Sumner Accommodation – Le Petit Hotel

Le Petit Hotel, the French Hotel in Sumner, is closed.

After 16 years of providing French inspired Sumner accommodation for thousands of travellers both domestic and international, Le Petit Hotel closed on the 19th March 2021.

Martine and Bruce would like to express here their very sincere thanks to all those who supported them during their 16 year venture in Sumner, by the sea. Not withstanding earthquakes and latterly – COVID 19, travellers from all corners of the world have stayed at Le Petit Hotel over the years, and contributed to many memorable conversations and friendships, which are to be treasured.

It is important to note, that Bruce & Martine, having sold the building that operated and was known as Le Petit Hotel, in Sumner, have no connection or association whatsoever, with any of the new owners’ activities, or business now carried out , using the building.

A retro look:

A Boutique Christchurch Bed and Breakfast,

Certificate of Excellence - tripadvisor.comLe Petit Hotel ,  is Sumner’s choice Beach Getaway Accommodation. Just 100 metres from a relaxing  warm sandy beach, and a similar short walk to a fantastic range of restaurants and cafes. Le Petit Hotel and Staycation in the City of Christchurch,  are a perfect match, and a warm friendly welcome is assured for all travellers, both corporate and domestic.  Discount pricing is offered for all direct bookings: Call our friendly front desk on 021 427 283. Free cancellation and flexibility on all bookings.

Providing unique hospitality since 2005, this unique Sumner French style Hotel is a one of a kind, boutique, superb quality, seaside Christchurch hotel accommodation – chic and affordable. Le Petit Hotel is small in scale but delivers top-tier standards, service and hospitality.  An all-seasons seaside comfortable bed & breakfast retreat, it is a  classic alternative to holiday rentals, and other Sumner Accommodation Options . Enquire about our extended holiday stay facilities at Le Petit.

Set in the village of Sumner, just 20 mins by car from Christchurch City Centre, Le Petit’s fully serviced accommodation  is on a par with much larger Hotels. As an alternative in Sumner to motel , rental, AirBnB  or Bookabach accommodation, it is conveniently located adjacent to Sumner and Scarborough Beaches and only 2 minutes walk from the village. Whether you are looking for short term or long term accommodation in Christchurch, this Sumner Hotel is sure to please.

It is also easily reached either from the airport or the city by way of the Metro Bus service, Super Shuttle, Uber, Ola, or by rental car.

For Holiday Season Bookings at Le Petit Hotel, commencing late October through to April 2021, we encourage you to book direct either by email or by phone. The global booking channels should be regarded as only a guide to our overall availability, and direct bookings always give you the best rates.  We are able to up-date you on our immediate accommodation availability with  a simple quick call to our front desk : 021 427  283. 

Le Petit Hotel’s management  team assure you of ;

  • friendly hospitable service from on-site management
  • your desired level of privacy
  • a touch of France
  • totally secure, comfortable lodgings
  • a very fair B&B tariff
  • a delicious complimentary bistro-style petit dejeuner ( French breakfast)
  • the best seaside Sumner casual or long term accommodation
  • a fully Compliant & Certified Christchurch Travellers Accommodation

Christchurch City & Sumner Amenities.

Christchurch City has undergone a  significant transformation following a series of earthquakes,  back in 2011. major rebuild of the city-centre remains in progress. Cycle-ways and walkways feature prominently and attractive landscaped pedestrian-only areas created by the Avon River are complimented by a new and thriving cafe culture. 

Guests arriving at the airport, with minimal luggage, can take the option of catching a metro bus ( # 3 Bus) out to Sumner  and disembark directly opposite Le Petit Hotel at 16 Marriner Street. On the route out to Sumner, and in particular as the bus travels along the causeway adjacent to the estuary,  the well patronised new coastal pathway is  plain to see.  When staying in Sumner, we thoroughly recommend taking a leisurely stroll along this  walkway  that extends now from the Ferrymead  Bridge all the way to Scarborough.

Sumner Village itself has now been re-imagined with the emphasis on pedestrian and cyclist safety.

