Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers

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1423 Total Reviews
Wonderful Location
Marvellous Staff

Property Description

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At Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formally Downtown Backpackers) we are told for a big hostel we are one of the best. A Historic Art Deco hotel with spacious common areas, ensuite bathrooms, cafe & bar, Sky TV, internet as well as high security with card lock access.
We are the closest accommodation to all major public transport and Wellington attractions.

Situated directly opposite the railway station Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers is ideally located, being the closest hostel to trains, buses and the inter-island ferry, the Westpac stadium, the city area and Te Papa, Wellington's fabulous Museum of New Zealand.

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers is is located in Wellington's historic Art Deco Waterloo Hotel, which was chosen for the Queens 1953 Coronation Tour.

Come stay with us and enjoy our fabulous in house cafe with great low priced food. Our fun in house bar gives you an opportunity to socialise and meet new people. Book your onward journey and activities with our incredible travel team. Our reception is open 24/7 for your convenience.

We want Wellington to be a highlight of your NZ experience and we have lots of information to help you to plan your stay.

Photo ID required on check in, either Drivers Licence, Passport or Hanz 18+ card.
Any guests under 18 years of age, please contact us directly before booking.

Finalist NZ Tourism Awards 1999, 2000 and 2001.
Finalist Golden Backpackers Awards 2012

Reviews & Ratings

1423 Total Reviews
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Latest Reviews

Jun 15, 2024
A weiiiird place! Nothing like the usual hostel, it’s half way through a creepy motel and a hostel the whole thing pretty ran down. The location is good & so is the price, but would rather pay more to get something half decent. The wifi is not unlimited, staff was average, the bedcover had stains, one plug for a room of 6, and the shared facilities look nothing like the picture.
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Female, 31-40
Very Good
Jun 07, 2024
You get what you pay for. It is a good, cheap place to lay your head for the night, opposite the intercity bus stop, which is the same as the free shuttle bus stop from the ferry. The bed is pretty uncomfortable but the kitchen has everything you need. It’s good one 1 night.
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Female, 31-40
Jun 03, 2024
Love the art deco style touches . The bed was supremely comfortable but the only (slight) downer was l couldn't make the TV remote work - not even after the staff put new batteries in it. I only stayed one night but wish it could've been longer.
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Male, 41+


  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free City Maps
  • General

    • Common Room
    • Elevator
    • Bicycle Parking
    • Book Exchange
    • Hair Dryers For Hire
    • Flexible NRR
  • Services

    • Laundry Facilities
    • Towels for hire
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Food & Drink

    • Bar
    • Vending Machines
    • Cafe
  • Entertainment

    • Games Room
    • Pool Table
    • Wi-Fi

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