Some things to note: Premium" is the Wellesley's confusing term for its least expensive room. Yes it has a full-size bath, but it's not the gorgeous clawfoot bath in a spacious bathroom as you see in the pictures splashed over its website. The Premium rooms have a small, modern bathroom with a small shower-over-bath arrangement. It didn't make for the romantic evening I had planned; really I booked to stay here for that bath!
While I am grateful that free wi-fi is provided (a sad rarity in NZ hotels), there is a 50MB limit, which will restrict anyone to only the most vital searches. It's provided through a third-party and getting online was a hassle -- two phone calls to reception to sort it out.
My guess is these rooms were originally much larger and have been divided; there is only one narrow window (so the room is very gloomy this morning) and with the massively high ceiling, the room feels all very out of proportion. It's a bit like sitting in a corridor. There's not a lot of sound insulation, we could clearly hear the person in the next room talking on her phone.
I'll be off early this morning -- there was a lot of noise from the street from about 4 am (the hotel is very close to major roads) and by 8 am jackhammers had started up. It's not pleasant.
I really wanted to love this place. I like character and old buildings and don't care for the sterile atmosphere of chain hotels. The quality of the fittings and soft furnishings is superb. The staff are excellent. The selection of teas and proper coffee is a nice touch and I love the bone china teacups! The room was comfortably warm in winter, with a very quiet heating/air-con unit. The bed was very comfortable and the choice of pillows was great.
It is a beautiful old building (old and delightful by New Zealand standards! I see some reviews from Europeans who couldn't see what the fuss was about, which is understandable) and I got a kick out of being in what was once a gentleman's club.
I would recommend this hotel if you stayed in one of the more expensive rooms AND if you did not have a car. The hotel does not have parking. The on-street parking outside is limited to two hours and the adjacent car parks are expensive. However the location is fantastic for exploring the city on foot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1922 the Hotel is a category one Heritage building. It has 13 bedrooms each unique in character with generous bathrooms. It is nestled in central Wellington handy to the waterfront, railway station and ferries, government centre, parliament, the courts, business district, cable car, and Lambton Quay shopping and the stadium. All are within easy walking distance. Public transport is close by. Te Papa 20 minutes walk, Courtenay Place 30 minutes walk. The Hotel does not have it's own parking but there is parking available. Parking is free outside the Hotel from 6:00pm to 8:00am Monday to Thursday and after 8:00pm Friday and all weekend. Personal service and attention to detail is a priority and our "1815 Cafe and Bar" which is open from 7am until 8pm (Monday to Friday) for breakfast, lunch, light meals morning and afternoon teas and as a house bar . Coffee is a speciality. Free wiFi. Spoil yourself with a stay at Wellington's finest Boutique Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wellesley Hotel Wellington
- Wellesley Boutique Hotel Wellington
- Wellesley Wellington
- Wellington Wellesley