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Jailhouse Accommodation
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Florence, Alabama
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20 reviews
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“Excellent Value / Good Character”
Reviewed 26 August 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.

  • Liked — Loads of character
  • Disliked — Location a bit far from City Centre
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled solo
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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 July 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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Lancashire
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 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.

  • Liked — Good fun
  • Disliked — Piped amusement
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled solo
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Brunei
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32 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 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.

  • Liked — location, novelty
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled on business
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 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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dublin and all over
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57 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2007

This a nice budget accom set in a converted jailhouse. I stayed in a double room which was a small room with bunk beds. The area is quite open and hence could be noisy if you had a rowdy crowd in but the clientele when I was there were mainly families etc.

You use communal showers which was a bit of a pain as I was on ground level and the showers were on the next floor up so you had a bit of a trek to get to them. The rooms are clean but basic.

Wireless internet cost 10NZD for 5 hours and it does NOT work in the rooms if you have your door closed due to the thickness of the walls. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable and there is a huge array of information available and DVD’s to watch. Everywhere is spotless and it is well run.

There is a free shuttle to the bus station (reception will book it for you) although you could easily walk it as well. Shuttles from the airport to your door cost 20 NZD.

The worst aspect is that it is a bit far away from the centre of town but there are regular bus services if you did not want to get a taxi or walk it. This is a really good place to stay if you are doing one of the train routes particularly the 7am scenic trip up the east coast of the south island to Wellington with potential stop offs in Kaikura for whale watching or dolphin swimming, Blenheim for wineries etc.

Overall I really liked the jailhouse albeit due to its small size it is more likely to feel a bit dead than other hostels depending on who is staying there. It also has a large free parking area.

  • Liked — interesting concept - very clean - close to rail station (great for scenic train to picton)
  • Disliked — long distance to showers - no internet in rooms if you closed door
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled solo
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England
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Reviewed 17 August 2007

Fantastic hostel.

  • Liked — Cleanliness
  • Disliked — Little out of town, but still worth a visit.
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Jailhouse Accommodation
Address: 338 Lincoln Road, Christchurch 8024, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 103 Speciality Lodging in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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