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Rydges Wellington
Ranked #7 of 47 Hotels in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 19, 2011

Had just changed from Holiday Inn the week before. Nicely appointed room with small kitchenette. Bath very nice, and though we were only there one night, it worked fine for us.
Thought the internet charge was high, so did not use it.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 15, 2011

Recently changed from a Holiday Inn to a Rydges property. Comfortable rooms, though not much character to the property. Very convenient location; walked everywhere we wanted to go. Very nice breakfast spread included (smoked salmon- yummy).

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 10, 2011

We spent three nights here with our five-year-old son. The best thing about this hotel is its location. It is right next to the waterfront, and is convenient to the whole city. Parking is a bit of an issue during the week, as the parking fees for using the hotel lots are steep: $30 per night. There is metered parking around the hotel, but it is restricted to two hours during the day, so it is a bit of an annoyance.

The rooms are clean and the sheets and bedding are of high quality. The kitchenette has a very nice appearance, but unfortunately is ill-equipped, making it very difficult to do more than the simplest meals. Our room also lacked any eating area, so once we did prepare our food, we were left to eat while sitting on our beds.

Service was extremely slow. When we requested additional plates or silverware, they came very slowly, if at all. Some items simply never came, and we made do without them.

The hotel also charges for internet use, and although the front desk staff is friendly, the inability to get service in the room is a negative.

There is a nice indoor pool, and a hot tub. The restaurant downstairs looked fine, but we did not eat there. It's not a bad hotel, just nothing special.

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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 8, 2011

We had a nice stay. Utilised most of the services within the hotel. really enjoyed the spa area.

First impressions ... reception area needs to be done up instead of pushed to a really un-noticable area of the foyer. Reception staff helpful though.

Bar staff need to sell Wellington better as asked about a few attractions and also transport services to get to places and they couldnt help me - in my own personal opinion all staff, no matter what department they are in - should be able to sell their city.

Although the breakfast seating area was all over the place, the food was a favourite as i mainly ordered a-la-carte brekkie which i do recommend to anyone.

Also, in our room we had a small kitchenette with 2 oven stove top, so we went to buy food which we could cook and then went looking for fry pan, pot and utensils but couldnt find anything. Strange??????

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 7, 2011

We traveled in New Zealand for 7 weeks. This hotel was a Holiday Inn. We received an e-mail about two weeks before our stay informing us they were no longer a Holiday Inn. At best I would say the location was great. The service, horrible and beds were more like hammocks. Very pricey for what you get, no business center, no laundry and a staff that was very unfriendly.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 7, 2011

A good hotel with very polite and friendly staff.

The rooms are clean and spacious and the hotel is well located, with easy access to the business district, restaurants and the waterfront.

The breakfast could be a bit better though and the air conditioning unit is a bit tricky to use.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 6, 2011

Our driver (husband Rod) was a little stressed out when we arrived as there was no designated client parking for the hotel, even on a temporary basis whilst one organises themselves. I hopped out the car and started the process of checking in and requesting valet parking whilst Rod did a lap of the block, negotiating one way streets. The service was prompt and a space was organised for our car whilst we unloaded and our bags and various odds and ends were loaded onto a trolley and taken to our room. This was a little bit more time consuming than it would normally have been because we were leaving the hire car for collection the following morning and needed to gather all of our belongings. Anyway the service was very efficient but my husband’s comment is valid – what if you were arriving and the only person in the car, how would you be able to organise the parking space in this very busy part of the city? The very convenient location to the train station was the draw card for us as we were catching the Overlander to Auckland the next morning. With suitcases and the possibility of rain the convenience to the station was ideal, once again our thanks goes to Cam Pott’s of Self Drive Holidays NZ for organising this for us and also for his accurate directions for making our way into Wellington via State Highway 1. Our room was very, very nice and the night view was stunning so we never closed our curtains. Reception was always helpful and the buffet breakfast was great, we were the first ones to partake at 6.00am as we needed to be at the station at 7.00. The scrambled eggs were the best we have seen at any buffet but we were still asked if we had any requests for fried or poached as an alternative.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Rydges Wellington

Address: 75 Featherston Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wellington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Wellington
#7 Family Hotel in Wellington
#7 Luxury Hotel in Wellington
#12 Romantic Hotel in Wellington
Price Range: $124 - $288 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rydges Wellington 4.5*
Number of rooms: 280
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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Holiday Inn Wellington
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