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Thornhill, Canada
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507 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This hotel is set in a Gothic style prison dating back to 1874. An unique environment for sure where you can have pictures taken of yourself in prison garb, be called an inmate or generally act like you’re locked up. But in this case, the novelty soon wore off. The private room was tiny, TV didn’t work and we had... More 

Thank AMsays
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stayed 3 nights. Easy access from train station. Easy shuttle to airport. I was quite surprised at how comfortable the jailhouse was. I had a twin share. Easy access top bunk, super comfy. Quiet! Clean kitchen. Very accommodating staff at all hours. Good wifi. Good showers. Toilet stalls only downfall: a tad cramped for tall folks.

Thank 2weety
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived on a late check in, even though there was no reception they sent us instructions and we managed to find our bed for the night no problem. The theme here is hilarious, and it runs throughout all elements of this hostel from being called inmates to being given your cell number. The character of the building is fab... More 

Thank MollsB94
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163 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful accomodation with special charm, nice friendly staff, great kitchen, nice lounge area (both floors) and even coffee (not free) at the front desk. Free towels and close to places to eat. Stop by the jail for a short imprisonment!

Thank Dave S
Reunion Island
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed here for 5 or 6 nights. Basic room, the main court is cold (like in a jail I think). It's not a friendly hostel, not a lot of interaction between guests. The Wi-Fi is limited (free 500m per days and only in common area). It's 30 minutes to the center of the city by foot (but I had... More 

Thank TiGreg974
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56 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to stay if you're passing through Christchurch! Rooms were basic (as expected from a jail cell!) but had everything you need for a comfy nights sleep. Bathroom amenities were fine and parking was a bonus. Short walk away from the middle of town too.

Thank stravel250
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Good accomodation in neighbourhood with shops and restaurants. Inside an old prison but with keys. Big kitchen well organised and lots of places to sit. Thanks to the fact that the interior is painted white you get a spacious idea.

Thank NiekHeerde
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4 reviews
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Second time visiting here. Very cool place to stay. Communal showers and bathrooms very clean. Nice kitchen area and the free pool table is excellent. Rooms are fairly small but comfortable and obviously it used to be a jail cell! The one downside is the WiFi which wasn't great, but all in all I'd definitely recommend it.

Thank Andrew M
jailnz, Owner at Jailhouse Accommodation, responded to this review

Hi, thanks very much for your great review. The great news is that just this week we have had UltraFast Fibre Broadband installed! Due to a number of reasons out of our control the installers have been very delayed. This now means a huge number of guests can all be using WiFi at the same time and so it will... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Great hostel!! Nice and tidy accomodation with 2 TV rooms and a large amount of dvds to watch. Pool table and darts area also available, perfect for any kind of chilled night! A kind of accommodation that you can't find everywhere . The preserved rooms are so realistic. Tourists just come In to have a look at the old jail... More 

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Glenrothes, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016

One of the comfiest beds I've slept on in hostels, private light and two plug sockets with every bed (such a rarity for NZ!) It is a bit on the higher end of pricing - especially considering more central hostels are cheaper however the theme was pretty cool and I had an amazing sleep. Kitchen and bathrooms are pretty standard... More 

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jailnz, Owner at Jailhouse Accommodation, responded to this review

Hi, thanks for your review and so glad you had a comfy stay. Yes those plugs and chargers are greatly appreciated by all dorm-lovers! It's currently a nice springtime walk along Hagley Park to the Botanic Gardens, Museum etc. I will definitely be giving staff feedback regarding friendliness, we do usually get great staff feedback. Enjoy your travels. More 

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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Free Parking
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 

Additional Information about Jailhouse Accommodation

Address: 338 Lincoln Road, Christchurch 8024, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Price Range: $31 - $93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Jailhouse Accommodation 3.5*
Number of rooms: 38
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“Beds were comfy!!!!”
  • my cell
 of 5 bubbles 8DaveS8, 16 Nov 2016 | Read review
“come experience sleeping in a cell but pay with a price.”
 of 5 bubbles aisze767, 10 Jul 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are similar, it depends on how many roommates you want!”
 of 5 bubbles 859tylerw, 4 May 2016 | Read review
“There are blanket cupboards in the rooms, i used this for my valuabales and just attached my own padlock, rather then paying for lockers”
 of 5 bubbles nataliet144, 2 May 2016 | Read review
“Second floor rooms had more natural light and were away from the kitchen and noisier areas.”
 of 5 bubbles 416sueh, 14 Mar 2016 | Read review
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