Dorset House Backpackers

Average rating by guests Dorset House Backpackers: 5/5.0
Reviews 41

Dorset House Christchurch has been carefully renovated to provide a variety of private rooms and dormitories. All guest rooms are within 10 m of bathrooms. Free car parking is provided.

Dorset House Backpackers, located next to Hagley Park and 10 minutes’ walk from Christchurch city centre, offers affordable accommodation in a character-filled historic building from 1871.

There is a large guest lounge with a billiards table and an outdoor flower garden. Facilities at Dorset House include luggage storage, secure bicycle storage and a travel desk.

The large communal kitchen includes dining tables, separate cooking units and refrigerators. Guests can enjoy their meals on the balcony.

Nightly rates from $17 to $70.

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Phone: +64 3-366 8268

Address: 1 Dorset Street, 8014 Christchurch, New Zealand

Website: http://www.dorset.co.nz/

Number of rooms: 15

Availability

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Available Rooms

Room size: 11 m²

A twin room has two separate beds fitted with sheets and duvets, bedside tables with lamps and a full length mirror. Additional heating facilities are provided during winter months including blankets and heaters. All twin rooms are located within 3 metres of a bathroom.

Room size: 10 m²

A double room has a queen double bed fitted with sheets and duvets, bedside tables with lamps and a full length mirror. Additional heating facilities are provided during winter months including blankets, heaters and electric blankets. All double rooms are located within 5 metres of a bathroom.

Room size: 20 m²

Mixed-gender room with a maximum of 4 or 5 single beds. Each bed is fitted with sheets and a duvet and has a bedside table with lamp. Additional heating facilities are provided during winter months including blankets and heaters. All share rooms are located within 10 metres of a bathroom.

Room size: 6 m²

A private room with one bed fitted with sheets and duvets, a bedside table with lamp and a mirror. Additional heating facilities are provided during winter months including blankets and heaters. All single rooms are located within 5 metres of a bathroom.

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Reviews of Dorset House Backpackers 4*

Yvonne M.

08/09/2019

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Great place to stay, very central to city centre — Rosy goes above and beyond Thanks

Elly B.

04/29/2019

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Fantastic for families and couples too!

Charlene G. G.

02/07/2019

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We loved the Dorset House, perfectly situated near everything. You can tell the owners take a great deal of pride in the business which offers everything you could possibly need.

Ahmad A.

07/27/2018

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5/5.0

The moment we entered the premise,we fell in love with the ambience and setup of the house. Customer service personnel is very helpful and friendly. The kitchen is complete with all cooking utensils and the room is super comfy. Recommended to those who wish to stay in christchurch.

Cpejacobs

07/26/2018

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4/5.0

The location of this backpackers is perfect. It is right next to Hagley park, busing and a short walk to the center of town. It is an older building. Heaters that you can control in each room, however the kitchen, halls and bathrooms are not heated and are chilly in the winter. The kitchen is well stocked with things you will need including spices and plenty of space to prepare your food and sit down and eat. I didn't have a problem with noise the entire time I was there. The staff at the front desk are very friendly and willing to help you in any way they can.

Carine B.

07/02/2018

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5/5.0

The best hostel in NZ!! The girls are very friendly and lovely. I love this house.

Nichole S.

06/13/2018

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5/5.0

Cute old house with a lot of character. Each bed has an electric warming pad underneath! So nice! Had a really warm comfortable sleep. Helpful staff and quite a large kitchen.

Delldell170

06/07/2018

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5/5.0

Very friendly atmosphere. Perfect for solo adventurers

J. B.

04/05/2018

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5/5.0
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The super friendly staff is doing a great job! Familiar atmosphere, nice located. The best hostel I‘ve stayed in NZ. Highly recommended!

Jocelyn P.

03/17/2018

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5/5.0

Great place to stay, handy to city centre, clean comfortable rooms, bathrooms very near, just across from our room. And much cheaper compared to staying at a Motel. Ilbe back.

Jonas L.

02/21/2018

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5/5.0

Awesome hostel, stayed twice because of a detour we took due to cyclone gita. Clean rooms and bathrooms, friendly and helpful staff and great location!

