Wellington is home to an array of accommodation options for all tastes and budgets. If it’s a boutique hotel that you seek, New Zealand’s artsy capital city has a handful of options to choose from. From modern independent rooms to lush heritage-based suites, here’s a guide to some of the very best places to check into.
QT Museum Wellington is a luxurious boutique hotel with plenty of creativity to share. Enter this harbourside venue to find an impressive assortment of high and low-brow artworks which were carefully curated by the hotel’s previous owner, Chris Parkin. More than 160 original masterpieces can be found among the hotel’s elegant display cabinets and meticulous décor. QT Museum Wellington also features 163 designer rooms and apartment suites, as well as a sophisticated, French-inspired restaurant called the Hippopotamus.
At Home Wellington is a boutique apartment hotel situated directly across from Te Papa Museum, meaning that a short walk is all it takes to reach the city’s best waterfront dining venues, downtown cafés, and entertainment hubs. The hotel prides itself on providing an intimate, personalised experience for its guests, always striving to live up to its namesake mission of making everyone feel right at home. 12 modern suites, an in-house gymnasium, babysitting services, and 24/7 check-in are among At Home Wellington’s notable features.
CQ Hotels Wellington is composed of two side-by-side lodgings: the upscale Quality Hotel and the more budget-friendly Comfort Hotel. Both of these are situated in a historic 19th-century heritage building on Wellington’s eclectic Cuba Street. Quality Hotel is home to some of the city’s largest guest suites, boasting an area of 32 square metres (344.45 square feet) and accommodating up to four people. One of the hotel’s stylish rooms is even fitted with an in-room spa bath, an ideal option for those seeking a special dose of indulgence.
The Wellesley Boutique Hotel’s architectural history is just as remarkable as its chic, contemporary rooms. The neo-Georgian building in which the hotel resides was designed by architect Gary Young, and won several awards upon its completion in 1929. What was once the site of a gentlemen’s club is now a local heritage institution and luxurious hotel experience. The Wellesley Boutique Hotel consists of four elegant Deluxe Rooms, four ornate Executive Suites, four high-ceiling Classic Rooms, and a stylish Single Room.
A trip to one of Wellington’s most popular beachside suburbs will bring you to the chic, independently-owned Ohtel. This 10-bedroom boutique hotel was carefully composed and conceived by Allan Blundel, who had more than 20 years of architectural experience under his belt before pursuing the hospitality industry. Ohtel features two deluxe rooms, two suites, three superior rooms, a junior suite, and two studio rooms. Contemporary artworks and a mid-century inspired interior design were chosen to contrast with the premise’s modern apartment aesthetics.
Named after one of the first immigrant ships to hit New Zealand’s shores in the 1800s, the Bolton Hotel is an independently-owned venue that truly takes pride in its five-star services. It consists of 139 rooms, including a range of elegant studios and classic suites, which are well-suited for all tastes and budgets. Its in-house restaurant, known as the Artisan, closes in on the notion of ‘Perfectly Honest’ cuisine in its pursuit of making all meals wholesome and complete. The Bolton Hotel even offers a customised pillow menu for those who seek some additional comfort.