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The Old Countryhouse
Certificate of Excellence
Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
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“Inviting and exceptional”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

This is definitely one of the best hostels I have ever stayed at. It is well organised, clean and with lots of personal touches, one of them being lovely big Max, the resident dog.

The large garden and the carpark is a real bonus for a city location and the spa and sauna is definitely and extra treat.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

I only stayed here for 1 night before my ridiculously early flight back to Sydney (6:00!) So I chose a single room to get a proper sleep. So bear in mind that I wasn't at the hostel that long.

But my impressions where that it was pretty crowded. In the little house at the bank they somehow fit 8-10 rooms. So I wouldn't be surprised if that was 40 or so people. So noise is a little bit of an issue. Having said that, the place is nicely painted, has a nice TV room and kitchen looked pretty decent.

Location is a bit out of the centre, but to be honest you probably do not want to stay in CBD these days *(still 2 years of construction left). Supermarket and fish and chips shops just accross the Rd.

The hostel looses a few points for service for me because
a) Credit card surcharge of $3
b) Incorrect information on booking my airport transfer (they do not take credit card when I was assured that they would) was a tiny bit frustrating as I had to stop at an ATM to withdraw $20 ($5 bank fee too)
c) they take a credit card imprint for a key deposit.

But still... service was ok

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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TheOldCountryhouse, Manager at The Old Countryhouse, responded to this review, June 12, 2016
Hi there,

Thankyou for your review of our hostel. We are sorry that noise was an issue during your stay with us, we do ask guests to be considerate of their fellow guests however we unfortunately can never guarentee this. The credit card surcharge is identified in our confirmation emails and our $20 key deposit is important for us considering the cost to replace keys and it means our guests are more vigilliant in returning the keys to reception. We are deeply sorry that we had given you incorrect information for the airport shuttle company, the system for these bookings have since changed, and (hopefully) now easier for our guests.

We are glad you enjoyed the look of our hostel, and the work we have put in to it. We hope your time in Christchurch was a memorable one.

Kind Regards

The Old Countryhouse team
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

We loved this place when we came here 7 years ago. It was a fantastic hostel back then but they now have taken backpacking to a whole new level. The gardens are nicely established, and they have added a spa area with a sauna and spa pool, what a treat in a hostel.

Everything is well maintained, the kitchen and the bathrooms look like they have just been put in and the villas are well presented. Still the same owners and you can tell they care about the guests and their staff is just as passionate as they are.

For us, there is no other place in Christchurch. We know we found the best, so why go elsewhere and be disappointed?

Room Tip: No matter what room you book, they are all bright and comfortable.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Very helpful, very clean and quiet. Also, very informative with suggestions about where to go and how to get there. The shower in our rooms (we stayed 2 different times, 2 different rooms). were very clean, great water pressure and temperature for the shower. Also a nice clean laundry room and the dryers actually get the clothes dry. :)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Mossman, Australia
1 review
Reviewed September 2, 2013

I just love this place. superfriendly staff, they really care about the place nd ther customers, not too far from town. It is cute, clean and has a lovely atmosphere.

If you are thinking of staying, I would highly recommend to book as it fills up very quicky.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Christchurch
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

For everyone who's in Christchurch and looking for excellent accommodation for great value, I would recommend you this hostel! The comfortable beds guarantee you a good night sleep, everything is 100% clean (it feels like home!) and the service is absolutely great, they are more than willing to help!
Great amenities as the Hot tub and Sauna, which is well maintained.
Everyone seems involved, what keeps this place as nice as it is. Beautiful!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

Warm and friendly atmosphere, clean and tidy rooms and bathrooms. It feels more like a home than a Hostel. Owner run and operated, you get a sense that they not only take pride in their hostel, that they genuinely want to make you feel as welcome as possible. Great amenities such as the Hot Tub and Sauna, and not too far from the CBD, makes this for me a must stay if you go to Christchurch.

Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Property: The Old Countryhouse
Address: 437 Gloucester Street, Christchurch 8062, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 103 Specialty Lodging in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Old Countryhouse 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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