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Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
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“Great Place To Stay”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

After four separate stays at Downtown Backpackers I can definitely say that it is an ideal place to base yourself while visiting Wellington. Not only in practical terms of being close to railway station, buses and cable car, but because of the excellent staff and nice overall homely feel to the place. I've stayed in double rooms and also mixed dorms and will be returning to Hotel Waterloo for another stay this coming August. Only criticism - the dorm rooms need some good coat hooks around the walls, please. Highly Recommended.

Room Tip: Mixed dorms usually quiet and peaceful.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

OK the distance to the ferry is really far especially if you have an early am ferry to catch to the south island like i did. So this hostel was was perfect for two nights. I stayed here in Dec 2013. The staff was very friendly and helpful. There are public lockers to store luggage or backpacks just to the left before you get to the reception desk. OK the first night I stayed was in a 24+ bed mixed dorm and felt like military barracks. This building is quite old and musty smelling. It was strangely quiet but there was one German and one English staying in that massive room that night. The second night I switched to a 6 bed mixed share and that room was in pretty bad shape. Only 2 outlets for 6 people. I went out and bought a multiple strip plug-in so we could all share the power. It was an ensuite so the bathroom was attached but it was really nasty. The tiles were dirty. Door was dirty. The handle was dirty. Well you get the picture. DIRTY. We had a small window. The other roommates were from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway. Anyway it was good for the price. If you are hungry there is a Mcdonald's next door or you can go to Waterloo's bar and grille on that corner and be prepared to get blasted by that wind. :) If you need to catch one of the south island ferries you can go across the street to Wellington station. Tell them which one you need and they will direct you to the right bus. It's a walk so I would recommend taking the ferry bus. You can pay at the bus waiting area ticket machine. I believe it's less than $6 NZD one way. Trust me you don't want to walk. I think this place is ok for the price and somewhat the location but that's about it. Cheers! :)

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

good location that near various attractions such as museums, queen wharf and cable car. The facilities of room is enough for personal needs. The shared bathroom with another single room is sound good as well cos it provides adequate privacy for people living in a single room.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

It was an ok stay in a 6 person dorm...brought me back to being a boarder lol...The reception staff were friendly & helpful...the lift worked & the bar was also pleasant! I would stay there again...but felt it lacked 'atmosphere' & could be a lonely place, maybe that's because of the size of the building, which was obviously a large old hotel...I also thought that the 'cafe' was expensive in comparison to what i've seen...but then Wellington is the Captial..!!! The location was fine for walking around the City, the rail station & for Islander ferry departures.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Poland
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

didnt really like it. rooms and toilets not in a best shape. kitchen - i have seen better ones. lounge is ok with a fire place but thats not making it worth the money you pay. what i really didnt like was that the storage wasn't for free. after check out if you want to leave your bags, you need to pay 4$ for 6hrs and each time you want to open it again. we moved yout after one night to trek global. cheaper, nicer, better location.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 May 2014 via mobile

Big old hostel, in desperate need of renovation. This looks like it was once a great place, but lack of money being spent on it has caused threadbare carpets. Tv has very old sofas , needs the owner to spend some money on it again.

  • Stayed May 2014
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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2014 via mobile

We stayed in a private room for a week and were looking forward to our stay as we thought it looked a bit different to other hostels. We were a bit underwhelmed really.
It's a huge hostel over 6 floors so lacks the atmosphere of smaller places which is understandable.
The kitchen is a really good size for the amount of people. We never had any problems cooking.
They also have an on site cafe that serves food all day and it's not too expensive.
The bar is ok, free pool between certain hours and happy hour. Staff not great.
Our room was pretty dark and run down along with the bathrooms.

Basically, this would have been lovely when the Queen visited many years ago but I don't think they've done a thing to the place since then.
But it was cheap and you get what you pay for!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers
Address: 1 Bunny St | PO Box 3071, Wellington, New Zealand (Formerly Downtown Backpackers)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wellington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #12 of 53 Speciality Lodging in Wellington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 120
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