The George Hotel – Christchurch, New Zealand
A stylish urban sanctuary within easy walking distance of Christchurch centre, The George Hotel – Christchurch, New Zealand 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.
Rich tan leather and bold teal velvet offer a warm welcome in the lobby, all 53 spacious rooms are also 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 Bistro, wander through Hagley Park making sure to visit the Botanic Gardens. Then head for 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, Pescatore.
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 .
Modern, soothing and relaxing, the Executive Rooms at The George provide everything for a memorable visit.
Situated on all levels the sumptuously comfortable beds and furnishings, elegant white tiled bathrooms, generous toiletries, and room amenities ensure you will have the most blissfully comfortable stay.
Special features include: heated mirrors, underfloor heating, luxurious bedding, night sensor lighting, computer points beside the bed and the desk and safes with built in charging capacity for laptops.
Premium Executive Rooms
Sophisticated rooms offer the highest level of comfort.
Deliciously contemporary featuring stunning commissioned photographic artwork or feature walls with oak leaf detailing these rooms offer peaceful spacious surroundings for both the business and pleasure traveller. Designed by Warren and Mahoney to the highest specifications and situated on all floors, these sophisticated rooms offer the highest level of comfort allowing you to catch your breath, relax and revitalise.
Be whisked away to world of tranquil serenity.
Situated on the 4th floor these suites just whisper relaxation. 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 by leading Christchurch architects Warren & Mahoney and offer additional living and bathroom space as well as full sized robes and custom made furniture.
Designed by Warren & Mahoney, these luxury suites are the jewel in The George’s crown and offer spacious state of the art contemporary interiors complete with Bose entertainment systems. Overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and River Avon the attention to detail in the Park Suites is one of the hallmarks of our offering. Thoughtfully appointed with a separate lounge featuring comfortable sofas and chairs – perfect for enjoying your in-room Nespresso while you watch the daffodils sway in Spring or enjoy the varied hues of Autumn leaves.
The George is home to two iconic restaurants – 50 Bistro and Pescatore. Executive Chef Darren Conole’s pursuit of excellence and quality ensures that 50 Bistro and Pescatore are at the forefront of Christchurch’s burgeoning dining scene. 50 Bistro offers ‘neo-bistro’ contemporary New Zealand cuisine while Pescatore offers a collaboration between fine dining, art and science with an emphasis on seafood.
50 Bistro restaurant
Located on the ground floor of The George at the convergence of Park Terrace and Peterborough Street 50 Bistro spans three interconnected rooms and offers an intimate place to meet, a light filled conservatory with a living wall for outdoor dining and a stylish indoor ‘neo-bistro’ restaurant serving up modern New Zealand cuisine.
Executive Chef, Darren Conole, leads the cuisine team designing seasonal menus using the best of local produce, as well as healthful cuisine options.
The stylish interior flows out to a generous conservatory, complete with a living wall, 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.
Picture windows overlook Hagley Park, make 50 Bistro 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.
A collaboration between cuisine, art and science.
Pescatore, translating from Italian to ‘fisherman’ is an elegant, contemporary space with sweeping views over Hagley Park and the River Avon. In recognition of the restaurant’s name and legacy, the new menu from Chef de Cuisine Ryan Henley and his team is predominately focused towards seafood. Pescatore continues to offer an exciting dining concept, enhanced by its stunning interior which is sure to turn heads and rejuvenate guests’ longstanding love affair with this iconic Christchurch restaurant.
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. Pescatore offers an a la carte menu as well as 5 and 7 course degustation menu – choose the one that suits your occasion and join us for an unforgettable dining experience
The George’s substantial collection of innovative New Zealand art has been selected and refined since the early 1990’s by curator Stephen Gleeson, also an accomplished New Zealand sculptor. With a long-term view, the collection has continually developed to reflect the distinctive style of this luxury hotel. The George’s collection offers a rare insight in some of New Zealand’s most evocative artistic minds, reflecting and recording the blend of cultures, modern politics and events that have helped to shape our Pacific nation.
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