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Jailhouse Accommodation
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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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470 reviews
107 hotel reviews
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“It is what it is”
Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

It's a cool experience. Lodging in Addington prison. Rooms are clean and former prison cells! It's a quirky experience no doubt...

Nothing to fault really. A double room ran us 60 euros. Maybe a bit steep? But I guess it would be 10 extra to see the inside of a prison anyway ;)

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here with my husband for 1 night. Our flight didn't get into Christchurch until midnight, but there was no problem checking in late - hostel simply provided us with a front door code and left our room key on the desk.
We always look for places to stay that are more interesting / unusual and so this was perfect. Clean room & bathrooms. Fairly easy walk into the centre. Only negative was the bed was way too soft for us!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Poole, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

We were initially concerned when booking to stay in a jail. However, we were pleasantly surprised.

The rooms were clean, big and comfortable.

The wifi (although you had to pay) worked everywhere.

The facilities were very good and functional (kitchen and bathrooms etc).

It's literally an old jail with a lot of the features still in place. STAY HERE and do time without having to put it on your CV.

Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 15, 2013

Cool novelty concept, great kitchen, friendly staff -- but way below average on the value scale.

PROS

Cool novelty experience
Historical significance
Nice Staff & Well Organized
Comfy beds

CONS

Overpriced for what you get
Expensive, slow WIFI
House phone wont allow you to call NZ mobile numbers, only landlines
Bathrooms stink like urine
Novelty of staying in a jail wears off pretty quickly

In short, you're paying motel prices to literally sleep in a jail cell and wash in a jail shower (which I supposed is the whole point) but that novelty wears off pretty quickly -- and charging extra for use of the phone and internet was a low blow, given the price. There are several other cheaper more comfortable options in the Christchurch area, not quite sure why the ratings are so high.

Room Tip: Better suited for the solo traveler who wants to stay in dorm rooms and is looking to meet people
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

I'm a YHA member but me and my partner wanted to experience hostels with "character". We stayed in the jailhouse for the 1st night of our South Island adventure and wasn't disappointed. The hostel was one of the prominent stops by Super-shuttle and is relatively close to some cool cafes and restaurants like the Addington Co-op Coffee. We took a walk through Hagley Park to the Square and it wasn't long at all.

The private Twin room was comfortable and the kitchen was surprisingly well furbished with cooking equipment of all sorts. Its one of the best equipped communal kitchen we used in New Zealand.

Some of the preserved cells and internal architecture gave our stay a sense of unique-ness and coolness. Don't miss out this hostel which in my opinion, an attraction of the city itself!

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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13 reviews
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

When I first arrived to Christchurch I didn't want to go stay there, there was always beds available when I was booking hostels and sometimes it's a sign of a dodgy place. But! It just has a lot of rooms and beds :) It's truly one of the coolest backpackers I've stayed at and I've come to stay here on four separate occasions to date. Its really clean, the sheets and doonas are good quality (best I have ever seen in a backpacker I think), big kitchen and bus stops really close to the hostel. I love it! Only downside is that wifi is not free and the thick walls make it hard to use your own mobile data. Also gets a lot of traffic, people coming and going in the dorms at odd hours so might not be for you if you're easily woken up.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed December 10, 2013

I got a chance to stay at jailhouse accommodation. It was a very interesting experiences. Never been into a real jail, so the only knowledge about jail life is from films or documentary. In this day, the accommodation lose the intensity or isolation, but when you walk into the room it still give you a feeling of losing freedom. And it has a sense of time travel. It is hard to image a century ago, the place was locked up some criminals. There is one cell has lots graffiti, and one of them says" only god can judge me". Those marks really makes you questioning is there a pure evil. A perfect atmosphere really can bring up some deep thinking or questions. Definitely a place cannot miss. Last reminder hostel is really busy, and have to book ahead don't just walk in.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Jailhouse Accommodation
Address: 338 Lincoln Road, Christchurch 8024, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 103 Specialty Lodging in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Jailhouse Accommodation 2*
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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