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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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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a quiet, client, restful stay. Was a great place to ease me into backpacking in NZ. Slept in comfortable single beds. Felt more like an ordinary bedroom than a backpacker dorm. Had a TV but was removed when they realised there were three ppl occupying room - to avoid complaints? I had a late check in and I wasn't... More 

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

Hi Tonyam202, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are pleased to hear that you left Dorset House feeling well rested, and that you found your first impression of our backpackers in New Zealand was great! We apologise for the confusion about the TV, we changed one of our Private rooms into a... More 

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14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a good sized living space and kitchen area. The rooms were clean, as were the bathrooms. The staff were friendly and able to advise on places to go and tours to do. I even left behind some bits accidentally and they held them for me until I came back to get them.

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

Hi Abbie C, Thank you very much for your lovely feedback in regards to the cleanliness and our friendly customer service at Dorset House. We realise that things often get left behind when checking-out so it is no problem at all for us to look after those items for when you return. We are also very pleased to hear that... More 

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17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed here twice while our NZ Travells. Once in a Budget Double and once in the 6 Bed Dorm. Both really nice and clean. Friendly&Helpfull staff and Mail Storage & Forwarding included :) Felt welcome. Great Kitchen with all things you need

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

Hi Ke l, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are delighted to hear that you found both our Small Double and 5 bed-Shared rooms to be lovely and clean, something we always strive to provide for our guests. We are glad that you found us friendly and helpful, we are always happy to help... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I stayed here for only a night but was very impressed with how the hostel treated its customers. I arrived so late on that night and surprisingly found everything ready for me i.e. door code, wifi vouchers, etc were already prepared for me. Bedroom and bathroom are super clean and cozy. Highly recommended!

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

Hi Jththorne, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your lovely review and recommendation! We are thrilled to hear that your late-arrival went smoothly and that you enjoyed your stay with us. We are happy to hear that you found our facilities super clean and cosy- it is very important to us that our guests feel... More 

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I stayed there for only one night. Since i was arriving late in the night, the hostel mailed and also sent an sms regarding the access code which would let me in the hostel. My emails to them regarding queries about transport to the train station and options were responded to promptly. They even booked me on the shared shuttle... More 

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

Hi ShailajaVora, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad to hear everything went smooth with your late arrival. Thank you also for your feedback in regards to our services and hostel facilities. We have great news as we have unlimited free WiFi for anyone staying (previously this was indeed only available to people booking... More 

Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We stayed here for three nights and found almost everything perfect. You might pay a little more than some other backpacker hostels but it shows in the cleanliness and service. The rooms are very cosy and the beds extremely comfortable. The only negative for us was that our shower when hot didn't have as much pressure as one might require.... More 

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

Hi Juett77, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so glad to hear you have found your stay with us to be cosy and comfortable and the hostel to be clean. Thank you also for your feedback in regards to our shower. We will check the showers today just to ensure that... More 

Invercargill, New Zealand
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81 reviews
29 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I am always looking for good value accommodation so even though my husband and I are not in the target market for backpacker accommodation we occasionally try them out. Inexpensive Christchurch accommodation is hard to find but Dorset House ticked most of the boxes for us. We booked a double room and were pleased to find it was relatively spacious... More 

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

Hi Linda M, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. It is such an honour to be called ‘backpacker deluxe’! We are very glad to hear you enjoyed our hostel facilities and your room. We are however very sorry to hear that you found your room to have a slight smell, as this is definitely not... More 

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38 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Beds were pretty comfy, the individual bathrooms were nice, the wifi was good, the staff was friendly, and the location was great! We had to park out on the street since they had run out of spots and there was some early morning construction noise. The price felt about right, overall a great place to stay in CC.

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

Hi Andrew G, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad to hear you have enjoyed our facilities, location and thought our staff was friendly (we try our hardest to help everyone in a timely and friendly manner!). We are sorry to hear you experienced some construction noise while you were here. Due to... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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126 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

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 

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16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

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 

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