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“A fantastic boutique hotel in Wellington!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Ohtel

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Ohtel
Ranked #11 of 46 Hotels in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
“A fantastic boutique hotel in Wellington!”
Reviewed 14 March 2011

Ohtel is one of the most enjoyable boutique hotels we've ever stayed at. It's a quirky, comfortable place furnished with mid-century modern furniture and accessories. The location can't be beat -- it's virtually on the waterfront, and across from the fantastic Te Papa museum. It's within easy walking distance to everything in the central business district and is only a few blocks down the street from the beautiful Embassy Theatre. The staff is wonderful and very accommodating. It's a very welcoming and easygoing place; feels like home. We've now had 2 visits to Ohtel and will stay there whenever we're in Wellington!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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melbourne
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Reviewed 10 March 2011

We stayed two nights at this hotel when we first arrived, and found all the amenities to be of top quality. As we were flying back from Wellington to Australia, we booked our last night there as well. There was a bit of a muddle - and our booking had not been listed. Allan, the host, saw the look of disappointment on our faces and immediately organised accommodation at the Museum hotel at the same rate, absorbing any extra costs on his behalf. We were also presented with a beautiful bottle of Pinot Noir as a way of apology. Great service and thank you.
Would recommend this hotel for couples - great vibe...

Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 10 March 2011

We booked at the last minute and our a lot of hotels were full. We stayed here without knowing anything about it. The hotel was really stylish, almost like a hotel in Greenwich Village. The staff was so friendly that my husband and I found ourselves spending time in the lobby. We travel all over the world and this is one of the best hotels I can recall.

  • Stayed February 2011
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Reviewed 1 March 2011

Had a great time at the ohtel. Wonderful rooms and an absolute A+ location!

  • Stayed February 2011
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2011

We were charged an extra NZ$48.00 for "bath products" when we used the bath and toiletries normally provided free in ALL the hotels we stayed in around the world over the last
20 years! The room with the bath was suggested to us at an additional charge however at no time we were told that the bath salts etc were extra. When we objected to the charge the owner told us that the items were shown to be chargeable on a little sign (we are not certain it was there) in the bath tray. After several emails the owner offered to refund us 50% of the charge. We think this is a bad way to run an upmarket hotel, charging upmarket prices thus we decided not to accept the owners offer and instead to donate an additional NZ$48.00 to the Christchurch earthquake appeal. We will never stay at the Ohtel again!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Ohtel, Owner at Ohtel, responded to this review, 7 March 2011
Thank you for your donation to the quake victims in Christchurch.

As per our earlier email correspondence in regard to your review -

The charges debited to your credit card were not for the complimentary high-end Evolu toiletries provided in your room, but for additional premium bath products used during your stay. The DL sized, laminated Linden Leaves price list, clearly showed the cost of each item and was prominently displayed in the bath cradle with the products.

We have found it is convenient for guests to have these items available to purchase in the room so that they can select them (as you did), as and when they wish – particularly outside of reception hours.

You acknowledged you used the items by way of an "innocent mistake", and as a gesture of good will, we conceded the 50% surcharge on these undeclared items, but as a small privately owned and run hotel, we are not in a position to waive $48 worth of extras from your account – the business unfortunately can’t afford to absorb these kinds of costs for our guests.

I'm glad you enjoyed your stay otherwise.

Alan
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Napier, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 February 2011

Funky kiwi furnture, Very quiet rooms, plenty bathing with bath & showers.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Pukekohe, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 9 February 2011

This was my fourth or fifth stay here; I now try to stay at Ohtel whenever I can. I travel a lot for work, and have grown tired of soulless, chain hotels. In this respect, Ohtel is real breath of fresh air . . an oasis that makes being away from home so much more bearable.

Having lived in Wellington, I agree with the other reviewer who said that "Ohtel is Wellington personified in a hotel" - it has the same sort of character and vibe that makes Wellington so special.

Alan, the proprietor is a great host and the pride and passion for his hotel is evident. The location is great - Courtenay Place, Waitangi Park, Oriental Parade, Freyberg Pool are all just a stone's throw away. I have stayed in both Studio and Junior Suite and both were great . . though of course the Junior Suite is a real treat - an experience best shared I think! Both rooms have great decor, great bathrooms, and very comfy beds.

I look forward to staying again sometime soon.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Ohtel

Property: Ohtel
Address: 66 oriental Parade | Oriental Bay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wellington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Wellington
#3 Romantic Hotel in Wellington
#11 Luxury Hotel in Wellington
#15 Family Hotel in Wellington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ohtel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ohtel's exclusive seaside location provides stunning views over Waitangi Park, Te Papa and the Inner harbour. Run by the owner and a select group of friendly, unpretentious staff, Ohtel provides convenience and luxury with an eco-friendly conscience. Experience contemporary New Zealand design, coupled with original "mid-century" furnishings throughout the lobby and ten spacious suites. Enjoy regionally sourced, gourmet food and beverages in room, or in our intimate lobby. Ohtel, sophisticated urban chic. Free Wi-Fi & local calls, King-sized beds, 55+ Sky channels, air-con, solar hot water... ... more   less 
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