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The Cambridge Hotel

Hostel with restaurant, near Embassy Theatre

  • Free WiFi

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  • Single Bed in a 4 Bed Dorm  - Shared kitchen
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28 Cambridge Terrace, Wellington, 6001, New Zealand
  • Staff were cheerful and helpful. Room was changed at the last minute, staff had been…

    Sep 17, 2021

  • One shared toilet on floor working bed under cold drafty rattling window carpet i have…

    Jul 16, 2021

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer

Guests rated location

Dining options
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 58 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Breakfast available
  • 40 meeting rooms
  • Self-serve laundry

Feel at home

  • Cribs/infant beds (surcharge)
  • Refrigerator
  • Television
  • Free toiletries
  • Laundry facilities
  • Coffee/tea maker

What’s around

  • In Te Aro
  • Embassy Theatre - 2 min walk
  • Courtenay Place - 4 min walk
  • St James Theatre - 5 min walk
  • Waitangi Park - 7 min walk
  • The Great War Exhibition - 11 min walk

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Double Room, Ensuite
  • Triple Room, Ensuite
  • Quadruple Room, Ensuite
  • Single Room, Ensuite
  • Single Room, Shared Bathroom (1 Single Bed only)
  • Standard Room, 2 Twin Beds, Shared Bathroom
  • Double Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Single Bed in a 4 Bed Dorm
  • Single Bed in a 6 Bed Dorm
  • Single Bed in a 8 Bed Dorm

What’s around


  • In Te Aro
  • Embassy Theatre - 2 min walk
  • Courtenay Place - 4 min walk
  • St James Theatre - 5 min walk
  • Waitangi Park - 7 min walk
  • The Great War Exhibition - 11 min walk

Getting around

  • Wellington Intl. Airport (WLG) - 11 min drive
  • Paraparaumu (PPQ) - 44 min drive
  • Wellington Station - 25 min walk
  • Wellington Kaiwharawhara Station - 6 min drive
  • Wellington Ngauranga Station - 9 min drive
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28 Cambridge Terrace, Wellington, 6001, New Zealand

At a glance


  • 58 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 2:00 PM-12:30 AM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 8:00 AM - 12:30 AM. If you are planning to arrive after midnight please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation. The property will be renovating all shared bathrooms on a rotating basis through January 2022. Guests booked in room types with shared bathrooms may be required to access a bathroom on a different floor during renovation work.

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


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No onsite parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See fees & policies for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop/café

Working away

  • Number of meeting rooms - 40


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Year Built - 1883
  • Elevator


  • Assistive listening devices in meeting rooms

Languages Spoken

  • English

In the room

Home comforts

  • Coffee/tea maker

Things to enjoy

  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished

Freshen up

  • Free toiletries

Be entertained

  • TV
  • Cable TV channels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • WiFi is available in guestrooms for NZD 10 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Breakfast costs between NZD 6.00 and NZD 20.00 per person (approximately)
  • Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge of NZD 40.00
  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge of 1.8 percent

Children & extra bedsPay at property

  • Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve cribs/infant beds

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Guests are provided with hand sanitizer.


Some facilities may have restricted access. Guests can contact the property for details using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a smoke detector on site.

This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly).

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club, debit cards and cash.

Please note that guests may experience noise from the bar and hotel building on Saturday nights/early Sunday mornings from 9 PM to 3 AM.

Also known as

  • Backpacker Cambridge
  • The Cambridge Hotel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • The Cambridge Hotel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Wellington
  • Cambridge Backpacker
  • Cambridge Backpacker Wellington
  • Cambridge Hotel Backpacker
  • Cambridge Hotel Backpacker Wellington
  • Cambridge Hotel Wellington
  • Cambridge Hotel
  • Cambridge Wellington
  • The Cambridge Hotel Wellington

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  • Yes, The Cambridge Hotel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property and guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Sorry, there's no onsite parking at The Cambridge Hotel.
  • Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from 2:00 PM - 12:30 AM. Check-out time is 10 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge of NZD 40.00.
  • Yes, there's an onsite restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Ortega Fish Shack (3-min walk), The Ambeli (3-min walk), and Five Boroughs (3-min walk).
  • Recommended spots to visit include Embassy Theatre (2-min walk) and Courtenay Place (4-min walk), along with St James Theatre (5-min walk) and Waitangi Park (7-min walk).
  • 2.0.Poor

    Avoid this hole

    We stayed here for 3 nights in a shared bathroom double room. We did not enjoy our stay: Bed was terrible : middle of the bed was lower than the sides, makes it very uncomfortable and awkward to sleep. Our kettle/ kitchen was filthy - see the photo attached. We were on the first floor. Went to use the male bathroom and realised that the first floor bathroom was fully out of order. Went to the top floor bathroom and realised there is only one working shower for all the rooms - which was filthy. This wasn’t even communicated with us during check in. The TV in our room didn’t work unless turned on and off at the wall (above the door) which means standing on the wobbly leather chair. After raising these issues with staff after 2 nights of terrible sleep, the staff asked us to pay the difference for the last night in a room with a bathroom (there was 5 spare rooms on this Monday night showing on their website anyway) but after refusing to pay, the lady at the desk said “we won’t charge you now - but may charge when you check out” Eventually we got changed to a room with an ensuite. The bathroom stunk of urine and had no working extractor fan, so all the urine smelling steam went through the entire room - to the point where water was dripping on us from the ceiling while we slept. Thankfully we weren’t charged the difference for this last night. I can appreciate there are renovations ongoing but how hard is it to explain at check in? Disgusting place, won’t beback

    Levi, 3 night trip, Jul 15, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very good

    It was close to town

    1 night trip, Jul 12, 2021

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  • 6.0.Good

    Very comfortable bed, lovely staff. There was several things outside the building that banged in the wind all night. Very noisey and relentless in the intense wind of Wellington. Also there is a QR code in the room to order food from the pub downstairs but in the folder it clearly states no room service so didn’t trust it to order

    2 night romance trip, Jul 4, 2021

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  • 6.0.Good

    Really liked the old look. Staff were friendly and accomodating, like that i was able to leave my bags in a locked area before and after checkout. Didnt like the smell in the corridors, 2x broken toilets, hair dryer not working, light above bed not working.

    2 night family trip, Jul 1, 2021

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  • 6.0.Good

    Very central, and good value for budget accommodation. Very surprised that the in room tv was limited to sky sports and tv3. A few random noises during the night.

    3 night romance trip, Jun 20, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very good

    This is a budget hotel, with mostly dormitories. However, I stayed in a private room with an ensuite. Everything expected was provided. I would recommend this type of room for travellers on a budget who would prefer a private room and private bathroom rather than shared facilities, as it was clean and adequately comfortable for the price. Very handy location. Close to transport, restaurants, shopping, and Te Papa Museum.

    4 night trip, Jun 10, 2021

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  • 4.0.Fair

    Front desk staff service at check in and check out was below expectations.

    1 night trip, May 28, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Very nice 👍 central location . Good clean room, huge 🛏 bed!

    Katherine, 1 night trip, May 28, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Always a nice, cheap, friendly spot to stay. Think they need to upgrade some of the beds though. Start with Room 110 please.

    Annemarie, 3 night business trip, May 22, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Cambridge Hotel

    This is an older facility in central Wellington Very convenient to most things Spacious and clean

    Robert, 1 night trip, May 18, 2021

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