The George

Christchurch, New Zealand

Situated in a peaceful spot overlooking the Avon River and Hagley Park

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At a glance

53 rooms

A stylish urban sanctuary within easy walking distance of Christchurch centre, The George Hotel Christchurch is a welcoming and wonderfully comfortable place to stay. Expect innovative cuisine in two superb restaurants, impeccable service and works of art by some of New Zealand’s finest contemporary artists.

Location

Christchurch, the Canterbury region of South Island, New Zealand. 9 km from Christchurch International Airport.

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Things to enjoy

Central location, two award-winning restaurants, bar, contemporary New Zealand art.

Number of floors: 4
Number of lifts: 1

In detail

Streamlined, white leather chairs contrast with slick parquet flooring in the public rooms while The George Hotel’s 53 spacious rooms are decorated in soothing neutral tones with those all important special details. The atmosphere is one of chic elegance but specifically designed with relaxation in mind.

Following a leisurely breakfast on the terrace of 50 on Park Restaurant, wander through Hagley Park making sure to visit the Botanic Gardens. Then head for lively Cathedral Square or for a spot of adventure, arrange a balloon or helicopter flight for a bird’s-eye view of the sea and mountains surrounding Christchurch. Return to the hotel for a sublime dinner at The George’s signature restaurant, Peascatore.

Rooms

Deliciously contemporary spacious and modern, soothing and relaxing, the rooms at The George provide everything for a memorable visit for both the business and pleasure traveller. The sumptuously comfortable beds and furnishings and luxurious bathrooms, toiletries, and room amenities ensure you will have the most blissfully comfortable stay .

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Park Suite

The most prestigious suites at The George, step in to a world of opulence and elegance. Gaze wistfully through picture gallery windows to captivating views over Hagley Park and the River Avon. The chic styling includes granite bench tops, walk-in wardrobe, Californian King bed, double showers, spa bath, surround sound DVD and CD player, heated underfloor tiles in bathroom, large lounge, kitchenette and views. Two of these rooms come complete with their own gas fireplaces for the ultimate in cosy comfort. (58.9 m2).

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Junior Suite

As you step through the door the muted neutral décor will whisk you away into a world of tranquil serenity. Instantly calming, these spacious suites were designed in 2006 by leading Christchurch architects Warren & Mahoney and offer additional living and bathroom space with seperate bath and shower, as well as full sized robes and custom made furniture (44m2).

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Premium Executive Room

Deliciously contemporary featuring stunning commissioned photographic artwork these rooms offer peaceful spacious surroundings for both the business and pleasure traveller. Designed by Warren and Mahoney to the highest specifications these sophisticated rooms offer the highest level of comfort allowing you to catch your breath relax and revitalise (29.3m2).

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Executive Room

Spacious and modern, soothing and relaxing, the Executive Rooms at The George provide everything for a memorable visit. Fresh park or garden views compliment every room. The sumptuously comfortable beds and furnishings and luxurious bathrooms, toiletries, and room amenities ensure you will have the most blissfully comfortable stay(29.3m2).

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Studio Apartment

A quaint Loft Studio Apartment. It features a Queen bed, en-suite bathroom with robes. A great feature of this room is its self contained kitchenette, . Located on top level of The Residence. ON REQUEST ONLY.

Services

The George Hotel was completely remodelled in 2009 and today combines luxury with attentive, friendly service. Small and elegant, this boutique hotel in Christchurch offers an exceptional level of personal service throughout accommodation, dining and conference facilities. Complimentary Wifi access is available in all guests rooms. This small elegant hotel has 53 rooms including executive bureau, suites, a studio apartment and a private residence all enjoying picturesque views over expansive Hagley Park and the Avon River. The George is perfect for the discerning traveller seeking a truly unique small hotel experience in the most charming of cities.


