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Jailhouse Accommodation Christchurch

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4836 Total Reviews
Wonderful Location
Superb Staff
Fantastic Cleanliness

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 and free parking! Hostelworld, Lonely Planet and Rough Guides top pick for Christchurch, we have won heaps of Awards!

We operate with contactless self check-in using GOKI door locks - simply check your emails on arrival morning to get your 'Goki' lock access Pin codes to the building and your room. To also receive your PIN code via Text, please use the Pre check-in link that you will be sent after booking, and add your phone number.

We welcome late night arrivals - just use your access Pins 24/7 (prefer private rooms not dorms for late night arrivals)

ALL PAYMENT IS TAKEN IN ADVANCE on your credit/debit card once inside the cancelation policy

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 parking, free WiFi, fresh linen with fully made-up beds, free off-street parking, free DVD hire, cinema room, free pool table, commercially-styled guest kitchen. towel hire 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. There are a number of vibrant cafes 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 digital Pin access to your room 24 hours a day. And of course, the jail features provide total security.

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Credit or Debit card payments only, payment will be taken prior to arrival. Should your card be declined then you will be given 12 hours to update it, and if still declined we reserve the right to cancel the booking ( 2 hours for same-day bookings). Please ensure your card does not decline.

Your credit card will be charged prior to your arrival with the card used to make this booking. 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. Your credit card will be held securely and may be charged for 'no shows', cancellations within cancellation policy, or for wilful damage, theft, additional cleaning, smoking/vaping inside, inappropriate behavior or breaching terms

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Very Good
Apr 02, 2024
Generally nice place and cool concept being in an old jail. Unfortunately the "free parking" advertised prominently in the description is insufficient so had to find parking on the street instead. The signs threatening fines for not doing washing up (and use of CCTV to catch you) also felt pretty over the top.
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Male, 25-30
Mar 31, 2024
Had a private room and it was the best sleep I had during my whole trip. Lots of cozy bedding provided and bed was comfy. Kitchen is well equipped although only two sinks so can get a bit crowded during mealtimes. Lots of areas outside the room to hang out, which is good because wifi doesn’t really work in the cells (rooms). A very bright and open building and lots of historical info on its life as a prison. A very memorable place to stay with a lot more character than the average hostel.
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Female, 41+
Mar 28, 2024
If you're with a friend getting a private is ideal value. The hostel is solid, it's far out though and not particularly social. Could do with a make over
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Male, 18-24


  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free Parking
    • Free City Maps
    • Free WiFi
    • Free Internet Access
  • General

    • Wheelchair Friendly
    • Security Lockers
    • Key Card Access
    • Common Room
    • Bicycle Parking
    • Breakfast Not Included
    • Adaptors
    • Book Exchange
    • Hot Showers
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Cooker
    • Fridge/Freezer
    • Utensils
    • Dryer
    • Cable TV
    • Reading Light
    • Jobs Board
    • Parking
    • Hair Dryers
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Washing Machine
    • Towels Not Included
    • Flexible NRR
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Towels for hire
    • Luggage Storage
    • Express check-in / out
    • Reception (limited hours)
  • Food & Drink

    • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Entertainment

    • DVD's
    • Board Games
    • Games Room
    • Pool Table
    • Wi-Fi



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