Stayed here for one night with a few friends in a 6 bed dorm which was pretty big! We figured it couldn't have been a cell at the old prison but maybe an office or something. Definitely not complaining about that!
The place was generally quite clean & well run, especially considering the age of the building. Displays of some items from the prison days in the corridors were a nice touch, as were all the other themed stuff which just makes it stand out as somewhere a bit different to stay.
All staff members we dealt with were very friendly & helpful.
Only downsides for me were the lack of a room to store bags in, we just left them under the stairs for the day (ok for me as I don't have much valuable in there/ others might worry a bit more) & the front desk not being open too late. Noticed the names of people still to check in & their room keys were left on the desk for when the arrived where anyone could take them.
Wouldn't let either of those stop me from staying though, fun place to stay!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Jailhouse Hotel Christchurch