I stay here every month for work on the 12-14th floor. My view is normally of the Beehive which is very close walking distance. Another view i unfortunately end up occasionally is of the old post office. You can pay extra for a sea view and slightly better room but why bother? Its not like your going to sit around for hours in your room staring out at the view because Wellington is a great city, so much to see and do!
I joined the Rydges Priority Club online (free) a while ago, so now every time i get to my room there is a lovely note with my name on it & the number of stays i am up to, along with a list of 'whats on in WLG' and a complimentary magazine which i really appreciate. Joining the priority club also gets you a % off any price online and a complimentary drink when you check in - although i have never been offered a drink so i must ask next week when i go back there.
Rooms are very comfortable and the decor is romantic/calm/stylish. I always have a room with a kitchen - if you need any utensils/pots/pans or extra dishes etc, you just ring and ask! Its never a problem. Free fresh milk is also available to be delivered & newspaper - just ask when you check in. Sometimes they run out of papers.
Bathroom is a wee bit small, yet functional. There is a semi-see through glass screen separating the bedroom/bathroom - i have noticed that some rooms have black out shutters to avoid your better half seeing your shadow and some rooms lack them. Not sure whats going on there.
Staff are always very pleasant. Plenty of cafe's around for breakfast - hotel buffet is too pricey to justify & no view.
Pool, spa and closet gym available (gym has 1 treadmill 1 bike) however you can get a free pass to City Fitness which is a good 5min "warm up" walk just up the road and it is huge and has everything you will need.
20min internet is free every day using their hotel laptop - you get it from reception.Sometimes they freeze or sign out early so i just tell them and they give me another 20min net code. Being a Rydges Priority Guest you get 50% off 24 hour internet deal.
Airport bus ($8) stops on Quay Street (main st) and you can easily walk from there. Shuttles about $20-30) and taxi about $40.
Supermarket (new world) is just across the road in the train station.
This is a great hotel, lovely staff, some nice views and a great location.
- 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