Those of you who have been reading the blog know that I enjoy being lazy. And by the time I left my whirlwind tour of Auckland/Hobbiton/Rotorua I was exhausted. Also, unlike the other cities I have visited, Christchurch did not have a free walking tour to give me the lay of the land. So I was left to fend for myself. All of these events could have led to a miserable stay in Christchurch. Instead, what happened was an unexpected stay in a very beautiful old house-turned-B&B called Eliza's Manor Boutique Hotel.
I didn't really have any expectations of the place before I arrived since I booked this hotel while on a frenzied planning mission. But when I showed up and saw this house, I knew I was in for something special. You know how sometimes you walk into a place and you feel an immediate sense of comfort? That's how Eliza's feels. It feels like walking into grandma's house if your grandmother came from old money and had a stuffed animal collection. And I mean that in the best way possible.
I had one of the biggest and fanciest rooms in the house. It had a jar of cookies waiting for me and a kettle with an assortment of coffees/teas. The whole place only has 8 rooms so it was very quiet. It was the first time I felt truly at home since I have been traveling for the last 2 months. And until then, I didn't really know how badly I missed feeling at home. As much as I love traveling, hotels and Air B&B's all feel like a place to sleep. Not a place to feel at home.
I almost lived in this tub. Baths with jets are my favorite!!
Because Eliza's felt like home, I didn't really want to leave. I was woken up by the smells of coffee and breakfast in the mornings, which was heaven in comparison to being woken up by alarm clocks or noisy streets. And the breakfasts were amazing!
To top it all off, the staff, especially Casey, were wonderful. I loved the cookies in the room so much that I asked for the recipe. Turns out it was Casey's grandmother's recipe and she was nice enough write it down for me!
I came to the hotel a tired grumpy mess, and left feeling completely refreshed and ready to continue my journey. If that's not the best endorsement for a hotel ever, I don't know what is! If you are in Christchurch stay at Eliza's. And if you're not staying in Christchurch you can still have brunch there. If you show up at the right time you can get a short tour through the house and peak into the rooms that are empty!