The 100-meter two-bedroom Te Wepu Suite in the Merivale Manor historic building offered more than enough space for me. After changing hotels every night or two during an 18-day off the beaten track itinerary of the South Island Christchurch was my final stopover before heading home. The roominess and suite amenities allowed me to relax a bit before embarking on the long series of flights home. The suite had a kitchen with a full size refrigerator and most basic items, allowing me to cook my own breakfast and meals when I wanted. There was a well stocked grocery store within walking distance, where I bought supplies. I liked that there were several dining options nearby.
I liked to sit at the dining room table to gaze at the comings and goings in front of the property and parking lot, watch television, go online or talk on the landline phone. I could also sit in the living room as the kitchen, dining and living spaces were in a single room. When I had company we were able to chat in the living room instead of the bedroom, where my suitcases sat unmade.
I slept in the back bedroom, where I used the second bed to spread out and repack my backs for the long return journey. It was blessedly quiet. I would return to the Te Wepu Suite and recommend it to friends traveling to Christchurch for its location, spacious interior, friendly service, and amenities.
Class of Accommodation Boutique Style Manor, Studios, Self Contained Apartments
Connectivity There was high speed WiFi in my suite.
General Manager Jeff and Naomi Peters were the relief managers during my stay.
Handicapped Access Yes, there was handicapped access with rails, special bathrooms, shower seats and wheelchair ramps.
Languages Hotel staff were able to greet guests in Chinese, German, Thai, Malaysian, Italian, Indonesian, Spanish, Singaporean.
Length of Stay Two nights
Location The property is nine kilometers, or about a 15 minute drive, from Christchurch International Airport.
Owned and Managed Wayne and Karen Peat
Pets Allowed No
Size The Manor building, where I stayed, has two floors. There were 25 rooms on the half hectare property with eight employees.
Year Opened-Renovated The property opened in 2004. It was renovated in 2015 following the Canterbury earthquakes.
Room I stayed in the Te Wepu Suite, a 100 square meter two-bedroom suite and a combined living, dining and kitchen room. It was on the ground floor of the Manor building. A dedicated entrance through the front of the building led to a wide hallway that ended in the Manor building interior. To the left of the hallway in a single room were the living, dining and kitchen areas. To the right there were two adjacent en suite bedrooms, each with a king and a single bed.
There was wall to wall carpeting across the suite except for the kitchen and bathrooms. There were some oriental rugs. The hallway had period décor. On the wall, framed photos showcased scenes of Christchurch at the time of the building’s establishment and portraits of the original owners and their family.
The name Te Wepu translates to The Webbs meant to celebrate the owners of the property in 1882. It had four meter ceilings, chandeliers with ornate ceiling roses, and antique sideboards.
The interior furnishings were designed by the owner Karen Peat “with a deference to celebrating the past, while ensuring a modern day look and feel.” The construction was original kauri wood. The owners believe this flexible material helped the building better survive the 2012 earthquakes.
Facilities A laundry room was available for guest use for a fee.
Merivale Manor received two recognitions from TripAdvisor.com: 2019 Travellers Choice Award in four categories (Service, Romantic, Small Hotel, South Pacific Service), and Hall of Fame Award for five years consecutively.
Date of Review February 2019
Photos and Article by Elena del Valle
Would You Stay There Again? Yes