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Dorset House Backpackers
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Convenient location to airport & Christchurch Centre. We stayed here twice, one night after arriving on the South Island & one night before heading back to Auckland. Both visits we had a private double room. The rooms were great & it was nice to be provided towels with our booking. Parking was convenient, but limited on the street. To park on property be sure to arrive early. The bathrooms were clean & some included hair dryers. One night we were on ground floor in back of property & one night on first floor in the main part of the house. Showers on ground floor that are gas heated are wonderful. The others are tricky if you like warm showers--hot & cold are on either side of the shut off, so the water is either too hot, too cold, or off....The kitchen is clean & we'll stocked. Great lounge area. Despite water temperature issues in shower, we'd stay here again.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank jlh557
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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Hi jlh557,

Thanks very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are indeed really lucky to have the local bus #29 pass our street from the airport to the Bus Interchange. We are so glad to hear you have enjoyed both stays with us and we always love seeing guests back at the end of their trip, generally we hear the best stories!

Thank you for choosing to stay with us twice and we hope you had a fantastic time in new Zealand.

Warm regards
Hilde
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Reviewed 21 February 2018

Stayed twice at Dorset house, was so impressed the first time i came back the following week and stayed again :)
Really nice old villa style building, big spacious bedrooms, plenty of bathrooms and great kitchen! Quiet setting next to nice park but still very close to town. The place was immaculately clean and maintained, hands down best budget accommodation i have had in Christchurch, great value for money.
Special thanks to the very helpful and friendly staff there who went out of their way to help me out :)

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled on business
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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

Hi Sam Y,

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are stoked to hear you found us to be the best budget accommodation hands down I will pass on your lovely words to the team, as they work very hard to keep the hostel clean each day and reception staff is always there to help with anything.

Thank you again and we hope to see you perhaps in the future.

Warm regards
Hilde
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Reviewed 15 February 2018

Dorset is a clean and sweet little hostel, the staff had been really kind and I would absolutely come again! Christchurch was different than I expected, but is also auch small charming City.
Beste wishes!

Stayed: February 2018, travelled with friends
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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2018

Hi sistamarie2018,

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review! We are so glad to hear you found our staff to be really kind and you enjoyed your stay at Dorset House, we will pass on your kind words to the team

We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels!

Best wishes
Hilde
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Reviewed 27 January 2018

I enjoyed staying at Dorset House – the building has character, and the other guests were all friendly and interesting too. The reception desk is only open 9-5, which can be problematic if you're expecting otherwise, but they do a good job of organising things for when they're gone, and are very helpful and accommodating when they're there. The only downside for me was it was a fair distance from the city-centre destinations I used most (bus interchange and Canterbury Museum) but otherwise the location was quite nice, across the street from Hagley Park and on a quiet side-street, which made it a restful place to stay.

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled solo
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Thank sairriess
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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2018

Hi sairriess,

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad to hear you have found your stay comfortable and the hostel to be homey. We are a 15 minute walk to the Canterbury Museum or Cathedral Square. The Bus Interchange is indeed a little further (20 to 25 min walk), but there are plenty of busses passing Dorset Street if you did not wish to walk We are indeed very lucky to be on a quiet street next to Hagley Park yet around the corner from Victoria Street with lost of bars and café’s. Thank you for your feedback regarding our reception opening times, which so far have not been problematic yet. We have changed these at the end of last year, rather than putting our prices up. Our 5 bed dorm (5 single beds, no bunk beds and beds are fully made) are currently $34.00 per person per night. Whereas at YHA Hereford Street a 4 bed mixed dorm (bunk beds!) is $45.00 per person per night. It’s an important weigh up we have to make and hopefully with all the useful information folders (restaurant guide, activities guide, FAQ guide) and the far more affordable price, this will make up for shorter reception hours. Our confirmation emails, website and online listings all display our reception opening hours so that our guests know what to expect, rather than be surprised.

Thank you again for your feedback and we hope to see you again perhaps in the future.

Warm regards
Hilde
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Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

Beautiful character house, clean bathrooms and rooms. The communal kitchen had plenty of cooking and eating space. Lots of cooking utensils and great to be able to leave food for others on departure. Laundry was great. Lovely outdoor space in the garden or kitchen balcony. Very friendly staff and friendly travelors.

Stayed: January 2018, travelled with family
Thank KiwiKJL
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DorsetHouseChch, Manager at Dorset House Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2018

KiwiKJL,

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad to hear you have enjoyed your stay at Dorset House and found our facilities and services perfect. We absolutely try our hardest to make everyone feel welcome at our backpackers and will pass on your kind words to the team.

We hope to see you again perhaps in the future.

Warm regards
Hilde
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