Bed in dormitory STANDARD
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            Double Bed Room Private Bathroom
            Double Bed Room Private Bathroom
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              Double Room, 1 Queen Bed, Ensuite (Summer Special)
              Double Room, 1 Queen Bed, Ensuite (Summer Special)
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                Frequently asked questions

                What time is check-in and check-out at Designer Cottage?

                Check-in is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The property offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

                How do I get to Designer Cottage?

                Designer Cottage is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of NZD 28. Just use the Let us know what you need section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Designer Cottage also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the property's convenient shuttle service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Designer Cottage has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Car parking is free for guests. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Christchurch with private transportation, the hotel can arrange car rental for you.

                What is the smoking policy at Designer Cottage?

                Designer Cottage does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas. The property offers its guests both smoking and non-smoking rooms. You can request your preferred room type during booking, but please keep in mind that rooms are subject to availability.

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                What people love about Designer Cottage

                • 10.0
                  Exceptional
                  Staff 

                  "Thanks to Chet and colleagues for their gracious hospitality."

                  joan

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                  January 6, 2018

                • 10.0
                  Exceptional
                  Staff 

                  "We were greeted warmly, given an excellent map of the area."

                  joan

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                  January 6, 2018

                • 9.6
                  Exceptional

                  "I would definitely stay here again and recommend to others!"

                  Tina

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                  April 20, 2017

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                9.3/10
                Room comfort score
                8.7/10
                Service score
                8.7/10
                Cleanliness score
                8.7/10
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                9.6
                Exceptional

                "There are secure locks on the doors and free street parking ..."

                Tina

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                April 20, 2017

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                Breakfast
                9 mentions
                Housekeeping
                1 mention

                What they offer

                9.6
                Exceptional

                "Loved eating local breakfast and getting to mingle with othe..."

                kristina

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                January 5, 2017

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                Reviews of Designer Cottage from real guests

                Overall rating
                8.9
                Excellent
                From 179 reviews
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                Rating via Agoda8.2
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                Cleanliness8.6
                Facilities8.7
                Location7.7
                Room comfort and quality8.7
                Service8.6
                Value for money8.2
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                9+ Exceptional (22)
                8-9 Excellent (16)
                7-8 Very Good (8)
                6-7 Good (7)
                <6 Below Expectation (7)
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                Mar - May (15)
                Jun - Aug (5)
                Sep - Nov (17)
                Dec - Feb (23)
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                9.6
                Exceptional
                Richard from United Kingdom
                Solo traveler
                Single Room - Shared Bathroom
                Stayed 2 nights in December 2019

                Exceptional”

                Charming house In quiet street. A little out of town but easy and quick bus ride to get there. Friendly and welcoming host. Only downside is shared bathroom but minor issue. Highly recommended.

                Reviewed December 08, 2019
                9.6
                Exceptional
                Nicola from New Zealand
                Couple
                Double Room - Shared Bathroom
                Stayed 2 nights in September 2019

                Exceptional”

                Lovely heritage house ,close to city and shopping . Breakfast was great ,host charming and very helpful with places to go and suggestions for eating out .Thanks will stay again .

                Reviewed September 17, 2019
                10.0
                Exceptional
                joan from Canada
                Couple
                Double Room En-Suite
                Stayed 1 night in January 2018

                Wonderful stay”

                Chet was very welcoming, gave us good information about activities an restaurants.We enjoyedDesigner Cottge facilities, had good sleeps, loved the Breakfast with other guests. Would highly recommend Designer Cottage to others.

                Reviewed January 13, 2018
                9.2
                Exceptional
                Peter from Australia
                Family with young children
                2 Bedroom Cottage
                Stayed 2 nights in December 2017

                Great”

                Nice cottage close to shops.

