on May 26, 2010
Staying at 161 The Hereford combines the best of apartment living with the best of a hotel stay, in one pretty package in the heart of Christchurch.The property charmed me from the beginning; every employee I came across couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful. Reception is open from 8am to 6pm, but the duty manager lives on site and is available 24 hours a day if needed. During overnight hours, your room key card also swipes you into the building. The building doesn’t have its own restaurant, but an in-room breakfast can be provided on request and VIP deals are available at four nearby restaurants. There’s also a casual café—Café d’Fafo—a few doors down, serving an excellent breakfast, brunch, or lunch.My suite was as welcoming as reception, decorated with soothing neutrals, sleek lines, and comforting touches like a "dream" cut-out in the kitchen.The bedroom featured a huge bed, desk, alarm clock, radio with iPod dock, and closet stocked with an ironing board and extra bedding; the spacious bathroom had a towel warmer, hairdryer, toiletries, and robes.The well-stocked kitchen boasted stainless-steel appliances and a dual-burner stove—and a washer and dryer, two things I don’t even have in my apartment at home. There was even a kitchen table in addition to a sitting area with a couch, leather chair, and flat-screen TV. Two broadband Internet access points were in the suite, though I actually used the lobby computer for a quick email check. For other business needs, guests can rent a boardroom.One last apartment-like bonus: 161 The Hereford is much quieter than a typical hotel, making it an especially great choice for an extended stay in Christchurch—and the next time I visit, that will be my goal.
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