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Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)

Art Deco hostel with restaurant, near Wellington Central Business District

  • Free WiFi
From
ZAR 584

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7,6.Good.
  • the Lady at the desk was great but this place has gone downhill in the last few years…

    Apr 1, 2021

  • It was the worst stay ive ever been too, the room i was given was very dirty in the…

    Feb 25, 2021

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer

Guests rated location

Convenient
Walkable
Transport options
Dining options
Safe
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 108 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Breakfast available
  • Terrace

Feel at home

  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Elevator

What’s around

  • Heart of Wellington
  • Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) - 15 min walk
  • Interislander Ferry Terminal - 27 min walk
  • Wellington Central Business District - 3 min walk
  • Wellington Waterfront - 3 min walk
  • TSB Bank Arena - 9 min walk

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Double Ensuite
  • Standard Double Room, Private Bathroom
  • Bunk Style Twin Ensuite
  • Single (Shared Bathroom)
  • Bunk Style Twin (Shared Bathroom)
  • Shared Dormitory, Shared Bathroom (4 Beds)
  • Shared Dormitory, Private Bathroom (6 Beds)
  • Shared Dormitory, Private Bathroom (8 Beds)
  • Shared Dormitory, Ensuite (6 Bed, Female Only)
  • Twin, Double & Single Ensuite
  • Double Shared Bathroom
  • Single Room, Ensuite
  • Basic Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm
  • 20 Bunk Style Room (mixed)

Location

  • Heart of Wellington
  • Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) - 15 min walk
  • Interislander Ferry Terminal - 27 min walk

What’s around

Landmarks

  • Heart of Wellington
  • Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) - 15 min walk
  • Interislander Ferry Terminal - 27 min walk
  • Wellington Central Business District - 3 min walk
  • Wellington Waterfront - 3 min walk
  • TSB Bank Arena - 9 min walk
  • Westpac Stadium - 12 min walk
  • Botanic Gardens - 19 min walk
  • Cuba Street Mall - 20 min walk
  • Courtenay Place - 20 min walk
  • Victoria University of Wellington - 22 min walk

Getting around

  • Wellington Intl. Airport (WLG) - 21 min drive
  • Paraparaumu (PPQ) - 42 min drive
  • Wellington Station - 1 min walk
  • Wellington Kaiwharawhara Station - 3 min drive
  • Wellington Ngauranga Station - 6 min drive

At a glance

Size

  • 108 rooms

Arriving/leaving

  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-1:00 AM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
  • Express check-out

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Special check-in instructions

To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 48 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. If you are planning to arrive after 11:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests planning to arrive outside of normal check-in hours must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions and key retrieval information. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Children

  • No cribs (infant beds)

Pets

  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms

Parking

  • No onsite parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast on weekdays (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge

Things to do

  • Kayaking nearby

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities

Facilities

  • Elevator
  • Terrace

Accessibility

  • In-room accessibility

Languages Spoken

  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

In the room

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

More

  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Qualmark, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

Small print

Also known as

  • Downtown Backpackers
  • Downtown Backpackers Hostel
  • Downtown Backpackers Hostel Wellington
  • Downtown Backpackers Wellington

Optional extras

Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge of NZD 10 (subject to availability)

Breakfast costs between NZD 15 and NZD 30 for adults, and NZD 10 and NZD 30 for children (approximately)

Policies

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-out is available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast and dinner, and also through room service.

This property accepts credit cards and debit cards. Cash is not accepted. 

Mandatory fees

Deposit: NZD 20.00 per stay

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs

  • Yes, Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers) does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and gives staff personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Sorry, there's no onsite parking at Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers).
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
  • You can check in from 3:00 PM - 1:00 AM. There's a charge of NZD 10 for early check-in (subject to availability). Check-out time is 10 AM. Express check-out and contactless check-out are available.
  • Yes, there's an onsite restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Thistle Inn (4-min walk), The Backbencher (5-min walk), and Mojo (5-min walk).
  • Have fun during the warmer months with activities nearby such as kayaking.
7,6.Good.
  • 8,0.Very good

    it was the perfect location for our trip. WE got off the Northern Explorer at the station and stayed the night before our very early ferry from Wellington to Picton 2 minutes walk away.

    Jillian, 1 night family trip, Jan 13, 2021

    Verified Expedia guest review

  • 8,0.Very good

    Location is excellent for city work, eateries and transport. Old hotel with character - vibrant and social.

    Michelle, 1 night business trip, Nov 24, 2020

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  • 6,0.Good

    Doesn't seem to have been any upkeep on the property which is looking really tired now. I've been staying there for 5-6 years and nothings' changed in that time but everything's gotten older. Bar downstairs has had a major overhaul (awesome job) so maybe the rest of it is coming.

    Diane, 1 night trip, Nov 21, 2020

    Verified Wotif guest review

  • 8,0.Very good

    Lovely Staff

    Arrived late, but was still warmly welcomed. Disappointed the in-house bar & cafe is no longer appears to be operating as it was very good)

    Carolyn, 1 night business trip, Nov 20, 2020

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  • 4,0.Fair

    Location was good as were some of the old fixtures. Appreciated 24 hour staffing if I had needed it

    Dena, 2 night family trip, Oct 22, 2020

    Verified Expedia guest review

  • 8,0.Very good

    Wellington Friends Catch up

    Great location as we didn't hire a car. Clise to boats, trains & buses. Room was smaller than advertised

    Courtney, 2 night trip, Oct 18, 2020

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  • 10,0.Exceptional

    Best back packers in wellington city.

    our stay was wonderful the young mas that checked us in was outstanding he went the extra mile to much sure we had ever thing we needed. The train and buses and the blue bridge was just across the road. the beds were very nice we all had a good sleep . and heaps of hot water. most of all McDonalds and Subway were right next door .

    suzanne, 2 night family trip, Oct 4, 2020

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  • 2,0.Poor

    Pay online is unsafe hotel room was not available!

    I paid in full online with my credit card but upon arrival they DID NOT CHECK ME IN. They said the online service double booked customers and the room was not available. This after I paid in full for the room. Waterloo Hotel said it is the online service fault. The online service said the hotel has not reported any abnormality to them. Hotels.com will verify my claim because the Waterloo H. is not answering their call.

    Roberto, 1 night trip, Sep 25, 2020

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  • 8,0.Very good

    Perfect location for a late night arrival. Quiet rooms and bed was comfortable.

    Nicste, 1 night romance trip, Sep 24, 2020

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  • 6,0.Good

    The Historic Nature of the Building, close to Railway Station and Ferry Terminal

    Tony, 1 night family trip, Sep 13, 2020

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