Directory of services

  • Bell service
  • Car Parking ( complimentary )
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Concierge
  • Daily maid service
  • Daily newspaper
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled Rooms
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • Foreign currency exchange
  • Guests relation services
  • High speed Internet in public areas
  • High speed Internet in guest rooms
  • Honour bar
  • IDD telephones
  • Interconnecting rooms
  • Internet / E-mail terminal
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porters
  • Pressing service
  • Room service - 24 hour
  • Shoe shine service
  • Sommelier
  • Themed Events
  • Turn-down service
  • Voicemail message system
  • Wake up calls
  • Wheelchair available
  • WI-FI in public areas
  • WI-FI in guest rooms

On-site facilities

  • Boutique/Gift shop
  • Jogging trail
  • Library
  • Luggage storeroom

Family facilities

  • Baby sitting
  • Cots
  • Interconnecting rooms
  • Children's Meals

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Hungarian
  • Japanese
  • Chinese

Dining

The George Hotel offers 2 award winning restaurants, 50 Bistro for all day dining & Pescatore an exclusive evening restaurant that offers an exciting new dining concept, enhanced by its stunning new interior. The George also offers 24 hr room service as well its conferencing facilities which caters for groups from 2 to 140 persons, whether it be a meeting, private dinner, presentation, wedding or product launch. - The hotel can accommodate 200 persons for cocktail parties. Audio-visual equipment can be supplied along with full banqueting facilities.


50 Bistro

50 Bistro offers inspired bistro food with modern flavours, excellent wines and a great bar. The menu offers a large variety of dishes featuring classic dishes twisted with our own 50 flair. Executive Chef, Andrew Brown, leads the kitchen team designing seasonal menus using the best local produce. The stylish interior flows out to a generous outdoor area, complete with fire tables that reflect the warm hues of the orange onyx wall inside, making 50 Bistro the perfect place to meet any time of the day for coffee, cocktails and bar snacks or a meal. With windows overlooking Hagley Park, breakfast in 50 Bistro is the ideal spot to start any day. Lunchtime brings with it a buzzy vibe offering great versatility and value with a selection of light meals and salads in addition to entrées and grills and desserts. Evenings bring heartier comfort dishes and a warm ambience, perfect for relaxing with friends. Sporting a comprehensive wine and drinks list and a range of bar snacks, the bistro’s contemporary bar with its leather couches is a comfortable yet stylish place to enjoy drinks with friends or meet with colleagues at any time of the day.

Restaurant details
Type: Bistro
Dress Code: None
Opening Hours: 6.30am till late 365 days a year
Smoking: No (Non-Smoking)

Pescatore

With its long-standing reputation, and panoramic views over Hagley Park, Pescatore continues to earn its position as one of New Zealand’s best contemporary dining experiences. Pescatore offers an exciting new dining concept, enhanced by its stunning new interior, which is sure to turn heads and rejuvenate guests’ longstanding love affair with this iconic Christchurch restaurant. The space is luxurious and modern, offering a minimalist approach to formal dining that is thoughtfully comfortable and uncluttered. For the very best in intimate dining, Pescatore’s stunning private room is an ideal choice for an exceptional, exclusive dining experience. Executive Chef Andrew Brown and his team have created a unique, fresh conceptual approach to the cuisine, which at its core has a passionate respect for ingredients. From the origins of classical cuisine to the very latest food techniques, the menu has been designed to engage the senses and build an emotionally rich experience triggering long held food memories from the past. Seasonal menus are matched with top vintages from Pescatore’s comprehensive wine list, honoured by Wine Spectator magazine as being one of the most outstanding restaurant lists in the world.

Restaurant details
Type: Evening dining
Dress Code: Smart
Opening Hours: 6pm till late Tuesday to Saturday. Closed  Monday & Sunday and all Public Holidays.
Smoking: No (Non-Smoking)

Leisure

With its Parkside location The George is just moments away from a golf course, tennis courts, jogging and biking track and botanic gardens while still being in the heart of Christchurch’s cultural precinct for those who enjoy the arts. The Hotel is walking distance from the casino and Town hall which houses many shows. A little further afield the region offers fly fishing, wine trails, swimming with dolphins, wind surfing, ballooning to name just a few of the pursuits available. Our helpful concierge is happy to advise on & coordinate any offsite activities on your behalf. For your relaxation The George recommends 1 local spa, Smile Spa within walking distance form the hotel or for your convenience we can organise a massage in your room.


