The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73
Commercial Hotel, — Ashburton
The Commercial Hotel is one of the Finest Hotel Buildings in Canterbury. It covers a quarter-acre of ground, and supplies every accommodation that could be desired by the most fastidious. The Hotel was built in 1877 to meet the requirements of the great crowd of travellers whom the land boom then on brought to Ashburton, and in every department the accommodation is extensive. The main Dining-Room is a chain long by 25ft. wide. The Commercial Room adjoining has no equal in Canterbury for size, while for private transactions the large Commercial Room upstairs supplies the necessary privacy combined with comfort.
The Kitchen is commodious and fitted with all the modern cuisine appliances, and the Proprietor prides himself on the excellence of his table.
The Dormitories comprise thirty rooms, including Four Suites of Family Rooms, opening on a Balcony commanding a full view of the celebrated Ashburton Domain, and a long uninterrupted aspect reaching away to the Southern Alps.
The Hotel is within a few seconds' walk of the Railway Station, and a traveller turning to the left, and making along the main street of the town, will strike the Hotel easily.
Stabling and conveyances are available in connection with the Hotel.
The water supply is abundant, and the Bathroom accommodation perfect.
The Cellar is under the care of the Proprietor specially, whose experience in this department, extending over twenty-five years, enables him to claim to be a connoisseur, and his liquors therefore are beyond cavil.
The House is in every way commendable as a home for travellers—quiet, reasonable in charges, and rigidly respectable.
The attendance is a speciality, the best servants only kept.
Rail, Post and Telegraph Offices within a few seconds' walk.
John Henry, Proprietor.