4.2 out of 5

"Friendly staff, walking distance to the city- Enjoyed the afternoon happy hour and Friday BBQ " More

By a verified traveller on Sun 04 Mar 2018

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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 conference rooms, and other business amenities include a business centre. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a fitness centre, and a coffee shop/café. 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
$80 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 1,001 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.2 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
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
3 out of 5

Close to ferry trials and waterfront

Looked good from outside but Small room with old style shower box. Ok stay for one night passing through.

Posted by on 19 Mar 2018

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4 out of 5

Close to transport facilities

Friendly staff, walking distance to the city- Enjoyed the afternoon happy hour and Friday BBQ

Posted by on 4 Mar 2018

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1 out of 5

Road noise

Despite shutting the windows the road noise kept me awake most of the night. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone.

Posted by on 4 Mar 2018

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4 out of 5

Central location

Pros: Location
Cons: I think the rooms need updating, a little jaded.
Location: Very hand to Thorndon village and to Lambton Quay.
Great location, friendly staff and good value breakfast. Room a little jaded.

Posted by on 25 Feb 2018

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3 out of 5
A few issues with some of the basics not available in the room however when we checked out the duty manager was very apologetic!

Posted by on 15 Feb 2018

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3 out of 5

Convenient and easy

Went there at 4 pm. Room was not ready. Waited for 15 min. Annoying that we informed them of time of arrival.

Posted by on 12 Feb 2018

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4 out of 5

Great staff

Ally was friendly and really helpful. Went out of her way to arrange parking for our group of weary motorcyclists. Food was good quality and reasonably priced. All roung great experience and the staff were brilliant. Definitely stay again next time in Wellington. Highly recommended and at top end of three stars if not four in my opinion

Posted by , from Melbourne, Australia on 4 Feb 2018

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4 out of 5
We really only spent night to sleep as we came over a late ferry. It was helpful to have reception open late but wish we'd been informed of parking fee. The "holding fee"was also frustrating. However the room was comfortable and clean. The bathroom was large and met our needs.

Posted by on 31 Jan 2018

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5 out of 5
Great location air conditioner in room would have been good

Posted by on 28 Jan 2018

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5 out of 5

Very comfortable.

Stayed 1 night, could've easily stayed more. We stayed on a Friday night & found they supply a free BBQ every Friday & happy hours in the bar - score! Our room had comfy beds & everything was immaculate. Free wi-fi was great too.. The only gripe was a rather manky guest laundry... All staff we had contact with were excellent. Thanks for a fab night. ☺

Posted by , from Chch, NZ on 27 Jan 2018

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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, as well as a coffee shop/café. 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
  • Coffee shop
  • 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)
  • Babysitting or childcare
  • 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 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
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Weekday newspapers (free)
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (heating)
  • 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 ends at midnight
  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • 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.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: NZD25 for adults 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

  • 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®