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“Prison would at least feed you!!!” 1 of 5 stars
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Canterbury House Backpackers
257 Bealy Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand   |  
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Prison would at least feed you!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Where to begin, It was the final few days of an amazing trip but this place left me wishing I never went near the South Island!!!
I felt like I was staying in somebody's home who didn't want me to be there. The Owners are really blunt and rude.
You cant shower between certain times, you cant cook at certain times, you cant use certain Kitchen Utensils, You cant talk in the kitchen past 10pm or face the fury!!!
It was winter and the heating was never on in the bedrooms (bring your thermals)
To be honest it was just the worst thing ever, horrible way to finish a holiday. But I can at least try to reach out to others, DON'T DO IT!!!! I implore you go to a proper hostel where you feel welcome it makes all the difference!!

Room Tip: Prisoners would prefer a cell!!!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Singapore
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Nice, cosy and clean place with a good location. There's space to park your car too. Not as rowdy as some of the other hostels for younger crowd. Only thing is that..the lady owner is a little stern looking..

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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129 reviews 129 reviews
65 hotel reviews
Reviews in 71 cities Reviews in 71 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

You certainly can't fault this place in terms of cleanliness! We had a fairly comfortable stay here for 2 or 3 nights but the trouble is even though you've paid money to stay there it always feels like you're in someones house and as such it makes you afraid to touch anything or watch tv after the owners have gone to bed (which is pretty early). The gentleman in the house was very friendly and helpful but we were a little afraid of the woman as she seemed just a little too house-proud and uptight. Kind of felt like we were risking being told off at times.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Falun, Sweden
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

This is a good place for all of us who don't really enjoy busy (read noisy) hostels as Canterbury House doesn't quite attract the younger crowd, which is exactly the place we were looking for. It's not a big hostel and the location makes you feel like you're not a ten-minute walk from the city centre. It simply feels like staying at someone's house, like another user here wrote. The owners are friendly and very helpful. They definitely walked the extra mile to make sure we enjoyed our stay in Christchurch. Recommended.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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101 hotel reviews
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245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

Myself and my girlfriend recently stayed at Canterbury House for just the 1 night but we would definitely stay there again next time we are in Christchurch. You can walk down to the red zone within 5 to 10minutes and there is a great Speights Ale House next door that has a great atmosphere and serves good beers. The place itself was excellent, the owners were really nice and the room was really cosy. There are a couple of toilets and showers so we never really had trouble with waiting. Its location is a great bonus as well, you can walk there within a few minutes from the temporary coach station on Bealey Avenue.
If you need to get to the airport as well it can be arranged for $18 and then $5 for every person after which was a lot easier than catching the local buses.
We cant recommend the place enough.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Trondheim, Norway
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

To bad it is unfortunately located in quake city wich has been teribly destroyed. It is a perfect choice if you are moving through in transit. It is close to the busstop and has a cheap shuttle service for the airport.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland, New Zealand
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87 reviews 87 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

Very quiet and comfortable and more like a home than a hostel. Close to Victoria Street cafes and coffee shops; a short walk to the #29 bus to the airport (Victoria St); and next door to a pub with good food at ok prices. Centre of town still blocked off, so Victoria St is great for us coffee addicts (try Procopé).

Room Tip: It's set well back from the road so no street noise of any kind
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 257 Bealy Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
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Ranked #34 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
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