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“A comfortable Wellington retreat”
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“A comfortable Wellington retreat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

Very tastefully renovated rooms, very helpful staff, great location near town. My congratulations to the owners - a very dedicated and helpful couple!
By definiton the loctation is in a quiet part of town - so you should have no problem catching a good nights sleep! If not: there is free Wifi available in the room ;-)
The ground level cafe closes at 14:00 (2 PM), and the unsold goodies like croissants etc are left for use by hotel guests ... along w/ coffee .... a super idea! This definitely qualifies for very special mention ;-)

Room Tip: Just be aware of your needs: "private" bathrooms are across the hallway, and there is no w...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Gisborne NZ
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

We were booked into Gourmet Stay by the couple whose wedding we were attending that weekend. They booked a group of friends and family from round NZ and Australia into this hotel so we could all be in one place. We found the hotel was noisey (you could hear doors baning, toilets flushing, people in the next rooms talking). It was difficult to get bags up the narrow stairs. One of the couples were about to go to bed on the first night and their smoke alarm went off for no reason, and caused the top floors evacuation. I think the group felt for the price, the hotel was really average. We were all feeling a little hard done by. However, one of the hosts, Mark, was exceptional. He kept a look out for our children (teenagers) and took them hot chocolate on the night we were at the wedding. We all had breakfast over several days at the cafe and the food was great. The free cake and coffee for guests each day was great too. Then on the last evening, after we were all feeling a bit worse for wear and wanting a quiet night, Mark very generously let us buy in our own food from the supermarket and take over his cafe - just for the wedding guests, and basically spend the evening in the cafe, and Mark supplied the wine glasses and tea and coffee. So after the whole weekend we can say that the experience overall was good and we really appreciated the host.

Room Tip: As for a room with a bathroom, otherwise you have to share.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

Great hotel in a great city, and "gourmet" indeed - full of restaurant recommendations and within a short walking distance of plenty of Wellington's best coffee and food places. Fantastic location, we walked pretty much everywhere. Central yet very quiet at night.
We loved this hotel so much that we stayed there twice - once on our way to the South Island and once when we came back, heading north. The hotel is small and cute - though the rooms are of adequate size. Everything is very clean.
The owners are so nice and friendly. Free wi-fi is a big plus, as are the leftover baked goods available every night after the cafe downstairs closes...

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

this is a fantastic little boutique hotel. the owners are wonderful, warm and friendly and extremely accommodating, doing everything they can to make you feel right at home. the rooms are a nice size and very clean; the shared bathrooms are large and luxurious, and the cafe is absolutely delicious. as the name suggests, there is also a whole blackboard of food recommendations in the lobby. the only downside to the hotel is the lack of an elevator, but it is easy to overlook that once you consider every other aspect of the place!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

I would highly recommend this beautiful boutique hotel to stay in. From the minute we arrived we felt like we were at home. The staff and just so welcoming. Our room was not overly large but was certainly clean and comfortable for the price. Our bathroom facilities were just a step across from our room and the only negative is that you have to be appropriately dressed so you don't get caught in your birthday suit! However, this was not a huge problem. The breakfast is well worth paying for as the food was so scrumptuous. The location is within walking distant of lots of great cafes and restaurants and shops for the girls! Overall an excellent stay and we would definately stay again

Room Tip: Pay a little more and stay in a room with an ensuite.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

We can't be sure that all rooms have the same level of equipment, but we were staying in nr 1. which is exclusive one with private open deck and hot tube.

This was just perfect to get some relaxation after transfers and day-long city-trip.

The HOT breakfast served in the Frederick Cafe downstairs was the best breakfast we had during our stay in NZ. Majority of other hosts were offering the "cold" continental pack while the price was nearly the same we have paid at Gourmet Stay for a hot cooked one.
Room was very clean, our son was enjoying hammock on the deck while we were relaxing in the tube.
On top of that a complimentary Wi-Fi was very helpfull.
Mark, Lucy, thank you for your service and care!

Room Tip: room number 1 with hot tube is the only one of a kind and obviously the best choice.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Oamaru, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

After our first experience at Gourmet Stay, Mark (one of the owners) emailed us and offered us a free night of accommodation as a way of showing us what we experienced was not the norm, etc. We took Mark up on this a couple of weeks ago when we were back in Wellington and our stay was quite wonderful- the room adjoined to a lovely deck and hot tub, perfect for soaking in the last hours of the day before going back out into town again. Rooms were clean, everybody we encountered was very helpful, and we couldn't have hoped for a better stay! Thanks again Mark.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Gourmet Stay
Address: 25 Frederick Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wellington
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 47 Specialty Lodging in Wellington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Gourmet Stay 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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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