The prospect of spending a night within the four 60-centimeter walls of a cell is not generally considered desirable; however, a stay in Addington's Jailhouse Accommodation is an unexpected pleasure. It certainly helps that visitors now have the freedom to check in and check out as they like.
The robust building was erected in concrete in 1874 and operated as a prison and then a military camp until as recently as 1999. In 2006 it began a dramatic transformative process that turned the Gothic Revival edifice into an arrestingly unconventional backpackers' hostel. The existing jail cells have been furnished with contemporary and rather comfortable bunk beds and each is closed off from the double-height central atrium behind original metal doors.
Overnighting within the walls of Jailhouse Accommodation is a truly unique experience for travelers by which they can appreciate a piece of the history of Christchurch, New Zealand, benefit from the amenities of award-winning budget lodgings and recount captivating stories of nights behind bars without actually having to serve the time.
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By: Amelia Roblin - Published: Oct 1, 2012 • References: jail.co.nz