The George named top New Zealand hotel by Conde Nast

Multi-award-winning hotel The George, Christchurch has been named best New Zealand hotel in the prestigious 2007 US Conde Nast Traveler Gold List, just released.

In the Conde Nast Reader’s Choice Awards 2006 it was also voted top hotel in New Zealand and Best for Service in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.  Almost 21,000 Condé Nast Traveler subscribers completed the 2006 Readers’ Choice Survey published in November issue.

The Conde Nast Traveler Gold List is the ultimate guide to hotels and resorts around the world.

The thirteenth annual Gold List features international hotels that have the best service, rooms, food, ambience and design, location and leisure facilities as voted for by readers. The George was included in the world’s top 208 hotels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines, and destinations to score more than 90 per cent.

The George scored 95.7% for service and its overall score was 90.9%, putting Christchurch’s Qualmark-rated five star hotel ahead of all other New Zealand properties.

Magazine readers also voted Christchurch the fourth most popular city in Australasia after Sydney, Melbourne, and Queenstown.

The magazine said of The George: “A welcome drink is delivered to your room at this 20-year-old hotel across from Hagley Park. Contemporary rooms are nicely decorated and have a view of the park; turndown service includes a George Bear for guests with children. Pescatore’s menu dégustation is a real highlight, pairing four to six small courses with wine. Staff ensure your stay is enjoyable.”

Bruce Garrett, General Manager of The George said the Conde Nast Gold List accolades are a reflection of The George’s ongoing commitment to superb service and attention to detail, as well as its excellent cuisine and parkside city location in Christchurch, gateway to the South Island.

“The George has always been renowned for its high levels of service, with a one-to-one ratio of staff to guests.”

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In 2005 and 2006 a multi-million dollar redesign programme included new interiors for The George’s entrance foyer, lobby, and 50 on Park restaurant and bar, featuring outstanding works of art from New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists. Business and conference facilities were also been completely redesigned and fitted with state of art technology.

The hotel’s guest rooms are being revamped to feature the latest world trends in guest room and bathroom layout and interior design, as well as modern in-room technology.

All guest rooms are equipped with 32” LCD flat screen televisions offering the latest digital movie system. Broadband and wireless internet access is available in all guest rooms and throughout the entire hotel.

The George has received eight other significant international awards in recent years. Last year it gained a World Travel Award for best New Zealand hotel. In 2005 it was voted one of only two best New Zealand hotels in U.S. Travel + Leisure magazine’s top 25 hotels in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific survey.

Travel + Leisure named The George one of the 500 Best Hotels in the World for both 2003 and 2004, and one of the world’s top 80 hotels and top 10 in Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific 2004 for service. The magazine’s readers also awarded The George, Best Hotel in New Zealand 2002. In 2002 and 2005 Business Asia magazine readers voted The George Best Business Hotel in Asia (New Zealand section).

Chefs at The George have achieved outstanding success, and the hotel’s extensive wine lists are world-acclaimed. Executive Sous Chef, Guy Stanaway is the current South Island Chef of the Year. Executive Chef, Nathan Bates was 2005 South Island Chef of the Year and his team of 15 chefs win numerous awards every year at Salon Culinaire competitions.

The hotel’s signature restaurant Pescatore has had a decade-long reputation as one of New Zealand’s finest contemporary dining rooms, with past executive chefs including Rick Rutledge-Manning and Hamish Brown. Pescatore’s chefs also work in the hotel’s innovative all-day dining restaurant 50 on Park, and provide the same level of expertise for function catering, private dining and room service in the hotel.

Further information about Conde Nast Traveler and the Gold List 2007 is available at

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