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Shepherds Arms Hotel
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Reviewed March 6, 2009

This was our second time staying in this historic hotel in a picturesque old part of Wellington; it is located within walking distance of major attractions such as the Te PaPa Museum, waterfront, cable car, and is adjacent to the Speight's Ale House which we also enjoyed very much for dinner. The staff is friendly, the rooms are clean. Perhaps our second stay was inspired by an overly fond memory of an exceptionally friendly and helpful staff member from our first visit.

This hotel has a great history and has been maintained to resemble its original appearance and perhaps decor (with the exception of an amusing series of portraits depicting cartoonish sheep dressed as noblemen). Some rooms are more spacious and better appointed than others - we had a tiny room with a bathroom that seems to have been made out of an old closet -- so prospective customers should review the offerings to be sure the room selected will be adequate.

Travelers should be aware that as with many old hotels, this place does have some other drawbacks. For example, during our first stay we DID have internet access, an amenity which has since been discontinued, much to our chagrin. We assumed this would be available for us this time around, and were inconvenienced by its absence, particularly since such access is unreliable in smaller areas of the country. In a busy cosmopolitan city, internet access has truly become an important feature, and its absence is quite an oversight.

The hotel is on a busy street and there seems to be a bump in the road which adds a not-so-lovely double Ka-chunk sound to passing cars; in essence, street noise may interfere with a sound night's sleep. Lack of modern ventilation also makes the room temperatures uncomfortable at times. Lastly, there is no good breakfast service; though our rooms were supplied with small boxes of cereal, refrigerated milk , a couple small cartons of yogurt and tea and coffee, the pub itself is closed for breakfast, as are nearby cafes. We had to walk into the main part of town to find a place we could have a real breakfast.

The hotel is certainly adequate, and charming in its own way, but may not be for everyone. On the plus side, we found it impeccably clean and the dining to be lovely as before. We also appreciated the hotel's having its own little parking area.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 2, 2007

Stayed 2 nights at the Shepherds Arms as part of our stay on North Island. Picked this property as recommended in the Rough Guide to new Zealand.
Accomodation was a good size and clean. The bathroom was small but functional. The decor is as you would expect of an older pub and essentially charming.
We found the staff to be charming and always helpful.
Car parking is available at the hotel.
From this location you can walk easily to most of the sights in Wellington and it is very close to the botanical gardens and parliament.
We can recommend the food in the bar too!

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 15, 2018
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Stayed: February 2018
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Reviewed November 30, 2017
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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 11, 2017
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  • Stayed: April 2017, traveled as a couple
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