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The Grosvenor

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We hadn't booked ahead but managed to get a room. We were very tired. We parked our car across the road. Could see the car from our window. Found the room comfortable and clean. We went downstairs and had dinner in the bar. We had Thai Chicken curry. It was yummy.

we were down in Timaru for one night and found them on line. What a treat - off the main drag so quiet , but also within good walking distance of restaurants and the water front. Our room was a large handicapped room so very good room and space and a king bed to boot (2 twins together made a king ) . so warm and comfie and no road noise!!

Stayed here on a business trip, was pleasantly surprised. The room was small but had everything it needed, Sky tv, good comfy bed, bar & restaurant on ground floor. Only negatives were having to park across the road in the parking lot & the gap under the doorway of the room allowed the hallway lighting to illuminate the room. It's not a 5 star pad but if you're not precious it's a good solid cheap place to stay

Stayed one night here. Jackie on reception and Jo in the bar were great - food is great value and good quality. Both ladies have excellent customer service skills and show a real interest in their guests. Rooms are comfortable and we had a spacious room. Many thanks.

Cheapest hotel on wotif. Super clean, I've been in waaaaaay more expensive places that weren't as clean. Love the grand old yesteryear charm. Comfy beds, reasonable facilities. I would happily come back here again.

My wife and I stayed at the Grosvenor in May 2017. This Hotel is close to the CBD of Timaru and great cafes. The rooms are clean, tidy and quite, good bed and pillows. Great meals and service at the bar down stairs, will stay again when next in Timaru.

Clean room with bath, initially cold but toasty warm once heater was turned on. Excellent location for restaurants and coffee shops. Kindly allows dogs. An older motel but the room didn't feel dated. We went to Speights Pub for dinner, just around the corner, and that was good. Free parking.

Good bed room (carpet was a bit smelly though) and comfy bed. Good restaurant with excellent portions and tasty food. Excellent car parking across the road. Quiet street even on a Saturday night. Having to pre-order the breakfasts the night before was a bit unusual considering that these were actually served in the restaurant.

We found there was only a $NZ25 difference a night between a standard room and a de luxe room. We booked the larger room and were well pleased with it. It is one-half of the room that Queen Elizabeth stayed in 63 years ago. The Grosvenor has slowly declined since that time. It still has grand architecture and heaps of charm, although the modern murals and decoration in the passageways may not suit everyone's taste and certainly moves far away from the Victorian and Edwardian ambience the hotel might once have had. Although I would much prefer restoration to its original décor, what has been done has brightened and freshened the hotel passageways. Our room, 101 on the first floor, was large with big furniture and a king sized bed. Two leather couches which moved easily allowed flexibility so you could chat with friends across the coffee table, or watch the television from straight on. The coffee table took a laptop and lots of papers and books. You could make a hot drink, and the little packets were topped up each day. The décor was plain and simple and the furnishings were tasteful and of good quality. The large wall-mounted television was modern and provided some Sky channels, including sport. Showers over the bath are a legacy from the past but let's face it, so is the Grosvenor. The water was very hot and there was plenty of both water and pressure. The bathroom was large with good storage for a longer stay. We stayed three nights and from the second day on, felt there was some lack of storage in the main room. There was lots of room on the floor, where the suitcases could be left open, with plenty of space around them for easy access to our clothes, so we managed okay. On the first morning at 6.00, trains from the nearby railway rumbled and banged. That was the only time that happened. The Grosvenor is on a very quiet one-way street, so if the noise of an occasional train might bother you, ask for a room on the west side of the hotel. The east side of the hotel looks out on warehouses and commercial buildings which lie between the hotel and the sea. From the first floor, we could not see the ocean. If you want a view, ask for a room that has one. The hotel is superbly situated for shopping and walking, and has free parking, a major reason for our choice as we only had one car and knew we each had different agendas. Crossing the (almost deserted) street and climbing a set of steps would not be pleasant for the elderly in rain, but once inside the lobby access is improved by using the lift. This is an absolutely charming piece of machinery with a crisscross gate and a solid door, as in old movies. Breakfast was a very reasonable $14, and not a great deal dearer for a cooked meal. The service we received was excellent. Of note was the pride staff took in their jobs and in the Grosvenor itself. Good old-fashioned service was always provided in a pleasant and unhurried way. All in all, staying in the Grosvenor is an experience in itself. In our case, it was an enjoyable one, and yes, we would go back.

We recently booked the small conference room for a birthday party celebration. We had a 60's theme and had access to the venue earlier in the day. With the addition of a lot of black and gold helium balloons, ribbons, a banner and photo board the room was ready. We used Spotify and our own CD player and speakers and this worked very well. Chris was our main contact and we both commented on how easy it was to organise everything with her help and advice (backed up by other friendly reception staff). The bar worked very well and we received a lot of feedback about the quality of the supper which everyone enjoyed. Cost wise the room fee was $100 to secure and the drinks and food worked out to our planned budget. We would certainly recommend this as a great venue for a variety of functions. Many thanks - we had a groooovy time ! Clare and Norm.

26 Cains Terrace Timaru

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Casino

Within a short walk of South Canterbury Museum, The Grosvenor is within 2 miles (3 km) of Botanical Gardens. This 3-star hotel has 49 guestrooms and offers conveniences like a restaurant, a casino, and free in-room WiFi. DB Brewery is also nearby.


Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room. Full breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 9 AM.


All 49 rooms feature coffee makers and ironing boards. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels.

Property features

Guests of The Grosvenor enjoy features like a casino, free WiFi in public areas, and 3 meeting rooms. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. Front-desk staff can assist with dry cleaning/laundry and luggage storage. Additional amenities include conference space, a business center, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Standard Room, Non Smoking (Single Room with 1 Single Bed)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Superior Room, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Queen Suite

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Family Room

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

77% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 256 reviews