Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers
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7.5
Very good
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8.7
Excellent
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Excellent location - 150 meters from city center
Popular neighborhood
  • Wellington Railway Station110 m
  • Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry110 m
  • Government Buildings190 m
  • Plimmer Steps230 m
  • Wellington Cenotaph270 m
  • Old Government Buildings270 m
  • Lambton Quay290 m
  • The Supreme Court of New Zealand290 m
  • Turnbull House340 m
  • National Archives350 m
  • Free Wi-Fi

    Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers

    1 Bunny Street Pipitea, Wellington Central, Wellington, New Zealand, 6011 - See map

    This property is in high demand!

    Booked 40 times

    "Really great location, right across Wellington Railway station, walking distance to Lambton Quay, where most of the office buildings are."
    Silvia - September 24, 2018
    Very good service
    7.5 rating for service
    Very good cleanliness
    7.1 rating for cleanliness
    Very good comfort
    7.1 room quality and comfort
    Good facilities on premise
    6.9 facilities on premise
    • 110 meters to public transportation

    • Located in heart of Wellington

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Daily housekeeping

    • Bar

    Cheaper than 99% of all properties in Wellington in the last 24 hours

    Compared to 598 Wellington properties at Agoda for various dates

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    Review score - United States
    7.3/10
    Location score
    8.7/10
    Room comfort score
    7.1/10
    Better than
    99
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    of Wellington properties
    Better than
    92
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    Better than
    91
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    Better than
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    of Wellington properties
    Value for money7.5
    Distance to city center0.5 km
    Location rating8.7
    Nearest airportWellington International Airport (WLG)
    Distance to airport6.0 km

    Rooms available at Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers

    Superior Double Room
    Superior Double Room
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    • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 double bed
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    Bunk Style Standard Twin Room
    Bunk Style Standard Twin Room
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    • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Double Room with Private Bathroom
    Double Room with Private Bathroom
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Shower
    • 1 double bed
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    4 - Bed Dormitory ( Mixed)
    4 - Bed Dormitory ( Mixed)
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    • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Bunk Style Basic Twin Room
    Bunk Style Basic Twin Room
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    • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    6 - Bed Mixed Dormitory
    6 - Bed Mixed Dormitory
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    • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    6-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
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    • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    En Suite Twin
    En Suite Twin
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    • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 single bed and 1 double b...
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    Double shared bathroom
    Double shared bathroom
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    • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 double bed
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    Single Room Shared Bathroom
    Single Room Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 single bed
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    What people love about Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers

    • 8.8
      Excellent
      Location

      "Good location - near harbour, ferries and train station."

      Ean E.

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      January 4, 2019

    • 8.8
      Excellent
      Location

      "Walking distance to shops, waterfront and attractions."

      Veronica

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      April 16, 2018

    • 8.4
      Excellent

      "for 1 night it was a good and cheap choice."

      Jakob

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      November 27, 2018

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    7.2
    Very good

    "Great location, eating area is very large and also a cinema ..."

    Katie

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    October 25, 2018

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    27 mentions
    Internet
    9 mentions
    Food & Dining
    6 mentions
    Breakfast
    1 mention

    What they offer

    8.4
    Excellent
    Staff 

    "Great to have cafe on site with friendly staff."

    Murray

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    July 23, 2018

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    Reviews of Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers from real guests

    Overall rating
    7.6
    Very good
    From 3912 reviews
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    Rating via Agoda7.5
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    Cleanliness7.1
    Facilities6.9
    Location8.7
    Room comfort and quality7.1
    Service7.5
    Value for money7.5
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    6-7 Good (37)
    <6 Below Expectation (48)
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    8.4
    Excellent
    BRYAN from New Zealand
    Solo traveler
    Double shared bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in July 2019

    Simple, old, good value”

    Old property that serves as a backpackers, but also has private rooms, some with ensuites, some with shared facilities that are more than adequate. Nothing flash but it was warm (centrally heated with old radiator type system throughout hotel giving consistent dry heat). Mattress was reasonably new and comfortable, with clean linen. Double room was clean and spacious with relatively sparse old, solid furnishings, but perfectly suitable for a cheap overnight stay before/after a late afternoon flight, ferry, train or coach and when an early morning transfer is required. Handy to Bluebridge Ferry terminal and across the road from the central Wellington Railway Station, with an airport bus stop and Intercity bus stop within a 3 minute walk. Not really a destination hotel, and by no means of a high standard, but comfortable, straightforward and friendly. The price is the winner here.