Hope L.

02/18/2018

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4/5.0

I thought it was a bit underhanded they told me there was "assured" parking when there's not. Only 5 parks for the whole hostel so I couldn't take my car out in case I lost my place. Also was given a room that had no windows to outside so It was impossible to breathe all night unless I opened my window to the drunken people in the corridor. $80 for the room I stayed in is a BIT excessive but that's NZ I guess.

Ashley W.

01/25/2018

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5/5.0

Ive been here for a month, spent a week here. My favorite hostel yet. Clean, spacey, good vibes.

Christian O.

12/14/2017

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5/5.0

Very good hostel compared to others in New Zealand. Wi-Fi was free and fast, location was great, showers were comfortable. I will stay here again if I come to Christchurch.

Oleksandr S.

12/05/2017

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5/5.0

Everything is good. Nice place to stay.

Katie C.

11/23/2017

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4/5.0

Clean, quiet and has everything you need. No bunk beds which I appreciated. Not a very social vibe but a nice place to stay

Ondřej S.

09/22/2017

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5/5.0

Dorset house is just a lovely place where is worth to stay for a night. It has an interesting old style atmosphere… The staff is nice and location is also very good… in a calm part of the city next to a river and big park…

Steve A.

07/26/2017

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5/5.0

Really great place. Great staff totally committed to a great stay. Couldn't recommend highly enough.

Sharon D.

07/11/2017

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5/5.0

Beautiful old house made into a cosy, comfortable home for backpackers! We had previously stayed in June and couldn't wait to go back. We had a double room the first stay and a family room the second stay. Very clean accommodation with a large kitchen, living room with TV and pool table, laundry room and garden. Staff very friendly and attentive. If your ever in Christchurch you should stay here if you can!

Sam K.

03/06/2017

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5/5.0

A small walk from the CBD. This hostel is in a nice quiet street between the main park and the restaurant/cafe street of the city. The hostel itself is a lovely building with very friendly & helpful staff. We had a private room and it was a good size and even had its own TV. We really enjoyed our stay at Dorset House.

The W. F.

01/27/2017

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4/5.0

Lovely place which will make you feel welcome. Very convenient location as it's close to the airport bus, close to the magnificent botanical garden and 15min walk from the city center and the info center. Beds are comfy, though it gets a little cold at night. Shower and toilet are clean. Kitchen is nice but could use a little more fridge space.

Toon N.

01/11/2017

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5/5.0

Very cute hostel, nice staff, clean. Not far from city center and beautiful botanical garden. Started our NZ trip here and were so happy that we stayed there as wel for our last day, before heading home.

Jutta F.

11/20/2016

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5/5.0

Lovely cosy and clean place in Christchurch with a cute garden and sunny terrace. Stayed in a small private double. Very friendly staff. Great welcoming atmosphere. Highly recommended if you are looking for an individual place to stay.

Juaymah V.

07/22/2016

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5/5.0

First time travelling on my own! such a good spot by the park and I found it nice walking to botanic gardens and the city centre. Nice and clean and everything I needed was available. Even before I arrived staff were fantastic, answering all my questions and ensuring my stay was comfortable and safe. Such a nice first couple of nights for a solo traveller! Might be back in mid August! Thank you so much to the lovely staff.

Joshua S.

06/25/2016

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5/5.0

We had a private room which was small but cosy and well kitted out. There seem to be plenty of showers for the number of rooms and all communal facilities were kept clean. We had a car but rarely used it as it is right next to a big park and walking distance to lots of restaurants and the city centre.

Martin W.

05/01/2016

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5/5.0

Really well maintained. Clean, nice staff, good deck area. It's very laid back and quiet.

Tomer J.

04/17/2016

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5/5.0

Good location, clean and equipped. Free parking and Wi-Fi.

Michael S.

02/17/2016

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4/5.0

Clean, quite and has a great proximity to restaurants.

Beth C.

12/29/2015

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4/5.0

Nice homley feeling hostel. Good well equipped kitchen, nice lounge with a TV and pool table. Clean bathrooms and nice dorm rooms. Advice is book directly via their website then you get unlimited free Wi-Fi.

