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Austinvilla Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #10 of 45 Wellington B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 19, 2012

Stayed in the garden suite for 4 nights, with our 6year old daughter. This place was perfect for us! It is very clean,in a quiet street and situated just 10min walk from center Wellington.
We loved having the little garden for ourselves. This brings a lot of light in the apartment.
Also good to have a parking spot in one of the garage. We were also able to use the washing machine, free of charge, situated in the private section of the house.
Wellington is a great city, If we go back, we surely book this B&B again.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

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Tired of staying in the Cuba Quarter (as we had on previous visits), we wanted someplace quieter, yet within walking distance to town, and near to our friend who lives in Hataitai. This property fit the bill - charming, private, quiet, clean and well-appointed. We stayed in the Studio Suite. It is self-contained, small and cozy-comfortable for two, but well laid out so you could entertain a guest(s) in the dining/living room area and not feel like you were in the bedroom. (Note: if you require a bit more privacy, the Garden Suite would probably be more to your liking as it has a separate bedroom.)

An ample continental breakfast is provided. I recall having eggs available, but we may have well picked them up ourselves at the market. (Over our month-long holiday, I developed a taste for 3-minute eggs, soldier fingers and Marmite 8D.)

They have off-street carpark available which was very much appreciated. Trying to find street parking on Mount Victoria is like trying to find parking in most neighborhoods of San Francisco, ie, difficult. Although we didn't hire a car, it was available to our friend so he could easily drive up to visit.

We stayed 4 or 5 nights. Zarli was a warm and wonderful host, making us feel very welcome. I don't recall there being any restrictions using the wifi as previous posters have mentioned, but then we weren't there to download movies onto our computer or "Watch Instantly" on Netflix.

Word of caution: The stairs from the street to the house are rather steep and were not wheelchair accessible at the time we were there. Also, the property is not suitable for children. If neither is an issue, be prepared for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 5, 2011

My wife and I stayed at Austinvilla for five days of our honeymoon. It is a quiet, comfortable B&B halfway up the hillside of Mount Victoria, just a few minutes' walk from Wellington's bustling downtown. We loved it there; the Garden Suite has a private entrance and is entirely self-contained. It became our own little retreat, and we were very happy there.

Zarli, our host, is very helpful and friendly, with maps and advice for seeing the area.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 17, 2009

SUMMARY - The garden suite is very charming and located in a pleasant, quiet residential neighbourhood within walking distance of central Wellington.

FACILITIES - The garden suite has a large double room, a large bathroom with bath tub and shower; a reasonably sized kitchen/lounge area. Cooking facilities included hobs, microwave and mini-grill. SkyTV and free WiFi available. Small, private garden with outdoor table accessed via French windows. Off street parking available.

STANDARD - Lovely decoration, charming architecture and design. Felt very homely. Only minor comment is that although WiFi is free, you are given a little note asking you not to use it too much which feels bizarre... a bit like asking guests not to shower for too long or flush the toilet too often!

Highly recommended if visiting Wellington.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2009

This is a wonderful little B&B which feels more like a boutique hotel. We were made very welcome and the breakfast was fantastic (see photo). We stayed in the studio which was small, but perfectly appointed, with everything you might need. The design is beautiful and tasteful, making it a lovely place to relax. Austinvilla is in a quiet area, but a short walk down the hill lands you right in the middle of everything. The only person I wouldn't recommend Austinvilla to would be my grannie, as the steps up to the house would be a challenge.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2009

My partner Sebastian and I used the Austinvilla Bed and Breakfast as a base for our week-long stay in Wellington to visit family and friends - and what a great base it was.

Located about five minutes walk from the heart of Wellington's restaurant and bar scene, the guesthouse is ideally located. It's on a short, but steep, hill, which may be useful to note for some people who are not so mobile (but then again most of Wellington's streets are steep given the geology of the place). I totally agree with the comments about the echoes of San Francisco as the guesthouse has a relaxed, charming feel to it.

We stayed in the self-contained garden flat, which is furnished elegantly in a clean, modern, but comfortable style, making great use of the space. The flat was also extremely clean and tidy (important for a neat freak like me!). Wellington-based friends who visited the guesthouse all commented on the standard of decor and noted it for recommendation to other visitors. It's worth mentioning that the flat was also well-appointed for the self-catering option, which we'd selected.

Zarli was an excellent host and made us feel very welcome. He was relaxed and non-intrusive, checking in from time to time to make sure everything was OK, which it invariably was.

We would happily recommend the Austinvilla Bed and Breakfast to anyone who wants an elegant and relaxing experience in a excellent location.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 24, 2009

We spent 3 nights in Austinvilla in January 2009 while in Wellington visiting friends. We stayed in the self contained garden suite. Located a short walk from the city and oriental bay (the harbour) - this is a great place to stay in Wellington. It is a wonderful old Victorian wooden house with character and the rooms are tastefully decorated and very clean.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Austinvilla Bed and Breakfast

Address: 11 Austin Street | Mt Victoria, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wellington
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Ranked #10 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Wellington
Price Range: $111 - $153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in one of Mt Victoria's elegant turn-of-the-century villas with its leafy garden setting and historic residential neighbourhood, Austinvilla B&B offers you the charming character and relaxed comfort of a real home. No need to share facilities here as our two fully-equipped, self-contained apartments let you enjoy the peace and privacy of your own space to unwind in. Superbly located just minutes walk from the vibrant central city precinct and local attractions, Austinvilla is your perfect base from which to explore Wellington. ... more   less 

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