Nobel prize-winning scientist, Lord Ernest Rutherford, known world-wide as ‘The Father of the Atom’, completed his undergraduate degree at Canterbury College. While a student, he carried out much of his own research into the high frequency magnetization of iron, in a basement den in the Clock Tower Building. In 1895, he was accepted to Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory where he turned to the study of radioactivity and named the two distinct rays emitted from radioactive materials – alpha and beta particles. In 1900, he returned to Christchurch to marry his fiancé Mary Newton and together they travelled to Canada where Rutherford worked at McGill University in Montreal. It was here that he undertook the research that would win him the Nobel Prize in 1908.
Situated on the ground floor of The Classic Villa, this Super Deluxe Room has traditional polished timber floors, kauri doors, ornate plaster ceiling roses, wood fire effect heater, luxury bedding, and mirrored wardrobes to capture the intimacy of yesteryear.
Enjoy views of the Christchurch Arts Centre, the Christchurch Tram and the Christchurch’s New Zealand famous Worcester pedestrian boulevard.
The Classic Villa hotel accommodation is only steps away from the Christchurch Art Gallery, museum and botanic gardens.
In your bedroom
• Luxury Queen lead light Rimu bed
• Sheepskin underlay
• Electric blanket
• Wool-down duvet
• Wood fire effect heater
• 20.5 inch LCD flatscreen TV
• Sky Sport and CNN
• Direct dial phone
• Free high-speed broadband Internet connection
• Wireless WiFi connection
• Clock radio
• Light dimmers
• Writing desk
• Porcelain tiles and vanity
• Massage shower
• Underfloor heating
• Fan heater
• Heated towel rail
• Heated mirror
• Complementary toiletries
• Tour bookings
• On-site car parking
This room has a total surface area of 25sq meters (270sq feet), offering you spacious, luxurious hotel living right in Christchurch, New Zealand’s most desirable location in the center of the city.
On-site car parking available upon request.
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