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Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers

1 Bunny St | PO Box 3071, Wellington, New Zealand (Formerly Downtown Backpackers)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, it is a backpackers/budget hotel. But I have stayed there more than 10 times over the years. It has a lot of charm. Did you know that Queen Elizabeth stayed there once? I get a single room with a window that opens and an updated en suite in a prime location right next to Parliament for $80, plus free... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at the Waterloo and it was great. Really handy to the train station (just across the road) which is great after a long trip, just around the corner from the Beehive and the main shopping areas and the waterfront is just across the road. The hotel is old but our room was lovely..nothing flash but it had everything... More 

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

Popped over for some more work drinks and a game of pool at the Backpackers bar. Love this place, the drinks are cheap, pool and giant jenga is always fun and the people you meet are all international, hot and great to have a chat with. Highly recommend the shots and hot wedges whilst drinking. Haven't tried the hotel part... More 

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Apucarana, Parana, Brazil
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The location of this place is awesome, just in front of the train station and the Bluebridge ferry station. The views from the rooms are quite good too, but that's all. 1 hour of free WiFi, and if you want more, be prepared to pay high! The room was good, brand new beds I guess, with spacious bathroom inside the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The bar and the Chinese cleaning lady was the best. All the other stuff I didn't really enjoy, the beds were not good The place was big and dirty Not really a backpackers more a cheap very cheap hotel

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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Good place for a cheaper night. Full kitchen downstairs and a café you can buy nice, cheap food. Room a bit cold and window old so wind whistled through - not great for a light sleeper. Had a single room with shared ensuite - this meant you went through one door and had the bathroom and then 2 rooms off... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

A once grand hotel turned into a backpackers. I expected more from the pictures but was greeted by a cold lobby with even colder staff. Please don't forget to get your 20$ plastic key deposit back when you check out. Also when asked about wifi you are told you must pay but fact is when you go to sign on... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I booked for an en suite family room which had a double bed and a single bed. The first problem we encountered was opening of the door. The door handle was so old and had a weird way of opening which we never experienced in any hotel before. There was no view from the window apart from the wall of... More 

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Tirau, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

I stayed for one night en route from Dunedin to Tirau. Nick on reception was sooo helpful and gave a very concise rundown on where everything was and how things operated. The dining room have a great menu, but you need a big appetite, my roast pork was melt in the mouth but soooo large. It was so convenient to... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Location couldn't be better for a walking holiday in Wellington. We had an ensuite double room, which was all we could ask for, and very, very clean. Friendly staff, a great choice for us. The cafe/ restaurant was convenient.

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