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The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We arrived at Wellington very tired after several days on the road on the south island of NZ and a ferry trip from Picton. We were welcomed warmly by 2 clerks at the desk who checked us in promptly. When we had trouble figuring out the heating/cooling system, one of the clerks came up personally to explain it. After a rest, we decided to stay at the hotel for the evening so went to the downstairs restaurant. The same very helpful desk clerk led us to the bar while we waited for a table, and served us our drinks. He then seated us at dinner and took our orders! Great service!! The food was good that evening and breakfasts on the two mornings we stayed were also very good. The breakfast buffet at $15 a person was an excellent value. On getting around in Wellington, the desk staff provided maps and suggestions. The hotel's location is easy walking distance to government buildings where tours are offered, to the cable car up to the gardens and to other areas of downtown. The desk staff were also very helpful keeping our bags after we checked out and making advance arrangements for a cab to take us to the airport later in the day. Very thoughtful service. The hotel itself is not overly fancy but pleasant, rooms were very clean and the bed was comfortable. The seating areas, restaurant and bar were lovely. I would recommend this hotel for anyone wanting good service and lodging. We would stay there again if/when we return to the area!

I was pretty happy to find a hotel like the Thorndon in Wellington city on the day and for less than $120. Pretty good value for money. Our room was small but not tiny. The decor and carpet are looking tired and the window could use some extra lining to stop the Wellington wind from singing a tune, but other than that, a great place to stay that we'd definitely use again. Room service was fantastic too.

Cant fault the cleanliness of the room and bedding. Slept in a comfier bed but I do have back problems anyway. Restaurant is clean and inviting but a bit disappointed with the Pasta I ordered. Watery cheese sauce and the half dozen very thinly sliced mushrooms! Dessert was very plain.. a brownie and one scoop of Tip Top mint ice cream. The meal and a gin and tonic came to $40. Not impressed with the amount and non creativity of the meal.

the Thorndon is in the process of a bit of a re-vamp, the bar and restaurant have been given a spruce up, and the bar now has happy hours which is very popular with the locals. my room was fresh and tidy and had recently been painted. the view from my room (4th floor) was pretty good the bed was comfy the shower was brilliant, and the internet was quite fast,. My only gripe was when i entered the room the fridge door was open (i had bought some beers to put in). so took awhile to chill. the next day I went out,and arrived later on upon entering my room,I noticed the cleaner had been in ,and left the bloody fridge door open again..grrrr "warm beer nice....not"

We had a pleasant stay at this Hotel. The weekend breakfasts were excellent. Ben was particularly helpful in locating my iPad and having it returned to me by CourierPost. He was very couteous and efficient.

Last time we stayed here the room was a bit tatty,but seems to have been titivated since. The rooms are small. Warm comfy good King bed. Clean bathroom. Great view of Parliament. The staff- we were very lucky to have both Nona and Jodie look out for us,wow,a pair of superstars these two,tireless and unflappable; but I'm sure the staff we didn't meet are great too. Food, hmmmmm, we felt it was expensive for the quality... Overall ,a good stay,but beware this Hotel will try and charge you $15.00 for an hours parking-unfair and unreasonable,and parking is an issue in inner city.

Lots of good - handy location, comfortable beds, excellent shower, good value breakfast, helpful staff. BUT, not convinced about the cleanliness. When we checked in (3pm) the receptionist had to go and check if our room was ready. It was and it seemed fine. However, I discovered an unpleasant looking stain on the duvet the next morning. The other half of our party had badly stained pillowcases (and no towels, but they were brought up quickly when requested). Cheap as far as CBD hotels go and they are obviously trying to upgrade. But they will need to have a look at the housekeeping issues.

I'd avoid this hotel, unless you like sleeping under yellow-patch stained quilts, no covers on them besides a thin sheet that only covers the top. Pretty grim. Dirty floors, walls and awful loud drafts coming underneath the main door. Room seemed very outdated and lacked multiple appliances. Could do with a toaster/ microwave or something?! The walls were marked and scratched everywhere, clearly was a shelf in the shower at some point, but was ripped off and not bothered to be redecorated, shower head was dirty and also outdated. TV was in a questionable spot, but however it was on a hinge so you could move.. but it wasn't attached to the wall very securely and seemed like it could've fallen off quite easily. Just disappointed with this hotel overall, and to have 'by Rydges' in the title takes the mick as this isn't up to any standards of Rydges hotels.

The good things first: Staff were friendly, beds were comfy, and the wi-fi was free and fast and the room we had offered a great view. However, in terms of value for money, I would argue the hotel could do better. We took the twin double room, having booked on the day for what seemed like a reasonable price for a Wellington Hotel, of $109. When we realised we needed to stay an extra night as the ferry to Picton was full the price was higher $199 for a single night. At the first price, what we got is relative value for money. But for $199 the facilities are quite worn-down, elevator button not working, rust in the sink and peeling wood in the bathroom. Furthermore the room service did not go 24/7t as many hotels do, which typically is not a problem, given I prefer to eat out of the hotel. But arriving at 10pm, to a closed restaurant, with no others open in the area, meant we went to bed hungry.

Stayed at the Thorndon Hotel for 3 nights (19th to 22nd March 18) and was on the highest floor, corner room. Spectacular view of the Parliament House with Queen's Wharf peeking in. Room was basic, but very run down; really needs an uplift. I didn't mind that shower was tiny, but the furnishing in the main room need to be updated. Very warm and helpful staff. Self-service laundry is a blessing for travelers wanting to pack lesser and carry lesser laundry home. Supermarket, pharmacy and cafe's nearby; walking distance to downtown and freeway to airport just next to the hotel. All in all a comfortable stay but could be made much better with an upgrade in the vibe of the room.

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, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café. 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.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

55.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 725 reviews