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Dorset House Backpackers
Certificate of Excellence
Durham, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Excellent place to stay in Christchurch”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

I contacted Dorset House when I was looking for somewhere to stay during a 10-day visit to the city for work. They were incredibly helpful from the very beginning providing me with information about public transport etc. which helped me to plan my trip. When I arrived I was greeted by a very helpful lady on reception who kindly provided me with information about the area. Aside from being a great location near to the University of Canterbury, Hagley Park North, the botanic gardens and the pop-up mall (and only 30 mins by bus from the airport – cost $7.50), I felt as though I was staying with friends. I had a compact but cosy double room with a TV. The bathrooms are shared but very clean and the showers were good too. The kitchen was fully equipped and offered a nice space to meet people, along with the lounge. The free internet was excellent! With a couple of great bars nearby (including Smash Palace) and some great places to eat (Vic’s café and a great Thai place just off Victoria St.) – what more do you need? Thanks to everyone at Dorset House – I have thoroughly enjoyed my stay and I hope to be back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Hi, thanks so much for your kind comments and for taking the time to review your stay at Dorset House. I'm so glad to read that you had a good time here and found our reception team friendly and helpful. (We love Vics cafe too - expecially their bakery - can highly recommend the cinnamon and fruit bagels for $1.90, best breakfast deal in town!). Kind regards and thanks again, Dorset House.
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Lyon, France
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104 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2012

The shuttle bus took me from the airport to the hostel for 24 NZ$ . The hostel is an old house which has been newly redecorated and refurnished, everything is new and clean. The house has history and caracter. I loved it. The communal area is a large lounge with lots of seats, a pool table, a computer, a large flat TV screen and lots of movies to watch .
Free WiFi !

The kitchen is big enough and clean . You can eat outside on a sunny day, very pleasant.

The dorms don't have bunk bed, just single beds, which is much nicer. They are not overcrowded either as you have a maximum of 5 beds in each dorm. They also have single or double rooms.

The shared bathrooms are also clean.

I was happy with my stay at the Dorset house, the staff is very friendly and helpful. There is a tour desk . The other people I met there were very chilled out. We spent hours talking . People pick up after themself , the place is always tidy and clean.

The location isn't too bad. It's near the park and the botanic garden. The city centre is 10 minutres walk away.

There is nothing negative to say about this hostel. I definitely would recommend it !

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Hi, thanks so much for your feedback and your comments on your stay at Dorset House. We're really glad you enjoyed your stay here. We love the history of the house too, it's 142 years old and one of central Christchurch's original homesteads. It's been everything from a small hospital to a priest's home, and we try to honour that with photos and information on the walls. Thanks for your photos as well - do enjoy the rest of your travels! Best regards, Angela, Dorset House.
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

We stayed here at the start of our trip round the south island, and we're impressed with this smallish back packers, you get 100mb free wifi per night and the staff were helpful and booked trips for us, they also offer a free shuttle to the train station for the trans scenic train which they can book for you.

The kitchen, bathrooms and lounge were all cleaned daily, there were plenty of showers to share between everywhere. Only down side was our room was next to a bathroom and there was a sign saying don't use after 1030 at night but nothing about not using it at 5am in the morning and the walls are quite thin so you can hear a lot!

The backpackers is very central and you can get the number 29 bus from the airport, victoria street where there are lots of pop up bars is also round the corner.

All in all a great find!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Hi, thanks for taking the time to review us. I am pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and were impressed with the house, Dorset House is quite central and the public bus to the airport is a 2 minute walk from us.
Thanks also for your comments regarding the use of adjoining showers at night. We've noted this and we have amended the sign to ask guests not to use that particular bathroom from 10.30pm until 7.00am so that guests in the adjoining bedroom aren't disturbed at night.
We've also added to the sign directions to the other showers at Dorset House that aren't near bedrooms (there's plenty of these) and that can be used in the middle of the night with no problem. :) Thanks so much for giving us this feedback, we appreciate it. All the best with your travels from the team at Dorset House.
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 5, 2012

This backpackers has changed my mind on staying in a backpackers again. It is spotlessly clean in all areas. The kitchen is great as is the beautiful big common room. The staff are friendly, helpful and professional in manner.

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind comments - we really appreciate that you took the time to share your thoughts with us. All the best, Dorset House management.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2012

Pros:
Friendly staff
Has convenient free shuttle to the train station
Clean room and bathroom.
Quiet neighborhood

Cons:
Wifi is weak and I kept losing the connection
Room was small
Thin walls - can easily here your neighbors

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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1 Thank Elizabethm42
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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Hi, thank you for your comments on your stay at Dorset House. We're glad that you found the staff friendly and helpful and the hostel quiet.
I've noted your comments regarding wiFi strength and we have had this checked. We installed multiple extra booster boxes to improve the wiFi reach - some of these needed to have their positioning adjusted and our guests are now finding the signal much stronger.
Dorset House is generally a quiet hostel (no bars and no party buses here!). We added a significant amount of extra insulation and soundproofing during the renovation, I apologise if you experienced any issues with noise, we will continue to keep an eye on it.
Thank you again for taking the time to review us - we appreciate all of our feedback, it helps us with our continual plan to always improve. Best regards, Dorset House management.
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

This is a hundred years old house. The decoration just classic & fabulous & stylist.

Location: A very convenient location. Opposite Hagley park and a bus stop is in front the house. Close to Christchurch Casino and other attractions and eateries (all in walking distance).

Service: Friendly staffs. Free 100MB WiFi every night. Here usually is the last stop for backpackers, therefore a lot of free foods/stuffs.

Room: Room size is acceptable and clean. Bed is nice.

Facility: Kitchen is a little bit small but still acceptable but the dining area is too small during winter time as you can eat outside (outside the kitchen has a large open air dining area). Warm lounge.

Overall: Lovely, classic, stylist backpackers with friendly staffs and cosy bed.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Hi! I wanted to thank you for your very kind feedback, we're really happy that you liked your stay here at Dorset House and enjoyed our building. Our house is Victorian in age and we've tried to keep with the decor of the times, we think it adds a bit of charm. :) Thanks again for responding! Kind regards, Dorset House management.
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Stayed here for one night in August. The place is very quiet, comfortable and conveniently located. The rooms are warm and the bedding is of a high standard. The only thing I feel lacked was the provision of more bathrooms on each floor. Mornings are busy and you may find yourself waiting to go for a shower. Parking is available on site, but dont depend on it as there are very few spaces and they get occupied very easily. Would love to stay here again, if I travel to ChCh on the same budget!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Dorset House Backpackers
Address: 1 Dorset Street | PO Box 25350, Christchurch 8144, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 102 Specialty Lodging in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Dorset House Backpackers 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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