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“Pretty Decent ” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jailhouse Accommodation

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Jailhouse Accommodation
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12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Pretty Decent ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

A good experience to stay here certainly. Only did 1 night out of 4 in Christchurch in this hostel but it was good! Dorms were large and very comfy beds. Showers were very good.

Location in Addington is actually pretty good as the area has a number of good bars around the place and can get pretty busy after a Crusaders rugby match (the stadium is just down the road) and on weekend nights.

Don't spend too long in Christchurch though, the city is still a nightmare and 1-2 days is enough. Definitely check out the shipping container mall, and try and see a Super 15 game at the new AMI stadium and stay here afterwards.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
29 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

Saw this advertised and was determined to stay before I left the country, soo glad I did. As soon as I entered I was greeted so politley, just what I needed considering I was tired and really needed the toilet! Joseph checked me in gave me some good information before I ran off! Then I came back and asked him to explain again, he is a great warden doest seem to mind being swamped with questions all day.
The place is awesome, if your you are a history freak like me you will be more taken in just than the novelty of spending the night in jail. Really is interesting and the owners have done a great job. The place is clean, comfortable, warm and still has an eerie feel about it-wouldnt go to the solitare room in the dark! great photo opportunity and a great place to stay ended up staying another night and will stay again next time I visit NZ
Thanks everyone for a great stay

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

I frequent to Christchurch a bit now and I cannot go past on how great the service staff are, the rooms are tidy, kitchen is one of the best I've used and the bathrooms are great!

It's very close to AMI Stadium (5 mins) and a 30 min walk to the city however there is a bus route that is on Lincoln road that takes you into the city.

I can't fault this place, I had a better nights sleep with you guys the last time but there's always some great people you meet.

I'll be back in July for a few days, I'm looking forward to seeing you guys there!!!

(Your travelling crusader fan)

Room Tip: I had a single, it's on the ground floor, from what my experience is dorm rooms are upstairs...
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

I stayed here one night before catching a flight. I booked a private room, but since they were out, I was given a 4-person dorm to myself. It was great for me and I think there was sufficient room for four. The room and facilities were very clean, the staff was nice, and the character of the old jail was a lot of fun. My biggest complaint is that it was noisy. The cement block construction meant that noise from the social areas in the long hallways reverberated and could be heard even through the thick doors of the rooms lining the halls. There were quiet hours, but if you need to go to bed early (as I did), it could be a problem. Another possible issue if you are traveling by yourself is that the location is in a transitional neighborhood. The facility is quite safe, but it's a little hard to find and I didn't feel 100% safe walking around by myself after dark.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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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 Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

I'd definitely recommend the Jailhouse hostel to anyone staying in Christchurch. The building is really interesting and kept really well cleaned and the kitchen is fully stocked with pots and pans and whatever else you might need unlike a lot of other hostels I've stayed in. The staff were friendly and helpful and I had fun playing cards and pool and hanging out with other travellers. Overall a great experience.

Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

If you ever wanted to see a prison from the inside, this is the one to be 'imprisoned' in. Great hostel, special atmosphere, cool people and super helpful staff. You actually get to stay in the former cells which have been transformed into cozy rooms with comfortable beds which guarantee a good night's sleep. The kitchen has everything that you could possibly need to cook and bake and make a good traveller's meal. Also, it's one of the cleanest hostels I have ever stayed in. The staff really makes an effort to keep the place nice and make you feel like home. The guys at reception literally have an answer to every question and help to find your way around Christchurch, which can be quite confusing these days with all the ever changing roadblocks. For rainy days there's a big movie collection and a cinema room. All in all, jailhouse is THE place to stay at in Christchurch. Had a great time and definitely coming back.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

Definitely the best prison you'll ever stay in. The beds are certainly the best in any hostel I've stayed in and the staff are very friendly and helpful too. Very good location as it's close to bars and parks. I thought it would be cold in my room, but they give you extra blankets and hot water bottles!

I'd recommend this hostel for anyone staying in Christchurch.

Room Tip: The 10 Bed Dorms are good as they have their own bathroom.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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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 111 Speciality Lodging in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Jailhouse Accommodation 3.5*
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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