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Reviewed 5 July 2013

This place has some of the most fascinating people that I've ever met. I honestly loved staying here. The kitchen is communal, and the TV room is always full of fellow travelers. I climbed out of my window and sat on the fire escape to see one of the best views of Wellington I've ever seen. The view from the...

3Thank Anne S
Reviewed 28 March 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Rowenas at the start of February, for the rugby 7s weekend. We stayed in a campervan in the carpark and had a cheap rate accordingly (prices were fair) Half the rooms seemed to be permanently occupied by really dodgy people. All toilets and showers are unisex and we had toiletries stolen from the shower rooms and laundry...

Thank ZumosTravels
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 February 2013 via mobile

I stayed at this place in a tent outback, it was priced as expensive as nice holiday parks but was not. very value for money. The place was not cleaned once on our three hour stay, filthy mostly. The shower rooms and toilets appeared to be never cleaned, and not stocked with toilet paper or soap, Four pans for about...

Thank Stuart2uk
Gympie, Queensland, Australia
Reviewed 18 November 2012

By far the worst experience we have had in NZ! We booked in and spoke with the slightly arrogant manager who snatched the money from my hands... were suprised to pay good money for a "campsite" and find out it was in a dodgey carpark with no security. The lodge was full of drunk what appeared to be homeless people...

1Thank Amber G
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 November 2012 via mobile

We didn't pay for a room here but used our van which a lot seem to do! The place was terrible though, the old guy who seemingly ran it was rude, he sold us some Internet usage which was useless and the place could have done with a good clean! The kitchen area shut at 10pm... No questions! The rules...

Thank John M
Nelson, New Zealand
Reviewed 20 October 2012

I stayed a few days at Rowena's. It was cheap and not really that far from Downtown. It took me only 15 min to walk down to where Te papa, New World's Supermarket, and the other backpackers were. It had a shared kitchen, so it was good (and cheaper) to be able to cook. It was REALLY quiet. No traffic...

Thank richards1607
Reviewed 19 June 2012

We stayed here as everywhere else was fully booked. Luckily we didnt pay very much compared to other hostels. Worst night sleep, constant howling noise from the wind, no hot water in showers, beds covered in hairs, very creepy hotel!!!

2Thank Jen C
Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 April 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights in April '12 and the 2 men who work there/run it are the rudest people I have come across in an otherwise friendly country. When I went in to enquire about parking our camper van there firstly the man looked me up and down with a disgusted look on his face which made me...

2Thank 2fatpigs
Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 24 February 2012

Unbelievably bad place to stay. We stayed there for a bit, but would never do it again. Reception was rude. Your food was never safe in the frig. Management made promises they didn't keep. Our room smelled. They must never wash the pillows. The kitchen is inadequate and lots of burners don't work. There are no ovens. Cleaners are good,...

2Thank Nance110
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 18 December 2011

I don't think I can really add anything more than what the others have said. I stayed there in july/august 2009 and it appears to have gotten worse. Crack house? Yes! Drunken all night sing songs. Yes! Murrsy the miserable manager. Two stolen mobile phones! Urination on the floor by some bloke whose psrole officer was giving him accomadation vouchers...

5Thank TheFatman7

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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
Price Range: €16 - €16 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 50
Also Known As:
Rowena`s Hotel Wellington
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“Get a room somewhere else!”
 of 5 bubbles 155pamm, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Take a tent so you can keep your distance by paying for a plot in the garden”
 of 5 bubbles jessej204, 3 Mar 2016 | Read review
“none of them are good enough. don't go to Rowena's lodge.”
  • Bed squeeks and uncomfortable
 of 5 bubbles AllinAspire, 13 Nov 2015 | Read review
“Lots of different rooms depending on amount of people.”
 of 5 bubbles mandynz1013, 9 Mar 2015 | Read review
“We booked the family room with a queen and a single bed and it was comfortable, warm, clean. Not big but perfect just for a sleep while you're out and about all day. Close to bathrooms.”
 of 5 bubbles charlottet45, 5 Oct 2013 | Read review
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