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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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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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
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49 reviews 49 reviews
10 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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
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154 reviews 154 reviews
22 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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 

Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great sleep with reasonable sized rooms. Friendly reception. Small kitchen area, but larger lounge area with pool table and such. Bathrooms were shared but personal. Very clean and a quiet location. Would stay again.

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

Hi stephengustav, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re very happy to hear that you would choose to stay with us again. Thank you also for your feedback in regards to our friendly reception, reasonable sized rooms, kitchen and lounge area. Thank you for staying with us and we hope you enjoy the... More 

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This was a good backpackers for the location. The rooms have televisions which is rare for backpackers. We stayed in two rooms here, the first in the back of the house which was small but suitable for a one night stay. The second we were upstairs in a larger room which was nicer. Bathroom facilities were good (shower and toilet... More 

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

Hi heff44, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad to hear you enjoyed our location, which is about a 15 minute walk to the botanical gardens and the CBD. We’re also pleased you found our bathroom facilities respectable. We indeed have Small Double Rooms and standard Double Rooms, the latter being slightly... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014 via mobile

Location slightly out of centre, but still easily walking distance from the city centre. Stayed as a couple in a group room, beds really comfortable with plenty of space and plug sockets. Communal rooms really well kept, and kitchen well stocked. All you could need from a youth hostel and had a really nice 'homely' feel. Would definitely stay here... More 

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

Hi aeb21, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad to hear you found our Shared Room to be comfortable and our kitchen to be well stocked. We’re indeed about a 15 minute walk to the container mall, but are lucky enough to have Victoria Street (with its restaurants and eateries) just around... More 

England
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I stayed for 2 nights at this hostel. I arrived at 10 am and was disappointed that the girl made it very clear that I couldn't check in until 2 pm. It meant I had to wander the streets for 4 hours in the cold before I could get in my room and get changed. I know that the check... More 

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

Hi Sarahprh, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad to hear you found your stay to be comfortable and the hostel to be clean. Thank you also for your feedback in regards to the well-stocked kitchen, bathrooms, heaters and the safety of the hostel. We are sorry to hear two other people... More 

Adelaide
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
43 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I stayed in a single room for one night. The room was tiny and in the section at the back there was one quite decent bathroom for 5 or 6 rooms. My room was next to the door and had very thin walls so it was very noisy, impacting on sleep. While the room was clean and the bathroom was... More 

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

Hi saegbevs, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad to hear you found our location to be ideal, the room to be clean and our staff to be helpful. However, we’re sorry to hear the kitchen was not clean when you wanted to use it. Our kitchen gets cleaned daily around 11am... More 

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