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Jailhouse Accommodation
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Reviewed January 17, 2009

This was by far the best hostel type accommodation we have stayed in since we left home in Nov,loved everything about it, firstly its a converted jail, a historic building so they couldnt change much which adds to its charm, your room is a cell so yeah to some people it might be small but then again you dont spend all day in your room. The beds were very comfortable,clean linen, kitchen, toilets, shower area were spotless the 3 days we stayed here.The communal area was cosey and they have a great cinema room.Towels are included in the price and for the first time we didnt have to give a deposit for the room key.The staff are super friendly and willing to help with everything, we booked our car through them as the girl at the desk did all the searching for best prices.About 20-25mins walk into Christchurch but thats nothing when you can walk through some lovely parks to get there.Have no complaints, only suggestion we have is that they install a vending machine if you wanted a snack.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 21, 2008

We stayed here on our last night in New Zealand after our first option required a 2-night minimum. As others have mentioned, the Jailhouse is a bit out of the downtown area, but we had a car, so the drive was quite short and the location was therefore not that inconvenient. My husband and I had booked a private "cell" and it was quite a tight space. Had we not brought up all of our luggage to the room to try and re-pack everything (to fit in our souvenirs :) it would likely not have seemed as small though. We knew we would not be in the room long, but for the time we were, it was a great place for the money; the beds were very comfortable and the private cell even had a small TV. For those staying here longer than one night, there were all the traditional hostel amenities (kitchen, internet, travel info), and staff was very friendly and helpful. The real draw here though is the history of the Jailhouse and its character...this was a very unique place to stay in NZ!

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 26, 2008

Stayed at the Jailhouse last week for three nights in Christchurch. The staff is very friendly, helpful, and accomodating. They allowed me to check in early since I had a morning arrival which was greatly appreciated.

Rooms have very comfortable beds (they were apparently designed for athletes at some sporting event) and sheets/towels were provided free of charge. Showers were clean and never ran out of hot water. Kitchen was also clean and had ample fridge space. Cheap laundry and internet available - also good TV room. Was very quiet at night.

Building has a lot of character and is a memorable place to stay. Only down side was that it is a bit far from City Centre - you can walk it in about 15-20 minutes or take the bus (# 7 or 77) right outside the front door. The train station is close by - only about a 10-15 minute walk further from town.

Overall great value for the money - I would stay at the Jailhouse again and recommend to friends.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 25, 2008

A bit of a novelty staying at the Jailhouse, the 1st time we'd experienced chokey!
A squeaky clean hostel, nice staff, the cells are clean, beds comfy etc.
Only slight gripes are:
a) Quite far from City Centre
b) Nothing to do near hostel that interested us
c) Noise amplified because of all the metal/concrete & high ceilings.
That said, we really enjoyed our night here, & the staff booked us a taxi the next day.

  • Stayed: February 2008
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Reviewed April 19, 2008

This is a prison converted into a backpackers' hostel. I booked a couple of nights there for the novelty value, rather than the scenery, and found it to be very clean, comfortable and well run, and the 'wardens' to be very helpful. Continual piped music a bit annoying, but very quiet during 'lock down' from 10pm to 8am.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 27, 2008

If you're backpacking and want a clean, cheap and fun, interesting place to stay in Chch then choose this place. My son and I needed a place to stay in Chch for a night and took a punt on the Jailhouse. It was great.

It was a real prison. You sleep in a cell, which is enjoyably spooky, and we found it a real laugh. Neat, clean bunkbeds in a narrow, high prison cell is what you get. The place is ultra-clean, well-run and with nice facilities - a TV room, coffee-making facilities, snacks and prison showers. They even have good tourist info. It's spartan and white, but somehow made warm and welcoming. There's a real atmosphere about the place, friendly, and a little bit weird as well.

For a cheap, friendly place that's right in the centre of Christchururch, and if you want something that's a bit different then choose this. It's better than your ordinary run-of-the-mill backpacker place. If you want a bed for the night, inside, choose the Jailhouse - it'll add to your memories of Chch.

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 28, 2008

The Jailhouse is a cool concept and the building itself retains many original features from when it served as an actual jail. Our double room was quite large and loved the TV and DVD player in the room. DVD could be borrowed free of charge from reception. The bathroom and kitchen facilities were adequate. My only complaint is that it is extremely loud in the building. It is all open with high ceilings, lots of concrete and metal and even just regular talking is amplified.

Stayed: January 2008
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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
Amenities:
Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 105 Specialty Lodging in Christchurch
Price Range: $23 - $64 (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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