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Jailhouse Accommodation

338 Lincoln Road, Christchurch 8024, New Zealand
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  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens
    1.5 km
  • 3 star hotel
  • Free Wifi
Reviewed 3 days ago
Nice backpackers hostel
We were 3 to enjoy this hostel very nice, and unusual hostel... more
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Mondeville, France
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

We were 3 to enjoy this hostel very nice, and unusual hostel because it was a jail and they keep the style of a jailhouse, very cool !!!! Everythings was clean, plugs and light for each beds in a dorms. But the wifi wasn't good.

Thank Stephanieroutarde
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

Stayed for a couple of nights in a 2 bed female dorm. The staff are super friendly, the place is really clean and the wifi actually works! There are a few different chill out areas when you don't want to be confined to your cell ;) About 30 mins walk to the botanic gardens and there are restaurants/cafes nearby

Thank jds2110
Solihull, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

We stayed here for two nights at the beginning of January and would highly recommended. Aside from being a very quirky hostel set in a converted jail it's got a good feel about it. Really clean even in the communal showers and toilets. We had a private double room which was clean and surprisingly cosy for a jail cell. About...

Thank Emma C
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff were exceptional helpful about ways to enjoy the uniqueness of the property and the interesting quirky elements to enjoy in Christchurch also perfect for a family with two boys to know !! The bedrooms a simple, comfortable and in keeping with the jail theme and the property itself a must do at least once. The range of quiet...

Thank sueminor
Darlington, South Carolina
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is certainly a very different way to spend a night in a converted cell in the old jailhouse. The rooms are naturally compact but can house a double bed. The public areas are clean and spacious and the shower/toilet areas are clean and spacious. If I had and complaints it would be that as the building is very open...

Thank Sparky8167
San Francisco, California
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed here with my daughter and 80 year old parents. Got 2 separate rooms (1 double, 1 bunk bed) with the shared baths. My parents were apprehensive at first, but it ended up being a great stay for the following reasons: 1) Bathrooms were clean and plentiful so no problems sharing 2) Hostel guests were all very quiet and trendy....

1Thank ALTippet
Southampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

I spent a night here as part of my NZ tour. I loved it! The rooms were surprisingly roomy and comfortable! The showers and toilets were nice. The place is so interesting and fun. There's a cell kept in its original condition which is awesome, if not a bit disturbing. There are uniforms and signs to take funny photos with...

Thank travel_girl354
Gravesend, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Visited this hostel with my tour group while travelling around New Zealand, really like the concept, very unique compared to other hotels I've stayed in!! Staff are friendly and helpful upon arrival and gave us a brief chat about Christchurch and where to explore. I stayed in a room of 2 with a bunk bed, rooms are very small and...

Thank Rebeccavilday
Thornhill, Canada
Reviewed 5 December 2016

This hotel is set in a Gothic style prison dating back to 1874. An unique environment for sure where you can have pictures taken of yourself in prison garb, be called an inmate or generally act like you’re locked up. But in this case, the novelty soon wore off. The private room was tiny, TV didn’t work and we had...

Thank AMsays
jailnz, Owner at Jailhouse Accommodation, responded to this review

We appreciate you reviewing our unique hostel. Most of the rooms are former cells, although the dorms were recreation and staff areas so larger. We use a laundry supplier and change all bedding after every inmate, so I apologize for your pillowcase and can only suppose that there was a mark that was unable to come out in the laundry...

Reviewed 4 December 2016

Stayed 3 nights. Easy access from train station. Easy shuttle to airport. I was quite surprised at how comfortable the jailhouse was. I had a twin share. Easy access top bunk, super comfy. Quiet! Clean kitchen. Very accommodating staff at all hours. Good wifi. Good showers. Toilet stalls only downfall: a tad cramped for tall folks.

1Thank 2weety
jailnz, Owner at Jailhouse Accommodation, responded to this review

Thanks very much for taking the time to review Jailhouse, really glad you found it comfy!

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  • Kitchenette
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Closest Budget Accommodation to the Railway Station! Award winning hostel. 'Author's Pick' in Christchurch for Lonely Planet and Rough Guide 2008. Top mid-sized Independent BBH hostel in NZ. WiFi. Free parking. Newly renovated heritage accommodation with a colourful history as the former Addington Prison. Private Single, Double, Twin bunk and Group/Family/Dorm rooms available in our budget Christchurch accommodation. Clean, warm, friendly with super-comfortable beds close to top Christchurch attractions. Families welcome. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Jailhouse Accommodation

Address: 338 Lincoln Road, Christchurch 8024, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Price Range: $32 - $94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Jailhouse Accommodation 3.5*
Number of rooms: 38
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“Any would have been fine however maybe the left side has better views”
 of 5 bubbles sueminor, 14 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Beds were comfy!!!!”
  • my cell
 of 5 bubbles 8DaveS8, 16 Nov 2016 | Read review
“come experience sleeping in a cell but pay with a price.”
 of 5 bubbles aisze767, 10 Jul 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are similar, it depends on how many roommates you want!”
 of 5 bubbles 859tylerw, 4 May 2016 | Read review
“There are blanket cupboards in the rooms, i used this for my valuabales and just attached my own padlock, rather then paying for lockers”
 of 5 bubbles nataliet144, 2 May 2016 | Read review
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