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“Locked up!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jailhouse Accommodation

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Jailhouse Accommodation
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Brisbane, Queensland
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Locked up!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

We had a great time at the Jailhouse. The staff were amazingly friendly, there was a lot of historical features and information on the old jail, and the facilities were top notch. Loved it! The room (we had a twin bunk) did feel like the jail cell it was, which was a bit creepy but well worth the experience. Staying in Addington was a good escape from the city's red zones as well, as Christchurch is still on the mend after earthquake damage.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

Me and my sister loved our stay here. It's so quirky! By far one of the best hostels I have ever stayed in and I have travelled the world twice now. It's super clean, kitchen, bathrooms all spotless! Plenty of utensils in the kitchen so never had to wait! Reception staff are lovely and the scottish guy was especially kind. They have references to jail around the hostel which is so funny, also the old fashioned black and white striped clothes prisoners used to wear on a hanging rack for free use, which of course me and my sister dressed up in and took pics around the jail. Fun! It was a lil chilly but they provide big fluffy duvets and even a hot water bottle!!! Wifi is not that cheap for the hr but you can go online and pay $6 for 24hrs. The only downside is the location, as it's about a 30 min walk into the city and to the supermarket. But if I was in Chch again i'll def be staying there!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

I thought this was a really nice hostel, I love the historical rooms with drawings still on the walls. The 6 bed dorm was REALLY BIG and so much space to leave bags and space to lock items up. The beds were so comfy, and the duvet cover was really warm (coming from someone that is always cold), I thought the kitchen and bathrooms were clean. The only thing that this place is lacking is that its really far away from everything and I don't think there is much to do, so maybe stay a day or two...

Room Tip: Get the 6 bed dorm, really big and in my opinion worth it :)
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

Loved Jailhouse, it used to be a prison so has loads of character and the staff are really fun and friendly. Very clean and comfy beds!

I enjoyed my time in Christchurch, was amazing to see the city after the 2011 earthquake and how it is rebuilding. The ReStart mall is definitely worth a look about and the positive attitude from everyone I met was quite extraordinary.

Can see why this hostel just won a big award for best hostel in NZ! Thanks for a great stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ontario's Highlands, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

Awesome idea for a hostel, nice rooms but a little small I was in the 10 share. Bathrooms a bit dirty but the staff very friendly and had a good night's sleep there which was the main thing for me. Nice!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Aaron F
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Reading, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

Sleeping in a cell gives this hostel great character but it is backed up by the other facilities and the staff making this a great place to stay and not just a gimic. The bed was very comfortable, best so far in a hostel and the thick walls made for a peaceful night. The communal areas were varied and had a nice relaxed vibe to chill in. There's also a cinema room and you can play pool whilst keeping watch over the inmates. Double room comes with linen, towels and tv. Located a little out of town but there are a range of eating and drinking options nearby and good connections for onward travel including free shuttle to the train station. Only criticism is poor wireless internet. Tomizone service is complex to use, difficult to connect and slow. iMac kiosks worked fine.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Dapto, Australia
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50 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

The Jailhouse was not what I was expecting when I arrived in Christchurch! Despite the fact that it used to be a gaol, it's a very warm and welcoming place. The rooms are quite small if you're in twin share, but they did used to be cells, so you can forgive that. I stayed in a 10 bed dorm, which has its own bathroom area. Nice touch to avoid the shared bathrooms! Definitely good for an over night or short stay, but would probably wear on you after a while.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Gem537
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Property: Jailhouse Accommodation
Address: 338 Lincoln Road, Christchurch 8024, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 111 Specialty Lodging in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Jailhouse Accommodation 3.5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Closest Budget Accommodation to the Railway Station! Award winning hostel. 'Author's Pick' in Christchurch for Lonely Planet and Rough Guide 2008. Top mid-sized Independent BBH hostel in NZ. WiFi. Free parking. Newly renovated heritage accommodation with a colourful history as the former Addington Prison. Private Single, Double, Twin bunk and Group/Family/Dorm rooms available in our budget Christchurch accommodation. Clean, warm, friendly with super-comfortable beds close to top Christchurch attractions. Families welcome. ... more   less 
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