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Dorset House Backpackers

4.0 of 5 Hostel   |   1 Dorset Street | PO Box 25350, Christchurch 8144, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
69 hotel reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I stayed here for five nights. I found room 14 was a bit cramped. The beds were reasonably comfortable here and they did have some extension leads to allow you to charge phones and laptops. Each bed also had a lamp and bedside table next to it which was good. Two negative things about this hostel are firstly the dryers... More

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Brisbane
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We like to walk and being so close to Hagley Park, while also an easy walk to the CBD, made this a great choice. For a Backpackers charge, you only expect a basic room, but it was perfectly clean and fine when we planned to be out seeing the sights. The kitchen was great, with plenty of crockery and cutlery... More

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Queenstown, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dorset house is very tidy and quiet. I enjoyed my stay here very much. The lounge offers a nice place to chill out and there is a pool table! It's very easy to walk to the Canterbury museum where I caught nakedbus. Great security system is pretty cool. All facilities are well organized and work well . And the staff... More

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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for leaving us such a lovely review! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and you found our hostel to be homely. Your feedback in regards to our facilities, location and staff are also very much appreciated. We hope you enjoyed your trip through New Zealand and would love to see you again one day... More

singapore
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First place myself & my girlfriend stayed when we arrived in NZ & it was one of our favourites in the 4 months we were there. More pricey than most hostels, but worth the few extra dollars. Has a very homely feel & all the facilities were clean & maintained. The staff were helpful with any queries we had re... More

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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your first night in New Zealand with us – we’re honored to be one of your favorites! Thank you also for the feedback in regards to our facilities, cleanliness, homeliness and helpful staff. Thanks for staying with us and we... More

washington, dc
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First, it's worth noting that Dorset House is well located, clean, and has good common space. But the internet system is terrible. We needed to do some travel planning, and just couldn't. They give you a 100 mb coupon each day, but a few photo uploads and that's gone. You can buy more (at $10 per gig) but it craps... More

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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad to hear you found our hostel to have a good location, to be clean and well maintained. However, we’re sorry to hear internet did not work well for you. We indeed include 100mb free WiFi per person per night and we double this to 200mb... More

Wellington, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved my stay here. I paid a little extra for the luxury of a 4 share room with single beds instead of bunks. The cost difference was negligible and it was worth it for the extra comfort. Clean crisp linen, high ceilings and a high standard of cleanliness. There was a real mix of ages here from young to... More

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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi There, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We indeed attract a wide range of ages, which we believe improves the friendly atmosphere. Thank you also for your feedback in regards to our cleanliness, location, showers and garden. We are glad to hear you loved your stay here at Dorset House. Thank you for... More

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
44 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Indeed, at $41 a night for a dorm room, it certainly hurts the wallet but not without good reason, so unless you are a party-going and/or student backpacker on a seriously tight budget, please read on. First things first, the dorm rooms are not exactly dorm rooms and feel more like the spare room in a family country house. Bright,... More

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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed sleeping in a single bed rather than a bunk bed. Dorset House indeed does not have any bunk beds, which can be a luxury if you’ve slept in bunk beds during your travels. Thanks also for your feedback... More

Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

This is an amazing hostel. No bunk beds in dorms and bedside lights for all beds as well as plenty of powerpoints and space to put your things. Bathrooms are clean and there are enough for everyone. Only 5 beds per room and nice communal areas. Friendly staff too. Would definitely stay here again, highly recommended.

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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi There, Thank you for leaving us a review. We are glad to hear you were happy that you didn’t have to climb into a bunk bed. Thank you very much for staying and we hope to see you again in the future! We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels. Warm regards, Hilde Dorset House Backpackers More

Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Stayed for a total of 4 nights. Beautifully restored 1870s home. Lovely garden and location, being close to the gardens, museum, riverbank and city centre. Comfortable lounge area to relax and chat to fellow travellers so no need to hide out in room. Great historical photos and artifacts line the walls. Free internet had more allowance than what I needed.... More

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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi There, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a detailed review! We are pleased to hear you found our location to be convenient and our hostel to be comfortable. However, we are very sorry to hear you’ve experienced the noise of the group of boys staying and do apologise for this. It is indeed not respectful... More

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

our family were at dorset house over Xmas/Boxing Day. it was lovely. clean and tidy. fabulous lounge area w free pool table. well stocked kitchen. security code for door gets changed weekly which is good. staff really friendly and helpful. would definately stay here again

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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi There, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are very happy to here that you’ve enjoyed your stay and that you would stay with us again! We always try our utmost best to make our guests feel welcome and keep the hostel clean and tidy and we appreciate your feedback. We hope you enjoy... More

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Additional Information about Dorset House Backpackers

Address: 1 Dorset Street | PO Box 25350, Christchurch 8144, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 83 Specialty lodging in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Dorset House Backpackers 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfectly located central city, boutique hostel in historic 1871 home, in a lovely quiet garden setting and next to beautiful Hagley Park. You will find everything needed including a guest lounge with pool table, internet, WiFi, DVD's, cable, kitchen, balcony, guest laundry and free off-street parking. A selection of single, double and twin rooms are available, with fully made beds. Enjoy a stroll to Cathedral Square, or indulge in cafes & shopping on Victoria St. ... more   less 
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