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The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Thank you Nona for your amazing service! You went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable. I can honestly say that your service was the difference and we look forward to seeing you again soon 🙂

Restaurant is nice with good meals. Lobby and waiting area are decorated well. The bathroom for my room, and also my colleagues, was almost the same size as the bedroom. Bit of a waste of space. The bathroom was very 80s and just felt so old its as if no amount of cleaning could make it look clean. My double bed was two singles pushed together so i ended up sinking in the middle. I wouldnt go out of my way to stay there again.

Hotel is near to the ferry terminal. Hotel room small and nice but improvement can be done to cleanliness as the shower head and soap dish not clean properly. Breakfast is nice and suitable continental type.

Very nice and clean rooms and staff is good, both the breakfast and dinner was good in the restaurant. The hotel is located little bit from city center but a good 10 min walk fix that. This is a hotel i would come back to.

The food was good but we couldn't get over how small the meals were. We came for a 2course meal both extremely small. My partner left after eating dinner here wanting to go to McDonald's so after spending over $100 for a 2 course dinner he walked away still hungry

Very close to the Railway station and Lambton Quay.Room had been updated and well appointed given a good night sleep.The restaurant is very popular with in house guests and locals and a reservation is recommended for the evening meal.

I stayed here for a week, the room was small but clean, breakfast in the morning wasn't bad but I enjoyed getting my breakfast around the corner at the café. It was nice having the bar in the hotel on the rainy/ windy nights because there is not much nightlife near by, but over not bad just small. I would stay again because the location is nice.

The hotel is a couple of minutes walk from the train station- turn right and go up the hill. It's pretty basic inside but does the job. If looking for somewhere to eat, go to the Indian which is across the motorway (turn left outside the hotel, the motorway is in front of you, and turn left again. About a 4 minute walk. A bit like a UK travellodge. It does have a restaurant and has deals on Grabone, but when we tried to book they said they were full - reality seemed that they had a problem in the kitchen as people were waiting 45 minutes for food. A new world supermarket is round the corner and they do hot food too if you want a quiet, early night. Wouldn't stay more than one night - loads of Airbnb are cheaper and better!

We repeated a stay at this location in Wellington. The Thorndon is currently under going repairs and renovation. Ensure you have a conversation with reception about the best choice of room for you. Ask for renovated rooms above the 2nd floor. The Thorndon have a restaurant which provided us with a scrumptious meal. The $20 mid week special was particularly good value. We traveled by motorcycle, so storing the bikes satisfactorily undercover was available, yet not secure. Reception was courteous and Management were very reasonable. A short walk to the city centre, yet close to Parliament House and the Botanica Gardens. Elevated views of the city. Ideally located just off the main highway. We look forward to the newly renovated Thorndon.

Just stayed here overnight before crossing to South Island. Easy to find from motorway and good welcome. Car parking 15dollars. Free WiFi. Rooms are fairly basic but it's all there and clean. The real surprise was the restaurant. We had been travelling all day,tired,raining,didn't want to go out. So tried hotel restaurant which usually are fairly average. We had fillet steak and beef Wellington (well you have to don't you?) and it was absolutely superb. Reasonable price as well. I would recommend this location for an overnight stay. MartDart

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 615 reviews