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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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 3 weeks ago

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
4 helpful votes 4 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

London, United Kingdom
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111 reviews 111 reviews
30 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is a fabulous hostel right in the city centre but quietly tucked away, sat between Hagley park and the city. The staff are remarkably helpful and kind. The hostel itself is very clean and we'll equipped. It seems only a short walk or bus ride to everything with some very nice local bars and restaurants on the doorstep.

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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’re indeed very lucky with our location, as described by you :) We’re glad to hear you found our staff to be helpful and kind and the hostel to be clean and well equipped. We’re very proud to hear you find us a fabulous hostel,... More

Kelowna, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We stayed here for three nights in a private double room with shared bathroom, it was fantastic. The bathrooms, kitchen and common areas were always really clean. They had a great selection of movies to borrow for free and wifi was free which was really nice. The kitchen was very adequate, it had everything you could need. The staff was... 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 glad to hear you had a great sleep and that you enjoyed our facilities during your stay. Thank you also for your feedback in regards to our staff and cleanliness. We really appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again perhaps in... More

Christchurch, New Zealand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Like -There are many bathrooms and toilets. -The kitchen is quite big and there are a lot of cooking equipment. - The bedroom is warm and clean. - It is very quiet, so I could sleep easily. - The staff is nice and friendly. Don't Like -There is no restaurant around. -It is a little bit far from supermarket.

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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’re glad to hear you enjoyed our facilities and that you had a good night sleep! We’re sorry to hear you weren’t able to find any restaurants in our area. Victoria Street, which is a 2 minute walk from us has numerous restaurants (Mexican, Spanish,... More

Singapore, Singapore
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Stayed in 2 hostels throughout my stay in Christchurch and this is apparently the better one. Good and friendly receptionist upon arrival and answers to all my queries! Location is good too which is near to the city centre and Papanui Road that houses alot of nice restaurants and eateries! Toilets and showers are clean and well maintained. Although the... 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 very glad to hear you have enjoyed your stay with us and that you found our location to be convenient. Thank you also for your feedback in regards to kitchen noise. We always check the hostel late afternoon and will ensure that the... 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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