We stayed here for a couple of nights on a tour of New Zealand.
The hotel has entrances on two levels - the shopping street 4 floor below accessed by lift, and lobby level where buses and taxis can drop off.
The hotel is well sited in the shopping area of Wellington about 2 minutes from the waterfront and surrounded by shops and restaurant in easy reach. The Wellington cultural museum, Te Papa, is only 10 minutes walk away (don't use a guide - they don't show you everything).We found the long and thin lobby, containing a cafe, a bit crowded, but we were given an orange juice at check-in whilst our cases were taken to the room.
The rooms are spread over more than one block, each of which is connected to the main block internally - ours was accessed by a glass sided bridge with a good view down the street.
The rooms are large enough to take 2 double beds as well as having a small sitting area. The bathroom was also on the compact size, but had a large bath which was unfortunately raised on a step above the floor. This step was slippery when wet and made us feel unsafe when getting out of the bath. Toiletries were plentiful and of good quality.
Cleaning standards are high and there is a free newspaper each weekday.
There are no views from the rooms, after all this is a high rise city!
We did not take breakfast in the hotel as there are plenty of good cafes nearby. We did however have dinner in the excellent Japanese restaurant in the hotel. This was of the type cooked on a hot plate and really good value.
Overall we had a good comfortable stay here with nothing to complain about other than the stupid bath..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor is located in the heart of Wellington City and features a unique thoroughfare between the leading retail district of Lambton Quay and business hub of The Terrace. The hotel features 268 accommodation rooms, two restaurants and bars, and a complimentary in-house gymnasium. High-speed internet connectivity is available throughout the hotel and the exclusive 26th floor Club Lounge offers the pinnacle of executive comfort with complimentary full buffet breakfasts, evening bar service and a business centre with spectacular harbour views. For meetings and events, the Hotel has a diverse selection of eight meeting and conference rooms, catering for up to 350 delegates. The entire conference floor and Whitby's Restaurant can also be utilised for large events and tradeshows for up to 600 guests. The hotel offers fresh, modern facilities along with a state of the art sound system. The dedicated Functions team are on hand to provide advice, information and ideas along with professional and friendly assistance. Experience the highest standards of service at Wellington's definitive accommodation and conference venue; the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- James Cook Wellington