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The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Lobby & restaurant were modern, rooms were clean & tidy though could do with a touch up as they're a bit outdated, motorway was at the back of our room so it was a bit noisy from the traffic, good supply of coffee, tea & toiletries, small microwave would've been helpful, onsite parking $15, prices at restaurant were ok, reception & wait staff were friendly & efficient, would stay again if they didnt charge a 2% credit card surcharge

I'd last stayed here a year or so ago and they were doing renovations so I thought I'd try here again in case the rooms were better than they were. Nah. Just like being back in barracks, except with rusty irons. Work put me here and thankfully I have other options as the tight, spartan, tired rooms are simply awful. Gave them a chance and far from the mark.

A brief one night stay, prior to catching the train up to Auckland. For this reason, location was ideal, close to the train station - also close to supermarkets around the corner which was great. In terms of quality, as others have noted the hotel needs some real love. Apart from the reception and restaurant area which was modern and inviting, the room was like stepping back in time. Layout was disjointed with switches for light in places the bed used to be. The bathroom was ugly, with stainless steel base and controls that were seriously something out of the 60's! We also experienced a strong paint smell coming from the corridor, luckily for us, we were at the other end away from the stairs where it was strongest. On the plus side, staff were friendly and welcoming, as were the free lollies at Reception. With location a winner for us, so was price and overall our brief stay was just what we needed. Would we stay longer if returning to Wellington, probably not with rooms in current state. But if the rooms were updated, we would consider. If you are after a cheaper option in Wellington, this is worth a look.

The hotel is not right in the city centre but close. I picked this hotel for the connection to the Ridges and location. While the staff on the front desk were friendly the facilities need some attention. The walls are rather thin. I could clearly hear the kids in the room next door jumping off the furniture all through the night. I question whether there was security on patrol and If they were the did not make it to the 8th floor to control the poor behaviour of the other guests. I must say at least this room had a window. The linen in the rooms felt a little tired. The sheets did not fit the bed. The Donna and blankets have seen better days. While the room itself came with tea and coffee facilities, ironing board etc. the overall feel was exhausted. Carpet was lifting. While there was a laundry the room, the room itself was freezing. The true highlight of this stay was the Glasshouse Bar and Grill. One night there was the offer of happy hour BBQ. Something a little different. I did enjoy a number of dishes in the Grill. Lovely Beef Wellington with a great pastry, pulled pork taco with home made corn chips, pumpkin soup and chicken Cesar. Of course not all in the one sitting. I would recommend the eating experience and wait to hear of a refurbishment.

Well where to start… The hotel is ideally situated in Wellington, just off highway 1. Being on a Lions tour meant that the fact the hotel was just opposite New Zealand Rugby House meant the manager pulled some strings & the residents of hotel got a guided tour around it! I had hired a wheelchair accessible van for my stay in New Zealand & the hotel did not charge for the vehicle to park for the week. The hotel itself you would compare with a Premier Inn accommodation in U.K. The room had been freshly decorated & looked good for it. Plenty of room to manoeuvre my powered chair in. The bathroom was spacious too with wet room for roll in shower chair. On downside the single glazed windows meant lots of condensation built up on them. The staff were extremely helpful & solved my problem of bed being too low for me by swapping it over with another style of bed which had the height I needed. They wanted to make sure my stay was comfortable & if there was any other ideas/suggestions I could think of I wasn't to hesitate bringing them to their attention. Breakfast was plentiful, constantly topped up & of good quality. The two meals we had at hotel were very nice too. All in all nicest of hotels I stayed in while on holiday.

Our stay was great apart from two mornings in a row we were evacuated at 8am out into the cold wet and windy weather! Disappointing that the manager was rude about this as the rest of the staff had been great. An apology goes a long way to smoothing things over being rude just makes things worse!

The staff at this hotel couldn't do enough to support the demands of the travelling rugby supporters - they even laid on a sunday roast when we arrived as we were all missing home by that stage! The manager extended happy hours to facilitate us and put on free bar food before one of the games - a great experience. He also negotiated with the NZ RFU for us to visit their HQ over the road from the hotel. The bedrooms were pretty basic hence the downgrade from Excellent.

We stayed here as part of the Lions Tour to NZ. The staff were wonderful, helpful and friendly. The downstairs area was lovely. The restaurant and bar were great. Breakfast was lovely. The only thing that let this hotel down were the bedrooms. We had a double room. This was two old single beds pushed together. Very uncomfortable. The room was tiny with a tiny ensuite with a shower. There was no room to unpack and only one bedside table. The room was clean and quiet. But not the quality I would expect. Staff were great as I said and this made up in some way for such a disappointing room

A wonderful location for us to attend the Super Rugby match at Westpac Stadium, fantastic hospitality - nothing was a problem, first name basis, Nona, Toma's & Ally of Staff including the wonderful Chef John B who shared his yummy Creamy Tomato Soup recipe with me - all such a delight & pleasure to get to know. Thank you team for giving us a wonderful weekend holiday in Wellington - we will definitely return. Ro, Gerry & Dylan

The hotel was lovely and exceptionally comfortable. The food was great. The staff were exemplary. Nothing was too much trouble. The location was perfect with a hilly backdrop and very close to the railway station and the ferry port. Add to that you're in the wonderful city of Wellington and i had 4 of the best days of my life :-)

24 Hawkestone St Wellington

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to St Paul's Cathedral and Old St Paul's
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Fitness center

The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges places you within a 5-minute walk of popular attractions such as St Paul's Cathedral and Old St Paul's. This 108-room, 3.5-star hotel has a restaurant along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and a fitness center. Centrally located in Wellington, the hotel is also a short walk from Beehive and Old Government Buildings.


Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service. Buffet breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM.


All 108 recently renovated rooms feature refrigerators, coffee makers, and free weekday newspapers. 32-inch TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Phones, ironing boards, and desks are also available.

Property features

Renovated in 2013, The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges offers a fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and 5 meeting rooms. Self parking is available for NZD 15 per day. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this family-friendly hotel include a conference center, a business center, and a computer station.

Room options

Superior Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Queen

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

55% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 633 reviews