The Grosvenor, Timaru

The Grosvenor is a heritage hotel in Timaru.

The Grosvenor has been called ‘The Grand Old Lady of the South’ – today sadly she is looking a bit tired and worn. The hotel is currently undergoing earthquake strengthening, so hopefully there are future renovation plans to restore her to her former glory.

The foundation stone for the Grosvenor was laid in 1875. The hotel burnt down shortly after it was complete. The building that stands today was built in 1915 and was designed by architect James Turnbull.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has visited the hotel twice. I stayed in Suite 101, known as the Queen’s Room. During the 1954 Royal Tour a civic luncheon was held at The Grosvenor and Her Majesty rested in the suite in the afternoon.

Another piece of trivia, The Canterbury Rugby Football Union (CRFU) was established in the basement of the original building in 1879.

The hotel also has single, standard (Queen or Twin) and superior rooms with renovated bathrooms. There are 44 rooms in this dog-friendly hotel.

The hotel has quirky artworks painted around its interiors by local and international artists. I have read some reviews with the opinion that these artworks do not necessarily match the heritage hotel – really it is will come down to personal taste.

There is also the TGB restaurant bar, gaming lounge and three conference rooms. I did not use this facilities though.

This establishment is a no-frills hotel filled with history and character. It is clean and the service is efficient and pleasant.

The Grosvenor is located at 26 Cains Terrace, Timaru.

Exterior view of the Grosvenor Hotel, Timaru, circa 1916, photographed by Frederick George Radcliffe. Grosvenor Hotel, Timaru. Radcliffe, Frederick George, 1863-1923 : New Zealand post card negatives. Ref: 1/2-006876-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22821028

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