Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card on arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

Within 1 week of arrival: 100% cancellation charge.
Within 2 weeks of arrival: 50% cancellation charge.
Outside of 2 weeks: No charge applies for cancellations or reductions.

Additional Terms and Conditions

Large groups are expected to respect other guests - excessive noise is not permitted, the hostel is quiet after 10pm.

Any alcohol use must be in a responsible manner.

Lost keys will incur a $20 charge per key.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Junior / Primary School, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Additional Info:

Dorset House cannot accommodate children under 12 years of age. Children between 12-18 must be accompanied by an appropriate number of parents or guardians and well supervised.

Groups of up to 10 can be accommodated in a mixture of 5-share and 2-share rooms, with no more than 5 persons per share room. Double rooms and singles are also available.

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

Book more than 3 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

Dorset House is a perfectly located boutique backpackers hostel in a historic 1871 home.

It is situated in a lovely quiet garden setting and is right next to leafy Hagley Park. Built in 1871 as home for a wealthy timber merchant, Dorset House has a fascinating history. It blends character charm with modern facilities, and offers quality budget accommodation in Christchurch. Fully renovated in 2012.

There is plenty of light and space. The 5 bed dorm has no bunk beds and every bed is fully made. The 8 bed bunk dorm has bunk beds and sheets and duvets are provided. There is a full kitchen available, guest laundry facilities, and a large guest lounge room (previously the house's ballroom). Free car-parking is available on a 'first come first serve' basis.

Dorset House offers FREE unlimited WiFi access throughout the hostel. Long Term (extended weekly stays) are welcome during winter months from April-September.

You will find everything you need for a comfortable stay, including the assistance of our helpful staff. Minx the cat will be asleep on her chair too.

We endeavour to make your stay easy for you. Dorset House offers 24-hour late check-in available on request (please contact us for the door code).

All credit card transactions (Visa, Mastercard) will incure surcharge of 2.5%

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.0

  • Security 10.0

  • Location 10.0

  • Staff 8.0

  • Atmosphere 8.0

  • Cleanliness 8.0

  • Facilities 8.0

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    22 Feb 2020
    Everything was lovely except that I got eaten alive by something in the bed at night (maybe a spider?) I would still highly recommend it, but maybe just bring your bug spray
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    28 Nov 2019
    Such a great, quaint place!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    13 Jan 2020
    Really enjoyed my stay at Dorset House. The hostel used a pin door code to get in any entrance which was also used to access wifi (unlimited but quite weak after noon). The guests were overall friendly, was a mixed hat when it came to ages. And the location was great, walking distance to everything and right next to Hagley Park. Would recommend and would go back.
    New Zealand, Female, 31-40
  • 8.9


    28 Jan 2020
    I liked it here - lots of space to hang out, good amount of bathrooms, very friendly staff - location isn’t too bad from the city. I extended my stay twice. Only annoying thing is I don’t think the fridges got cleared out very regularly
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 8.3


    08 Feb 2020
    Only stayed one night due to a late flight. Comfortable and secure, would stay again.
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 8.3


    31 Dec 2019
    Had a nice time over New Years, facilities were pretty good and felt welcome. Need to repair the pool table as promoted on here as it's partially destroyed.
    New Zealand, Male, 31-40
  • 8.0


    03 Mar 2020
    Very homey and decent location. Right by the botanical gardens and the big park over there. The room itself left a lot to be desired but the rest of the space was very comfortable. Kitchen was large enough and there was a balcony with a seating area. Felt more like a homestay than a hostel if I'm being honest.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 8.0


    15 Feb 2020
    Nice enough hostel for one of two nights in the city. Perfect location. Exactly what we needed for moving through town on our way to travel the South Island.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    27 Feb 2020
    Bit far out from the centre so unless you want to be next to the gardens, I'd stay a little closer to town. Small kitchen but large lounging areas were nice.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    28 Nov 2019
    Pleasant welcoming, variety of facilities and nice and clean. The atmosphere wasn’t the best but that’s just luck of the draw I guess! Perfect for if you’re starting the kiwi experience in Christchurch
    England, Female, 18-24
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Hot Showers
  • Reading Light
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Vending Machines
  • DVD's