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Rydges Wellington
Ranked #7 of 46 Hotels in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland, New Zealand
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“Great location”
Reviewed June 5, 2011

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.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 22, 2011

We had a wonderful weekend at the Rydges. The location is perfect; right next to the Waterfront and Lambton Quay for shopping. The hotel rooms were beautifully furnished. The kitchenette was great too. We enjoyed the indoor pool and spa. Being a Rydges member makes the hotel very affordable-and with 20% off drinks. It was very helpful knowing that parking was an issue (checked Trip Advisor before booking) so we were able to book with Tournament Parking on Stout Street for just $12 for the weekend, instead of the $60 valet parking. Tournament parking was only 100m so very convenient. The staff were very accommodating. A wonderful weekend; we will definitely stay at Rydges again.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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North Carolina
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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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State College, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
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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Madrid, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
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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Rotorua
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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Ocala
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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Property: 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 Luxury Hotel in Wellington
#7 Family Hotel in Wellington
#12 Romantic Hotel in Wellington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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