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4.5 out of 5

"Great location, great lounge, great welcoming staff :) The only hiccup for me was the amount of noise the beds made " More

By a verified traveller on Tue 12 Nov 2019

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Hotel Description

Dorset House Backpackers places you in the center of Christchurch, within just a 15-minute stroll of Christchurch Casino and Canterbury Museum. Highlights at this Victorian hotel include free in-room WiFi.

Safes are featured in all 17 individually decorated rooms.

This smoke-free hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, a garden, and tour/ticket assistance. Added amenities include coffee/tea in a common area, laundry facilities, and ski storage. There's also self parking, along with the convenience of an airport shuttle.

Sights within a 20-minute walk of this Christchurch City Centre hotel include Christchurch Art Gallery and Hagley Golf Course.

Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm (4 or 5 Beds)

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Shared Dormitory - Mixed Dorm - 6-8 Beds

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.BunkBed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Basic Double Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Double Room

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Shared Dormitory

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.BunkBed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Twin Room

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Dorset House Backpackers ratings based on 62 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Dorset House Backpackers

Everyone (42) Couples (16) Students (1) Family (2)
5 out of 5
Great location, great lounge, great welcoming staff :) The only hiccup for me was the amount of noise the beds made

Posted by on 12 Nov. 2019

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4 out of 5
all pretty good but a bit old and sad in places. Upstairs kitchen facilities excellent, and lounge looked brilliant (downstairs). Great location and price

Posted by on 29 Mar. 2019

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4 out of 5
Comfortable 3 night stay, clean facilities. There are, however, only a couple of parking spaces off street

Posted by , from Wellington on 11 May 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

15 May 2018 by Lori

Hey Tom, Thank you for your kind review and choosing your stay with us :-) As Dublin Street is currently temporarily closed there is less street parking than usual , however the opposite side of Dorset Street is free unlimited parking and we also have our own car park around the back which has 5 available spaces for guests on first come first served basis. Wishing you all the best with the rest of your travels. Warm Regards Lori Dorset House Backpackers

2 out of 5
Positives: Old charm Close to Hagley Park and CBD/pubs, restaurants Negatives: Wi-fi bad Shower pressure and lack of heat

Posted by on 14 Apr. 2018

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5 out of 5

Hostel - More like a hotel!

Pros: Everything, especially the price.
Cons: No suggestions
Location: Walking distance to city
Everything clean, comfortable and working. Good kitchen set up and nice large lounge.

Posted by , from Gundaroo on 13 Oct. 2017

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4 out of 5

Nice place close to centre of Christchurch

Pros: The kitchen was well appointed to handle the number of guests
Cons: the heating of the facility could be updated
This hostel had nice friendly and knowledgeable staff that were helpful to tourists.

Posted by , from Alberta, Canada on 8 Aug. 2016

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5 out of 5
It was a very enjoyable stay here. The house is quite dated, but that didn't let it down. The room and bed were very comfortable and a nice atmosphere with the other guests. I wanted to marry the girl at the front desk, she was so lovely and helpful. A leisurely stroll to anything you could need when staying here. Would stay here again.

Posted by on 26 Oct. 2015

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5 out of 5

Best hostel in Christchurch

Really nice hostel. It's clean, nice atmosphere, friendly staff. Free wifi and nice rooms. Everything looks awesome.

Posted by , from Munich on 8 Jul. 2015

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5 out of 5

Very nice backpackers

Pros: The historic building was impressive. I appreciated the layout and tidiness.
Cons: The looks were good but I did struggled to get hot water from the old fashion shower. I had to wait about10 minutes to get any hot water from it.
Location: Close to Town centre and lovely park.
Booked for 1 night with my partner in a small double room which was very warm and pleasant.

Posted by , from new zealand on 23 May 2015

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5 out of 5

Great place to stay in a great area

Pros: Electric blankets, Warmth, clean and safe
Cons: More loo paper
Location: Close to all amenities
Excellent experience. This is a lovely old house that i would thoroughly recommend

Posted by on 22 May 2015

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Property Features

Dorset House Backpackers offers its guests tour/ticket assistance, ski storage, and a garden. WiFi is free in public spaces. A roundtrip airport shuttle and a train station pick-up service are available for a fee. Dorset House Backpackers also features coffee/tea in a common area, laundry facilities, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Parking is available for a fee. This Victorian Christchurch hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 17 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • Built in 1871
  • Ski equipment storage
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Pool or billiards table
  • Garden
  • Television in lobby
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Self parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Train station: Christchurch Railway Station (4.6 km / 2.8 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle and train station pick-up
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Dorset House Backpackers offers 17 accommodations with safes. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. This Christchurch hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Irons/ironing boards and hair dryers can be requested.

  • Hair dryer available
  • Safe
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at 5 PM

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 9 AM - 5 PM. If you are planning to arrive after 5 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 9 AM - 5 PM.
Guests arriving after 5 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • Pets are welcome for a fee

Policies

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • No lifts
  • Debit cards
  • Staffed front desk

Fees

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • A pet fee will be charged
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge of 2.5 percent

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Dorset Backpackers
  • Dorset House
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  • Dorset House Backpackers Christchurch
  • Dorset House Backpackers Hostel
  • Dorset House Backpackers Hostel Christchurch
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National Rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our rating system.

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