Story: Hotels and motels

A grand hotel

A grand hotel

Warners Hotel in Christchurch’s Cathedral Square was the grandest in the country in its prime. The hotel was built in stone and brick on a lavish scale after a fire destroyed the original wooden structure in 1900. This is the main dining room with tables set for guests. The room, which accommodated 200 diners, was lit by the skylights visible amongst the plastered ceiling. At night there were coloured electric lights. Warners Hotel was still operating in the 2000s, but was demolished after the 2011 earthquake.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Steffano Webb Collection (PAColl-3061)
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Photograph by Steffano Francis Webb

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Paul Christoffel, 'Hotels and motels - Types of early hotels', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Paul Christoffel, published 11 Mar 2010