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Jailhouse Accommodation

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#1 of 26 hostels in Christchurch
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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.
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Free parking
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dotcooks wrote a review Dec 2023
Allen, Texas46 contributions31 helpful votes
This was my first experience staying at a hostel and it has been the best experience!! Exceeded my expectations!! Wonderful staff - so friendly. Extremely clean!! Kitchen is well organized and large enough for several folks to prepare food at one time. You will not regret a stay at this location.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jorien W wrote a review Dec 2022
Bussum, The Netherlands29 contributions5 helpful votes
Funny place to spend the night. Having a single room in a former jail cel. Laundry facilities are good, toilet & showers could do with some TLC. Kitchen is great. You get a code to get in to the building and your room.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Zoepmc wrote a review Sept 2022
31 contributions8 helpful votes
Plenty of light, air, space. Beds comfy, rooms linens bathroom kitchen all nice and clean. Efficient keypad check-in and entry systems. Adequate parking. Beautiful historical building with nicely written detailed historical panels.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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deanculhane wrote a review July 2021
Tauranga, New Zealand8 contributions
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One of the best places I've ever stayed bed in my cell was really comfortable plenty of places to sit and relax the wardens were really helpful you must stay here if you're ever in Christchurch it's a unique experience
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Fern K wrote a review Oct 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand165 contributions79 helpful votes
Stayed in a mixed dorm for 2 nights. I was rather impressed with the showering facilities and the beds as well. The bed was really comfortable and if you need extra blankets and pillows, you can ask reception and they'd be happy to pass you extras. The place is like a mini museum itself so highly recommended to check it out.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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BoabGlen wrote a review Oct 2020
Wanaka, New Zealand12 contributions6 helpful votes
I arrived late this afternoon (5.40pm) at the jailhouse only to see a sign saying no checking in between 1pm and 6pm. I found that rather strange but asked a couple of people sat on the chairs near by what the deal was. They said there would be someone there to check them in at 6pm. I had just traveled from Wanaka (5/6 hours) with my two year old and he was tired and we wanted to get our stuff in our room and get settled after a long drive. I joked to the male and female and said "they've got it easy with a 5 hour break" when I returned at about 7pm after dinner it turns out the female who I was speaking to previously was the one that could have checked us in. I found this rather strange and feel she should have checked us in. She said "I don't get paid for this" or words to that effect. She obviously works for accommodation but she's representing this backpackers and I found her lack of care to be bad. I then asked if the room was available for two nights instead of one and she said $88, paid $66 online to which she seemed a little funny about. Overall the check in experience wasn't welcoming at all and she was awkward to say the least. It's a quirky place with it being an old jail and it's also clean but she needs to work on her hospo and ppl skills.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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majkks wrote a review Mar 2020
Poznan, Poland217 contributions48 helpful votes
+ Adaption of old Jailhouse is great idea and great tourist attraction + Personnel + Located in calm nice neighborhood + museum part of hotel + some artifacts providing better jail experience and photo making
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Date of stay: March 2020
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ChicoRanMan wrote a review Mar 2020
Chico, California1211 contributions200 helpful votes
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The Jailhouse is a very well done transformation from a 100 year old jailhouse to a hostel. The rooms are the old prisoners’ cells. Even the shower rooms and restrooms were converted cells. There are sitting rooms and a kitchen. Checkin was pleasant and easy. The staff was very accommodating. Unlimited free WiFi. Lots of old memorabilia around. Definitely a unique experience.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Peter M wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom1438 contributions271 helpful votes
Looking for another night in Christchurch and found this.. Very unusual and a good price! Short walk 20 minutes from the bus station, close to the Hagley Park. Arrived early and they let me store my bags and back at 17H friendly and helpful staff showed me around, nice big kitchen, cloths washing area, dining area plenty of showers too Room was a converted cell!! I hope they let me out .. All good, however some people walking and talking at night (2am) in the main area as is big the sound of footsteps and voice are amplified. Overall I would recommend
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Carol W wrote a review Feb 2020
Falmouth, Maine, United States55 contributions21 helpful votes
Whoever put this place together was masterful. The cells hold 6" more than a double bed - but who needs space? You're just sleeping. The high, barred window opens for ventilation. The thick concrete walls keep the building cool. The mattresses are excellent and the sheets are quality, and the duvet is fluffy and covered with, of course, grey and white stripes. The kitchen is full of great tools and the bathrooms are perfectly adequate. The atmosphere is quiet and full of young travelers - although there were two sixty something traveling couples. Stay here - everybody should be in jail once in life.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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AU$86 - AU$101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionChristchurch
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Jailhouse Accommodation
Which popular attractions are close to Jailhouse Accommodation?
Nearby attractions include The Court Theatre (0.3 km), Hagley Oval (1.1 km), and Victoria Lake (0.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Jailhouse Accommodation?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, airport transportation, and dry cleaning.
What food & drink options are available at Jailhouse Accommodation?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Jailhouse Accommodation?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Jailhouse Accommodation?
Conveniently located restaurants include Addington Coffee Co-op, Mosaic by Simos Deli, and The Afghan Restaurant.
Does Jailhouse Accommodation have airport transportation?
Yes, Jailhouse Accommodation offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Jailhouse Accommodation?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Jailhouse Accommodation?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Riccarton House & Bush (2.2 km), Mona Vale (2.5 km), and Ferrymead Heritage Park (7.6 km).
Is Jailhouse Accommodation accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.