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“Could be a great backpackers” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chester Street Backpackers

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Chester Street Backpackers
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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93 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Could be a great backpackers”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

We stayed in the room out the back of the main house. This is a lovely room with a king size bed and electric blankets. The character of the house is great, really old fashioned with old furniture . Now here's the sad bit. The place only seems to have 1 member of staff and she didn't seem to want to interact with the people staying there. Our room had cobwebs everywhere the carpet hadn't been hoovered for a long long time. The place needed a real good clean and maybe some staff interested in meeting people.

Room Tip: Our room we stayed in was great away from the main building and really cosy (even better after the w...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Darren W
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Falmouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

A fantastic place to stay. After a tiring few days skiing, Chester st big comfy quite room out the back of the garden was nice to relax before flying back to the UK. Andy the owned was a life saver and went above and beyond to help me with car problems.

Room Tip: Garden room is nice.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Claire B
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2013 via mobile

Perfect for anyone travelling on a budget, but wanting to avoid the typical backpacker accommodation full of young people who want to party. It's quiet and cosy.

Our bed even had an electric blanket!!! Large bedrooms. Clean enough.

The only real downside is that it's about a 15 minute walk to the nearest supermarket or the city.

Would definitely stay here if I'm in Christchurch again!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank avm84
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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144 reviews
113 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2013

Located in a quiet neighbourhood, although it is bit distance to downtown , overall is good, our twin room is just nice and spacious with many banket standby for cold. Staff is friendly and helpful, offer us some food to share as well .

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2013

Lots of character there is an old bus in the back garden which staff sleep in and the trunk of a car is actually a barbecue. Very friendly and helpful lady on reception while we were there for two nights. Our room was nice and big it is actually half of the garage that has been converted into a room so it is separate to the main house and if you wake up in the middle of the night you have to go through the garden which is only small to get to the main house. Lots of sandfly type insects in the toilet but this could be easily fixed by the owner putting mosquito netting on the outsides. My husbands pillow became his after I swapped it from side of the bed because there was a tiny stain on it. I'm sure it had been washed and was just ingrained but this a point off for me. I would stay here again but I might get a room in the main house. Very quiet when we were there so good for sleeping. Still cars for sale in the drive which I see mentioned by another reviewer who had bought one only for it to break down. Overall nice stay but not our favourite of our NZ trip. Discount to for BBH members you can buy a card here it also saves you a lot on Milford Sound cruises.

Room Tip: Stay in the main house.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mzteeree
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Bedum, The Netherlands
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14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2013

the hostel looks nice at first glance.but it needs some upgrading.lots of dirty stains on all the walls, in the kitchen, the rooms, toilets.
it also needs some proper cleaning.when we arrived there was a german girl working there.she was really doing her best to get the hostel clean, she just worked there 2 days.but the hostel looked just dirty and not well maintained.the garden looked like it has not been maintained for a long time. it is a nice hostel, it just needs to be cleaned and painted. the beds are comfy, lounge is nice.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tjarco1045093
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Paris, France
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2012

Chester Street Backpacker is one of the most beautiful place I stayed in New Zealand!! It's a cosy, warm and such a colourful place in Christchruch!! So glad I found this place! A very nice place to stay, a good place to meet friends and to relax!! It's the smallest hostel in town so quiet and familly atmosphere!! Felt like home! Lots of books in the lounge area and 50's SCHOOL BUS in garden and BBQ in trunk of a car!! Only in NZ!! :D

Fresh flowers and herbs all the time. Heated blanket in winter and free wifi for bbh member! AWESOME!! And Vinnie fatcat is amazing!! lol!

And I would like to reply to the very bad comment on trip few weeks ago by Chris P!! What a mean comment! I totally felt the opposite and I am not the only one! The staff is REALLY friendly.. I can't understand it!! I travel around the world with my camera and it's definitely one of the best backpacker I have ever been!!! But folks, what can we do against moaners! There are everywhere!! ^^'

I trully recommand this hostel and I miss everybody I met there!! Hope to see you again guys!!
Love,
Sissy L.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Sissy L
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Property: Chester Street Backpackers
Address: 148 Chester Street East, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 111 Speciality Lodging in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Chester Street. We are a small 15 person hostel set up for the true independent traveler in a lovely old colorful kiwi villa. No bus groups here! Less than 10 minutes walk from Cathedral Square along the tree lined Avon River. Budget sleeper vans & cars also available. ... more   less 
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