Hostel Review – The Dwellington, Wellington, New Zealand

The Dwellington

Sum it up: Updated/new hostel with cool vibes, but underwhelming WiFi and sound insulation.

My length of visit (for your reference): 1 night

Cost: $25 NZD ($18.75 USD)/night for a 16 person dorm


Hostel Basics:

  • WiFi: Yes, but it really only worked if you sat right in front of reception/the front door.
  • Breakfast: Yes. Toast and jam.
  • Guest-Use Kitchen: Yes. This kitchen is so beautiful. Looks like it’s designed for someone’s home.
  • Bar/Kitchen: No.
  • BYO: Yes.


Location: In the middle of the city, but don’t miss a turn. One-way streets make a missed turn quite a delay.


Easy drive to the waterfront/beach/museums/etc. Downtown is really cramped and you’re right in the heart of it.


Airport Transfers: No.


Hostel Overview: Would you go back? Sure.


The hostel is either new or recently updated. It has great style to it and the kitchen alone is a wow. It’s tucked in a random street, though, so parking is dismal. I was in a room right next to the kitchen, which meant it was really loud both at night when people were returning from the bar, and in the morning when everyone was getting up and going. The staff was friendly and helpful with city directions. WiFi is free, but only works near reception.


Need to Know: If you’re driving, good luck with parking.


Pros/Cons: Updated look and feel, friendly staff. Weak WiFi, no parking.


lovingly, jess