I was headed to Wellington for a conference but went early so had to sort my own room for one night. I was traveling alone but really wanted a lower-priced option that wasn't a hostel or a dump - difficult considering it was the eve of the premiere of the hobbit. Searching Trip Advisor I came across Gourmet Stay and I was pleased to see they had one shared room with a bunk bed and a single bed that was reasonably priced. Since the rest of the rooms are hotel rooms I figured it would be much quieter than a shared room in a hostel - I was definitely correct on that. I almost didn't even see the other guests very often.
The owner already had one of the three beds booked so blocked off the third bed which I thought was very considerate. The room was well kept and the bed was very comfortable. They even let me check in early when I just wanted to drop off my bag before I went out into the city. All of the staff I interacted with were friendly and helpful. (Even when I was asking about a place that served pancakes for breakfast - they didn't have them at their onsite cafe and the girl was friendly in suggesting another place. I find often people aren't so keen to help when their answer will send you away from their business... so kudos to them for putting customer service first!)
Even the shared room had a flat screen TV in it. There was also a little table and chair as well. They provided a hairdryer and when I came back to the room before dinner it was lovely to find some fresh scones and makings for tea and coffee left for the guests. It's lovely to have the cafe space to sit in although I am sure the other rooms would be larger and more set up for you to spend time in them.
The bathroom on the ground floor which was shared by the 2 rooms on that floor was large and also well kept. A little shelf for toiletries would be helpful but truly if that's the only room for improvement I can suggest then they are doing a great job!
I look forward to coming back with my husband and actually booking one of their usual hotel rooms because I am sure they
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gourmet Stay is a cool little boutique hotel, especially designed to provide excellent accommodation for the discerning budget conscious traveller. Gourmet stay is a comfortable, modern design with soft tones and is warm and inviting and friendly. At Gourmet stay we unashamedly promote Wellington as the culinary capital of New Zealand and support our thriving local artisan producers and suppliers. We have our own coffee bar and deli on the ground floor where you can enjoy breakfast. Lunch items are available to enjoy in house or to take with you as you explore the city. Our desire is to offer food that is locally sourced, nutritious and delicious. We are also able to recommend our favourite bars and restaurants. You will love the convenience of staying in our vibrant location in the heart of all the action. Gourmet Stay is located in Frederick Street, a quiet side street in the centre of Wellington city. There is no need for a car here! It is a 5 minute walk to the entertainment and theatre district of Courtenay Place . We do have several off street car parks available if you require parking.Courtenay Place is also home to a diverse range of excellent restaurants and bars. The lovely waterfront with its many promenades is only 5 minutes away. We are approximately 15 minutes by car to the airport. About 2 kms north of Gourmet Stay is the Railway Station from which a train service to Auckland departs and the station is also the hub for the suburban transport network. We are about 3.0 kilometres from the Interislander Ferry terminal. Ferries leave from here to take you to the South Island. ... more less
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