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“Coziest, friendliest place in New Zealand” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chester Street Backpackers

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Chester Street Backpackers
Frankfurt, Germany
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Coziest, friendliest place in New Zealand”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

We stayed at Chester St Backpackers for three nights and we really enjoyed our stay here. This place is more than a backpackers hostel, it felt like home, there was a warm and welcoming atmosphere. It's a perfect size to make great friends and enjoy each others company. Wonderful memories of baking, cooking and relaxing in the lounge and garden. The staff was friendly and helpful. Although Christchurch has suffered much damage caused by the earthquakes in 2010/11, the Chester St Backpackers is a haven. It seems like this place has recovered well.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Lucy S
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2011

Great place to chill out in Christchurch, friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2011

We stayed here for two nights and we were pleasantly surprised. This place is more like a guest house than a backpackers.. The kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and the living room were clean and well presented. The staff were very friendly and helpful and made us feel at home. We are booked back here to stay again when we head back to Christchurch in a few weeks. The only thing the I think the owners could do is install wifi (they have internet access but no skype!!)..

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AMDukes
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Adelaide, Australia
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21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2011

We stayed at Chester street for 4 nights and enjoyed the stay there over all. What could be a great backpackers is only an average one due to lack of maintenance. Hot water ran out in the kitchen everyday by lunch time,bathroom sink hot taps leaked, maybe this was the reason there was a lake of hot water. Also the double room outside had french doors opening out to the backyard which could not be locked. Electicity kept going off in the kitchen and the microwave didnt always start and required you to turn it off then back on to get it going. Most of the bad revolves around the kitchen which had limited bench space and a rubbish bin smaller than most houses would have. It was obvious this was ran by backpackers not the owners.The good side was the it was warm in a good location and the staff were friendly and kept the place clean.

Room Tip: one double room is outside its big but requires you to walk through the back yard to the house.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2011

The helper was very friendly. The kitchen could use more cleaning, but did the job.
The room was sizey and comfortable, as was the common room. It's in a good location for all the sights when the city is finally rebuilt.
The free local calls were very useful when we were trying to get a rental car, although we had to say no thanks to the owner trying to sell us one of his cars.
Overall a decent enough place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Chester Street Backpackers

Property: Chester Street Backpackers
Address: 148 Chester Street East, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 111 Speciality Lodging in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Chester Street. We are a small 15 person hostel set up for the true independent traveler in a lovely old colorful kiwi villa. No bus groups here! Less than 10 minutes walk from Cathedral Square along the tree lined Avon River. Budget sleeper vans & cars also available. ... more   less 

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