    Reviewed July 19, 2019
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Radhiyah from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 6 nights in July 2019

    Value for money”

    This hostel is right in the city of Wellington. Opposite the hostel is the train station and bus terminal. On the right is the wharf which is also the ferry terminal. So it's very convenient to go anywhere from here. I stayed in the 6 bedded dorm and I must say I was surprised that the shared bathroom was in the room itself and you don't have to leave the room to go to the bathroom like other hostel. The toilet is clean every day so that's good. I must say the room is a bit small for a 6 bedded. No place to put luggages when the dorm if full. They give you two sheets so pls use the other sheet to cover your duvet blanket. 1st night I wanted to sleep I smell the duvet, it kinda smell so I use the other sheet to cover it. Thank God I did cos one of the girls on the upper bunk checked out next day and I saw that the housekeeper changed everything except the duvet cover. Kitchen was well equipped so no problem preparing your food and the dining hall was big enough to accommodate everyone.

    Reviewed July 21, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Garrett
    Solo traveler
    6 - Bed Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 1 night in February 2019

    Really cool hostel”

    This hostel is in a great location for Wellington and the facilities are amazing. The rooms are really cool as they tried to leave as much of the old hotel feel as possible. You can easily walk around the city to get to restaurants and hiking trails from the hostel. The staff is very friendly and they have a cafe and bar for those who want everything in one location.

    Reviewed March 08, 2019
    7.6
    Very good
    Hannah from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Style Basic Twin Room
    Stayed 2 nights in July 2019

    Good value”

    Good room no complaints.

    Reviewed July 19, 2019
    6.0
    Yan from New Zealand
    Solo traveler
    Double Room with Private Bathroom
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

    Above average”

    Please note that the description of the ensuite double rooms in the Agoda listing is not accurate. The hotel does not have ensuite rooms of 28 square metres as advertised. If you pay extra for this type of room, you will be placed in a 10 square metre room - so don't be fooled!

    Reviewed June 01, 2019
    8.4
    Excellent
    Jakob from Italy
    Solo traveler
    Single Room Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in November 2018

    In front of the railway station!”

    Very good location, near to the center and 2 minutes to the railway station! Nice, helpful staff. A little bit noisy in the night, because too much traffic around the hostel. But for 1 night it was a good and cheap choice.

    Reviewed November 27, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Chen from Taiwan
    Solo traveler
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

    More than my expectations ”

    The blonde hair receptionist amazed me that he could speak mandarin without accent, I was stayed 2 nights, the location is perfect, I enjoyed my time in Wellington.

    Reviewed May 26, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    GOAY from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 2 nights in July 2018

    Good place to stay in cold season”

    The best about this hotel is that the room have a heater. This is the warmest place i'd stay in winter. Also love the strategic location. It is just opposite the railway station and intercity bus station and it is walking distance to many attractions. Room and bathroom are clean. It also has a big kitchen for backpackers that want to cook. However, poor soundproof is the minus point as noise made by occupants next door can be clearly heard.

    Reviewed July 18, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Yeo from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    6 - Bed Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2016

    comfortable and nice backpacker in wellington ”

    It is near to the railway station and the blue bridge ferry terminal. 1 min walk to these place. My stay was awesome as the staff there are so nice and they would do their best you check you in as early if there are available rooms. There are lounge at the upper level, kitchen is so huge and clean. Feel like a home as you can do your cooking at your own corner. If not, they do offer affordable meals at the same level. Toilet is clean and the room is cleaned everyday. Bad side will be, you need to walk for about 10 min to the crowded cuba street and te papa museum. However, you may walk along the quay as the scenery there is good though.

    Reviewed October 22, 2016
    8.0
    Excellent
    Hui from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2014

    Average stay”

    Opp ferry terminal, lounge

    Room is quite small for a 6-bed dorm and the bunk beds squeak with small movements. Lounge area is one of the largest I've seen, good for reading & chilling. Quite a walk to main shopping/f&b area but it's really fine just enjoy the view along the way.

