4.1 out of 5

"We chose the Thorndon simply based on price as we cheapest compared to other hotels for the night we needed. It was good value fro the money. Bathroom ... " More

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Hotel Description

A family-friendly stay in the heart of Wellington awaits you at The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges. Within a short 5-minute stroll, you'll find popular places like St Paul's Cathedral and Old St Paul's. Highlights at this hotel include a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a conference centre.

You can enjoy TVs with satellite channels, and all 108 rooms feature free WiFi, in-room childcare, and coffee/tea makers. In-room dining is easy with amenities like refrigerators and room service. Free weekday newspapers, hairdryers, and phones are also available.

The restaurant, Glasshouse Restaurant, serves local cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 3229 square feet (300 square metres) of event facilities include 5 meeting rooms and conference rooms, and other business amenities include a business centre. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a fitness centre, and laundry facilities. Each morning buffet breakfast is served between 6:30 AM and 9:30 AM. There's also self parking, along with the convenience of car rentals on site.

Within a 15-minute walk of this 3.5-star Wellington hotel, attractions include Beehive and Old Government Buildings.

Standard King

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
$86 per night

Superior Room, 1 Queen Bed

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Queen

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Superior Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Twin Room

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges ratings based on 1,801 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
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Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5

Great value for the price

Pros: Good food in the restaurant, nice staff
Cons: Bathroom let the room down
Location: Short walk to Westpac Stadium, further away from shops than other hotels but not what we were there for. |
We chose the Thorndon simply based on price as we cheapest compared to other hotels for the night we needed. It was good value fro the money. Bathroom in the room we stayed in was old and wheelchair/disabled friendly which would have been great if I needed it, not sure if it's the same in every room. Very friendly and helpful staff and short walk to Westpac Stadium

Posted by , from Nelson, NZ on 19 Nov 2017

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1 out of 5
Pros: Close to Westpac Stadium
Mould on the shower walls. The hotel rooms need to be refurbished

Posted by , from Pukekohe on 16 Nov 2017

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3 out of 5

Close to interislander

Room was okay nothing exceptional we had a dinner there and were very disappointed with all 4 of our meals

Posted by , from New Zealand on 11 Nov 2017

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4 out of 5

The hotel's location was fantastic.

The hotel was is a great spot, as it was only a walk away from the shops, transport, the harbour. You were greeted with friendly staff who were happy to help. Also, the cost of the rooms and breakfast was very reasonable. There are also lots of "sites" to see not too far from the hotel, so it was a great choice.

Posted by , from Perth WA on 13 Oct 2017

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5 out of 5

Great clean hotel very close to the city.

Pros: Fantastic location and very clean and most hospitable.
Cons: no
Location: Very very close to city and great architectural attractions - Welly is just such a beautiful city.
It is fantastic you can open the windows and a beautiful glimpse of the sea and the coast.

Posted by , from Auckland on 6 Oct 2017

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4 out of 5

Convenient location for me

Pros: The friendly staff
Cons: The meals are very nice. I do think the are a tad pricey though.
Location: New World supermarket is close by as are some cafeteria
It's a nice relaxed hotel with friendly staff who do their best to present a professional service.

Posted by on 6 Sep 2017

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4 out of 5

Nice but...

Lovely foyer/reception, breakfast amazing, but room very tired,.mutton dressed as lamb. Blood and yuk on bathroom wall and all.over sheets on roll away.staff very quick to fix tho .

Posted by , from NZ on 4 Sep 2017

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4 out of 5

Close to Westpac trust stadium

Small room in size but good for a nights sleep. staff were awesome and brekkie was delicious and only $15

Posted by , from auckland on 25 Aug 2017

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4 out of 5

Nice, hotel, getting a bit worn. ie carpets etc.

Pros: Quiet, comfortable
Cons: Make sure beverage tray has hot chocolate, as well as tea and coffee. Extra pillows in rooms,
The bed was comfortable, hot chocolate not in the tray with beverages, had to ask for extra pillows as no extras in room. Shower clean but mould in one corner. But very quiet and was a nice place to stay. Only mention the above so staff can improve.

Posted by , from katikati on 23 Aug 2017

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4 out of 5


The bathroom looked a little tired. I'm small in structure but found the showers to be a squeeze. Wall by bedside had black marks. Needs attention to detail with the cleaning. Dust collected on architrave's. The bed was so comfy had a comfortable sleep no outside noise, nice and quiet. Staff very helpful. Overall for me the convienance was perfect.

Posted by , from New Zealand on 17 Aug 2017

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About the The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges

Location 24 Hawkestone St, Wellington, 6011

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Business amenities include A business centre and meeting rooms. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. Event space at this hotel measures 3229 square feet (300 square metres) and includes conference centres. A fitness centre, a terrace, and tour or ticket assistance are also featured at the family-friendly The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges. Limited parking is available for a fee and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. This 3.5-star Wellington hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 108 guestrooms or units
  • 9 levels
  • 5 conference rooms
  • 3229 sq ft of conference space
  • 300 sq. m of conference space
  • Built in 1988
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Conference centre
  • Business facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Staff members are multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Terrace
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Television in lobby
  • Lift
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Refrigerator


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge) , RV, bus, truck parking (surcharge) , Parking (limited spaces)


  • Airport: Wellington (WLG-Wellington Intl.) (9.5 km / 5.9 mi)
  • Train station: Wellington Station (0.9 km / 0.6 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking and RV/bus/truck parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges offers 108 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with coffee/tea makers and complimentary newspapers. Premium Satellite televisions are provided. Bathrooms include a shower, complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and telephones. Additionally, rooms include an iron/ironing board and blackout curtains. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. Renovation of all guestrooms was completed in February 2013.

  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Television
  • Satellite channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Shower
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Weekday newspapers (free)
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM.

Glasshouse Restaurant – This restaurant specialises in local cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Happy hour is offered. Reservations are required. Open daily.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include a fitness centre. The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 13 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for NZD 35.0 per night.


  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • Only service animals are allowed
  • Parking height restrictions apply


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between NZD19 and NZD25 for adults, and NZD0 and NZD12 for children (approximately)
  • Self-parking fee: NZD15 per day
  • Late check-out fee: NZD20
  • Rollaway bed fee: NZD35.0 per night
  • On-site credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

You should know

  • Children 13 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

Green/Sustainable Property
This property participates in Qualmark, a programme that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: The Environment, the community, the cultural heritage and the local economy.

National Rating

Qualmark® assigns an official star rating for accommodation in New Zealand. This Hotel property has been rated 3 star plus, which is displayed on this page as 3.5 stars.

Official New Zealand Rating provided by Qualmark®