My partner and I stayed here for one night in 2011, unfortunately, on that day, Christchurch had three earthquakes. That kind of spoilt our stay as we spent the night awake, waiting for the 150+ aftershocks to stop!
The place itself was fun, and the rooms were just as expected; converted jail cells. If you are looking for luxury, then don't book here. Fun? Yes.
The staff were very helpful given the situation, however we spent most of the day in the conservatory, while the rest of the building was being checked out for damage.
The building is quite cold, and it was quiet daunting on our midnight arrival (instructions had been left for us to get it), but like one review on here stated, if you don't want to stay in Alcatraz, don't stay here.
Overall, would I book again? In a heartbeat- if of course, Christchurch didn't move so much!
Although its a little walk to the centre of Christchurch, there are plenty of shops/places to get food around the area.
Worth noting, although my review is dated September 2011, it was actually June 2011 I stayed here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Closest Budget Accommodation to the Railway Station! Award winning hostel. 'Author's Pick' in Christchurch for Lonely Planet and Rough Guide 2008. Top mid-sized Independent BBH hostel in NZ. WiFi. Free parking. Newly renovated heritage accommodation with a colourful history as the former Addington Prison. Private Single, Double, Twin bunk and Group/Family/Dorm rooms available in our budget Christchurch accommodation. Clean, warm, friendly with super-comfortable beds close to top Christchurch attractions. Families welcome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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