Stayed at Citylife for a long 3 day girls weekend away. We were in Wellington for WOW – the World of Wearablearts Awards Show.
We booked and prepaid for a 2-bedroom apartment online.
Check in was smooth and easy. We stayed in room 108, located at the back of the hotel. I had my own room and my two friends shared the other double room. The apartment was nice and spacious with a good sized living and dining area. Beds were comfy and overall the apartment was clean and tidy. The kitchen was well equipped with utensils, wine opener, bowls etc. The bathroom was a large “wet room” style.
Overall we were happy with our stay, but there were a few small issues…
The room was warm and stuffy. At times it was uncomfortable. There was no way to keep the aircon at a comfortable temperature. I’m a warm weather person, never without a few layers of clothes in winter and the room was even too hot for me at times. Not at all comfortable when using a hair dryer.
The bathroom is a great size, but has no bench space or basic shelving. There is one small glass shelf (we used for our toothbrushes) and that’s it. We had to carry our toiletries in and back out of the shower. For 3 girls, this was a bit of a hassle.
In general hotel lighting is always a bit dodgy, but it was particularly bad in our room. There is a mirror in all the rooms, but the placement of lighting means there is a huge shadow. Again for 3 girls applying makeup not great. We ended up using hand held mirrors and also the mirror outside the room on the way to the elevator.
With all that stuff said, these weren’t major deal breakers for us and we still enjoyed our stay.
In terms of location it was perfect for WOW at the TSB Arena. Located on Lambton Quay there is also a good mix of mainstream shopping, right on the doorstep (Just Jeans, Max, Jeans West). The cable car is a minute walk away, with Te Papa an easy 15-minute walk away. What we discovered is the location isn’t so good in the evening or on a Sunday. There isn’t a huge choice of dinner options or food in general on Sunday. We walked around 10 minutes to the Cuba Street and Courtney Place areas for dinner and drinks. The area really is a ghost town on Sunday night.
Would I stay at Citylife again? Yes I would happily, but I would also look into other options in areas with more nightlife and dinning options.
Things we enjoyed…
Wellington is a vibrant city, with lots to do during a weekend stay. Besides WOW we really enjoyed high tea at Hippopotamus at the Museum Art Hotel, Te Papa and the shopping and cafes along Cuba Street Mall.
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