I've given a lot of thought of how to review my stay here, trying to be fair, but it was such a mixed bag of experiences, perhaps I ought to just relate my experience.
I had to change my itinerary twice, and John, the owner, quite graciously changed my booking both times. He helped with my bags when I arrived, and moved them himself the next night as I had to change rooms due to the change in booking. The rooms are nice - kind of antiquey and quirky, but I like that sort of thing and felt right at home as to the surroundings.
Alas, that is really the only good things I have to say about my stay. John began our acquaintance by telling me a long, drawn-out story about how he got cheated by UPS shipping him some of the ceramics he collects. Even though some Americans in Chicago helped him to get reimbursed, the point of his whole story was how awful Americans are. I had a bad fall in the middle of the night due to there being a step between the bedroom and the bathroom, which injured my back and my knees, but when I told him of it the next morning, his response was, "You know what I think? I think Americans just aren't like other people." I still don't know what he meant by that.
Later, I asked him for some ice to put on my back injury, and his response was to complain, "Only Americans use ice, and they never fill up the trays."
The same day, I also developed food poisoning so bad that I had to go to Urgent Care. John called me a cab, but that was all the concern he showed for me. A complete stranger, another guest at the House, offered to accompany me to the clinic and stayed with me and saw me back to the House.
What few times I was able to go to breakfast (I was throwing up for 3 days of the 6 I was there), John would be jeering at some other guest behind their back, often for quite ridiculous reasons, such as leaving for the Ferry too early. He also never failed to mention what nationality the person he was ridiculing was, as though that matters. Altogether I found him to be a very unkind person, quite lacking in sympathy.
I think he prides himself on giving 'good service', and as far as the accommodation goes he does. Just don't expect anything else.
Oh, yeah, breakfast consisted of toast, tea, juice and cereal. No fruit, no dairy, no protein of any kind except for jars of peanut butter.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Richmond Guest House is a lovely 19th century eleven room villa less than 1 km from Courtenay Place and Wellington City Business District (CBD). The Richmond has recently been refurbished and has all its' original features including beautiful ornate plaster ceilings and cornices throughout. Restored to it's former grandeur, we have eleven freshly renovated rooms, single, double, twin and triple all of which have there own bathrooms plus hairdryers, radio alarms and newspapers delivered to rooms daily. Free, varied, continental breakfast is included with all rooms. There is a communal kitchen where guests can prepare their own meals with a connecting dining room where complimentary tea, coffee and hot chocolate is always available. Plus we have a computer set up in the dining room for free internet use and there is free WiFi throughout the building as well. We also have a TV lounge where you can relax, and free laundry use is available. If you have a car, you can easily park for free in the street in front of the guest house (we will provide you a resident card). We are a 100% non-smoking property (and we don't encourage smokers !) and not suitable for children. Check in time is from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. The bus number 2 stops up the street, and we are on the shuttle bus route and within a 10 minute drive to the Airport, Rail, and Inter-island Ferry (Approximately $25 for two from airport and ferry). To quote your host John Cairns, "We don't claim to be the Hilton, but if you are traveling to Wellington for business or pleasure, for one night or ten, we offer clean, well located and comfortable accommodation at an affordable price." So next time you are in Wellington pay us a visit - Your Home Away From Home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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