Marriner Street/Wakefield Avenue road surfaces have been up-graded and asphalted and a new speed limit of 30 K/h, is now in place.

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A reinvigorated Sumner Village centre
Sumner’s new look pedestrian focus

Boutique Christchurch Sumner Accommodation, with Style, Comfort, & a Unique Identity

Purpose built in  2005,  the hotel building reflects the South of France Provence  style.  Guests enjoy its European design : snug in winter, but cool in summer.

Le Petit Hotel provides 6 private, French-styled and furnished  en-suite bedrooms.  All rooms feature hot water radiators for  the cooler months of the year. The front rooms facing the street , on the 1st Floor , enjoy sea views and include small individual balconies accessible through sound proof French doors. The ground floor rooms also have French door access to small terrace/patio areas. In addition each room features a petit library, tea & coffee facilities, plus a silent fridge.

Green painted wooden shutters on the building and orange clay roofing tiles easily identify the hotel on Marriner Street, as do the two Southern France Pinus Pinea trees that are visible on  the street frontage.

French Hotel with French trees
Juvenile still but 12 year old Pinus Pinea trees framing Sumner’s French Hotel

Bed and Breakfast Bistro style Dining Facilities.

Bistro dining at Boutique Sumner Accomodation
Comfortable dining, & a grand piano for music lovers
Boutique bed & breakfast outdoor dining area
The western facing terrace provides for quiet early/late breakfasts,  and for Le Goûter, taken in the late afternoon- the French answer to the British afternoon tea

Le Petit Hotel Sumner guests’ are provided with a complimentary bistro style breakfast in the hotel’s dining lounge.

Guests can also dine on the adjacent sheltered western terrace especially in Sumner.

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Le Petit Hotel is one of the new Tech Friendly Hotels. Fibre cabling  ensures fast WiFi and LAN cable broadband. Internet access for all guests is free.  Fast WiFi is available throughout the hotel  and including the dining room. Standard room equipment includes IP phones, Free-to-Air TV,  and  smart streaming capable Bluetooth speakers.

Hotel Security

Christchurch’s Sumner accommodation provider : Le Petit Hotel,  takes the safety of its guests and their property seriously.  The boutique hotel features high security French-Canadian Kaba RFID locks and  guests are issued  with a unique  digital card-key. Hotel guests can access their room at any time, day or night, using their card-key.  The bistro dining lounge opens at 7 am, when breakfast commences,  and is locked at 11 pm each night . All rooms are fire-alarm protected and the system is continuously monitored. Most importantly, you have the assurance of  personal service and support , day or night, from the resident managers.

Guests Parking Advice

Secure off-street parking is available behind the hotel and  a concierge service is available to assist guests with car parking and luggage handling.

A driveway on the left side of the building provides access to the main entrance and also the rear of the hotel.  For guests arriving by car,  it is recommended that they stop outside the entrance and unload heavy luggage onto the patio, before parking their vehicle.

Sumner Accommodation - Boutique French Hotel
Sun soaked and central to Sumner village  : Le Petit Hotel

Sumner’s seaside French Styled Bed & Breakfast  Hotel  is a unique, one of a kind,  lodging option for visitors to Christchurch.  The 1st Floor balcony rooms with sea views are ideal for romantic honeymoon stopovers , and the hotel’s 6 rooms are also available for block bookings. Catering services are available for small functions, mini conferences & small corporate business board meetings.  Media  and IT support is available on request for such occasions.

Christchurch Sumner Accommodation Small Wedding Venue

Le Petit Hotel offers a Christchurch accommodation venue ideal for small weddings. The seaside location with its sand, sea and mountain backdrop, premises  provide for exciting and stylish photography options. A served breakfast for a maximum of 13 guests is an available option.

For wedding receptions, the Sumner Surf Club’s landmark new premises  are  ideal and close by. The Club’s attractive on the beach facility is available for hire and  can be used in tandem with Le Petit Hotel’s accommodation.  Supplementary Motel accommodation very close to the hotel, is also available if required.