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Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers

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Tauranga, New Zealand
Reviewed 11 September 2015 via mobile

Bar lunchs are great value for money. $12 for a great bar lunch. The place was packed and plenty of staff to deal with the punters. Food was out very fast and the very good quality. Good local brewed beers on tap.

Thank chopprrrrreid
Masterton, New Zealand
Reviewed 7 September 2015

The front counter staff are always friendly and welcoming. This time I was in a double ensuite (room 318) which was situated near the back of the hotel and further away from the traffic. There was a constant "hum" of what was probably aircon units etc but it wasn't overly intrusive. Once again, a nice comfortable room with modern furniture...

Thank Lisa T
Whangarei, New Zealand
Reviewed 31 August 2015 via mobile

In close proximity to the Cake Tin stadium, this is a great place to have a drink before and after the game. The staff are awesome and the patrons friendly. It is a quick easy walk to the stadium, even undercover if its raining. Not far from central city either.

Thank ArrianeNC
Dunedin, New Zealand
Reviewed 12 August 2015

Yes, it is a backpackers/budget hotel. But I have stayed there more than 10 times over the years. It has a lot of charm. Did you know that Queen Elizabeth stayed there once? I get a single room with a window that opens and an updated en suite in a prime location right next to Parliament for $80, plus free...

Thank lapras
Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 8 August 2015 via mobile

We stayed at the Waterloo and it was great. Really handy to the train station (just across the road) which is great after a long trip, just around the corner from the Beehive and the main shopping areas and the waterfront is just across the road. The hotel is old but our room was lovely..nothing flash but it had everything...

1Thank wickedwesty
Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 7 August 2015

Popped over for some more work drinks and a game of pool at the Backpackers bar. Love this place, the drinks are cheap, pool and giant jenga is always fun and the people you meet are all international, hot and great to have a chat with. Highly recommend the shots and hot wedges whilst drinking. Haven't tried the hotel part...

Thank Lsas26
Apucarana, Parana, Brazil
Reviewed 24 July 2015 via mobile

The location of this place is awesome, just in front of the train station and the Bluebridge ferry station. The views from the rooms are quite good too, but that's all. 1 hour of free WiFi, and if you want more, be prepared to pay high! The room was good, brand new beds I guess, with spacious bathroom inside the...

Thank RenanConceicao
Reviewed 18 July 2015 via mobile

The bar and the Chinese cleaning lady was the best. All the other stuff I didn't really enjoy, the beds were not good The place was big and dirty Not really a backpackers more a cheap very cheap hotel

1Thank Sebastian D
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Reviewed 5 July 2015

Good place for a cheaper night. Full kitchen downstairs and a café you can buy nice, cheap food. Room a bit cold and window old so wind whistled through - not great for a light sleeper. Had a single room with shared ensuite - this meant you went through one door and had the bathroom and then 2 rooms off...

Thank Sarah-Jane R
Reviewed 28 June 2015

A once grand hotel turned into a backpackers. I expected more from the pictures but was greeted by a cold lobby with even colder staff. Please don't forget to get your 20$ plastic key deposit back when you check out. Also when asked about wifi you are told you must pay but fact is when you go to sign on...

Thank BluewaterGypsy

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
  • Self-Serve Laundry

Additional Information about Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers

Address: 1 Bunny St | PO Box 3071, Wellington, New Zealand (Formerly Downtown Backpackers)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wellington
Price Range: $24 - $94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 120
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Downtown Backpackers Hotel Wellington
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“Phone them - very helpful. My room facing North West was quiet.”
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“"Harbour views are the best"”
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