The Holiday Inn Wellington changed to Rydges Wellington the day before we arrived, so if you think you're booking for Holiday Inn, you won't be. The hotel is in a nice location being adjacent to the waterfront area, but it is a 15min walk to the main restaurant and shopping areas such as Cuba Street. This is not necessarily a problem for those who like a stroll. However, despite it's harbour-side location, it's not a waterfront hotel, in fact, the big old 60s post office beside it gets those obscuring views from most rooms. Other than the very few number of large suites on the absolute edge of the building, you will find even the high floor harbour view rooms do not in fact have direct harbour views. Also, the layout of our executive floor harbour view room with balcony was poorly executed, even on level 15, all you could see when laying on the bed was the big ugly post office opposite. What's more, the windows were absolutely filthy. I requested they be cleaned, but over our five night stay, they never were. Despite this, the rooms are pleasant enough, nice beds and pillows, but it is certainly not luxurious; there is no comfortable chair to lounge on, nor a suitable place to eat should you wish to use the kitchen. The opaque glass wall between the bedroom and the bathroom has been noted by others, yes, it's quite a strange feature; the designer I assume wanting to let some natural light in, or perhaps wanting to encourage couples to share more private moments with each other, but it doesn't really work on a functional level because if you get up in the middle of the night to take a pee and turn the bathroom light on (as you undoubtedly will), you're likely to wake your slumbering partner as it'll also light up the bedroom - brightly... Other things, the lobby is relatively basic, and while wi-fi is available, there's no computers available for guests' use. The breakfast is okay, but nothing spectacular. Overall, it's an nice place to stay, but I'd rate it as a 3.5-4 star hotel, not the 4.5 as it is advertised. I also visited friends staying at the Novotel, it's a lower grade than the Holiday Inn (Rydges). The best place to stay in my opinion would be the Copthorne Hotel. It has a lovely location on the waterfront capturing the best views. It's by Te Papa and the weekend market area. I'd try a harbour view room there if I went to Wellington again (which I hope to do, it's a great little city).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rydges Wellington is located on downtown Featherston Street with a unique combination of harbour views and city outlooks. Ideally situated in New Zealand's capital city, Rydges Wellington is within close distance to the Westpac Stadium, Queens Wharf, Wellington Railway Station, both the Interislander and Bluebridge Ferry terminals and Lambton Quay for shopping.This 4+ Star hotel offers 280 accommodation rooms for business and leisure guests with the benefits of modern facilities including wireless internet throughout, iPads for guests and fantastic leisure facilities. All rooms feature flat screen televisions, free unlimited Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations and kitchenettes. There are 19 apartment style suites, perfect for your long stay requirements with washer and drier facilities available. Rydges Wellington is your landmark hotel in the Capital. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rydges Wellington Hotel Wellington
- Holiday Inn Wellington
- Wellington Holiday Inn