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Jailhouse Accommodation
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

Great place to stay with loads of character, clean and well laid out. Cells for dorms and lots of nice extras like tea, 2 pillows and hot water bottles... Only small flaw I found was the reception staff- who look at you like you are stupid when you ask them a question. Other than that.. Great hostel!

Room Tip: Do not ask the reception staff too many questions... you will dumbfound them.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Great place which really looked like a prison ! Room was small but tidy, good showers and facilities, very nice garden to relax after a day in town. Good neighbourhood with convenience shops and eateries. Only minor drawback is that you have to walk 20 minutes to buy beer or wine (unless you'd like to go to the nearby pub) but can't blame this on Jailhouse.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

The jailhouse accommodation in Christchurch at New Zealand's beautiful east coast is my favourite hostel amongst all the ones I've visited during my trip. Not only that the today's backpackers is a old cell block of the Addington prison from 1874 and you're sleeping in the former cells with metal-grilled windows and heavy metal doors (amazing atmosphere!). It is also super clean, has a fully equipped big kitchen, cinema room, WiFi and internet cafe for reasonable rates, and always friendly and helpful jail wardens.
Absolutely recommendable and a must do when staying in Christchurch!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

I stayed there for two nights and cannot fault it at all! It was such an amazing experience!

The staff were so helpful and friendly. It was close to AMI Stadium for the rugby.

It was a quiet 2 nights except for one drunken boy on the Saturday who caused trouble but he was quickly addressed to when complaints (not just from me!) came in.

My only complaint is the TV had only one working channel and the curtains needed liners as the light from outside reflected off the mirror and lit up the entire room.

I will be staying here again in May and July. Thanks again!

Room Tip: Try to get a single room. I came late at night make sure you have the right keycode for entry!
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

This place was awesome, the room was quiet, the staff was amazing and the amenities perfect. We loved the 9:00 PM quiet time and the opportunity to do laundry. We were so impressed we drove back on our way thru to get T shirts because they did not have them on our first trip.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

We stayed here for one night, the room is quiet because it's a bit off the street, shower very strong and hot, people friendly, bathroom clean, check-in service friendly, all amenities adequate, we even get free shuttle service to train station the next day, so for the price we pay we are happy to be here, certainly an experience to treasure!

Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

very nice accommodation with guitars in the reception that you can borrow... it was pretty cool to sleep inside a jail... the kitchen is also nice... and there is an excellent pub just down the road.. the pub was actually one of the highlights as well... must go...

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 338 Lincoln Road, Christchurch 8024, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 108 Specialty Lodging in Christchurch
Price Range: $22 - $59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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