The Historic Hotel Waterloo was chosen to host the Queen's entourage on her 1953 Coronation Tour of New Zealand. When the hotel was converted for budget accommodation, the luxuries remained.
Downtown Backpackers has a different feel to that of other budget accommodation properties in Wellington and New Zealand. Facilities such as private tiled bathrooms in most of the double, twin and single rooms, elegant staircases, high ceilings and you can't go past sampling the menu in the on-site café that is located in the old hotel's ballroom.
We believe in protecting the beautiful environment of Wellington, and New Zealand and want to ensure that your children and grandchildren can visit and enjoy it too. To this end we’ve developed an environmental plan and welcome your support in this initiative.
When you are staying at Downtown Backpackers Wellington you must take a moment to sit back in the café and while enjoying the fabulous food, think back to how the room you are sitting in must have felt in its day as the elegant ballroom of the Historic Waterloo Hotel. Our very own Downtown House Bar, a licensed bar that opens at 4.00pm daily and specializes in fun activities and bar games every evening.
Downtown Backpackers Wellington has an on-site Travel Shop for booking day-trips, accommodation, travel and the vast range of activities right across New Zealand. We can also offer advice on where to eat, what to do in the city or how to best get around.