Activities

  • Bike Riding - On Site
  • Croquet - Nearby
  • Golf Driving Range - Nearby
  • Horse Riding - Within 10 Miles / 15 Km
  • Ice Skating - Within 10 Miles / 15 Km
  • Indoor Swimming Pool - Within 10 Miles / 15 Km
  • Jogging Track - Nearby
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool - Within 10 Miles / 15 Km
  • Sailing - On Request
  • Scuba Diving - On Request
  • Tennis - Nearby
  • Windsurfing - Within 10 Miles / 15 Km
  • Freshwater Fishing - On Request
  • Hairdresser - Nearby
  • Skiing - On Request

Meetings and Business

Business centre. Audiovisual. E-Mail facility. Faxing. Fax machine. Laser printing. Mac computer. Mailing service. Photocopy / photocopier. Report binding. Secretarial service. Typing / typewriter. Word processing. Whiteboard. Flip chart.


Business Services

  • Air-conditioning
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Digital Projector
  • Blackboard/Whiteboard
  • Broadband Internet access
  • Conference telephone
  • Dance floor/Platform/Stage
  • Data ports
  • DVD
  • Exhibition space
  • Flip charts
  • Internet / E-mail access
  • Lectern
  • Microphone
  • Mineral water/Tea/Coffee
  • Overhead projectors
  • Partitions
  • LCD / Plasma flat screens
  • Platform
  • Podium with microphone
  • Projector
  • Screen
  • Slide projector
  • Television
  • White board
  • Wireless internet access

