Crowne Plaza. Christchurch.

After landing at about midnight into Christchurch, getting out of the airport at 00.30, I ended up getting to the lobby of the Crowne Plaza at around 00.50.  I had to checkout at 08.30 for a 10.00 flight down to Queenstown, technically the same morning.

I was fairly resigned to the fact that I wouldn’t get much sleep.  Irony of ironies, they had upgraded me to an executive level room, which I’d be spending all of perhaps six hours in.

Check-in was thankfully swift and before long I had the key card in hand to an executive room on the top floor of the hotel.

It was a decent size with a closet and space for luggage immediately to my right upon entering the room.

To the left was a good sized bathroom with lots of fluffy towels, a good sized shower, with rainfall head plus hose.  Although a bit like some W Hotels I’ve been to, it simply had a glass screen between the shower and the bedroom.  So if you’re sharing with someone who is just a friend, you’re still getting a full view of everything going on in the shower.  Could be awkward for some, but fine given it was just me in the room.

Thankfully given the early start in the morning, there was an espresso machine with lots of capsules.

There was a decently sized desk, plus TV opposite the bed.  On the other side of the bed, they’d used the space by the window quite well in that they’d turned it into a sort of chez lounge.

Finally, next to the bed were not only power sockets, but also USB ports providing power.

There were also a couple of complimentary bottles of water too.

And, er, that was about it.  I got a great nights sleep, checked out and grabbed an Uber back to the airport the next morning.


I knew that I’d only have a short overnight at this hotel, but it seemed like a really nice place to stay.  If I needed to be in Christchurch then I’d certainly come back.  It ticked all the boxes, and they seemed to give Spire’s a decent upgrade as I’d only booked the basic room type.

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