                Reviewed January 10, 2018
                10.0
                Exceptional
                joan from Canada
                Couple
                Double Room En-Suite
                Stayed 1 night in January 2018

                Superb hospitality”

                Chet and his colleagues were extremely professional in the carriage of their duties. We were greeted warmly, given an excellent map of the area. Activities available and how to access them were carefully explained to us. We were given excellent recommendations for dinner which we enjoyed. Our room was pleasantly and comfortably appointed. So enjoyed our breakfast with other guests in the charming breakfast room . Breakfast was great. Would highly recommend Designer Cottage! Thanks to Chet and colleagues for their gracious hospitality. Beth and Herb

                Reviewed January 06, 2018
                9.6
                Exceptional
                Tina from Canada
                Couple
                Double Room En-Suite
                Stayed 1 night in April 2017

                Wonderful place to stay”

                We stayed here only one night but it was very comfortable and cute. The room was warm and there was also an electric blanket provided which we didn't need to use. We were able to keep our food in the full size fridge and use the kettle in the morning. There was coffee and tea provided. This is a heritage house that has been restored. One of the owners let us know that the beautiful wooden section on the bathroom wall is some of the original. There are secure locks on the doors and free street parking out front. I would definitely stay here again and recommend to others!

                Reviewed April 20, 2017
                9.6
                Exceptional
                kristina from Slovakia
                Couple
                Double Room En-Suite
                Stayed 2 nights in December 2016

                Great hosts, cozy and clean”

                Thoughtful details, delicious breakfast, kind and very knowledgable hosts. They made us feel very welcome and answered our questions about the city and New Zealand. Loved eating local breakfast and getting to mingle with other guests. Steve makes some amazing poached eggs! Try Hell pizza just down the street, it rocks.

                Reviewed January 05, 2017
                9.6
                Exceptional
                Lijun from United States
                Couple
                Double Room En-Suite
                Stayed 1 night in December 2016

                Very friendly. ”

                Feel like back to home.

                Reviewed December 08, 2016
                9.2
                Exceptional
                Erin from Australia
                Couple
                Double Room En-Suite
                Stayed 1 night in November 2016

                A nice base to the explore”

                The designer cottages were a lovely base for our adventures in Christchurch. The room was lovely, the hosts friendly and entertaining at breakfast (so many stories!) and the location may not be in the city centre but it's an interesting area in CHC.

                Reviewed November 30, 2016
                9.7
                Exceptional
                Xing from China
                Couple
                Double Room En-Suite
                Stayed 2 nights in November 2015

                A nice hotel”

                1. The hotel staff is very zealous. 2. The room is clean 3. The loction is quite good.

                Very nice.

                Reviewed December 04, 2015
                5.3
                Clare from United Kingdom
                Solo traveler
                Double Room En-Suite
                Stayed 2 nights in June 2015

                A bit disappointed!”

                Location, hot shower, attentive staff

                Picked it as close to friend I was visiting & had breakfast included. Looks lovely from the outside but a bit tired inside. Weather was cold but heating in room adequate & electric blanket very effective. Nice to have access to kitchen for tea, coffee but breakfast was a real let down. I was the only guest during my stay and the guy in charge hovered awkwardly & made me feel uncomfortable. (In the end I asked him to sit down & tried to chat). Had to ask both mornings for a cup of tea which was a bit strange. Breakfast was basic - excelled in selection of jams & marmalades but otherwise disappointing. Thought it was pricey for what you get - I'm used to Queenstown prices but it was steep by comparison! Probably wouldn't choose to go back there again.

                Reviewed June 22, 2015
                9.7
                Exceptional
                Jerry from United States
                Couple
                Double Room En-Suite
                Stayed 2 nights in March 2015

                Wonderful Stay”

                Hosts were very helpful and friendlyl, location was just about a 20 minute walk to downtown area, and comfortable room

                Excellent stay at this boutique B & B with wonderful hosts!

