Dorset House is a perfectly located boutique backpackers hostel in a historic 1871 home.
It is situated in a lovely quiet garden setting and is right next to leafy Hagley Park. Built in 1871 as home for a wealthy timber merchant, Dorset House has a fascinating history. It blends character charm with modern facilities, and offers quality budget accommodation in Christchurch. Fully renovated in 2012.
There is plenty of light and space, no bunk beds, and every bed is fully made. There is a full kitchen available, guest laundry facilities, and a large guest lounge room (previously the house's ballroom). Free car-parking is available.
Dorset House offers 100mb FREE WiFi internet per person per night if you have your own laptop (just ask reception for an access code). If youd like to use our computers, there is printing, SKYPE, USB ports and CD burning available.
You will find everything you need for a comfortable stay, including the assistance of our helpful staff. Minx the cat will be asleep on her chair too.
We endeavour to make your stay easy for you. Dorset House offers 24-hour late check-in available on request (please contact us for the door code).
Christchurch is recovering and there's still plenty to do in the Garden City. We'd love to have you stay at Dorset House.
Check-in time: 2pm. Check-out time: 10am.
Reception hours are 8am - 6pm at Dorset House.
If you plan to arrive at Dorset House after reception closes at 6pm, please contact us prior to your arrival to let us know.
In the event you need to cancel your reservation we will require '2 full days' notice. Reservations cancelled with less than 2 full days notice will be charged for the first nights' stay. 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.
This is a Trusted Review. Why?
Clean and quiet but hard to find
This is a Trusted Review. Why?
Dorset House is on the highest level of backpacker accommodation and is only let down by a distant and minimally available approach to service. The desk closes at 6.00 pm and no-one is available even by telephone from then until the next day. What happens in some domestic emergency? This is not a good policy from a safety point of view. The building's quality and history attracts older tourists who, like myself, are liable to health problems so this ought to be revised.
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