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Dorset House Backpackers

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1 Dorset Street | PO Box 25350, Christchurch 8144, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
16 hotel reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed a night here on our way to Queenstown. We reached this place at 1 am and we had our keys right there for us to take. Very smooth communication and very nice place. Excellent sleep quality. The kitchen definitely deserves a mention, fully equipped and very spacious. A quick tip: have a cup of coffee in the balcony... More 

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

Hi Kartos, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are very glad to hear everything went smooth for you with your late check-in. Thank you also for your feedback in regards to our well-equipped kitchen. We are indeed pretty lucky with our balcony catching the afternoon sun and when leaning over you can see the... More 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here for three nights at the start of a three week holiday in NZ. The first two nights were in a small double which was actually very small - hardly any room for two of us to move around with our cases open. Also the bed was very soft and sagging in the middle. The shower near this room... More 

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

Hi Matthew E, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad to hear you have enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for your feedback in regards to the Small Double Room, which is indeed smaller than the Standard Double (and therefore also cheaper). We will check the mattress in the Small Double Room,... More 

Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In a very well kept historic building this is a pretty impressive backpackers. We arrived late, we given a code for entry and left with a key. We left early before staff arrived and payment was processed without issue. Bathrooms were clean with decent amenities. Not far to walk into Christchurch or through the park. Only negatives; Minimal parking, if... More 

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

Hi mjb0000, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and came back a second time! Thank you for your feedback in regards to our staff, cleanliness of the hostel, location and parking. We appreciate it may be an inconvenience when the car... More 

The Hague, The Netherlands
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have stayed here twice during my recent travels to NZ and I have to admit I really enjoyed the place. It's not in the heart of the city center, but it's nice and quiet - still close to lots of nice coffee houses and restaurants. The rooms and facilities are kept very clean and overall the hostel has nice... More 

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

Hi goldeen188633, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad to hear you really enjoyed your stay with us! Thank you also for your feedback in regards to the cleanliness of the hostel and friendliness of staff. We also appreciate your improvements points and would like to take the time to respond... More 

Perpignan, France
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Very comfortable quality hostel and very well located for Bus stops especially to the airport, also close to park and Irish pub for guinness but food greasy and a bit pretentious and jumped up bolshy waiter from Ireland I supposed.

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

Hi stelectron, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us! We are indeed very lucky with the airport bus stopping right around the corner. If you wish to leave the Irish pub (The Bog I would assume) a separate review you can probably find them... More 

Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

After having read all the positive reviews we expected a lot and were not disappointed!! Great staff, absolutely clean, cozy kitchen, great terrace and (probably) due to the price which is a bit higher than the cheapest places, the poeple who stayed there were super relaxed and nice! Would love to stay here again!!!

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

Hi Eileen, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and we were able to meet your expectations! We hope you are enjoying the rest of your travels and would love to see you again. All the best! Warm regards Hilde Dorset House Backpackers More 

Sapporo
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
10 hotel reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Dorset House has a lot going for it -- a good location, a historical house, a great living room, a decent set of rooms and a nice kitchen with outdoor space. AND a garden. The hostel seems well run, and the staff are friendly. I was in a dorm room, mixed gender (only choice), where the plus side was that... More 

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

Hi Jody_11, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us such a detailed review, we really appreciate it! We’re glad to hear you had such a great time here and such an honour to hear that we are the hostel of choice in Christchurch. We offer free unlimited WiFi (in 1GB vouchers) for anyone booking directly through... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Really enjoyed our two night stay in this hostel. We were in a 5 bed dorm - spacious, single beds rather than bunks, beside tables and lamps. The hostel has a nice, homely feel to it. Good location - walking distance to the Botanic Gardens, ReStart area etc. I would definitely recommend this hostel.

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

Hi Joanne, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review! We are very happy to hear you have enjoyed your stay at Dorset House. We’re indeed pretty happy with our location, on a quiet street yet not too far away from all the tourist attractions. Thank you also for your feedback in regards to our... More 

Montgomery, Alabama
Top Contributor
159 reviews 159 reviews
23 hotel reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I have not stayed in a hostel, so take that into consideration when reading my review. I needed to remember that backpacker/hostels are not made for people arriving in a car, so little parking is a given. I stayed in single room #11, with shared bath. Cons: room had no outside window, was stuffy, could have used a ceiling fan... More 

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

Hi ALtraveler64, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. Thank you also for choosing to stay with us as your first hostel and we appreciate that you are comparing us to hotels or motels. Hostels generally indeed don’t have 24 hour reception, although each hostel or hotel will have different processes (this often also... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

The room had bedside table and lamp, hooks and hangers. The shower room was large enough to keep everything dry and organised. The kitchen was spacious and there was enough room in the fridge for everyone. In addition, they cared about the environment and encouraged guests to recycle and conserve water.

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

Hi Rowanferg, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad to hear you have enjoyed your stay at Dorset House! We appreciate your feedback and hope you will enjoy the rest of your travels. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we hope to see you again perhaps in the future.... More 

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