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Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)

2-star2 stars
1 Bunny Street Wellington Cbd, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand

Art Deco hostel with restaurant, near Old Government Buildings
  • Free WiFi
  • Collect nightsYou can collect™ Rewards nights here
Great location
Fantastic service
Quite clean
More comfort would be nice

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)

from A$53
  • 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)

What’s around Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)


  • Heart of Wellington
  • Old Government Buildings - 3 min walk
  • St Paul's Cathedral - 6 min walk
  • Old St Paul's - 6 min walk
  • Beehive - 6 min walk
  • Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) - 11 min walk
  • Westpac Stadium - 12 min walk
  • Civic Square - 14 min walk

Getting around

  • Wellington (WLG-Wellington Intl.) - 17 min drive
  • Paraparaumu (PPQ) - 42 min drive
  • Wellington Station - 1 min walk
  • Wellington Kaiwharawhara Station - 3 min drive
  • Wellington Ngaio Station - 7 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 108 rooms


  • Check-in time 3 PM-1 AM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • No parking

Payment types at the property

Other information

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

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Continental breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
Things to do
  • Ecotours on site
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Nightclub
  • Arcade/game room
  • Billiards or pool table
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Lift
  • Terrace
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • German

In the room

Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • 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.

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)’s small print

Also known as

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

Mandatory fees

Deposit: NZD 20.00 per stay

Optional extras

Continental breakfast is offered for an extra charge of NZD 9 per person (approximately)

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.

Most helpful reviewsReviews are sorted based on what customers found most helpful and our recommendations

Good 7.6 From 319 reviews

Poor 2.0
I booked this accomodation as the website photos showed a better standard of stay than i received. Booking in at approximately 11.30pm I booked out again at 12.30pm as it was impossible to sleep in the room I had been issued. Although I was on the 5th floor other guests were using the laundry and the washing machines were making such a racket it seemed like they were in the room next to me. I asked for another room, was told there was none. I would like a refund of my charge and am considering my options to pursue this. I fully expect this review to be removed as it is negative and not likely to encourage others to stay.
Margaret, nzOther trip
Good 6.0
Very average hotel
This is as average as you can get. I stated in this hotel about 10 nights on three different occasions. The reception has been instructed to put as many people in one room as possible to save cleaning. This I dont like. I was alwaysbput in the very same rolm even though hotel seemed quite empty and they could have put people in different shares so it dont get so incrediable Crowded every single time. I also noticed there were some really lobg time stayer at the hostel who are a bit like hobos. This is more like a hostel than hotel so the class thereafter.
Han-Hsuan, us1 night trip
Fair 4.0
Average hotel within walking distance of CBD
I'll start with the positives. There is a bar, cafe and share kitchen for guest all in the hostel which is insanely convenient. The staff for the entire premises were lovely and polite (some even gave tips where to visit and so on). For it's price it's really close to the CBD (5 minute walk). It's near central station, government house and the stadium. Negative: Ridiculously expensive wifi. The paint, carpets, wall in bathroom were in poor condition and were very dated. The bathroom didn't seem to get cleaned properly with any chemical (mould on walls) which when you have 8 people sharing a bathroom, just isn't acceptable in my opinion. Bed seem poorer than usually (unsurprisingly additional mattresses are offered for a fee). Laundry facilities seemed dirty and the laundry powder detergent dispenser was broken. I wouldn't mind the shameless nickel and diming that went on (because of the low price of staying the night) including the insane wifi price but I expect the base facilities be clean and in working order. All in all would be a amazing place to stay for it's price if it underwent a renovation and had better options for wifi.
auOther trip
Very good 8.0
The hotel has a cafe and bar although drinks from the bar are not allowed to be taken into the cafe. The bar was extremely noisy so it was a pleasure to retire to the cafe where there were a number of choices of reasonable food at very reasonable prices. Lockers for storage of bags and cases are available but are rather pricey at $4 for up to 8 hours when many places have storage rooms for free. The location was good to,explore around the railway station area with the national parliament being close by. The rooms were clean although as older patrons we found the shower over the bath a little difficult but the water was hot. Overall a good place to stay for the night.
auOther trip
Good 6.0
Needs upgrading. The dining room wasn't very nice. The continental breakfast for $9 I wouldn't want again cold coffee, hard fruit, cereal didn't taste fresh and utensils didn't look clean. The twin room with one single bed was very small, it looked like the bathroom had been upgraded a bit. I didn't expect much or anything fancy or xtra. Take your own shampoos, soaps etc. The glass windows were cracked and the room was noisey when the gales were blowing. I won't stay there again.
auFamily trip

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)

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