Update June 2011
Foley Towers was closed for quite a while after the 6.3 earthquake on 22 February 2011 because it was located inside the cordoned-off area of the CBD. Since the cordon has been altered Foley Towers is accessible again and operating.
Please check the BBH website for updates about which hostels in Christchurch are operating and which ones don't.
The other day I went to this backpacker accommodation because people I know stayed there, and so I got a full guided tour and insight into the complex. And what should I say? – It is a backpackers’ paradise.
Built around a large patio garden with beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers, you find all kinds of accommodation at affordable rates at a very quiet location, just a ten minute walk from the very city centre.
They are BBH members and have a good rating of 83% which indicates that there are no noisy parties and guests who trash the rooms. The capacity is just over 80 people.
The number of kitchens, cosy dining rooms, lounges and those beautifullll outdoor seating areas is impressive. It feels like several private houses joint together, so you do not get the feeling of overcrowding. It is more like finding a nice surprise around every corner.
They work hard to keep the premises tidy and clean, and do not seem to lose their good humour. In fact, the managers Katja and Dave seemed to be full of energy and laughter, focussed and relaxed at the same time.
They offer dorm beds from $ 23 to double/twin ensuites which come to about $ 60 (some dollars less with BBH member card). If you do not want to be crammed into a dorm a bed in a three bed share room is a highly recommended alternative, and it costs only two or three dollars more.
BTW The owner of Foley Towers founded BBH 27 years ago. The name, of course, refers to the hilarious TV series Fawlty Towers with John Cleese. But no Spanish waiters are knocked down every some minutes, they do not race up and down staircases like maniacs, and Katja’s hairstyle is not high-rise ;-)))
The hostel is near the corner of Kilmore and Barbadoes Streets. There is no public bus connection to the city centre, so if you arrive without car but luggage you might want to take a shuttle or taxi. In all other situations it is no problem to walk to Cathedral Square. The stroll along the Avon is especially nice.
Photo 2 shows a double room with a happy occupant ;-)
Directions: Fastest way from Cathedral Square: Walk north on Colombo St, turn right into Kilmore (5th street from Cath. Sq.). It is on your right between Madras and Barbadoes St. Or turn right into Oxford or Cambridge Tce and walk along the Avon.
Clean, friendly, spacious, economical, very popular with travellers of any age
Unique Quality: Near the city, Avon River, and bus routes
NZ$16 for three bed room
NZ$14 for larger dorm rooms
Unique Quality: What a lovely place! This was by far the best backpackers I stayed at in NZ. It was the cheapest, too. NZ$16 for a bed in a three bed room! They had the thickest matress I encountered in NZ, too :) The people there are lovely, and the gardens are wonderful. It's got a great setting. Plus the rules and regs are written monty python style :) I really really love this place.
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Address: 208 Kilmore Street, Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, New Zealand