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Downtown Backpackers

4.0 of 5 Hostel   |   1 Bunny St | PO Box 3071, Wellington, New Zealand
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

for a backpacker just awesome let us book in early after rough ferry crossing. warm rooms and great shower/toilet en suite needed that traveling dad 10 yr old daughter also great kitchen / common areas will be back in Nov.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Location ideal, adjacent to railway station. I arrived with a vomiting bug and staff were fully understanding, considerate and helpful. Dorm room was ensuite and comfortable. On site restaurant was superb, with a nice toastie log fire in the middle. Staff accommodated giving me dried toast. When I departed the hostel, stupidly I left my money belt behind with $100... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I spent four nights at downtown backpackers in August. The location is great, especially if your taking the ferry to picton. The room was clean and the staff were very helpful. The only annoying think was the "squeaking" bunk beds

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Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

To be honest, I havent tried any other place, so I cant compare. But I DO! really love this place. Very good location, great people, all dorm has an own shower with really hot water, which is all I need. Always met very nice people and the servis is just excelent. From early check in to flexibility if you need... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cheap. Comfortable. Clean And it's near for wellington station

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its right opposite the train station so that's great. I only stayed one night. The building is a bit old and outdated. I stayed in a 6 bed dorm but it was tiny. Everyone in the room were doing their best to keep their things out of the way. Its best if the room was a 4 bed dorm .... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This backpackers was functional. Good front desk - helpful, efficient, well staffed. I was in a very small"double room" with ensuite (I was on my own), Bed was comfy, the room was warm and it was clean. However it seemed grotty, especially the bathroom with tiles well past their best, cracked plaster, etc. BUT - right across from the trains... More

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Saratoga, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My experience staying at Downtown Backpackers was okay, but I felt that there was nothing special about staying here. This was mainly due to the layout of the hostel in which everything was very spread out and it can be difficult to meet people in the common areas. The rooms were fine, however the bathrooms could really use some touch... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My first experience of Downtown and what an excellent experience. Well located, clean and comfortable and excellent customer service, exactly the experience that a friend and I were looking for. No better place to stop and enjoy Wellington when you are on a budget. Highly recommended.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I started in a dorm then realised I was disturbing everyone because had to get up early for work. Was happy and relaxed in my new room. Had an awesome time and the people at the reception were helpful and accommodating. :) Especially liked the people working in the cafe. All made me feel welcome and looked after. Thanks people!

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Address: 1 Bunny St | PO Box 3071, Wellington, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wellington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Downtown Backpackers 4*
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