Dorset House Backpackers
Hostel | 1 Dorset Street, Central City, Christchurch Christchurch, New Zealand 8144
38 out of 39 customers would recommend this property
Recent review (10/08/2013)
"Good location, very clean communal unisex bathrooms with hair dryers. Quiet at night, really comfortable beds. Everything you want in a backpackers!!"Read all Dorset House Backpackers reviews
- 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
- Towel USD 1.66
- Luggage Room
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.
Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.
Earliest check-in: 14:00
Latest Check-out: 10:00
Group of 15 or more traveling to Christchurch?Contact us directly
See other properties in Christchurch
YHA Christchurch - Rolleston House
Courtesy Court Motel
Bealey Avenue Motel
Central Park Motor Lodge
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
Enter dates to check prices
|Private Rooms A private room is a room that is not shared with other people from the property – in other words, you book and pay for all the beds in the room. If you are traveling alone, for example, but want to book a double room, you must pay for two people in order to book the whole room.|
Single (Shared bathroom)Self-catering
Double (Shared bathroom)Self-catering
Budget Double (Shared bathroom)Self-catering
Twin (Shared bathroom)Self-catering
About Dorset House Backpackers
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!
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.
Please note that a minimum stay of two nights applies 24, 25 December, and 31, 01 January.
Dorset House is located at:
1 Dorset St,
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.
There's a great pizza restaurant and an Indian Curry restaurant at the end of our street. If you feel like ordering in, they both offer take-out (1 minute walk)
Try some of the quirky shops 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 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 (8 minute walk) for your national bus connections.