Dorset House Backpackers

1 Dorset StreetChristchurch8144New Zealand
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About Dorset House Backpackers

Set within a lovely Victorian home, Dorset House Backpackers boasts an attractive location adjacent to Hagley Park and the popular Victoria Street. The boutique-style hostel boasts ample communal amenities including laundry facilities, a kitchen and a dining terrace.

All minimally furnished but charming rooms include fully made beds with linens and blankets, and heaters for cooler nights. Private rooms include a flat-screen TV.

During down time, guests can relax around in the spacious and inviting lounge area, which features a TV, pool table, and a book and DVD library. For convenience, the property offers free limited off-street parking.

Nearby Vic's Cafe is an excellent choice for breakfast or light lunch, while King of Snake boasts a mixed menu of modern Asian cuisine. Both are a two-minute walk away.

Dorset House Backpackers is about a nine-minute walk from the city's "it" gambling destination, the Christchurch Casino. History enthusiasts can visit the Canterbury Museum, a 13-minute walk away, to learn about the local Maori culture.


1 Dorset Street, Christchurch, 8144, New Zealand
Telephone: +64(3)3668268 | Fax: +64(3)3668204 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • Airport shuttle
  • Computer with internet
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel bar on the beach
  • Hotel safe
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Parking garage
  • Pets allowed
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Kitchen / Kitchenette
  • Room safe
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-out: 10:00

Positive Reviews

A peaceful place

Guests enjoy this hostel's location because it is set in a very quiet and peaceful neighbourhood slightly removed from the crowds and traffic noise of the heart of downtown. Travellers like that there is a commercial street with ample dining options just a couple minutes away. Many visitors also like to be near the gorgeous Hagley Park. In addition, travellers report that the city centre is only a 15-minute walk from the hostel.

Clean and comfortable

Guests are highly impressed with the guest rooms, be they private or dorms. Although all units are basic, guests on a budget say they are exactly what they are looking for. For many travellers, the fact that this hostel uses only standard single beds, not bunks, is a major plus. Guests also like that the private rooms have their own TV.

Excellent communal facilities

This hostel does a great job with its common areas. For many travellers it is incredibly convenient to have a well-equipped kitchen and on-site laundry facilities. The outdoor terrace for dining and the inviting guest lounge are also a bonus. Guests really enjoy spending time in the shared areas.

Negative Reviews

Small spaces

According to reviews, some of the rooms, specifically singles and selected doubles, are very small. Guests staying as a couple with additional luggage often find the smallest double rooms to be uncomfortable and cramped. This category is seemingly better suited to those without numerous suitcases in tow.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 779 reviews across the web
8.4 /10
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    8.4 /10
8.4 out of 10 based on 779 reviews