Caring Luxury

As part of the local and international community The George understands that its actions impact those around us as well as the larger environment. As such, we have made a commitment to Caring Luxury which involves initiatives to reduce our impact on the natural environment, help charitable organisations where possible, and support local artists and suppliers. Some of our actions developed naturally, for example, The George has been involved in helping various charitable organisations for numerous years. Other actions are driven by a desire to protect what we hold dear, for example, our ongoing commitment to reducing our impact on the natural environment has triggered management and employees to develop many initiatives to ensure we do our part in helping New Zealand remain the clean and green country we are proud of. Furthermore, as evident by our New Zealand Art collection The George has for many years been a keen supporter of local artists. What is perhaps less known is that we also strive to source local products and utilise the skills of local craftspeople for our furniture and refurbishments. We are constantly looking for new ways to reduce our footprint and to help the wider community and evidence of our actions can be viewed on our website. Caring Luxury Initiatives Carbon Footprint We follow these actions to reduce our carbon footprint: - Where possible New Zealand goods are procured - We recommend Green Cabs who use Hybrid cars - We recommend Corporate Cabs who offset carbon emissions with carbon credits - We are replacing our executive vehicle with a hybrid vehicle - We shut down 1 of 2 diesel boilers significantly reducing the diesel consumed - Our people mover vehicle is a hybrid and also offers wheelchair access - We monitor carbon emissions against occupancy and have improved by 5% - Our executive vehicle is a hybrid - During our refurbishment we were careful to procure environmentally certified products Waste Reduction & Recycling The reduction in landfill has been achieved by consciously considering ways to limit our waste including: - We recycle paper, cardboard, glass, cans, plastic, unusable polystyrene & garden waste - Cooking oil and fat is collected and converted to bio-fuel - Recycling bins are offered in guest rooms for waste separation - We collect leftover guest soap so it can be converted in to bio-fuel - We use sustainable paper for our printed collateral - Where possible we do not print out emails and we encourage others not to print out our emails - We reuse printed paper for staff note paper - We use refillable recyclable containers for guest toiletries to eliminate unnecessary packaging - The complimentary daily newspaper delivered on request not automatically - We send our food scraps to be composted rather than added to landfill - Staff dry cleaning is delivered with out plastic wrapping - We have greatly reduced our paper marketing materials and our information PDF is now electronic rather than printed - Our guest welcome messages are on the TV screen not printed - We monitor landfill waste and have reduced it by 20% - We try to reduce waste by not purchasing products with excessive packaging - We have joined the Target Sustainability Programme run by The Christchurch City Council - We have changed the guest laundry bags to totally degradable bags so they breakdown - We recently installed a new operating system and participated in paperless training - A new Inncom system has eliminated the need for door hangers - saving production energy, materials, transportation and waste - We reuse polystyrene boxes or send back to suppliers for reuse - Through various initiatives we have reduced our waste skips to landfill by 50% Energy Management The George is aware of its energy use and has initiated the following steps: - The use of energy saver bulbs where possible - Heat pumps were installed in guest rooms as they are more efficient than other air conditioning systems - The air-conditioning systems in non-public areas are on timers and do not operate when unoccupied - LCD television screens were selected for guests rooms because they are more energy efficient than plasma - The windows are double glazed to increase energy efficiency - Electricity is supplied from a carbon-neutral renewable electricity supplier - If quiet we shut down unused rooms to save energy - Our fountain is on a timer so it switches off at night - Bathroom extractors are on timers so they switch off at night - Lights are dimmed or turned off overnight - Lights are dimmed in restaurants and public areas in the evening - For the past 3 years we have taken part in Earth Hour - We offer incentives to employees that come up with ways to save energy - Lamps have been converted to energy saving type fittings where possible - Out-dated air-conditioning has been replaced with more efficient heat-pumps - We have joined The Tourism Energy Efficiency Program - We offer guests the use of complimentary bicycles for local touring and walking maps of attractions in our area - The old water cooler air-conditioning system has been removed in favour of the more efficient heat pump option - We have replaced 3 old air conditioning units in the lobby with 3 brand new units that are more efficient - The new Brantas INNCOM manages the air-conditioning, under floor heating and other devices centrally - Light sensors installed in link corridor and conference foyer to prevent lights being on unnecessarily - We train our team to commit to our environmental practices as well as education on how to be more energy conscious in their own homes Water Conservation -We have installed dual flush toilets in the guest rooms - Water-saving shower heads are installed in all guest rooms - Guest linen is replaced on guest demand, rather than automatically, cutting down on water waste and detergents in our waterways - We have trained our team to only run dishwashers when they are full thereby saving water, energy and detergents - We use water efficient dishwashers that retain washing water - We regulate garden watering by using sensible planting - We have substantially reduced the use of the automatic irrigation for the garden favouring manually controlled water soaker hoses - The automatic irrigation system is turned off for the winter months - The roof top water cooler was decommissioned eliminating water used for air conditioning Pollution Initiatives - Our windows are double glazed to minimise noise pollution - We hardwired the smoke detectors so they no longer require batteries - Fixed air conditioning controllers have been installed so we no longer need to replace the 110 batteries, cutting down on battery waste - The removal of the water cooler air-conditioning system has reduced the use of chemicals and eliminated the risk of legionnaire’s disease - Our vehicles are regularly serviced to maintain efficient running - We have purchased 2 hybrid vehicles to reduce fleet carbon emissions - Vegetable based inks are used for in house printed material - Our laundry bags are made of degradable plastic - We limit the finish time of functions to reduce noise pollution to our neighbours - Our guest toiletries with the following attributes: - GE Free - 100% biodegradable - 100% vegetable based - Not tested on animals - Reusable and recyclable bottles - Water based inks used on labels Purchasing & Conservation Initiatives - We have made a commitment where possible to purchase goods & services locally which reduces carbon emissions and helps the local economy - We use a local printer who only uses sustainable paper and vegetable ink for our marketing materials - We buy in bulk to reduce packaging - Our key cards are made of recyclable plastic - The majority of the wine we purchase is either local or from New Zealand - 50% of the projects available for the employee volunteer scheme involve planting trees and shrubs in the Canterbury area Caring Luxury Initiatives - Community The George supports numerous local, national and international charities mostly by the donation of goods and services. Below is a list of recent charitable events and organisations The George has contributed to: - Win a Wish Competition - The Breeze Radio - Autism Australia Charity Event - Mark Leslie Benefit Dinner - Canterbury Down Syndrome Association - Koru Care Fundraising - In Support of South Island Bone Marrow Cancer Trust - Rotary Club of Lincoln - Friends of Christchurch Cathedral - Bone Marrow Cancer Trust - In Support of Cure Kids - KPMG - In Support of The Family Help Trust - Harcourt’s Real Estate - Koru Care Charity Auction - In Support of Child Cancer Australia - Red Kite Charity - In Support of Hospice NZ - ORBIT / House of Travel - The Canterbury Down Syndrome Association - In Support of Breast and Prostrate Cancer – Rockonz - The George has initiated an employee volunteer scheme so all non-casual employees spend 2 paid working days a year helping nominated charities and organisations by working on their choice of various projects - Where possible, The George sources local products and enlists the skills of local craftspeople for its furniture and refurbishments, for example: - Warren & Mahoney Architects - Dalman Architects - David Shaw Furniture - Dilana Rugs (designed by J.S.Parker using local materials) Sponsorship of local events - The World Buskers Festival – an annual Christchurch community event where most of the entertainment is free to the public - The Food Show - Icefest – a new Christchurch event that focuses on our link with The Antarctic - Ellerslie Flower Show - TedexEQChc Caring Luxury Initiatives - Cultural Sponsorship - The Christchurch Arts Festival - The Southern Opera - Jazz Festival - The Concert - The Court Theatre - Temporary Christchurch Cathedral - The hotel is proud to feature the work of the following New Zealand artists: - Ralph Hotere - Bill Hammond - John Pule - Stephen Gleeson - Stephen Goodenough

