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Dorset House Backpackers

Hostel | 1 Dorset Street, Central City, Christchurch Christchurch, New Zealand 8144

89.6% Overall Rating

56 out of 57 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (16/08/2014)

Jarrett Bacani thinks…

"Really like the character of the house making it feel like I was staying in someone's home."

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  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines

Purchasable Extras

  • Towel USD 1.56

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen

Important Information

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). For clarity - a reservation made for a Wednesday night must be cancelled prior to close of our reception (6pm) on the Sunday night to be considered outside the cancellation period. Reservations cancelled less than '2 full days' will be charged for any nights that fall within the cancellation period. Non-arrivals will be charged for nights within the cancellation period. Reservations that are made for arrival within '2 full days' are strictly non-cancellable.

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 14:00
Latest Check-out: 10:00

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to Christchurch?

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Steeped in history and situated next to beautiful Hagley Park, Dorset House Christchurch Backpackers Hostel is relaxing, spacious and charming, and has all that a budget accommodation traveler could need for a great stay.

Dorset House is a character house built in 1871. It offers old-fashioned charm mixed with modern comfort. Free WiFi access, rooms with space and light. We'd love to have you stay! Read more

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About Dorset House Backpackers

***IMPORTANT NOTICE: our grand old Victorian lady will be undergoing exterior renovations from Monday 26th January until 31st March 2015. The hostel is still fully functional during this period, as it will be getting a gorgeous new coat of paint. We apologise for any inconvenience the scaffolding may cause to your pictures (but are happy to supply you with newly taken pictures once done!). Please don't hesitate to contact us in regards to these renovations***

Dorset House is a peaceful environment from which to enjoy Christchurch. Set among flower gardens, Dorset House is steeped in the character of early Christchurch pioneers. Comfortable boutique backpacker accommodation at highly affordable prices.

It was built in 1871 as a home for the wealthy timber merchant, J B Way, and once featured 27 rooms and Italian marble fireplaces. It has been lovingly restored, and is a slice of Christchurch's heritage that we are proud to share with our hostel guests. Fully refurbished and repainted in January 2012.

Lonely Planet describes Dorset House as a "lovely character home with a grown-up atmosphere".

Backpacker rooms are freshly cleaned and bathed in afternoon sun. All are within 3-7 metres of a bathroom. Dorset House caters for backpacker travellers who wish to experience up-market hostel facilities at budget prices. There are no bunks, and all beds are made. We have a kitchen and guest laundry available for use.

Free WiFi internet is available. Late check in is easily arranged.

The lounge - the 'Old Ballroom' - is a large room with comfortable couches and is a great space for relaxing. Facilities include a free pool table, board games, TV, DVDs, Cable TV, books, stereo. There are computers for guest internet use, and free WiFi access. Dorset House offers a full travel desk.

Dorset House is ideally situated to provide a comfortable stay for backpacking budget travellers. We hope to see you here soon!

Accommodation Information

A wide range of comfortable rooms, each with fully-made beds. There are no bunks and all beds are fully made.

* Double rooms (Standard double has a Queen sized bed. Budget double is a smaller room with a double bed). Linen and towels provided. Flatscreen TV. Free WiFi access.

* Twin rooms with two single beds, and a flatscreen TV. Linen and towels provided. Free WiFi.

* Share dorm rooms have with either four or five beds - no bunks! (We will attempt to accommodate groups of four or five guests booking together, in one room, wherever this is possible). Linen provided, towel hire available at low cost. Free WiFi.

* Private single rooms with one single bed. Linen and towel provided. Flat screen TV in room. Free WiFi.

Location Information

Dorset House is located at:

1 Dorset St,
Central Christchurch
New Zealand

It offers centrally located accommodation next to Hagley Park, on the northern end of central Christchurch (Dorset Street runs between Victoria St and Park Terrace).

We are close to:

30 seconds walk to leafy, green Hagley Park for walking, sports and outdoor events.

8 minutes walk along the park to the Canterbury Museum & Botanic Gardens.

3 minutes walk to the Christchurch Festival and Events Village for theatre, concerts, comedy and more.

15 minutes walk to the new Cashel Mall shopping precinct for souvenirs and gifts.

Try some of the quirky shops and restaurants on Victoria St - Vic's Cafe is famous (have an iced chocolate!) and we can see it from our front door. Boutique clothing and gift stores are very close by.

Dorset House is also close to the Merivale and Riccarton shopping and restaurant areas (20 minutes walk) for supermarkets, restaurants, bars and pubs.

It's easy to get around:

The Airport bus number 29 is a 2 minute walk away.
Public buses will take you all over the city and can be caught within 5 minutes walk
Intercity bus depot is nearby (15-20 minute walk) for your national bus connections.