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Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

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Additional Terms and Conditions

To avoid noise complaints no drinking for groups on the premises. Quiet zone in Atrium area 9pm-8am.

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

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Groups of more than 10 pax are subject to a 30 day 100% due cancellation policy. Cancellations must be emailed.

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Jailhouse Accommodation Christchurch

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Great Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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We love this Hostel!

It gets our thumbs up for consistently high guest reviews.

Hostelworld says

Jailhouse Accommodation was rated #1 in New Zealand and Oceania at the 2009 and 2013 Hoscars, and it's not hard to see why. This quirky, clean, comfortable and quiet hostel is set in a historic former jail. It's located about 20 minutes' walk from the Arts Centre, Christchurch Art Gallery, Canterbury Museum and the Botanic Gardens and is surrounded by a variety of bars and cafes. We like their friendly and very helpful staff, who have a great knowledge of the area.

Property Description

Stay in Jail for an unforgettable experience with Free Unlimited UltraFast WiFi! Hostelworld, Lonely Planet and Rough Guides’s top pick for Christchurch, we’ve won heaps of Awards!

You can enjoy our renovated heritage accommodation, which had a colourful history as Addington Prison.

Our clean, warm and friendly accommodation features super-comfortable beds with free towels, free WiFi, fresh linen with fully made-up beds, free off-street parking, free DVD hire, cinema room, free pool table, bicycle hire, commercially-styled guest kitchen and laundry. We offer private singles, doubles, twin bunks and also dorms, as well as some larger rooms that can be used by families or groups. If traveling with under 16s, please reserve private rooms, not shared dorms.

Christchurch is the gateway to the amazing South Island. Our suburb of Addington is a happening place to be, with awesome new places opening all the time. We are the closest hostel to the Tranzalpine train station , AMI Stadium and Horncastle Arena where many concerts and functions are held. You could walk, or it is a short bus ride to Hagley Park, Canterbury Museum andour exciting new CBD with new bars on 'The Strip', new shops and places to explore like Little High. Threre are a number of vibrant cafés and bars close by, including Pedal Pushers, Morrell and Co, renowned Simo’s Deli, Addington Coffee Co-op and Court Theatre.

We have modern facilities in our budget youth hostel; you will have secure key access to your room 24 hours a day. And of course, the jail features provide total security.

Wake up to a cup of our freshly made organic, fair-trade espresso coffee from our coffee bar.

We have a travel desk for booking all your New Zealand transport and tickets to Christchurch and South Island attractions - cheapest rates available!

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.7

  • Security 9.2

  • Location 7.6

  • Staff 8.9

  • Atmosphere 8.4

  • Cleanliness 8.9

  • Facilities 8.6

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    27 Mar 2019
    What a gorgeous and unique stay. Everything you need here including kitchen, lounges, reading rooms. The cells are very cute and the bed amazingly comfy. Highly recommend
    Australia, Female, 41+
  • 9.7


    26 Apr 2019
    I LOVE the jailhouse! Felt very safe with the kindand helpful staff! Such a wonderful atmosphere! Prefer this way over the Jucy snooze!!!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    07 May 2019
    Great hostel to stay in for a couple of nights. Bathrooms and kichen were always clean. The kitchen is big and has everything you need to cook a nice meal. A little far walk from the city center (30min walk) but a good place to stay if you are taking the train early in the morning (20 min walk). It's nice to be able to read about the history of the jail, and even see original artwork on the wall of one of the cells (you don't sleep in this cell).
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    29 Apr 2019
    Great hostel, little further out from Christchurch but not a real issue if you have a car. Facilities were top notch imo
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1


    07 Apr 2019
    We enjoyed our stay at the Jailhouse very much! Comfortable beds and a fun design. Good facilities available in the kitchen. Only criticism would be that the bathroom was a bit cramped, but they were clean with nice, hot showers. Overall a good stay, I would recommend!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    29 Mar 2019
    Great staff, above average cleanliness for a hostel, location is great if you want to be close to town without being right in the middle of it, free parking, and the wifi connection is great.
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 8.9


    19 Apr 2019
    We had a pleasant stay
    New Zealand, Male, 25-30
  • 8.0


    30 Mar 2019
    Such a cool idea! It's a little bit outside of the main city area, but the walk is through a nice park so not too bad. Most of the time we picke dup lime scooters along the way. Pool table was a nice touch.
    England, Couple, 31-40
  • 6.9


    14 May 2019
    great quirky place Pretty cold and not much atmosphere Only one member of staff was pleasant, the rest looked like they didn’t want to be there and were not approachable or friendly Clean. Kitchen facilities good. Internet good. Free parking.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 5.1


    04 Apr 2019
    It was cool for about 1 hour but then you're just in a cell. It has no atmosphere, the staff are so-so, the showers were never clean, the toilets are impossible to get into if you're tall. Not the best part of Christchurch either. It is also very loud in the evenings despite there being quiet zone signs everywhere.
    England, Female, 18-24
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Adaptors
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Dryer
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Jobs Board
  • Parking
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Cafe
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi


  • 2013

    1st, Continent Winners Oceania

  • 2013

    1st, Country Winners New Zealand

  • 2010

    1st, Continent Winners Oceania

  • 2010

    1st, Country Winners New Zealand

  • 2009

    3rd, Continent Winners Oceania

  • 2008

    2nd, Continent Winners Oceania


  • 2013

    Worldwide Medium Hostel

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Jailhouse Accommodation Christchurch says

Jailhouse Accommodation was rated #1 in New Zealand and Oceania at the 2009 and 2013 Hoscars, and it's not hard to see why. This quirky, clean, comfortable and quiet hostel is set in a historic former jail. It's located about 20 minutes' walk from the Arts Centre, Christchurch Art Gallery, Canterbury Museum and the Botanic Gardens and is surrounded by a variety of bars and cafes. We like their friendly and very helpful staff, who have a great knowledge of the area.