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Jailhouse Accommodation
Certificate of Excellence
Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
“Must Stay!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

The jailhouse accommodation is a must stay for all those visiting Christchurch. As a converted historic jailhouse, it provides a unique experience for all budgets. The hostel was always in a clean state and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The hostel was in a perfect location, within minutes from Hagley Park and about a 30 minute walk through the park to the Canterbury museum. It was so nice to come back after sightseeing in the city to enjoy the movie and free caramel popcorn. The kitchen is spacious and has plenty of fridge and freezer room. I was very impressed with this hostel and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a unique place to stay in Christchurch.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

I've been working in this hostel for 1 months time and really enjoyed my experience in jail. The inmates are really great and the facilities are very well kept. Just the overall idea of how this place came to be is certainly something worth checking out. It is definitely a place to escape and enjoy the silence with just a fifteen/twenty minute walk into the heart of Addington. There are also a few pubs and eateries just around the corner if you fancy a night out. I highly recommend booking here! This prison has its perks.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

Wow, i stayed in jail.....very special experience. The owners did their best to really make this a complete experience. Nice that they gave you the opportunity to get the key from the desk for late arrivals.

Beds and showers were very comfortable. Kitchen ok, but a bit busy (during rush hour) and dirty (after rush hour).

Manager was very, very nice (she even made it possible to change a private room into a dorm room especially for me), rest of the service was ok but not spectacular. Seemed they actually have more staff than paying guests by the way.

Room Tip: 2-bunks were fine, dont know about bigger dorms. Private doubles look cosy.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Maffra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

Nice hostel. Location is a 15min easy walk from the CBD. Great kitchen, TV room and lounge. Didnt see a supermarket closeby. Hard to find a power point for charging but did see new points being installed. Nice staff

Room Tip: Its an old goal so very thick walls. Guess rooms away from the stairs.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

Great place to stay in CHCH and its an old atmospheric jail , how many times do you get to stay in one!!! Alot of it is kept as it is!!! One of the best options in CHCH . Good options around for a drink although only downside is super markets are around a 30 min walk. Good for a night stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

We stayed 2 nights at Jailhouse accomodation on our arrival in NZ.
Christchurch is quite devastated and jailhouse is located in one of the most lively parts of the city.
You will struggle to find good food, but there are a couple of ok options around.

The atmosphere is great. Young people, less young people, solo travellers, couples, friends, everything.
There is a kitchen where you can cook your own meals, and comfortable and nice places where you can eat, have a cup of tea or coffee. Adington coffee nearby is just perfect.
You can do your laundry so it's very convenient.

The rooms are small (prison rooms!) but very good. Beds are good. Bathrooms are collective and super clean / well equiped.

Price point is good compared to the other options available.

You can have fun and take pictures in a prisoners outfit ...
Staff is nice and very helpful.
Nothing negative about this place. Maybe it can be cold in the winter, but that is all.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Astana, Kazakhstan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

Stayed here for 1 night in a twin bunk. Room is very small but authentic (a real cell!)
Location is okay.
The kitchen is small and not super clean.
I wanted to make some bbq but the grill did not work!
The bus station is not far away.

This place is okay, but it could be better.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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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 102 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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