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Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

I wandered up to this hostel after hours and without a booking. Lucky for me, the receptionist was around and she got me set up in a lovely little room. There are no bunk beds here, the dorm rooms have 5 single beds. It's pretty nice not to have another person sleeping above (or below) your head. The kitchen is...

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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Lauren, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re so glad to hear you enjoyed sleeping in a single bed, rather than the usual bunk beds hostels usually have. Even though we can’t fit as many people in as we would with bunk beds, we think it adds a little bit of hostel...

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 August 2016

Often something isn't what it seemed to be online.... this time I wasn't disappointed at all as it was even better! The staff was helpful and friendly, from making the booking per email to picking up my luggage I stored with them for the day. Dorset was easy to find, $8.50 bus trip from the airport, 1 minute walk from...

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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Lydia, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a detailed and glowing review, we really appreciate it! We’re so glad to hear everything went smooth with your late check-in and you enjoyed your stay. We’re absolutely stoked to hear we managed to exceed your expectations and I’ll make sure to let the team know. In this...

Reviewed 26 July 2016

Dorset house is a "home from home" motel for me. The location is strategic and the beds are comfortable. Wifi signal is good. Washing machines are provided and I love their kitchen - big and utensils are provided.. there are few fridges in the kitchen rather than just one as what other backpacker hostels provide.

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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Catherine, Thanks so much for choosing to stay with us in Christchurch and for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad to hear you liked our hostel facilities such as our kitchen, free unlimited WiFi and comfy beds. We indeed have three fridges in the kitchen, which allows for plenty of space for the number...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

The location of this hostel was perfect but I would only stay here again if I had too. I felt that the girl who checked me in was disinterested and just gave me my room key without even directing me to my room or pointing out any facilities which was odd. The bathrooms were adequate however were not very well...

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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi happy_traveller992, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the central location of our hostel, our large kitchen and the cleanliness of the hostel and overall had a comfortable stay. However, we are sorry to hear you did not find the bathrooms to be well kept. We...

Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Friendly and helpful staff and great unlimited Wi-Fi! The showers kind of sucked but it's a hostel so you get what you get. The kitchen was nicely spacious and the atmosphere was great. Rotor likely go back if given the chance. They're very into trying to convince customers into booking directly with the hostel instead of a hostelworld as it's...

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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Adam S, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad to hear you found our staff to be friendly and helpful and you enjoyed the free unlimited WiFi. In regards to your comment about direct bookings, we indeed have a poster at reception to make travellers aware that the deposit (ranging...

Reviewed 10 June 2016

Very well organised place around checking in and after-hours check-in. Warm despite being old house and frosty mornings. Wifi excellent in room and lounge. Free computer access was great for typing up some meeting minutes I had.Nice bunch of other travellers.

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DorsetHouseChch, Front Office Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Charles S, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us your kind review. We are happy to hear that you found the check-in process easy and that the hostel was warm and toasty despite the chilly winter weather we've been having. We've got two wonderful heaters downstairs and a heater in each bedroom as well as...

Tauranga, New Zealand
Reviewed 8 June 2016

We stayed at Dorset House for a quick trip down to the South Island. It was actually just for a bed - we arrived late and left early, but the after hour service worked out great and without any problems. Beds were comfortable as well. So all good and we would stay here again!

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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Isabell8785, Thank you for your good rating and review. We are glad to hear everything worked out with your late arrival. We always try our best to make everyone feel at home, whether they arrive during the day or late at night. We have a few folders at reception with information for any late arrivals to ensure they don’t...

Tiffin, Ohio
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Ever since I first stayed here in 2011 this is my go-to Christchurch hostel. Good variety of rooms to choose from (multi-bed, single, family) and everything is scrubbed clean daily. The common room is large and friendly; the kitchen can get a bit busy, but there are 4 stoves and two large tables for seating (not including the outdoor balcony...

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DorsetHouseChch, Front Office Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi PanGaia16, Thank you so much for your glowing review. We are very pleased to hear that you keep coming back! We are glad to hear that you found the other guests friendly and always managed to find space to eat and cook even though the kitchen can get busy at certain times of the day- we’ve had some lovely...

Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

The first time I stayed in Dorset house was 2010 and was abruptly woken by the 7.1 quake during my stay. 6 years on and this little gem of a hostel is still standing and is as warming and welcoming as ever. As someone who works in the hostel industry. I would highly recommended staying here if you are looking...

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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Conal, It was so special to have you stay with us again after nearly 5.5 years. We were very lucky that we only had cosmetic damage after the earthquake, besides the chimney that came down. Such an advantage being in a wooden building! We really appreciate your kind words, as we indeed try our utmost best to create a...

Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

Awesome place. Neat and tidy. Kind staff, often willing to help. Highly recommended to everyone. Felt really comfortable so it was hard to leave. Has a car park and i am sure you can find one space. Fully organised in travellers point of view.

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DorsetHouseChch, Front Office Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Sakthi N, Thank you for your lovely review! So flattering to hear that you felt comfortable here and didn’t want to leave :) we are always more than happy to help our guests to ensure all have a fantastic stay. We do indeed have our own car park out the back of the building for guest use. We also...

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Perfectly located central city, boutique hostel in historic 1871 home, in a lovely quiet garden setting and next to beautiful Hagley Park. You will find everything needed including a guest lounge with pool table, internet, WiFi, DVD's, cable, kitchen, balcony, guest laundry and free off-street parking. A selection of single, double and twin rooms are available, with fully made beds. Enjoy a stroll to Cathedral Square, or indulge in cafes & shopping on Victoria St. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Dorset House Backpackers

Address: 1 Dorset Street | PO Box 25350, Christchurch 8144, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Price Range: €23 - €71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Dorset House Backpackers 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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“rooms on the park pretty quiet , off street so i didn't notice noise”
 of 5 bubbles , 14 Nov 2016 | Read review
“I was in room 2 - window looks out to Hagley park and right opposite kitchen.”
 of 5 bubbles 799lydiab, 1 Aug 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in a private room w double bed”
 of 5 bubbles EddingtonTravel, 22 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Double storey building with staircase to second floor.”
 of 5 bubbles paulwT4925LM, 17 Dec 2015 | Read review
“Be prepared to haul your luggage up one flight of stairs and choose a room which is away from the kitchen”
 of 5 bubbles ShailajaVora, 20 Jun 2015 | Read review
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