Reviews: Anonymous

Jailhouse Accommodation Christchurch

Christchurch, New Zealand

Very interesting experience, and a good use of the old, historic jail facility. No real complaints about the facility itself (kitchen is a little constrained, but ok) BUT: the location is lacking. It's right at the edge of the industrial district and a good walk to downtown. If you leave the facility, turn LEFT on Lincoln, not RIGHT! To the left you'll find a few stores and some pubs, but to the right is a vast wasteland of car lots.

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Hi and thanks for taking the time to review us, glad you enjoyed the historic aspect of the Jail. We are working on adding more historical display information. Actually if you walk to the right on Lincoln Rd you very quickly get to Hagley Park and it is a nice walk alongside this to the Avon River for punting, and then the Worldclass Botanical Gardens, Museum and to the CBD re-start Mall. Unfortunately I think you must have made another right turn somewhere, sorry about that!


It's quite a tired facility; we liked the owners and the guests, but it really needs sprucing up. Some guests seem fairly long-term, which speaks well for Lantana, I suppose. Near downtown (about a 15-20 minute walk), but you walk through a semi-industrial area where we found tell-tale glass fragments curbside, confirming car break-ins every single car length for one or two blocks (but, to be clear, NOT on the block where Lantana is located). Next time I'll probably try another hostel.