I stayed in The Old Countryhouse twice while in Christchurch. A really pleasant experience from the start with exceptional service from all the staff. On my second trip when arriving after hours I had from them an email with clear instructions as to how to find my bed. They also helped me with finding my way in and around Christchurch (restaurants, pubs, shuttle bookings, tour bookings etc).
Regarding the facilities they have the cleanest rooms and bathrooms I've come across in any backpacker across the world... Period!! The kitchen is fairly well maintained but the fridge is a bit overcrowded. The hot tub and sauna is a wonderful way to end the day, there are not many places where you can find a sauna at no extra charge, and the no party policy ensures an undisturbed sleep.
One bone I have to pick however is being charged 3 dollars for every card transaction, this is something I did not come across anywhere else in New Zealand and does take away some of the sheen from an otherwise excellent place.
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- Well loved,upmarket and Multi Award Winning Backpackers Hostel in Christchurch. We welcome guests from all over the world since 1998. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Old Countryhouse Hotel Christchurch