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Jailhouse Accommodation
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Reviewed April 11, 2014

Excellent accommodation. Clean tidy nice rooms comfy beds. A short 10 minute walk into the city centre. Excellent kitchen facilities. I would stay here again. Bathrooms were excellent. Thistle is very quiet and there's plenty if table and chairs to eat. TV too with films you can watch and there's also wifi available.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

Liked this hostel as it was fun to stay in an old jail. The rooms are tiny but you have everything you need in the communal areas including kitchen, bathroom and lounge areas. Was very quiet at night despite being fully booked. Temperature was good too and they provide hot water bottles and blankets. Staff were quite indifferent but not rude. Location was fine too as we had a car but it is a bit out of the CBD. You can buy internet but we didn't bother as it was easier and cheaper for us just to buy 2degree sims with a data pack.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for one night and it was great. I was a bit worried that being a hostel it might've been noisey but it was very quite. The room was small (obviously bc it's an old cell) but was warm and comfortable.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

Staying at the Jailhouse Accommodation Hostel in Addington, Christchurch. I'd definitely recommend this place to others staying in the city.
The hostel is in a historic cell block of Addington Jail. The cells have been turned into rooms bus its really nice and clean, bright and airy everywhere in the hostel. The kitchen is really well equipped and always seems to have just been cleaned which is a first for the hostels I've stayed at.
The staff were also very helpful with directions and suggestions on places to go and things to do in Christchurch.
All in all, I'm really enjoying my time here and this will most certainly be my accommodation of choice of I'm ever in Christchurch again. 

Stayed: March 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 20, 2014

Was there for 3 days and overall experience is a big negative. The chief cleaner was yelling at her top of her voice infront of customers in some foreign language in an annoying manner, disregarding other guests. Location is considerably remote compared to motels in ricarrton. Hostel rooms are cramped and small, with wooden floors spoilt and damaged probably due to too much mopping. Staff are not particularly helpful and no idea know what they are doing when approached them for questions. Will not consider staying there the next time.

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Reviewed March 14, 2014

We stayed here twice at the start and end of our south island tour. The old jailhouse building has great history and character and is a novel place to spend the night. The cells are snug but fine for a short stay. The hostel is quiet at night and communal areas are clean. The staff are friendly and we took advantage of the free shuttle to the train station.

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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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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!

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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Jailhouse Accommodation

Address: 338 Lincoln Road, Christchurch 8024, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
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Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 108 Specialty Lodging in Christchurch
Price Range: $20 - $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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