                Reviewed April 01, 2015
                10.0
                Exceptional
                Vasco from Australia
                Solo traveler
                Single Room - Shared Bathroom
                Stayed 1 night in February 2015

                Great place to stay near the city”

                Staff were very helpful explaining the area and things to do, friendly and place was very clean

                I thoroughly enjoyed my brief stay at the cottage. The owner explained the city and provided me with a map of things to see and do which I found very useful since I only had a short amount of time in Christchurch. The cottage is in a great location and was very clean and quiet.

                Reviewed March 10, 2015
                9.7
                Exceptional
                Xudong from China
                Couple
                Double Room - Shared Bathroom
                Stayed 1 night in January 2015

                Great stay”

                Friendly owner, Nice garden, Value for money

                Great stay here for one night. Good value for money. Location wise it is near Christchurch central, which is only less than 10 mins drive. Owner is from Malaysia and have studied in Singapore before and he has some unique designs of the house.

                Reviewed January 13, 2015
                8.3
                Excellent
                cathy from New Zealand
                Solo traveler
                Single Room - Shared Bathroom
                Stayed 1 night in March 2014

                restful”

                friendly quiet affordable

                My stay was comfortable and my room was upgraded also booking was easy and staff friendly

                Reviewed March 24, 2014
                10.0
                Exceptional
                Leonie from Germany
                Couple
                Double Room - Shared Bathroom
                Stayed 1 night in December 2013

                Lovely, perfect service, like beeing with a friend”

                Lovely and calm situation, Very friendly Owner,

                We arrived in the afternoon finding a note on the door for us how to contact the owner, very nice room, lovely cottage, got there by bus from the Airport, very easy and close to the bus stop. In the morning nice breakfast in the garden, very friendly. It was like living at a friends house and not in a B&B. But if you wouldn't want to be in contact with other guests there is enough place for everybody.

                Reviewed January 16, 2014
                9.0
                Exceptional
                Bruce from Australia
                Solo traveler
                Single Room - Shared Bathroom
                Stayed 2 nights in July 2013

                clean, comfortable, friendly”

                reasonably close to the city, intimate bedroom, local knowledge

                The bedroom doors had interesting locks, latest technology. It was comfortable and private. All I needed.

                Reviewed July 31, 2013
                7.0
                Very good
                James from Australia
                Couple
                Double Room En-Suite
                Stayed 1 night in April 2013

                Trendy Comfortable Cottages”

                Location, Fun Cottages

                Our initial thoughts on arriving were that we were long way from city centre - but 10 min walk and we were right in city centre - so location great and nice and quiet at night. Cottage nicely furnished with period pieces - we had 2 bed cottage which was bit big for just 2 of us - but would be great if we had others or kids as well. On another front it is very sobering to see the devastation and hardship everyone in Christchurch have experienced - so please visit the city and spend some money in the city.

                Reviewed April 14, 2013
                6.7
                Good
                BRIGID from Australia
                Solo traveler
                Double Room - Shared Bathroom
                Stayed 7 nights in March 2013

                top price ,shared bathroom backpacker style”

                grounds lovely, and landscaping interesting , staff friendly, and helpful, when around.

                Myself and others I spoke to were not informed we were sharing a bathroom, and kitchen. we would have expected to be informed of this, and at least charged accordingly. we were charged top price for shared bathroom, and kitchen not good. enough for the money. At my earlier accdn, I had fully self sufficient room, and a cooked breakfast included in the price.

                Reviewed April 05, 2013
                9.7
                Exceptional
                DEnis from New Zealand
                Couple
                Double Room En-Suite
                Stayed 1 night in March 2013

                Quiet, quirky, olde worldly charm and friendly”

                Chet - the owner, the room the garden and surrounds

                The stay at Designer Cottages is a great experience. The whole complex is individual and special with each cottage totally different but very thoughtfully and tastefully decorated.Our room was very comfortable and beautifully furnished. Chet is friendly and charming. He makes each guest feel very welcome and safe. The breakfast is a must as apart from having a great start to the day it is an opportunity to meet other travellers and enjoy Chet's fascinating company. We would highly recommend staying at Designer Cottages.

                Reviewed April 04, 2013
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