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“Good value for a 1 nighter!”
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Christchurch YMCA
London, United Kingdom
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“Good value for a 1 nighter!”
Reviewed 5 December 2012

We stayed for the last night of our honeymoon in Christchurch at the YMCA!! Following the earthquake we found that most of the area in Central CHCH is still closed off so there are not many hotels to choose from if you don't have a car.

Saying that we had a very pleasant stay, the room was clean and the facilities were good. Despite having a shared bathroom I had a vision of fighting for the shower in the morning but even this was fine.

The location is very good, right next to the botanical gardens and Canterbury museum and just a short walk to the rest of town.

Obviously being a hostel it is a bit noisy and full of excited travellers but nothing to put us off staying here.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 3 December 2012 via mobile

This hostel was our second one in Chch and we might have had too high standards since the other one was amazing, but this hostel has all the bad things you don't want from your stay. However, we had a double room which was spatial and clean with a nice bed and close to the toilet, which made our stay pleasant enough.

Good stuff: the location is awesome - right beside the beautiful botanic garden and real close to where the buses stop. Also, the room was nice and they provided towels. The hostel offered a lot of physical activities which can otherwise be hard to find while on vacation.

Bad stuff: Our major concern was the kitchen which was actually smaller than our room and meant to be shared by the whole hostel, and naturally it was disgusting and smelled like pee. Somebody actually opened our food bag and took an apple. Furthermore there was only one elevator used by everyone and it took forever if you needed it.
The Internet was unacceptably expensive too use.
The common areas was really old and dirty too, probably cleaned daily but too old to ever be clean again.

All in all, our stay wasn't horrible but insted rather nice. This was however due to our room and I wouldn't recommend the dorms. If you need a bed in CBD, this is your hostel. But if you want cheap and being able to cook and meet new people, I'd say keep looking.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Pavia, Italy
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Reviewed 28 November 2012

The YMCA has a very convenient location between the downtown (currently mostly red area closed to the private traffic) and the beautiful Hagley park and Botanical garden.
As expected it is usually very busy with an offer of different level of rooms. I had a room with bathroom at the 5th level with a beautiful view.
The prices are a little higher than expected for a YMCA.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 November 2012

The reception women are useless ,hopeless ,unhelpful and unfriendly !!! What a great location ,but they really need to improve on their customer service skills ,because I am NOT going to stay there anymore !!! It was the worst customer service I have never and ever been expericed .simply ask the direction how 2 get to YMCA ,the answer is " I don't know and I am not too sure " but how the heck you get to work everyday?! During the earthquake,there are some roads blocked and a few one way systems, it is really hard 4 a outside to drive around :(( the only thing that I like is location very convenience

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

Stayed here for two nights in an apartment on the top floor. Plenty of room for 4, with two bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and ample living space.

About a 7 minute stroll to the centre of town (RE:Start) and right next to the park, so very convenient. The staff on reception weren't too helpful with assisting us with places/things to do, but we managed to find some great places to drink and dine.

A great fitness centre is also on the ground floor, and a fantastic coffee shop/cafe with all sorts of goodies. Very convenient.

Would reccomend as a nice place to stay if you need a place in town (and you get the apartment). Can be noisy at night due to the type of people YMCA's attract.

Room Tip: There are only two apartments available, make sure you get in early.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 9 November 2012

Ladies at front desks are all useless. Whatever the questions u ask , the answer will come out the same " go ask I site, not far from here" I guess they're only employed to colloct ur money,give u the room key and enjoy their chitchat time!
A small, dirty and unequipped kitchen is provided for the whole hostel guests.The kitchen's suitable for 4 people, no more space for the fifth one. 2 pans 1 spade and 0 knife are ready for you to cook ur meal...funny?!?
There're only 2 bathrooms for all guests to share (whole floor)
However the location is good. You can walk to Container Shopping, Botanical garden and ,of course, I Site.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Christchurch YMCA
Address: 12 Hereford Street | Canterbury, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 103 Speciality Lodging in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Christchurch YMCA 2*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the most fantastic Central City location opposite the Arts Centre & Botanical Gardens. The extensive range of accommodation is low cost and you will be impressed by the high standards of presentation. From Standard Rooms with shared bathroom, Deluxe Rooms with ensuite bathroom, to Apartments with full kitchen facilities, the YMCA caters for all needs & budgets. The YMCA Christchurch offers free on-site parking. All guests have access to extensive on-site facilities for a small additional fee. These include wifi, health and fitness centre, laundry room & conference room. WE OFFER 24 HOUR RECEPTION!! ... more   less 
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