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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Despite we didn't stay at the hostel, we've been there to buy a campervan six months ago. Anthony was very kind and helpful, our van resulted to be our best friend and has been our home during the lasts months travelling around the country. We had a little problem with it the lasts days and he didn't hesitate to help...

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Queenstown, New Zealand
Reviewed October 8, 2016

There was NOBODY telling me they only accept cash until the last night. The next day, I had to check out very early to walk to catch the coach, carrying my luggage. It was dark night and the surrounding area is famous for high rates of violent crimes during the night. The owner forced me to walk across the red...

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Karen L, Owner at Chester Street Backpackers, responded to this review

I apologize for your awful experience - it is part of staff policy to sort payment on arrival so guests are aware they will need to get cash out if they haven't already paid online. I have reminded staff of this once again after reading this review. It is possible to pay with credit card through our manager during the...

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

We only stayed here for one night, but it was a lovely little hostel, with a big double bedroom and a gorgeous cat! The kitchen was really big and the bathrooms were fine, although the power in the shower was a bit rubbish. The living room was lovely and cozy, with a good selection of books and games. Would definitely...

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Karen L, Owner at Chester Street Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review.

Bonn, Germany
Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

Amazing, small hostel with nice rooms, kittchen and a grumpy but lovely cat. Staff is very friendly and always up for a chat, cooking or having a wine (or two) together. The whole atmosphere makes you feel very welcome and kind of like at home. I stopped there on four different occasions and always enjoyed my stay!

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Karen L, Owner at Chester Street Backpackers, responded to this review

When we first opened the hostel, we lived there ourselves so we were able to get a good feel of what was needed to create the homely hostel we wanted. Rather than cramming in bunk beds, we have kept the bed numbers low and made each room different with different second hand furniture and decorating in each room for more...

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed July 25, 2016

Cozy, little, homey hostel which feels much more like a shared flat than a regular hostel, as the max number of beds in a room is 3. The rooms are all decorated very homely. The staff is very caring and friendly and provides good insider tips about what to do in Christchurch and around. City Center is at walking distance...

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Karen L, Owner at Chester Street Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. We like to think of Chester St Backpackers as a little oasis in the city!

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed February 10, 2016 via mobile

We spent five days there, where we also bought a camper van, time for us to prepare it for road trip around the country. We were there like at home, in the house nearby. The people there are nice and helpful. It's was a pleasant moment. Thanks to all or us.

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Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed January 25, 2016

Nice and quite place to stay. definitely I recommend the place to my friends. The only thing which bothers me is I have to pay $4 per day for the internet, which is bit expensive for a back packer. Cheers

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Karen L, Owner at Chester Street Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We understand about the internet payment. Now that we have a new system in place, we will be offering free WIFI from mid 2017.

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed January 15, 2016

I arrived here on the first of January, all the other hostel in town were too busy, they did all they could for let me stay as long as I needed. The staff is unbelievable friendly and doesn't take long to feel part of the family. The rooms are really cozy and always clean, same for the toilet and the...

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Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

Stayed in a shared room good for 3 person for 1night before going to Queenstown, left my luggage at the hostel and returned after 5days and stayed for another 2nights before flying to Sydney. Pros: - very clean hostel - single bed not bunk - staff are super friendly and helpful - free breakfast (bread, eggs, etc.) - electric blanket...

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Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

This is the perfect, small hostel. I stayed in the three bed share. The beds were comfy with mattress heaters! Extension cord provided so plenty of outlets. Kitchen was well equipped and had large dining table. The lounge had plenty of comfortable seats and got great sunlight. The staff were friendly and informative on things in Christchurch. It's about a...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to Chester Street. We are a small 15 person hostel set up for the true independent traveler in a lovely old colorful kiwi villa. No bus groups here! Less than 10 minutes walk from Cathedral Square along the tree lined Avon River. Budget sleeper vans & cars also available. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Chester Street Backpackers

Address: 148 Chester Street East, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Price Range: $48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 48
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“Close to town, friendly staff”
 of 5 bubbles , 5 days ago | Read review
“I do not know if they have another double in the house...maybe more convenient for winter and rainy weather. But the one outside was lovely for summer!!!”
 of 5 bubbles EvaF350, Apr 28, 2014 | Read review
“Choose share room with 3 people inside (share).”
 of 5 bubbles lammm077, Nov 5, 2013 | Read review
“Our room we stayed in was great away from the main building and really cosy (even better after the windows and mirrors have been washed. And a really good Hoover and Polish)”
 of 5 bubbles darrenw849, Oct 20, 2013 | Read review
“Garden room is nice.”
 of 5 bubbles ClaireB973, Sep 20, 2013 | Read review
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