Group Booking Terms and Conditions

Because you are making a Group Booking, there are additional Terms and Conditions that apply. Please read them and click 'I Accept' below to continue with your booking

General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • 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 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic 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 9.2

  • Security 9.3

  • Location 9.0

  • Staff 9.6

  • Atmosphere 8.5

  • Cleanliness 9.2

  • Facilities 9.2

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    20 Aug 2019
    Nice place if a little old. Lovely staff and welcoming atmosphere!
    Ireland, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    25 Jun 2019
    Very cosy & cute hostel, close to the city. Everyone was really nice and they even provided heated blankets for the cold winter nights.
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    14 Jun 2019
    A great place to stay with atmosphere, from now on when I'm in Christchurch, this is where I'll stay.
    New Zealand, Male, 41+
  • 9.7


    23 Oct 2019
    Great place- comfy beds :) great location and amazing showers! Only downside is no lockers. Overall, a great place with a good atmosphere and would definitely stay again.
    Scotland, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    01 Aug 2019
    Had stayed in a dirty hostel night before, it's was so much better and with hairdryers as standard in the toilet/shower rooms. Having a heated blanket was great too. Kitchen was a good hang out place as well as the option of the large lounge with computers and pool table. I'd definitely stay in this hostel again if I was in Christchurch. Not to far from centre of town and near the park.
    England, Female, 31-40
  • 9.7


    18 May 2019
    Old historic home converted into a nice backpackers. Clean dorm room, good location, would stay again! Only there a night so I’m not sure about the vibe but it was a quiet night’s sleep
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 8.3


    25 Oct 2019
    Good location and the staff were helpful, really easy to meet people in the communal areas. No lockers in the 6 bed room meant there wasn’t much space at all.
    England, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 8.3


    30 Sep 2019
    Little outta town but like a 15 minute walk from downtown.
    Canada, Male, 18-24
  • 8.0


    26 May 2019
    No lockers unfortunately but apart from that it is a nice hostel. Bit of a walk out of time but not too bad, friendly staff and good prices. I would go back.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    27 Jul 2019
    Nice place to stay in a great location. Staff were friendly and helpful. Our room was very small and the bed was not comfortable. The building is also very old and outdated, definitely needs some work.
    Australia, Couple, 25-30
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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