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Wellesley Boutique Hotel
Ranked #25 of 46 Hotels in Wellington
Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Shame it is in a transition”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

Glorious evocative hotel made better by the staff. I loved this place from the old 30s lift to the wood panelled everything to the way the rooms combined old world charm with properly working mod cons.

Best of all though were the staff. It is clear that the hotel is going through some business transformation and many facilities are not operational but the night-porter come breakfast-chef come chamber-maid was the most delightful person I've met in a long while!

On a more practical note, the hotel is bang in the middle of everything you might wish, the restaurants on the dockside - 5 minutes, Parliament - 5 minutes, Te Papa museum, 10 minutes (these are walking times).

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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213 reviews
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

Stayed here 2 nights early December and couldn't fault a thing. Booked 2 rooms for 4 family members - both rooms were generous in size; comfortable beds, generous bathrooms, tea/coffee facilities and the staff on that weekend couldn't have been more helpful - showing us where to park the car (car park building); genuinely taking interest in our day and inviting 2 of us to accompany a small group having a tour of this historic building.

The location is perfect, just around the corner from Kirkcaldie & Stains for shopping and on the flat if you feel the urge to get up early and go for a walk or more active exercise around the harbour front.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Bucharest, Romania
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2014

Although only for two nights, our stay at the Wellesley was a very pleasant one. Out of all 4 stars hotels we stayed in New Zealand, this is the only one that truly deserved its rank.

Wellesley is indeed a boutique hotel - very cozy, with its classy look and good taste architecture. Starting with the elevator (which is a touristic attraction by itself) and the central lobby and ending with the room, everything is very beautiful and quaint.

It is located rather close to the city centre (2 minutes walk to Lambton Quay, one of the main shopping arteries, and some 15 minutes walk from Cuba Street, the heart of the pub and restaurants in Wellington), on a very quiet, hidden street. Staff is very kind and helpful. The hotel provides free unlimited wi-fi, which in New Zealand really means something!

Rooms are large, with great bathrooms and very comfortable beds. Natural light is good. Currently, there are some works in the vis-a-vis building, indeed - this can be rather disturbing in the mornings.

Parking in front of the hotel is allowed only temporarily, to get your baggage, but the hotel has an arrangement with a public parking just around the corner - for 25 NZD per day, if I recall correctly. Some similar arrangements also exist with restaurants and fitness centers in the city.

We definitely recommend the Wellesley for a stay in Wellington!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stamford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

We were upgraded to room 302 which was large with a large bathroom. Clean and tidy room although dark (but in keeping with the building's overall style). Bed was a bit uncomfortable as the join of the two mattresses was prominent. Shower, freestanding bath etc all good. Good location for the ferries or for getting to central Wellington (cable car etc). Cuba street area walkable (c.15 mins or $12 taxi). Reception hours short so bear that in mind for checking in and out and wifi codes, solved by planning ahead with reception team. Overall, a good stay but the building would benefit from refreshment (not 'updating' as some of its charm would be lost).

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

We stayed 2 nights at Wellesley Boutique hotel. We arrived past midnight, but the cook got out of bed for us and let us in. She was a delight. The room is a good size and the bathroom is huge in comparison. We like the bath separate from the shower and set as a feature in the bathroom. The shower head was unfortunately positioned on low angle and I was unable to wash my hair normally. I presume it was build for guests under 180 cm ;-)
We would have loved to see a bit more variety on the breakfast menu, but the eggs were well prepared and tasty.

there is parking right in front of the hotel and the hotel is relatively close to the botanical gardens as well as the train station / ferry terminal(s)

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed 3 nights in a "classic" room, and absolutely loved it. Perfect location, very comfortable and interesting room, helpful staff. If we ever return to Wellington, this will be our first choice. (If you read my other reviews, you'll see it is rare for me to give a hotel 5 stars.)

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
Reviewed December 7, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at the Wellesley very much. Our room reminded us of staying at a Scottish country house. It had a magnificent new bathroom with a claw footed bath. The staff went the extra mile to help us. The hotel is in a good location to see the sights of Wellington.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Wellesley Boutique Hotel

Property: Wellesley Boutique Hotel
Address: 2-8 Maginnity Street | (Central Business District), Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wellington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Business Hotel in Wellington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Wellesley Boutique Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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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