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The Cambridge Hotel & Backpackers Reviews

28 Cambridge Terrace, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

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307 Total Reviews
  • 78%Value For Money
  • 81%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 69%Atmosphere
  • 73%Cleanliness
  • 73%Facilities

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The main issue we had with this place was one member of staff (a young Asian girl on reception, didn't get her name) who was rude to both my wife and I on separate occasions. They also made us change rooms on the last night which was frustrating. I had phoned to extend our stay by one night a few weeks before and asked if we would be in the same room but it was put through as a separate booking so wasn't linked to the original one. Also stupid policy on deposit for crockery and cutlery!


Comfortable beds, reasonable kitchen and shower facilities - all fairly average. They had overbooked and ended up booting me out despite having booked in advance. Whilst the lady on reception was very apologetic and found me a bed just around the corner for slightly less than I'd paid it was still inconvenient and somewhat annoying to be called up and told I should've already checked out.


Excellent location near all the downtown action. This is a hotel, and nothing fancy, although certainly acceptable. Not a fantastic price, but that's New Zealand in general.


Hostel was adequate but not worth 50 dollars a night. However location excellent security good dorm room fine and right next to bar

  • 6th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Scotland
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Nice surprise to have a TV in the single room. Would have liked a mirror in my room though. Plenty comfortable enough for no frills stay in Wellington.

  • 5th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Secure quiet room with very solid walls (no noise between rooms - excellent). Only downside was state of mens restroom which had water on the floor from the showers and no real facilities to shave etc, just one basin and mirror was on opposite wall. Only other thing would have liked a rail on the top bunk for safety when in bed, thats all. Other than that, great peaceful hostel.


The location of this one was amazing - right near a lot of Wellington's nightlife and only a short walk from other major areas. The pub attached has a good value breakfast too. The sleeping/bathroom arrangements aren't super comfortable and it isn't the type of hostel you'd expect to meet others too often.

  • 31st Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Mixed Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The room was spacious but right beside a smoking area and it always smelt like cigarettes. There wasn't a window that could be opened and the room was super hot. No common area as it is more a hotel than a hostel but the kitchen area is spacious and nice. I ended up only needing 2 nights and when I emailed they said it wouldn't be a problem however I ended up loosing my deposit when I arrived because they couldn't figure out how to change it. Close to the water and not to far from food.


Dingy room; bunk bed literally falling apart (a piece fell onto the guy below, hitting him in the head); not enough power outlets so one was dangerously overloaded; bathroom sinks are absurdly small; cleanliness was just OK. Glad we only stayed here one night. I've stayed in far better hostels, but also far worse. Still, this is a hostel in NZ -- the worst hostel in NZ is still better than an average one I've seen elsewhere. It was cheap; met my minimum standards; good location.


Nilish was a really great front of house, really friendly and helpful. The bathroom setup is great. Kitchen was good. Would like to see a socket/light at each bed in the dorm and more laundry facilities. Other than that great place to stay where you can get a good nights sleep. They try to keep all long term stayers in rooms together which works out great for everyone too.


Very nice place. Clean, close to everything. A bit noisy on saturdays since you can hear music from the bar downstairs. Only for backpackers looking for a Hotel experience.


It was a superb place to stay. I definitely would stay there again.


It would be great if they offered free wifi!


The best shower I have ever had. I wouldn't say it is the best place to make friends, but with showers like that, who needs friends. Good location. Clean. Very friendly staff.


You need some safes!


Built like a hotel so no real common room, tight squeeze for space there.


Staff wasn't really helpful or friendly, quite good location, though quite a bit off from the main action in Wellington. Atmosphere is almost non existent, except for a few people in the kitchen. 4 bed dorms are really good, 6 are much more packed.


Nice to be there, great hostel, it is like an hôtel because really clean


Very clean and perfect if you are looking for a quiet, non-party hostel. The location was great- near lots of nice restaurants, close to Cuba street, and close to Mt. Victoria, which overlooks the city. First time I've ever had a tv in a dorm room, which was a nice surprise!


Stayed here 8 years ago. Came back because of good memories of this place but sad to say it's a little tired now especially the kitchen. Also got the impression that guest were staying here long term which took the backpacking vibe away as the long term guests seemed to have their own little clicks.

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