Getting there

Hotel Address

The George
50 Park Terrace
PO Box 13063
Christchurch 8141
South Island. New Zealand Christchurch8014New Zealand

Transportation

International / Local airport: Christchurch 7 km / Taxi NZD 40.00 - 45.00 / Limo NZD 30.00 - 40.00.
Train station: Christchurch 3 km. 

Bus station: 1 km.

Car rental: delivered to hotel.

Shopping distance: 0.5 km.

City centre: 0.5 km.

Shuttle bus available.

Nearest tram: 0.5 km.

Transfers: can be booked on reservation

Airports

Nearest international airport: Christchurch International Airport (9 Km.)
Nearest local airport: Christchurch Airport (9 Km.)

Trains & Buses

Nearest train station: Addington Station (3 Km.)
Nearest bus or coach station: Intercity (Less than 1 Km.)

Car Rental

Nearest car rental office: Avis (Less than 1 Km.)

Directions

The George Hotel is located on Park Terrace opposite Hagley Park and the picturesque Avon River. Exit Christchurch Airport south-east along Memorial Avenue, which runs onto Fendalton Road taking you to Hagley Park. Turn left onto Harper Avenue until you get to the intersection of Bealy Avenue and Park Terrace. Turn right onto Park Terrace. The George is the 3rd corner on your left.

By air

Exit Christchurch Airport south-east along Memorial Avenue, which runs onto Fendalton Road taking you to Hagley Park. Turn left onto Harper Avenue until you get to the intersection of Bealy Avenue and Park Terrace. Turn right onto Park Terrace. The George is the 3rd corner (Peterborough st) on your left.

By train

Addington station Troup Road. Head west on Troup Road, turn right on Whiteleigh Avenue, cross over Blenheim Rd intersection and continue on Clarence St, then turn right on Riccarton Rd until you come to the round about at Deans Avenue stay in the left lane and turn left, follow Deans Avenue on to Harper Avenue until you reach the Park Terrace intersection, turn right on Park Terrace until you reach The George 50 Park Terrace (on your left) at the corner of Peterborough St.

Near The George

Hagley Park and Botanic Gardens, River Avon, Cathedral, museums, golf, gym, harbour trips, casino, art galleries, arts centre, city loop tram, balloon flights, Antarctic Centre, Southern Alps.

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