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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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    4 of 5 stars
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Nice, France
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A really Good backpacker in christchurch very clean and with a very big tv and free pool room i really liked this backpacker. And more its cheap... I recommand... For information we are two friends from france during a roadtrip in newzeland and we stayed here one night

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed 4 nights in the Dorset House, which is located not far away from the City centre and other public traffic stops (bus). I really enjoyed staying here! That is beacuse it is very clean everywhere! The linens looked very clean and the room got cleaned almost every day. The facilities are clean too and there are definitly enough,... More

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

Hi Hyperkenner, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad to hear you’ve enjoyed your stay with Dorset House. We’re indeed very lucky with our location, only about a 15 minute walk to the RE:start mall and just around the corner from Victoria Street, which has plenty of bars and restaurants. Thank you... More

Hobart, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrived into Christchurch late, but Hilde had organised both my late arrival as well as my 3:20am airport shuttle the following morning. The 4-mixed bedroom was good, the bathrooms very good. The entire building, I believe, might have been a former church or presbytery . . . as there are beautiful stain-glass windows. The kitchen was adequate whilst the common... More

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

Hi Domisjohan, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad to hear you’ve enjoyed your stay with Dorset House (and especially our great location and friendly staff). We’re also pleased to hear that the shuttle pick-ups we had booked for you worked out well. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed there for two different nights, in the small double and normal double. The place had everything that you could possible want - the moment we walked in the room was heated, and in fact was a bit too warm. There is quite a homey feel to the place and was easy to get places from. Definitely would recommend and... More

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

Hi Arthur L, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at Dorset House and that you feel we had everything you wanted! We always try our utmost best to make our guests feel at home and appreciate your feedback. We hope you enjoy the... More

Sydney
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We stayed here for two nights. Accommodation provided everything we asked for. Though shower was quite unsatisfactory, walls were thin (very noisy) and an earlier guest left the contents of their nose on the headside of the bed and apparently the staff didn't feel like cleaning it

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

Hi Wombataap, We regret to read that your experience with us did not meet your expectations. Cleanliness is extremely important to us and I can assure you it is definitely not a case of ‘not feeling like cleaning’. All our Shared Rooms are cleaned on a daily basis, even when none of our guests are checking out of the rooms.... More

Leicester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I stayed for nearly a month at Dorset House and really enjoyed my stay. I was travelling alone to participate in some work experience and to do some sight-seeing! The location is brilliant with just a short walk to the city centre and just off busy Victoria Street. I got the 29 bus from the airport, which dropped me really... More

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

Hi Claire D, Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us and for leaving us a review. We’re very happy to hear you have enjoyed your stay here in Christchurch and at Dorset House Backpackers! We’re indeed very lucky to have the airport bus 29 stopping just around the corner from us. Thank you also for your feedback... More

Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Heater was on when we checked in after hours - awesome! After hours check in nice and easy. Good location, very nice for a backpackers. The park is just down the road as well. Quite a homey feel to a place, was perfect for a good night sleep. Would stay 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’re glad to hear you arrived to a warm room. We appreciate it can be quite cold this time of year and always turn on the heater for late arrivals when we leave. We’re also glad to hear you enjoyed our central yet quiet location. Thank you... More

Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Good location, well run place, a bit cramped and tangled like a number of old houses converted to hostels. Next to nice city park/gardens and easy walk to what's left of city center, ruined from 2011 earthquake. We are in our early 60 s and were made welcome. Only drawback is some upstairs rooms are a bit of a distance... 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 indeed don’t have an elevator in the hostel, as it was build in 1871. To reach the rooms upstairs there are two short flights of stairs. We appreciate this may be an inconvenience for some guests and if the luggage is not too heavy we would... More

Hamburg, Germany
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I stayed in the dorm of this hostel for two times and it was a nice place to stay. The rooms are clean, the shared bathrooms as well. The common area has a pool table and a Computer with Internet (for which you have to pay, wifi is free though). Still, there was an atmosphere in that room which kept... 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 appreciate your feedback in regards to our facilities, staff and services and are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us! We are indeed very lucky with our proximity to Victoria Street, yet we are far enough to avoid any noise. We appreciate that letters... More

London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This review has been a long time in the making but as I've just had a weekend away and stayed in a hell hole elsewhere in NZ, I've come to the realisation that Dorset House is easily the best hostel I've stayed in NZ to date. The staff are all super lovely, very friendly and welcoming. Even when they are... 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 such a detailed review. We’re glad to hear you have enjoyed your stay here at Dorset and are thrilled to hear we are your favourite hostel in NZ! Our hostel is indeed full of amazing people and we love to chat to all guests and advice them... More

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Address: 1 Dorset Street | PO Box 25350, Christchurch 8144, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
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Hotel Class:4 star — Dorset House Backpackers 4*
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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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