The coolest little capital is home to some fantastic hotels for all kinds of visitors looking for all kinds of getaways. Whether you’re looking to staycation in your own city, or need to find a place for a cheeky trip away, Wellington has something for everyone and somewhere for everyone to make a home for the night. Whether it’s the location, the ambience, the comfort of the bed, the 5-star rating or the cleanliness that attracts you to a hotel, we’re here to spoil you for choice and highlight some of Wellington’s top hotels.
If you’re looking to explore the city on foot, this is the place for you to stay. Situated right off Lambton Quay, a stay at the five star InterContinental gives you the city right on your doorstep—great for a business trip to the city. The Intercontinental offers its guests fantastic amenities including a club lounge, an indoor pool and spa as well as great dining options. The intercontinental provides comfort for every visitor, and word on the street is it’s the hotel of choice for our boys in black, as well as some other big-named guests. Just moments from high-end retailer David Jones, and Lambton Quay, you’re uber close to all your shopping needs, as well as Parliament and other attractions too. The impressive eatery, Two Grey Bar and Brasserie is only a stone’s throw away and a must-try when in town. Or try out the Intercontinental's own smart-casual restaurant, Chameleon. Serving up some modern and seasonal favourites.
Think thick carpets, dark mood lighting, luxe furniture and foliage the plant lover in your life would envy. QT’s beautifully designed hotel is the place to stay for an exclusive and grand getaway. Making your way through the intricately designed dark glass lobby, you wouldn’t feel out of place in a museum here—art is the heart, soul and identity of the hotel and it boasts a large and perfectly curated collection of intricate paintings, quirky life-sized sculptures as well as other incredible art pieces (including a sound-art installation made from bible pages and buzzing bee noises. Yep, it’s cool.) With art being the main focus of the hotel, they’ve paired with local artists to design unique rooms, meaning each has its own feel, look and vibe. All the rooms include a king bed, a deep-dish bath, a rain shower and of course fluffy white robes in every room. QT also offers its guests a leisure centre complete with jacuzzi, sauna and a 70m lap pool.
If that’s not enough for you, QT is also proudly home to one of Wellington’s top restaurants, Hippopotamus, which regularly offers high tea and themed food events to incorporate what’s happening in the city. Large windows look out over the Wellington Waterfront making it the perfect place for an early evening beverage. If Asian fusion and banging cocktails are more your vibe, be sure to dip into the always entertaining Hot Sauce (pictured above).
No trip to Wellington would be complete without stepping off a windswept street and being far too glad to step inside, and the Rydges Hotel welcomes you in with warm and open arms. The CBD location of the hotel is perfect for people looking to be amongst it all in the city centre, and with the high-rise factor, you’ll be spoilt with killer views over the entire Wellington waterfront and harbour. Rydges offers simplistic and comfortable rooms with all the necessary amenities, though with Wellington right on your doorstep, you’ll likely spend your time exploring what the city has to offer. As the hotel is right in the centre of the city, the Rydges poses as the perfect stay over for business and leisure travellers alike. When you enter the hotel, you’ll notice the heavy furniture, dark carpets and grand staircase in the centre of the lobby. The decor gives us old school titanic vibes, and the dapper theme continues through into the restaurant. Rydges is home to Portlander restaurant. A contemporary restaurant visited and enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. This is the restaurant the steak lover in your life will want to eat at. They boast a fine selection of locally hunted, prime cut and dry-aged meats, and there’s a well-stocked bar with over 100 whiskeys for you to try out.
Nestled in between Oriental Bay’s rows of houses, you may mistake this luxury abode for a sweet and humble cafe. Stepping inside you’ll find a boutique hotel complete with all the trimmings and whilst the hotel might be small, it definitely doesn’t lack in quality. The mid-century interior features are complimented by bright and open spaces. Possibly the best location on the list, Ohtel is situated on the town-end of Oriental Bay, close to all major attractions for visitors and locals alike. You’re only minutes from Te Papa, many theatres, Oriental Bay beach and a number of delightful bars, restaurants and cafes that scatter the bay’s coast. You’re situated right at the bottom of mount Vic, a perfect location to people (and dog!) watch, as well as visit the Sunday market.
With the likes of Ortega Fish Shack and Capitol just around the corner, you’ll never be far from some of the city’s top restaurants and best food. Or if you fancy a night in, head down to Duppa Bar, the hotel’s Kiwi and Spanish inspired restaurant proudly serving tapas with all-local ingredients.
The Sofitel is the epitome of luxury accommodation within the city. The French-inspired elegance and gold accents and features really make you feel the quality you’re amongst. From classic rooms right through to their Prestige and Opera suites, the Sofitel has accommodation for any kind of traveller and no matter who you are, you’ll love the location. Close to everything Wellington has to offer, you’re right in the city centre, yet somehow tucked amongst lush greenery. As well as a beautiful hotel and rooms, the Sofitel boasts two intimately designed restaurants and bars, the Green Room Lounge and the luxurious Jardin Grill. The Green Room offers top-shelf liquors in a high-class setting of velvet and leather, whilst the restaurant, Jardin Grill will leave you satisfied and full, choosing from a well-curated menu of fresh meats, fish and other enticing meals. The luxury and quiet outdoor courtyard area allows you to enjoy a glass of wine or two in a setting that perfectly encapsulates elegant and casual dining.
The Lighthouse In Island Bay
How often do you get to stay in a lighthouse? Not often right, well here's your chance. This iconic lighthouse is set over three floors and boasts spectacular views across the rugged South Coast and Island Bay. With the airport across the water, it’s a great place for a drink and a bit of plane spotting. With a small balcony to watch the sunrise, this is the perfect stay for romantic getaways—far from the bustle of the city centre, you’ll be treated with uninterrupted views over the ocean. Soak up the sun on a quiet, balmy evening, or come cooler months, stay tucked in on a stormy night to watch the unruly and unforgiving seas. With just a short walk to the suburb and shops of Island Bay, you’ll find several cafes to stop for your morning coffee, as well as restaurants and a cinema. With all the basic amenities, and a homely feel, including fresh fruit and flowers, this is your chance to have a one of a kind stay in a lighthouse all to yourself.
The brand new Oaks hotel is a fresh gem on Courtenay place and with everything Wellington has to offer just a stone’s throw away, the location is fantastic for all kinds of travellers. Whether you’re a night owl looking to enjoy Courtenay place’s vibrant nightlife or visiting the city for a creative and culture-packed trip, you couldn’t get closer to the action. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the many bars right on your doorstep, or it’s just a short stroll to the heart of Wellington’s creative hub, Cuba street—packed with some of the coolest little shops. The hotel sits in a historic 1920’s building and has been refurbished to offer simple and clean, well-designed, modern hotel and apartment-style rooms complete with soft furnishings and cool blue tones. Feed that feeling of ultimate relaxation at the newly opened on-site restaurant, Oak and Vine. The menu is designed for sharing and you’ll find a number of drool-worthy sharing plates and platters with a kiwi-Mediterranian influence.
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Image credit: The Intercontinental, QT, Rydges, Ohtel, Sofitel, The Lighthouse, Oaks