I often get asked where to stay in Christchurch nowadays. Although the earthquakes were quite a while ago now, almost 2.5 years, there’s still a lot of construction work, demolition and re-building going on in Christchurch, and that also affects hotels.
As you can imagine, quite a few motels, hotels and backpacker accommodation have had to shut down completely or are still in disrepair. During my last stay in Christchurch in November 2012, I stayed at Foley Towers (backpacker or budget accommodation) on Kilmore Street, just a 15-min walk away from the red zone, i.e. the city centre. This was one of the fortunate properties that were actually not affected by the earthquakes at all.
Foley’s turned out not just a good solution, but a comfortable little retreat I really enjoyed. The atmosphere was friendly, young (mid twenties to mid thirties), lots of backpackers or budget travellers but not a party hostel. During our Blog4NZ trip, Meagaan and I found Foley Towers to be a fantastic base for our Christchurch explorations. The property comprises several buildings and a set-up that includes an interior courtyard with a lovely, well-groomed garden and picnic tables as well as barbecue facilities. Great spot for having breakfast in the sunshine!
Meagaan and I had an ensuite twin room. We were very happy with our room – it was big enough to fit all our luggage, as well as a little desk and chair with reading lamps. The room was bright, and our nice duvets definitely warm enough for those infamous cool NZ spring nights. Foley’s was great value accommodation with a lovely, friendly touch that made it feel a bit like a home away from home.
The common rooms were nice, with comfy sofas, ample room and the kitchens were well stocked and clean. Foley Towers is a great option for a Christchurch hostel. I would gladly return to Foley’s! In fact I miss my lattes in that lovely courtyard!
Foley Towers is part of the BBH network.
Disclosure: We were guests of Foley Towers as part of the #Blog4NZ trip, raising funds for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. As always, opinions are entirely my own. A huge thank you to Foley Towers for being part of Blog4NZ and for hosting Meagaan and me in Christchurch – it was great staying with you!