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" Don't expect too much: it is a dreary place, but with some new fittings, and the building work finished, it could be decent. Come on, lads! " More

By Simon, from Ireland on Mon 02 Mar 2015

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Hotel Description

At Racecourse Backpackers Hostel, you'll be connected to a shopping center and 4.1 km (2.5 mi) from University of Canterbury. Highlights at this hostel include in-room free WiFi and LCD TVs.

This business-friendly hostel offers a business center, a garden, and a picnic area. Added amenities include laundry facilities and multilingual staff. There's also free self parking, along with the convenience of an area shuttle.

Attractions within a 15-minute drive of this Christchurch hostel include Christchurch Public Hospital and Orana Wildlife Park.

Standard Suite, 1 Bedroom, Non Smoking, Shared Bathroom (Quad Room with hand basin)

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Suite, 1 Bedroom, Non Smoking, Shared Bathroom (Quad Room)

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Quad Room (bunks + 2 singles)

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Quad Room (double bed + bunks)

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, Multiple Beds, Accessible, Microwave

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Suite, 1 Bedroom, Non Smoking, Shared Bathroom (Twin Double Room)

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Racecourse Backpackers Hostel ratings based on 89 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
2.6 out of 5 2.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 2.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 2.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 1.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 2.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Racecourse Backpackers Hostel

Everyone (57) Couples (27) Family (5)
4 out of 5

Posted by on 19 May 2019

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1 out of 5

Terrible experience, Don't Go there.

Pros: Location and close proximity to the Christchurch's main attraction.
Cons: Everything.
The photo on this website is totally opposite the present condition. this is certainly a old photograph which don't resemble the present state of this facility. The room were smelly, no ventilation, old cushion and outside of the room its a scene of dump yard. I highly recommend please don't go there.

Posted by on 1 Dec. 2017

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1 out of 5

No signage, no reception area, poorly kept.

the grounds are unkept, there is no reception, the managers use the shared kitchen for their own food preperarion the kitchen only seats 4 people squashed in. We will never go back.

Posted by , from BOP on 11 Jan. 2017

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1 out of 5
The rooms smelled awful, the shower was mouldy, and the toilets smelled strongly of urine.

Posted by on 30 Nov. 2016

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1 out of 5

Would recommend an inspection of the place

Pros: There was free WiFi and a full kitchen.
Cons: The sanitation of the room and bathing facilities.
First of all, the price being $70 dollars for two people and ONE bed with no proper bathing facilities was way too pricey. The sheets and duvet had certainly not been cleaned in a while, because they had a quite pungent scent to them that made sleeping very uncomfortable. There was a small wall heater provided, however, it was not enough to provide much warmth for the small, dorm-sized bedroom. The sanitary of the bathing facilities were questionable, as the water did not have a great draining system. Overall, it was just not a comfortable environment, especially for the price that was paid. Would not recommend staying here.

Posted by , from New Zealand on 2 Aug. 2015

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5 out of 5

Posted by on 4 Mar. 2015

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3 out of 5
Pros: Available when everywhere else was full.
Cons: A musty smell in the room. Dreadful linen - it might be clean, but you can't tell! Location is a bit isolated, but not as bad is it seems at first.
Don't expect too much: it is a dreary place, but with some new fittings, and the building work finished, it could be decent. Come on, lads!

Posted by , from Ireland on 2 Mar. 2015

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1 out of 5
Pros: Nothing
Cons: Horrible place, has nothing to do with a hostel

Posted by on 1 Mar. 2015

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2 out of 5
Pros: Its close to the airport
Cons: The smell from dirty linen and bedding and the cat trying to live in our room
Location: Under-developed
Facilities: Plumbing leaks; Value: Excessive, expensive for what u get; Service: Manager's friendly; Cleanliness: Filthy, Smelly, Grubby, Smell of cat pee; In Australia this place would be shut down. Worst most unhygienic place i have ever stayed. All we wanted was a clean bed for the night :-(

Posted by , from Australia - SA - Regional SA on 29 Jan. 2015

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2 out of 5
Pros: Close to the airport
Cons: Everything! Smelly, dirty, bad value for money, Wifi not working, Horrible facilities, kids toys in the room, owners cat keep entering in our room
Location: Uninspiring, Under-developed, close to the airport
Facilities: Horrible, Bare minimum; Value: Rip-off, Unreasonable; Service: Unhelpful, Amateur, Below average; Cleanliness: Dirty, Poor, smelly; I've travelled all around the world and visited 37 countries and this is the worst accommodation I've stayed in my life

Posted by , from Australia - QLD - Brisbane on 7 Jan. 2015

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About the Racecourse Backpackers Hostel

Location 130 Racecourse Road, Christchurch, 8042

Property Features

There's an onsite business center. A shuttle from the hotel to the airport (available 24 hours), an area shuttle, and a train station drop-off service are available for a fee. The business-friendly Racecourse Backpackers Hostel also features multilingual staff, a garden, and a picnic area. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. This Christchurch hostel is smoke free.

  • 14 guestrooms or units
  • Business facilities
  • Self-service laundry
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Garden
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Parking

Long-term parking (surcharge) , Free self parking , Limited onsite parking , Free parking nearby

Transport

  • Airport: Christchurch International Airport (CHC) (6.7 km / 4.2 mi)
  • Train station: Christchurch Railway Station (5.6 km / 3.5 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport drop-off, area shuttle, train station pick-up, casino shuttle, and shopping center shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking; extended parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Racecourse Backpackers Hostel offers 14 accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors. Each accommodation is individually furnished. LCD televisions are featured in guestrooms. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. Guests have access to shared bathrooms.

  • Bathrooms are shared
  • Communal kitchen access
  • LCD television
  • Refrigerator
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Heating
  • Unique furnishings

Hotel Policies

Check-in

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

Special check-in instructions:

There is no front desk at this property. If you are planning to arrive after 10 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

This property does not have a front desk. Guests arriving after 10 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

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

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed

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.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation. This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash.

  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • Debit cards

Fees

Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Cash deposit: NZD 50 per stay

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

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

  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge of 5 percent

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

Hotel Names

  • Racecourse Backpackers
  • Racecourse Backpackers Christchurch
  • Racecourse Backpackers Hostel
  • Racecourse Backpackers Hostel Christchurch
  • Racecourse Backpackers Hostel Christchurch
  • Racecourse Backpackers Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

You should know

  • Racecourse Backpackers Hostel offers transfers from the airport and train station (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation 48 hours prior to arrival with your arrival details.
  • Alcohol isn't served at Racecourse Backpackers Hostel.

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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