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“Average hostel but poor by bbh standards” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers

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Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers
Braunton, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Average hostel but poor by bbh standards”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

Two of us stayed in a private twin shared bathroom. The hostel is very large, it felt a bit like an old hotel. The reception area is fairly modern, however our room was old and tired, the window didn't even shut.

On the whole it was okay, we slept well and it was right next to the ferry terminal do a conventional stop over for an early trip to the south island.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Taupo, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Booked a Superior Double room. Nothing superior about this room. Prices high in all other hotels because of rugby game nearby, Bed was awful. Room very small and no different to other Double rooms. Sky TV had few channels and other guests extremely noisy arriving at their rooms very late at night,

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Julie J
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Taoyuan, Taiwan
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27 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

I must say the photos on the brochure of this place is much better than it actually is. Very good location, situated right next to the railway station. The room is very small. And the atmosphere of the room is a bit creepy with its strange lighting and decoration. In the early morning, the noises from the street and wharf can be heard. In terms of the cleanness, it is just okish! We were happy we just stayed one night there.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Serena C
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Honolulu
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

More than adequate room, with friendly staff. Highlight is the location - near train station, so perfect for early morning departure and for late afternoon arrival via InterIslander Ferry shuttle bus. Close to Cable Car, Waterfront walk and Te Papa Museum. Added bonus, is McDonalds just a few steps away. Would gladly stay here again.

Room Tip: Choose Ensuite - privacy at a bargain rate
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Aloha001
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Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

A nice place great lounge, not very personal, but god for an overnight stay, great location for train and ferries not so close to town about 15 min walk, staff were lovely, free wifi in macdolalds just next door, and col bar. I would go back.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank IrishLizzy
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Melbourne, Australia
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158 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

Had 2 nights here in Feb '13. Being a couple of wrinklies (74 yo) we went for broke and had an ensuite room. Very small but perfectly adequate. Bang opposite the main Railway station, close to both ferries and next door to McDonalds(free Wi-Fi) - what more can you ask !

Built in the 1930's (vintage decade - that's when we were born!), it was apparently quite a grand Hotel way back. A bit tatty these days but it has character and that great asset - location, location. Helpful staff and VG value. Recommended - stay there.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Beaumaris32
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London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

Best equipped and cleanest hostel kitchen I've ever seen, perhaps thanks to a good mix of clientele as opposed to younger backpackers only? No silly deposits for mugs. Really appreciated that!
Also decent priced cafe. Room was fine and clean.
Location is good for blueridge ferry and trains and a short walk from town. The airport bus also sops very near by.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank H D
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Additional Information about Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers

Property: Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers
Address: 1 Bunny St | PO Box 3071, Wellington, New Zealand (Formerly Downtown Backpackers)
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wellington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 47 Specialty 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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Downtown Backpackers Hotel Wellington

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