The Aitken is located on the north end of the downtown Wellington area. It's about a 5 minute walk to the parliament buildings and about a 15 - 20 minute walk to the Te Papa museum. There's a supermarket about 2 blocks to the north and the train station (and shuttle to the Interislander ferry) is about 2 blocks to the south west.
One of the biggest advantages of the Aitken is that it is stocked as an apartment and has a fridge, washer/dryer combo, oven, range, microwave and dishwasher. We only had the chance to use the washer/dryer and we had some problems with it. While the wash cycle worked fine, we had to run the dryer cycle twice and even then our laundry was still damp.
Another issue we had was that when we arrived, there was used soap in the shower. That made us question if the apartment had been fully cleaned since the last guests left.
Yet another problem was the lockbox at the front where we were to receive our keys the night of our arrival. Since we were arriving late, we contacted them ahead of time and they gave us a code we could enter on the security box at their front door. Unfortunately, the security box was basically broken and wouldn't take the code... fortunately (for us), we were able to slip our key out without ever getting the code entered successfully. While it was nice that we were able to get into our room, it wasn't very reassuring for the security of the building.
Maybe the biggest issue we had though, was the massive construction project that was going on right outside our window. We started to hear construction workers at about 5AM the morning after we arrived... that escalated into frequent riveting-machine noises at about 7:30AM. Fortunately for us, we needed to get up early that day... but if you get a room facing the construction project, don't count on getting a sound night sleep unless you're an early riser.
While this location claimed to have free, unlimited wireless Internet, we had a number of problems with it. For one, we arrived late (after midnight) on our first night and called down to the reception to get an access code. We were told that we'd arrived too late and we couldn't get a code until the morning.
The next morning we called down and got a code. We were able to connect, but got an extremely poor connection. There was only one very small corner of the room where we could get a reliable connection. It generally took about 5 times as long to access any given web site as I would expect with a good connection.
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- Also Known As:
- Aitken On Mulgrave Wellington
- Aitken On Mulgrave Hotel Wellington