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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

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  • Wonderful Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Fantastic 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 , Orangetheory 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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All Credit /Debit cards are subject to bank service fees of $3.
We welcome late night arrivals. However, if you’re arriving after 9pm, please note that reception is closed and the front door is locked. We will email you late-arrival instructions if your online booking states that you’ll be arriving at 9pm or later and your credit card will be charged prior to your late night arrival with the card used to make this booking. The booking will be cancelled should the card not be valid. Refunds due to early cancellation will be subject to an administration fee. If arriving after midnight, please ensure you have booked for the correct date (the date prior to midnight). We prefer you book a Private Room for late arrivals so you don't disturb other Dorm Guests View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.3

  • Security 9.1

  • Location 8.3

  • Staff 8.9

  • Atmosphere 8.5

  • Cleanliness 9.2

  • Facilities 8.9

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    05 Nov 2020
    Awesome place. The bathrooms and other communal areas were spotless which I have found to be very rare for a hostel. Staff were so friendly and obliging.
    New Zealand, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    22 Oct 2020
    I was really impressed staying here. On check in, staff were really friendly and explained everything we needed to know, plus some interesting cells to check out! The whole place was really clean and tidy and kept really nice. Room felt very secure. Location was really good too for the train the next morning. Would recommend staying, great value for money.
    Ireland, Female, 31-40
  • 9.7


    09 Jan 2021
    We enjoyed the experience of the jailhouse. They had everything you needed for a great stay. Clean and staff very helpful and friendly.
    New Zealand, Female, 41+
  • 9.4


    15 Nov 2020
    Nice, tidy and safe place with friendly staff. Only stayed one night in a private room and stuck to myself but was a comfortable stay.
    New Zealand, Male, 31-40
  • 9.1


    14 Mar 2021
    Quirky hostel, very clean and tidy. Young woman on the desk was very helpful and happy. Handy to the train station.
    New Zealand, Female, 41+
  • 9.1


    17 Nov 2020
    Jailhouse is a great place to stay. A good location in an area with plenty to see and do. Can be a little loud, so earplugs are a good idea. I've stayed here several times before, usually upstairs. This time I was downstairs and not too happy about the shared facilities down there. Very limited, and the women's toilet floor was usually swimming with water from the open shower that shared the same room.
    New Zealand, Female, 41+
  • 8.6


    28 Jan 2021
    I have stayed there before and would recommend The Jailhouse to anyone seeking clean basic accommodation within walking distance of the city.
    England, Male, 41+
  • 8.0


    03 Jan 2021
    Nice place and good installation. You can sleep well without any interruption or noise. I very recommend this hostel.
    Colombia, Male, 31-40
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    28 Sep 2020
    I booked the place only for the proximity to the train station. Cheap and reasonably cheerful. Was a bit noisy at night.
    New Zealand, Female, 41+
  • 6.6


    31 Oct 2020
    Frankly, the neighborhood sucks-- the trade-off being that this is the only hostel I could find with free on-site parking in Chch. The vibes at the hostel also weren't great; a lot of dudes loitering in the garden drinking and smoking. I was fortunate to get the 2-person female dorm room to myself for 3/4 nights. Facilities are fine, though power outlets and lamps for each bunk would be a big improvement, and lockers in the rooms would be a nice addition.
    USA, Female, 25-30
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Dryer
  • Flexible NRR
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Parking
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Towels Not Included
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi


  • 2013

    1st, Country Winners New Zealand

  • 2013

    1st, Continent Winners Oceania

  • 2010

    1st, Country Winners New Zealand

  • 2010

    1st, Continent Winners Oceania

  • 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.