Cashel Street, Christchurch

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Christchurch's imaginative response to a natural disaster, Cashel Street contains a series of shipping containers housing a community of small but thriving shops. Pedestrianized since the 1980s, this neighborhood suffered severe damage in 2011, when a 6.3-magnitude earthquake caused facades and entire buildings to collapse. Rejuvenated since then, this busy shopping street in the central business district now serves as a major tourist attraction, drawing shoppers and sightseers with its funky stores, food trucks, and weekend markets. Stop by the area to witness Christchurch's spirit of renewal and shop for designer clothing, shoes, food, and handmade souvenirs. Use our Christchurch itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Cashel Street and other attractions in Christchurch.
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  • August 9, 2017
    It is surprising to see a modern city that from one day to another important buildings that had a frantic life are abandoned by its involvement by the earthquake. This commercial zone as a sign of modernity is fine but it saddens me that so many years since the tragedy does not accelerate the reconstruction.
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  • July 30, 2017
    Beautiful area, even with the obvious devastation that occurred in 2011. The shops were cute, friendly staff and a good array of items. Was so lovely and colourful, which really brought a lot of life ...  more »
  • July 25, 2017
    Reflects the new philosophy of the city, which is taking advantage of a tragedy to reinvent and become a modern city
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  • Very modern and comfortable accommodations! The downtown location is fantastic, right in the heart of things making everything we wanted to do an easy walk. We had an Inner Urban Queen, and I found it to be plenty of space despite what other reviews had warned. The bathroom in the room (there is a smoked glass divider, but it's not really a separate room like we're used to) is definitely different, but didn't present any issue for my wife and I. Lobby had plenty of space, and breakfast was generally good, though the hot selections were a bit lacking. Overall, I really enjoyed my stay here and would definitely book here again!
  • Good rooms for the price. No windows are a bit inconvenient but you get used to it. It is very small but again not a major issue. Unfortunately it's very easy to over sleep in those rooms due to lack of natural light. Smart TV is very useful and the shower is amazing...can go insanely hot.
  • Very happy with our stay here, we booked an urban inner room with breakfast. It was advertised as compact and cozy on the listing so do not be shocked. It is what it says it is, feels like sleeping in a space ship! We loved it, the ensuite was compact but well structured so still enough room, shower was great, lovely and powerful and hot. The bed could be bigger. Definitely a large single and not a double, so if you aren't a big cuddler, get a larger room with a bigger bed! The breakfast in the mornings were great! Scrambled eggs a bit plain and too much milk added and lacking flavour but the rest was lovely. The coffee is just filter so may be worth sticking to tea or purchase a proper coffee from the cafe, maybe the hotel can include coffees from the cafe at breakfast for guests? Or at least discount them. The bar is the cheapest place to drink in town ( still shockingly expensive) but if you want a $1 off your pint between 5-7 then there's happy hour!
  • Great for a quick stay. Cheap, but not cheap looking... I love the economical use of space in the rooms. Tiny yet feels spacious
  • The downstairs restaurant area has a great friendly atmosphere. The whole place is modern and the Urban room I stayed in was a perfect design for a small room. I would definitely stay again.

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