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Reviews of Jailhouse Accommodation

Hostel | 338 Lincoln Road, Christchurch, New Zealand 8024

84.7% Overall Rating

302 out of 317 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (05/08/2014)

Amy Colvin thinks…

"It's got great character and the manager could not have been more helpful. She upgraded our room for us free of charge and also helped book our kiwi experience."

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Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Bicycle hire
  • Common area / room
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Internet café
  • Television room

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

"If you are arriving after 10pm, please contact us by phone or email to receive the front door code and instructions to your room."

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84.7%

Overall Rating

302 out of 317 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Jailhouse Accommodation'

Atmosphere
86.4%
Location
69.6%
Facilities
82.4%
Cleanliness
95.2%
Staff
88.0%
Value
78.4%
Safety
92.8%
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97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Amy Colvin

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

05 August 2014 Amy would recommend this property

Liked: It's got great character and the manager could not have been more helpful. She upgraded our room for us free of charge and also helped book our kiwi experience.

Disliked: Nothing.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

04 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly stuff and nice jail

Disliked: To long way to the City Centre

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Scott Williams

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

31 July 2014 Scott would recommend this property

Liked: Attention to detail. Willing to go the extra mile for their customers (inmates). Clearly run by people who have travelled and understand the needs of a backpacker!

Disliked: It was a bit cold but there was plenty in place to keep you warm (blankets/hot water bottles)

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Shuwei Lin

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

23 July 2014 Shuwei would recommend this property

Liked: Free shuttle to train station

Disliked: No

37.1%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 60%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 20%

Tim van Dueren den Hollander

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

03 July 2014

Liked: Clean place

Disliked: The staff manager from NZ is a rude women. she let you pay full while you deserve discount when you stay longer than 4 days. Verry cold and unfriendly place. Reception closes at 8:00 and put the lights off. Bad social place.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Susanne Mayr

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

15 May 2014 Susanne would recommend this property

Liked: Very interesting location, superfriendly staff and delicious hot chocolate

Disliked: Roomrate were pretty expensive (i think the most expensive ten bed dorm i've ever slept in...)

51.4%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 40% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 20%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

11 May 2014

Liked: Good kitchen, very clean hostel.

Disliked: Zero atmosphere! Felt sterile and unwelcoming, and not just because it's an old jail. Limited and uncomfortable common areas, bad seating options. Lights out at 9pm, the entire place basically becomes a quiet zone. There's nowhere to sit comfortably, relax, or meet people. Very cold in the main hall. No music, it felt very boring all around. WiFi was expensive and did not work well. Staff was not always friendly or helpful. All facilities close at 9 pm. Laundry is in the hostel, but shared with an apartment complex nearby, I had to wait while 6 other men finished their wash before I could start mine, and they weren't even staying in the hostel! Overpriced and a bad location as well. Clearly the building is an old jail, and that was cool, but it actually felt like being in jail, lots of rules and no fun or atmosphere, not a fan!

82.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Kim Shuard

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

15 April 2014 Kim would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel was very quirky and clean. Kitchen was spotlessly clean and tidy which was nice

Disliked: The hostel was very quiet with no real common area

82.9%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

10 March 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Spacious, lots of character, easily entertained... Pool table, cinema room, tv room, loads of movies, books, board games - was a fun place :)

Disliked: Quite a walk to the town centre. Wifi quite expensive and not a great connection.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

11 February 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The atmosphere, the dorm rooms were nice and big. Loved that it was still like the jail was. Nice hot showers, very clean.

Disliked: N/a

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

10 January 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The interior, very clean, nice beds.

Disliked: Nothing

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Matthew Zygmunt

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

09 January 2014 Matthew would recommend this property

Liked: Jail has never been so good! It would be criminal not to stay here.

Disliked: No solitary confinement on offer :(

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

INGA WILMINK

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

14 December 2013 INGA would recommend this property

Liked: This building is super bright, lots of light coming in, lovely wooden flooring in the rooms and very comfy beds! You get a fresh towel and there is always hot water.

Disliked: It's not the best location but the plus points totally won me over.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Hannah Shaw

With my spouse / partner

City break
Sightseeing & culture

19 October 2013 Hannah would recommend this property

Liked: Awesome and consistent theme and friendly staff!

Disliked: Showers only upstairs

42.9%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 40% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

07 October 2013

Liked: Room is clean, and they provide hot-water bag.

Disliked: About location, there is few things around there. In the room, there is only one electronic power near the door, so not convenient to charge mobile.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Nathan Walsh

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

02 October 2013 Nathan would recommend this property

Liked: Great unique place. Excellent friendly and helpful staff. The manager really helped us out when they overbooked us (not their fault) our original hostel had a fire). Cosy doubles. Clean kitchen

Disliked: WiFi data limit was annoying if you plan on using Skype.6 dollars for 24 hours but it has a 700mb limit

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

11 June 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It's a really unusual place to stay with friendly staff! It's perfectly tidy and clean, I don't know why there are a few people complaining about the cleanliness. One day people went crazy and the kitchen looked like a mess, but that's not the staff's duty to do the dishes for some idiots who don't know how to behave, even though the staff did it anyways...

Disliked: In wintertime it can be quite cold in the rooms, but there are loads of hot water bottles which you can use to get warm in bed.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

yung-lin Tseng

With friends / other travellers

Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture

30 May 2013 yung-lin would recommend this property

Liked: Good for jailhouse

Disliked: No

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

29 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The fact you are staying an actual historic jail is awesome! It was such a fun place to stay and the jail theme was great. It was also extremely clean.

Disliked: I liked everything about it. The only possible downside is that it is about a half an hour walk from the CBD area, but it is away from most of the earthquake damage. Addington was a lovely suburb to stay in.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Konstantinos Brejaart

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

24 March 2013 Konstantinos would recommend this property

Liked: Very good atmosphere, nice theme and spot on facilities. Two very nice tv rooms with dvd hire.

Disliked: If I have to mention something it would be the distance to the CBD.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

10 January 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: A very quirky building and very helpful staff

Disliked: A bit out of town

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

19 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice staff, very clean and good facilities.

Disliked: Only found two plug sockets in my ten bed dorm. Bit of a walk from the city centre.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

17 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location, facilities

Disliked: Some staff members are a bit sleepy

62.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Nadine Morand

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

28 November 2012

Liked: The very special location and the authentic mood.

Disliked: The staff sometimes reacted to authentic respectively highly reserved moreover they made more noise after 11pm than any guests.

The property's response is...

82.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Visiting friends or family

27 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: clean, safe and a cool pool table hidden away...

Disliked: nothing