We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Jailhouse Accommodation

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
1 room
Check In Check Out
Please enter your travel dates to continue
Check Availability
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 4 more sites!
Professional photos
Jailhouse Accommodation
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"containerClass":null,"scriptFlags":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

453 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 380: English reviews
Level Contributor
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!

Helpful?
Thank Dave S
Reunion Island
Level Contributor
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 

Helpful?
Thank TiGreg974
Level Contributor
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.

Helpful?
Thank stravel250
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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.

Helpful?
Thank NiekHeerde
Level Contributor
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.

Helpful?
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 

Helpful?
Thank Valeria112016
Glenrothes, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
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 

Helpful?
1 Thank closey95
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 

Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Experience your stay in a (real) cell. Nice and helpful staff. It's quite a distance from city centre. All you need is $4 for 15 mins ride on an orange line and you get there. A lovely place indeed except a useless heater in my room.

Helpful?
Thank NarisaLK
Level Contributor
20 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We stayed for a night and it was an awesome place! Dress up like a prisoner and stay in a cell. You can have different size rooms or dorms and they have the original style and doors. There are old cells to look at. They have wifi but the downside is due to it being a jail it doesn't work... More 

Helpful?
Thank chlo_c978
1 review
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Its just a small walk to everything you could need and for everything else there are bikes to hire. The TV room is cozy as freak and has a massive DVD collection + Netflix to use. Kitchen is not very big but got everything you could ask for (Sandwichmaker/10). Rooms are tidy and clean, dorm rooms got their own bathroom... More 

Helpful?
Thank Paul S

170 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (162)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (37)
Viewed
Room/Suite (24)
Viewed
Family/Play Areas (7)
Viewed
View from Room (3)
Viewed
Bathroom (4)
Viewed
Dining (7)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (1)
Viewed
Other (79)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (8)
Viewed
View from Room (1)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (2)
Viewed
Other (5)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Christchurch hotels
2.4 km away
BreakFree on Cashel
BreakFree on Cashel
#26 of 144 in Christchurch
916 reviews
2.4 km away
Heritage Christchurch
Heritage Christchurch
#10 of 144 in Christchurch
537 reviews
3.2 km away
Merivale Manor
Merivale Manor
#2 of 144 in Christchurch
479 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
6.8 km away
Commodore Airport Hotel, Christchurch
2.5 km away
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
#15 of 144 in Christchurch
1,429 reviews
2.3 km away
The George Christchurch
The George Christchurch
#6 of 144 in Christchurch
1,068 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
Room types
  • Kitchenette
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • 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: $33 - $93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Jailhouse Accommodation 3.5*
Number of rooms: 38
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Agoda, Odigeo, Travelocity and Priceline so you can book your Jailhouse Accommodation reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Jailhouse Hotel Christchurch
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Jailhouse Accommodation staff and other travellers.
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Jailhouse Accommodation staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“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
5 of 5
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay