Ohtel is really very well situated in the city. Near Oriental Parade, and an easy 5 minute walk to the great museum and all the other attractions on the waterfront. Also a very easy access to hiking up Mount Victoria.
The hotel was designed by an architect and it is very nicely appointed. I had a small room that did not have a bathtub, but i did see an empty room that did have a tub and it was a much nicer room than mine.
There were a few puzzling things though, that to my mind spoke to an aesthetic of form over function. Yes, the very small shelf in the the bathroom made it look sleek. But there really is not anyplace to put all your things. The towel rack is pretty, but there are no hooks upon which to hang up towels. And the very low sink looks appealing, but you end up banging your head into the shelf if you try to wash your face.
Then there was the two remotes necessary to work the television. One to turn it on and control the volume, the other to change the channels. In this day of universal remotes, that seems somewhat lazy of the owners not to upgrade their entertainment control system. There was a similarily confusing remote to work the air conditioning that I was never really able to work properly. I'm sure had i asked the front desk they could have helped me out, i just never got around to asking.
These are nits of course. Its just that i was left with a feeling that the ease and convenience to the guests was not necessarily the upmost priority on the part of the proprietors.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ohtel Hotel Wellington
- Design Hotel Wellington