You'll pardon me if I laugh at their advertising: "The Historic Hotel Waterloo was chosen to host the Queen's entourage on her 1953 Coronation Tour of New Zealand. When the hotel was converted for budget accommodation, the luxuries remained." Luxuries??? It doesn't seem to have been touched since 1953!
The ONLY thing to recommend it is the proximity to the station/bus terminal. It's on the corner of Bunny St and Waterloo Quay and right across the road from the terminal. I came in late pm and left early am. The German chap who booked me in was courteous. I asked for a quiet room and got one at the back of the hotel.
Cost for single with shared bathroom: $69.36 NZD when paid by credit card.
Sky TV: very limited selection of channels to watch so not worth the bother for me.
The room had a stale odour, was a mish-mash of cheap furnishings, bed was too soft but at least clean. Seriously, it needs a good overhaul.
If you like a bath, bring your own plug (there was none). Also no anti slip mat so although the shower had plenty of hot water, I felt unsafe standing in the slippery bath to shower.
They advertise they have wifi but don't tell you it's at an extra cost. At the tariffs they charge, they should include at least 50MB free per night. That's what I got at another backpacker and there I paid $55 per night; no TV but it was a better room. Downtown Backpackers also charge you an extra $20 key security, which you recover in cash, so be prepared for the extra time / fiddle when checking out.
You have to travel to find food or entertainment if you don't want to eat at their bistro, which I didn't. I suggest you get a bus to Courtenay Place from the terminal. I think it was a No. 1 or 2 bus which will cost $2.50 each way. There you'll find lots of eateries (at a plaza near the movies - ask the bus driver to alert you to the stop). The Satay Noodle House make a divine laksa. There was also other Asian, Indian, a Wendys icecream & others.
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