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Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers
Reviewed October 26, 2013

Loved staying here, with its perfect location opposite the station, great room with en suite and facilities, fab bar and restaurant and friendly atmosphere. For backpackers, the restaurant is great if you can't be bothered to cook as it is reasonably priced with good portion sizes. However the communal kitchen is huge, well stocked and clean. Parking can be an issue, but that's the same the world over in cities. When we're back in Welli, we will be staying here again.

Room Tip: Our double came with an en suite but the dorm rooms are still great.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Have stayed here on a few occasions after arriving on flight from Brisbane. The shuttle bus from the airport drops you off right at the front door. The rooms are comfortable enough, some with a great view of the waterfront. Enjoyed a very generous and tasty meal in the restaurant. Haven't had a breakfast there but McDonalds is next door!! The main reason I stay here is that directly across the road is the railway station and the Intercity bus. It's a short walk to Lambton Quay for shops and banks and a very pleasant walk along the waterfront to the Te Papa Museum - a definite must during your stay in Wellington!!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

The Old Hotel Waterloo is the Downtown Backpackers directly across the street from the train station great if you're taking the shuttle to the ferry station going to the South Island or heading North to Auckland on the train. The train system in New Zealand is nearly brand new and an amazing conveyance. The open rail car is perfect for photography and the 1st class cars will amaze you. Downtown Backpackers is an old-style hotel that has all of its old charm, private bedrooms and bathrooms, a huge restaurant area and separate bar and pool gaming area make this a perfect place to stay. You'll love it at its great price! So sleep in and take the ferry or the train by walking across the street!

Room Tip: No frills, no pool (I can't erase it above), clean, great staff, good restaurant, great bar! Lov...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Silvia_vdBrelie, Manager at Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2013

Hi there, Thank you for your review! It's great to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. Hope you will stay with us again in the future! Kind regards, Silvia

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Reviewed September 30, 2013

2nd time here.

For a backpackers, this is such a super place.
Huge kitchen, always clean-& plenty of room.

Meals in cafe were great.
Great value for money.
Had fish & chips with salad- crispy.
Also had pot roast- 2 thick slices of roast pork which was tender & yummy roast veg.

Recommend definitely to others.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Rachel S
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Silvia_vdBrelie, Manager at Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2013

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at Downtown.
It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback. Hope you will stay with us again in the future!
Kind regards, Silvia

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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Stayed one night - dorm room was pretty standard/basic, had an ensuite which was good, the wind was HOWLING through the windows which was a bit freaky but apart from that, good! Appreciated the cafe for a really yummy & good value dinner and glass of wine. Pretty cool building and great location for catching the ferry early in the morning.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

All the good qualities of this place are overshadowed by how stingy these guys are with things that are usually complimentary in a hostel, namely: the internet.. They charge $1 per every 10 MBs of wireless you use....10 MBs of internet will last you all of 15 mins (to check e-mail and FB). Don't have your own computer? The communal ones will cost you $5/hr. Wellington does have free city wifi, but the concrete walls of DBH is really good at blocking out that signal completely.

The tattered key card to my room required a $20 cash deposit (more if you put that deposit on your credit card due to service fees).

Want to borrow a hair dryer? That'll be a $50 deposit!! Ridiculous.

Plan on taking a shower? Bring a towel because they don't provide any. (I'm sure they do for an extra fee)

Want to do a load of wash? That'll cost $4. Hope you don't need a dryer because that'll cost $6.

The absurd deposits and extra charges aside, this isn't a bad place. Although not quite in the center of town, is the perfect location if you're arriving by train, bus or ferry. It's also got an AMAZING guest kitchen and a nice commons area (big, lots of seating - not enough power outlets). The restaurant food looked good (never tried it, I was forced to cook my own meals since I spent all my extra cash on the internet here).

Stayed in a 6-bed dorm which was really small but clean (cleaned daily by housekeeping) with a newly renovated bathroom.

I wish I could have given this place a "very good" rating, but the hidden costs of staying here really bring it down.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

You can't miss with the Downtown Backpackers. They are friendly and reliable and there's a good range of accommodation options for travellers on a budget. Great location and easy to find and get back to at night.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Silvia_vdBrelie, Manager at Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2013

Hi there, and thank you for the great feedback. The team does work hard to make sure Downtown is as best as it can be for our guests. It’s great to hear we are getting things right.
Thanks again, Silvia

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Additional Information about 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
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Ranked #15 of 53 Specialty Lodging in Wellington
Price Range: $33 - $69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 120
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