Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers

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1414 Total Reviews
Wonderful Location
Brilliant Staff
Good Cleanliness

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

1414 Total Reviews
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Latest Reviews

Apr 14, 2024
Very meh hostel. Didn’t feel very safe and large families with kids will stay here. Was fine for one night and easy to catch the ferry from here.
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Female, 25-30
Apr 12, 2024
Can't complain too much as it was cheap and right across the road from the ferry. I was only there overnight while passing through wellington. But i wouldn't be comfortable staying longer, the communal facilities were really grim, and didn't appear to have been cleaned.
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Female, 25-30
Apr 04, 2024
The staff here were really lovely and that was about as good as it could get. There wasn’t a real hostel meeting people vibe - the common room wasn’t even in a central part and was this awkward big open room. I was a solo female traveler and didn’t feel comfortable with all the dudes hanging around and didn’t see any ladies during my stay. The rooms smelled like mold and made me a little sick so luckily they gave me a refund and I found a better place. But the vibe here was very run down.
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Female, 25-30


  • 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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