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Jailhouse Accommodation

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338 Lincoln Rd, Christchurch, New Zealand
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Broxbourne, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place was reasonably priced and very clean, facilities were communal in keeping with the accomodation which was literally bunk bed in cells. Brilliant concept and very novel, We played pool in the games room for ages. The staff were very helpful too. A great experience and talking point for a holiday

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stayed here for about a week when first getting here before moving on to a flat. Very clean facilities, comfy beds and great kitchen. Location is good, bar just down the road, couple of restaurants both low-mid end within short commute, bus stop literally just outside, maybe 5 minute ride into the city centre or if you go the other... More 

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Newport, Kentucky
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18 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hostel is a bit "busy", but that's the only sort-of downside. They are popular though because they are FANTASTIC! The place is run like a well-oiled machine, but still the staff is warm and welcoming and treat you like a true guest! The building itself is just phenomenal - as close to staying in a real jail as I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for 1 night in a 6 bed mixed dorm. This was definitely the most unique hostel we have ever stayed in. The old jail feel still resonates and they do a great job keeping this feeling alive. The kitchen is small but fine. They have a tv room with movies and TV. Rooms are cold but they... More 

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staying in jail in this case is an absolute pleasure!! To start with: I have never seen a clean hostel like that:) The kitchen has everything you need to cook, the showers are nice and hot and the best is that the mattresses do not feel like there have already slept 5million people in, they are really comfty!! The staff... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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16 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent one night in jail at the end of our 6 week trip in New Zealand. We chose it for the novelty factor but we were actually really impressed with the quality of the hostel. It was spotlessly clean throughout, with comfortable bed and relatively spacious and airy room for a cell! The staff were really friendly and encouraged us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Off the kiwi experience bus. One of the best hostels I stayed in New Zealand if not my travels. Fantastic theme of a jail. It's super clean comfortable beds who give you hot water bottles if you get cold at night. The best kitchen I have been in everything you could possibly want and open 24/7. Free breakfast in the... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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36 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This looks exactly what a former jail looks like. It has excellent facilities with friendly staff. You get 500 mb of free wi-fi and can buy a lot more. There are a ton of macs that you can use as well. Now it is a bit of a walk from the i-site where my bus dropped me off but it... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Fun experience, and everything was very clean so no problems there. Only disappointment was that they messed up our reservation so that our group had to split up into two rooms. Even so, there are hostels that are just as nice in Christchurch, for less money, so I'd say nice for one night but I wouldn't stay an extended time.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Teeny tiny room. Nice and white with a good bed. We shared the public-like bathrooms and awkward large kitchen with backpackers. I'm not sure if the price was worth it. It wasn't a good experience. Is all accommodation in Chch this much of a compromise?

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