If you are looking for a cute and cozy place to stay, this is it! I would like to say that I loved this hostel!! Having stayed at many hostels after travelling all around NZ, I would rank this hostel at the top of my list.
Minus some slobs that don't pick up after themselves, the hostel was clean. If I had a problem, I went straight to the staff, and they were more than happy to help. The communal areas are always kept clean and fresh towels are laid out twice a day! They will have BBQs for the guests every once in a while, and the spa/sauna is such good quality. All of the furniture is handmade by the owner - very sturdy and the beds are comfortable - one of that cheap, metal crap that you feel is about to collapse when someone is climbing onto the top! The staff are knowledgeable about Chch, but you will need to be open minded about what Chch has to offer. This town is a great place to relax in and just enjoy the ride and do some different activities than the usual.
All in all I give this hostel a 4.5 (although not possible on here), because the only thing that is going against it, is being on the east side of the red zone. With that being said, it would be wise to keep in mind that there are not many other hostels that are much closer to the CBD, because of the earthquakes completely destroying the city center. The good news is that the red zone changes constantly. It has gotten so much smaller since May, and with Gloucester street now open (the same street the hostel is located on), it's easy to get to other parts of the city. I highly suggest you walk around the city at least once, because that's the best way to see all of the damage in the red zone for free! Don't like walking for 20-30 minutes? Ask the staff for a bus map or how to get to different areas from where you are. It's so easy, and will cost you next to nothing compared to other NZ bus systems - they would be more than happy to help!
I hope that your experience was as good as mine, because to find this little hostel was such a relief! :)
Oh! There is not a literal swimming pool, but there is one in the same area, practically across the street. If a spa/sauna is not your thing, there is something very close by! Cheers!
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- Well loved,upmarket and Multi Award Winning Backpackers Hostel in Christchurch. We welcome guests from all over the world since 1998. ... more less
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- The Old Countryhouse Hotel Christchurch