Lodge in the City is a BBH hostel just a short ways from Courtenay Place. It's inexpensive with comfortable beds, but certain inconveniences keep it from being a top-notch hostel.
If you're coming from the bus station, head down Waterloo Quay; where it forks, turn right onto Taranaki Street. The hostel is at the intersection of Taranaki and Vivian, about a twenty-minute walk from the railway station. It's near Courtenay Place, so it's close to bars and restaurants, as well as the waterfront. They do offer parking for a fee, and the city bus runs by frequently.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The dorm rooms lock securely, although some of the doors stick, so double check that the doors are shut. The dorms have ten beds, made up of five bunk beds; there are options for private, share, or double rooms. The beds are comfortable, and the bunks are tall, so you have space to sit up whether you are on the top or bottom bunk. The beds have reading lamps, but only some of them are functioning, and there are several outlets in the rooms but no lockers.
The showers have lower pressure than usual, but seem to have plenty of heat. They are also spacious, with shower caddies, hooks, and plenty of space to change. The toilets seem a bit dingy, and some of them have more trouble flushing than others, but they do what they need to do.
There is one large room containing a common room, dining room, and kitchen. The common room, with Sky TV, has modern, comfortable couches. The dining room has several tables and chairs and power outlets as well. There is also a computer area adjacent to the common room with outlets and internet access, which can be purchased from reception.
The kitchen is a mess; it's large, but not enough for the amount of guests. The refrigerators are so full that some of them don't close (even though there are three and they are all relatively new). The cooking utensils are old and banged up. It is difficult to find towels to dry pots and pans, so they are often simply left sitting on the counter, and mugs are also missing much of the time. There aren't enough plates or trashcans. It's cleaned about twice a day, but it gets dirty in the meantime because of the lack of supplies and old facilities.
There is a separate game room with various arcade games, two pool tables, and an XBox 360. There is a bar inside, but it doesn't look like it's always functioning. They also have a small book exchange and a secure luggage storage room.
Since it's one of the cheapest hostels in Wellington, and one of the largest as well, it attracts a variety of people. There are young backpackers as well as older adults. It's a bit of a party hostel, with several people up very late in the game room playing pool or XBox, but it doesn't ever seem to get crazy or out of hand. But, since it's so large and cheap, you can also find mellow people who would rather sit in bed and chat than go out and drink.
This hostel is very cheap, with comfortable rooms. But the messy kitchen is a pretty big downside. If you're only staying for a night or two, this is a great place. But if you're planning on staying a bit longer, the kitchen and the crowds may prove too frustrating.