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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed four nights. Normally we use the kitchen in backpackers. In this hostel we never used the kitchen. Our room was clean, under the bed there was some waste. We found that the carpets were filthy. The water in the restrooms / showers was warm, but toilet paper was on the floor. The restrooms were unisex. People were loud...

Thank claussixt
Tauranga, New Zealand
Reviewed 12 February 2017

When I first read the Reviews about Rowenas Lodge, I was sceptical at arrival. And yes, it isn't the most heartwarming welcome I've had so far, but I didn't think of it as terrible. The staff is a bit grumpy, but not unfriendly. I had no negative experiences during a 2 weeks stay, we stayed in our Campervan on the...

Thank Romatze412
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for 5 star accomodation at budget prices you will be disappointed - why ppl do expect that is beyond me??? Rowena's lodge does an excellent job of catering to the overflow from Wellingtons other hostels. Its simple, its not flash but its adequate and the facilities are reasonable. The free parking os a huge bonus. Parking...

1Thank Angela W
Reviewed 2 January 2017

As I can tell from prior reviewing it's a mixed bag this place. Depends on the season, your travelling situation and how you are with people from another culture. You see I am one of the locals that live here but I am also travelling in and out of New Zealand regularly. So I get a good perspective and I...

Thank Robert M
Phoenix, Arizona
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Yes, good location, yes, free parking BUT communal areas are dirty and have an unsavoury odour. Beds are just about clean. I would not recommend a single female to stay here. Only stay here if you are really really desperate.

1Thank Pam M
Noumea, New Caledonia
Reviewed 18 March 2016

Yep it's old, but the house is amazing it has outside stairs that go from ground to upstairs ! Was solo-travelling there for one night and it was awesome ! I couldn't find anywhere to stay in Wellington and they just save me from sleeping outside. Got the cheapest bed (24NZD) in a mix-dorm, it was clean and I felt...

2Thank Stephanie C
Reviewed 3 March 2016

It was a busy time in Wellington for backpacker hostels so I got stuck with Rowena's. It is the cheapest rate for a bed at just $25 for a dorm but you get what you pay for here. Where to begin? The staff are rude or weird or usually both. There are long term renters who are even stranger and...

1Thank Jesse J
Whakatane, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 March 2016 via mobile

My partner and I stayed at Rowenas Lodge for three nights in our campervan. $17 each/night. For cheap, city centre location and absolutely basic facilities... stay here. With the overall rating, you know what type getting yourself into. Plain and simple. You should not expect anything amazing or luxurious. Expect backpacker central. Since we did not stay in the rooms,...

Thank Our2010
Portreath, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 February 2016 via mobile

Where do I start........it's actually like a homeless shelter. The location is miles out from town. The rooms are absoloutely filthy, along with the showers, toilets etc. The residents are noisy and shouting all through the night. Other guests have no consideration at all. Someone was up at 3am blow drying their hair and with paper thin walls, you could...

2Thank PCarter2015
Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

Don't believe the hype, it is neither comfortable nor casual nor for VIPs. The lack of fresh paint, stains on the carpet, and general air of neglect should warn you off. We had no choice, we had pre-booked, and Wellington was sold out. There was no lighting on the steps or driveway although the steps had been waterblasted recently. A...

1Thank Limier

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Additional Information about Rowena's Lodge

Address: 115 Brougham Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wellington
Number of rooms: 50
Also Known As:
Rowena`s Hotel Wellington
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“Great views of Wellington city. Safe parking away from the street. Extensive camping area. Front deck and benches.Large dining area.”
, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Get a room somewhere else!”
155pamm, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Take a tent so you can keep your distance by paying for a plot in the garden”
jessej204, 3 Mar 2016 | Read review
“none of them are good enough. don't go to Rowena's lodge.”
  • Bed squeeks and uncomfortable
AllinAspire, 13 Nov 2015 | Read review
“Lots of different rooms depending on amount of people.”
mandynz1013, 9 Mar 2015 | Read review
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