Al M.

11/24/2015

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4/5.0

Really nice, old and looked after hostel just by Hagley Park. Great common room and kitchen.

Marc R.

11/14/2015

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5/5.0

Very friendly and helpful staff. Clean and tidy, nice facilities, large lounge, parking available. Plenty of bathrooms. Thank you for a lovely stay.

Lance W.

04/27/2015

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5/5.0

Clean, good location, friendly staff and large kitchen. I would definitely recommend!

Nick T.

01/23/2015

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5/5.0

Great location and lovely hostel We really enjoyed the close location to the park, which is wonderful as we were in Christchurch for the Buskers festival. The hostel was homely, clean and staff very friendly. We booked on their website and received free Wi-Fi. They print them in 1GB vouchers, but when you ask reception they will give you more if you need them. We had some photos to upload so were grateful for the second voucher. Most other hostels we’ve stayed at in NZ only offer 100mb free Wi-Fi so this is really cool. Nice touch.

Simon G.

12/07/2014

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1/5.0

I'm shocked because they lie to us. On their internet website, it's written "free Wi-Fi". It's not true! We have 1GB free. Maybe it's not important for the most of the people, but for me it is. They promise me free Wi-Fi so I want free Wi-Fi. I paid the price for it! Right now I'm angry and disappointed.

Keir T.

11/05/2014

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5/5.0

Good, clean, civilised hostel. 200mb of data is a decent amount too. Slightly pricey, but so is everything in Christchurch.

Liew Y.

12/04/2013

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5/5.0

Best Backpacker hostel Ive ever stayed. Clean room, nice staffs, close to town and oso a very warm n clean kitchen. Not to mention they have a very cozy common room to get to know new friends! A travel back into history experience which I think everyone will fall in love with.

Rebekah M.

07/10/2012

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3/5.0

I stayed at Dorset House at the beginning of July 2012. The facilities were very good with a fully equipped kitchen and common room. However we had issues with the shower facilites with fluctuating hot and cold water and we felt that the heating in our room was inadequate for the weather (we had to go and buy extra blankets and smuggle in a fan heater). Also, the room we stayed in did not look like it had been vacuumed for a long time. At reception the lady who checked us in was not very friendly, but we did encounter another staff member who was more welcoming. All-in-all the facilities were as they were describes, but for $85 per night, twin share, I would probably stay somewhere else if I visit Christchurch again.

07/17/2010

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4/5.0

One of the best hostels I've stayed in so far. Clean and tidy with nice rooms that are importantly very warm. Not too central but only a short walk to the town. Would recommend it over many others.

03/25/2010

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5/5.0

This was the best of about a dozen backpackers we stayed in this summer. Not only is the location just right for us — — not wanting noise, crowds, traffic etc. — — but the house itself is a beauty. The public rooms are great, especially the extra large lounge. The sunny kitchen has an outdoor eating area attached, and everything is very clean. Lots of laundry facilities, too. This is not a party person place, but perfect for those wanting a little elegant relaxation without breaking the bank in the lovely city of Christchurch.

Facilities

  • Ski storage
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Safety deposit box
  • Laundry
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Tour desk
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Luggage storage
  • Shuttle service
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Airport shuttle
  • Heating
  • Garden

Internet

  • WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge
  • Wireless Internet Hotspot is available in public areas and is free of charge
  • Wired internet is available in all areas and charges are applicable
  • Wired internet is available in all areas and charges are applicable

Room Amenities

  • TV
  • Shared kitchen
  • Shared Bathroom

Activities

  • Billiards
  • Ski storage
  • Skiing

Parking

  • Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not possible)

Policies of Dorset House Backpackers

  • Check-In:

    14:00 - 18:00 hours

  • Check-Out:

    Until 10:00 hours

  • Accepted Credit Card Payments:

    Visa, MasterCard

  • Please inform staff in advance for check in later than 18:00. Contact details can be found on the booking confirmation.

    Please note that all cancellations must be made through Booking.com.

    Children older than 10 years are welcome.
    Extra beds are not available.
    There is no capacity for extra beds in the room.
    There is no capacity for cots in the room.

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