    Reviewed November 23, 2014
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Erlinda from Philippines
    Family with teens
    Stayed 1 night in October 2013

    It was okay very near the trains station ”

    Near train station, free wifi and they offer free luggage storage facility when checking in

    It was okay, the hot water on our bathroom did not work so we had to take a bath using the hot water from the faucet , we did not report this incident to the staff becausevwe are already tired from waling all day. It was just an ordinary hotel and the only main plusl is the location and free wifi.

    Reviewed November 17, 2013
    8.7
    Excellent
    LIM from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Style Basic Twin Room
    Stayed 3 nights in December 2012

    Good location with friendly staff”

    Good location with friendly staff

    Downtown backpackers are conveniently located as it is opposite the railway station, near the ferry terminal that heads to the south island and is also the location where bus companies will do drop offs. The staff is friendly and very professional in running the whole place. In fact, the fire alarm went off accidentally in the evening and I am impressed by how they handled the whole situation. They have fair sized rooms but is enough room to live in for 3 nights. A supermart is also nearby as it is located in the railway station. It is also just located a street away from the beehive shaped parliament building. Overall a good place to stay!

    Reviewed December 18, 2012
    8.3
    Excellent
    Tweety from Hong Kong
    Group
    6 - Bed Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2012

    Great location good value”

    Great location good value

    Downtown backpackers is a great hostel in terms of location, it's right opposite to the railway station and in short walking distance to the shopping area and the major museums. Two of us stayed in a twin room, shared a toilet with one other twin room only so was good. The place is reasonably clean and the kitchen is in good order. Didn't try the cafe. Would stay there again if in Wellington.

    Reviewed May 09, 2012
    8.3
    Excellent
    Brett from Canada
    Solo traveler
    4 - Bed Dormitory ( Mixed)
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2012

    Bang for your Buck”

    Central location, helpful staff

    In addition to the location just in front of Wellington station, the staff at Downtown Backpackers were friendly and helpful. I was surprised how nice the rooms were as well. Services on the lounge floor allowed self cooking, ordering food, and drinks in the next room.

    Reviewed May 03, 2012
    8.0
    Excellent
    Laura from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    6 - Bed Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2019

    Very good”

    Great hostel, only 10 minutes walk along the waterfront to city centre - quite nice to be out of the noise of bars etc! Good size kitchen, well equipped and onsite cafe with multiple options. Room with ensuite was great

    Reviewed February 13, 2019
    8.8
    Excellent
    Ean from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    Single Room Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

    Good location with value of money”

    Good location - near harbour, ferries and train station. Walking distance within CBD for supermarket, shops and restaurants. Also within reach for cable car ride to Botanic Garden, around 5-10 mins walk. Overall, hostel provided basic and necessary requirements. The only con is the bed, too soft to sleep in which hurts my back.

    Reviewed January 04, 2019
    8.8
    Excellent
    RHEA from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    6 - Bed Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 1 night in March 2019

    Great Location”

    Very good location and affordable room rates. A very nice place to stay for my short trip in Wellington.

    Reviewed March 31, 2019
    8.8
    Excellent
    Diocel from Philippines
    Couple
    Bunk Style Basic Twin Room
    Stayed 1 night in July 2018

    Excellent location, reasonably priced”

    Conveniently located across the bus/train station and very close to the wharf. It's reasonably priced as well.

    Reviewed December 16, 2018
    7.6
    Very good
    Nurhazwani from New Zealand
    Solo traveler
    Single Room Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in July 2018

    Got an old room but clean”

    Got an old room but overall it was clean. Love the location as it was just 2mins walk to bus and train station and supermarket. At the groundfloor there’s McDonald, Subway and pharmacy. Hotel is close to Wellington main attractions.

    Reviewed August 01, 2018
    8.4
    Excellent
    Murray from New Zealand
    Solo traveler
    6 - Bed Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 3 nights in July 2018

    Excellent”

    Everything was good but the kitchen needs improvement. At one point there were no spoons. Tea towels were not easily accessible so I mostly put my dishes in the drying rack. Nothing to easily attach labels to food and as a result had fresh hummus thrown out. Great to have cafe on site with friendly staff. All rooms were warm, appreciated for mid winter. Clean bathroom.

    Reviewed July 23, 2018
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