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Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers), Wellington

4-starOfficial New Zealand Rating provided by Qualmark®
1 Bunny Street Wellington CbdWellington6011New Zealand

4-star hostel with restaurant, near Old Government Buildings
  • Free WiFi
Good7.4
Location
Great location
Value for money
Best value for money
Room
Room needs to be improved
Comfort
More comfort would be nice
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From 446 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers), Wellington

from $14
  • Double Ensuite
  • Standard Double Room, Private Bathroom
  • Bunk Style Twin Ensuite
  • Single (Shared Bathroom)
  • Bunk Style Twin (Shared Bathroom)
  • Shared Dormitory, Shared Bathroom (4 Beds)
  • Shared Dormitory, Private Bathroom (6 Beds)
  • Shared Dormitory, Private Bathroom (8 Beds)
  • Shared Dormitory, Ensuite (6 Bed, Female Only)
  • Twin, Double & Single Ensuite
  • Double Shared Bathroom
  • Single Room, Ensuite
  • Basic Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm
  • 20 Bunk Style Room (mixed)
  • xx20 Bunk Style Room (mixed)xx

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 108 rooms

Arriving/leaving

  • Check-in time 3 PM-1 AM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
24-hour airport shuttle service is available. Contact the property in advance to get details.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others

Children

  • No cribs (infant beds)

Pets

  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms

Transportation

Parking

  • No parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Breakfast (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
Things to do
  • Ecotours on site
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Nightclub
  • Arcade/game room
  • Billiards or pool table
Services
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
Facilities
  • Elevator/lift

In the room

Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
More
  • Daily housekeeping

Special features

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Qualmark, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers), Wellington’s small print

Also known as

  • Downtown Backpackers
  • Downtown Backpackers Hostel
  • Downtown Backpackers Hostel Wellington
  • Downtown Backpackers Wellington

Mandatory fees

Deposit: NZD 20.00 per stay

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers), Wellington

Landmarks

  • In The best-rated area in Wellington
  • Old Government Buildings (5-minute walk)
  • Beehive (6-minute walk)
  • St Paul's Cathedral (7-minute walk)
  • Old St Paul's (7-minute walk)
  • Wellington Cable Car (11-minute walk)
  • Westpac Stadium (11-minute walk)
  • Civic Square (15-minute walk)

Getting around

  • Wellington (WLG-Wellington Intl.) 17-min drive
  • Paraparaumu (PPQ) 42-min drive
  • Wellington Station 1-min walk
  • Wellington Kaiwharawhara Station 6-min drive
  • Lower Hutt Petone Station 9-min drive
  • Onsite parking not available

Recent reviews

Good 7.4 From 153 reviews

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers), Wellington
Good6.0
average
They always give you the same room no matter if the hotel is full or not. Only benefits that it’s very close to terminal and ferry
A Traveler, us1 night trip
Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers), Wellington
Good6.0
Very average hotel
This is as average as you can get. I stated in this hotel about 10 nights on three different occasions. The reception has been instructed to put as many people in one room as possible to save cleaning. This I dont like. I was alwaysbput in the very same rolm even though hotel seemed quite empty and they could have put people in different shares so it dont get so incrediable Crowded every single time. I also noticed there were some really lobg time stayer at the hostel who are a bit like hobos. This is more like a hostel than hotel so the class thereafter.
Han-Hsuan, us1 night trip
Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers), Wellington
Very Good8.0
Convenient
Really convenient location. No parking though, so we paid for street parking, unloaded the car, checked-in, and just went straight to return the rental car. Walking back from the return place was easy (flat and walkable) and the hotel is right across from the train station, where there's a free bus to the Interislander ferry. The Bluebridge ferry is also convenient, but i don't have personal experience.
A Traveler, us1 night romance trip
Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers), Wellington
Very Good8.0
Good for backpackers
The location is great--just across the street from the railway station. Even though an hour of free WiFi was included in the room cost, the WiFi did not work at all.
A Traveler, us2 night trip
Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers), Wellington
Good6.0
Convenient and Clean
This place is right in the heart of the city, just across the street from the railway station and the shuttle bus to the inter-island ferry. There's a McDonald's next door with free wifi (password:Cheeseburger). Te Papa Museum and Cuba Street restaurants are within a few minutes walk. I had a single room with shared bath. It was OK, clean with coffee making equipment, but this place only gives one hour free wifi.
A Traveler, us1 night trip

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