The main reason I stayed at Rolleston instead of the YHA Central was location - I love the area in and around the Arts Centre, and the hostel is right across the street from both it and the Canterbury Museum, and just a couple of minutes' walk from Cathedral Square.
This is a place you go for character - both from the building and the staff. It's an old house converted to a hostel, so you really can't expect it to be modern and overly flash. That being said, the two rooms I stayed in (on different occasions) were both actually a pretty good size. It's not overly warm, especially in winter, but it's still worth it for the charm and the location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- YHA Christchurch, Rolleston House is centrally located opposite the Christchurch Arts Centre with its colourful weekend art and craft market and along the famous Christchurch tram route. Rolleston House is a gorgeous character home which has been converted into a comfortable hostel offering multi-share, double and twin rooms. Facilities include a TV room, self-catering kitchen, internet access and library exchange. The hostel provides late night entry for pre-bookings arriving on late flights and buses. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rolleston House Yha Hotel Christchurch