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1 room, 2 adults

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers) - Wellington

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

Art Deco hostel with restaurant, near Wellington Central Business District
  • Free WiFi
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Great location
Fantastic service
Could use a good cleaning
More comfort would be nice

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers) - Wellington

More Info: 6823 2342

from S$42
  • 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) - Wellington


  • 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

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

Key facts


  • 108 rooms


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

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
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast on weekdays (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
Things to do
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Arcade/game room
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Elevator
  • Terrace
  • In-room accessibility
Languages Spoken
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

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) - Wellington’s small print

Also known as

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


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.

Mandatory fees

Deposit: NZD 20.00 per stay

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)

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 for Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers) - Wellington

  • Does Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers) offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    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.
  • Is parking offered at Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)?
    Sorry, there's no parking at Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers).
  • Are pets allowed at Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)?
    You can check in from 3:00 PM to 1:00 AM. There's a charge of NZD 10 for early check-in (subject to availability). Check-out time is 10 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)?
    Yes, there's an onsite restaurant.

Recent reviews

Good 7.6 From 331 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Our stay was really good.. comfy bed w/ ensuite.. a restaurant in the groundfloor and there is a kitchen in the 1st floor for guests to cook/heat food, make a toast, a fridge to store, plates, cutleries, etc. I was just wondering if every ensuite can have a hair dryer.. I tried borrowing from reception but none left.. the receptionists are really helpful the doors are locked after sometime in the night but receprtonist are 24hrs so we feel secured..
ph2 night family trip
Very good 8.0
March 2020
Very convenient for the interislander and blue bridge. However their IT booking system is a shambles. A group of 10 had major problems having their booking located. In the end I butted in so we could get our room key. Would recommend it to others planning to go to thr South Island.
Lynette, nz1 night trip
Very good 8.0
You can’t be closer to railway/ bus and ferry
Very pleasant and great location
Anita, nz2 night family trip
Good 6.0
A short night
No air conditioning - very loud outside noises - really a rough night - the only reprieve was it was a short stay.- just a layover to get to the airport for an early flight
Victoria, us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great location
Great location. Clean and comfortable. Friendly staff
Peter, au1 night trip
Very good 8.0
Good location
We opted for a budget twin room with shared bathroom facilities. You'll have to make your on bed as they do not. It was ok for what we paid for and the location was great.
Timothy, au3 night trip
Fair 4.0
It was all we needed for a quick night stop over before our ferry the next morning. However it was 80km/h+ winds through the night which was all i could hear through the window and kept me awake all night. The bunkbed moved every time one of us moved
nz1 night family trip
Good 6.0
Great but
nz4 night trip
Very good 8.0
So convenient to transport hubs and city areas
Stephen, nz2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Historic charm
Great location. Older building but very clean with excellent and friendly service from the staff.
Lori, us1 night family trip

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers) - Wellington

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