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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 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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    3 of 5 stars
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30 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here recently, staff were pretty friendly, decor is a bit dated and the bar/lounge could really do with a makeover. Ultimately it's ok value and you get what you pay for. Good location also right across from the train station.

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Maineville, Ohio
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My name is Nick Westermeyer. I am a quadriplegic from a gymnastics injury sustained at Michigan State University in April 1991 who is interested in global travel and participating in activities not normally associated with disabled people. I’m currently on an adventure that will explore worldwide handicapped accessibility. Many people have travel blogs, but there are none that I know... More 

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Isle of Mull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second visit to Downtown Backpackers/Waterloo Hotel. It was excellent from start to finish. We arrived too late to eat, and left before breakfast to catch a ferry, so can't comment on the cafe or kitchen. The room was clean, quiet and comfortable, and for the money outstanding. Check-in was friendly and efficient. We would definitely stay again.

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Orangeville, Canada
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99 hotel reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We like the history of this building. A bit pricy but considering we are in th capital city, reasonable. We were in one of the already renovate rooms which was clean, nicely decorated and well-equipped. The kitchen was adequate and the dining area was fine as well. A close walk to downtown and RIGHT beside the ferry which we arrived... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have booked it the last minute and got a very nice double en suite bathroom room. It was clean and the bathroom was spacious. It is located near the harbor, therefore pretty handy if you arrive by ferry or taking the ferry to Picton. It is not the cheapest but well...

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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30 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We originally booked for 3 nights but cancelled the last night after being here for a few hours. Partly because we felt we would have enough time in the city after 2 nights but had the hostel been nicer we probably would have just stayed the extra night anyway. It is directly opposite the train station so handy for getting... More 

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Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We have stayed here several times. We always get a room that has a view of a bit of the harbour, the ferry and the street, with ensuite. Our room was recently re-decorated, true heritage colours and a lovely art deco mirror and good bed. We had a triple room with double and single bed, plenty of room for the... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Its a hotel that has been converted into a backpackers and is awesome. We stayed in a double room and it came with an en-suite automatically. There were stairs and an elevator which was brilliant for heavy suitcases and then use the stairs and elevators make me sick. The kitchen was very well stocked, it could get very crowded at... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

First of all, every hostel should have power outlets for all the guests in the room. This hostel only had 2 in our room for 6 persons. Our room had own bathroom with toilet+shower which was ok. Desk in the room was filthy on arrival, had to go down to reeption to get someone to wipe it clean. The hostel... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We got what we paid for and had two good nights sleep in a clean room. The staff were friendly and helpful. I do think the website does make it look a lot more flash than it is though so we were a bit disappointed when we got there but it was cheap so no complaints really. It's about a... More 

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Silvia_vdBrelie, Manager at Downtown Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello, thanks for taking the time to give us your review. I'm glad to hear our team did the best to help you enjoy your stay. At the moment Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers Wellington undergoes an extensive renovation programme. We hope you stay with us again soon, Kind regards, Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers Team More 

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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*
Number of rooms: 120
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