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Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Very friendly and helpful staff. The location was great! Clean and quiet at night even though on a main waterfront street. Can park on the street overnight at no cost and pay a reasonable rate for 8am to 6pm.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Janice T
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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

This was the last accommodation on our road trip from Auckland to Wellington, and one of the best ones.
The hotel is small, so I would assume it sells out quickly, with only three floors and about three rooms on each floor.
The room was large, and the bathroom contained a huge couples sized bathtub. The room was decorated in mainly a retro 50s style, with teak furnishing.
We even got two small bottles of sparkling wine waiting for us in the room upon check in as a treat.
There is no parking included or linked to the hotel, so unless you want to re-park your car every second hour, is recommend that you pay the hotel $28 and let them take care of moving it around for you.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
Thank JMJohnsson
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Ohtel, Manager at Ohtel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Dear JMJohnsson,
Its was a pleasure to meet you and showcase our city. Glad you loved the location and our unique touch points. For anyone worried about parking, don't worry - with 3 simple options we will assist in any way that we can to make your stay easier. For your future South Island road trip, Wellington is the perfect place to launch off from with a scenic sailing journey before picking up an SUV or Camper on the other side. A good excuse to come back so hope to see you again for that one. Cheers from all the team!

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Reviewed 6 October 2017

I quite enjoyed staying here, centrally located, staff extremely helpful. It was very comfortable we only stayed the night but would have enjoyed more time at the hotel, because of its location and hip atmosphere - better than the stark chain hotels.

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Grace W
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Ohtel, Manager at Ohtel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

KiaOra Grace,
Thank you for selecting OHTEL Wellington and for jotting a great review! We really appreciate it. This is why we do what we do, to ensure travelers like yourself fell inspired and revived amidst the hustle and bustle of the modern cities we all visit and live in. Creating spaces that are speak to the imagination help our journeys add color, as you beautifully describe, so thank you once again and we look forward to welcoming you back through our doors the next time you need a home away from your home.
Kind regards,

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

The bathroom should be the poster child for the problems with emphasizing form and ignoring function. First, there is a curtain, not a door, that separates the bathroom from the room and there are small glass panels on either side of the bathroom opening. The curtain does not open in the middle of the (supposed) doorway. Instead you have to pull the curtain all the way to one side or the other to enter. The first few times, I pulled the curtain aside and nearly walked into the glass panels, which had an abstract design fortunately painted at about adult eye level (the rest of the panel was clear glass). I could easily imagine a child crashing into the glass everytime s/he wanted to use the bathroom. Once you are in the bathroom, you have to pull the curtain all the way across again, unless you like treating others to the sight of you using the toilet. The sink was miniscule, which meant that I splashed water all over the floor no matter how low I bent over it, sometimes hitting my head on the shelf that helpfully jutted over the sink. But the shelf was not large enough to place one's toiletry kit on it. Oh no. Instead, I "stored" mine in the bathtub while my husband placed his on the side shelf.

The bed was on a platform that jutted about 4 or so inches all around it, which provided a lovely obstacle on which to bark one's shin when climbing into bed and against which to bang one's foot when climbing out.

The closet was miniscule and one side had a safe in the bottom while the other stored an ironing board and iron. This meant that it was difficult to hang dresses or pants in the closet without catching them against these obstacles.

The light switches were odd. We have light switches in some of our rooms at home that glow when they are off so that we can find them and switch them on in a dark room. When the light is on, the switches do not need to light up so they turn off. The light switches at this "ohtel" are just the opposite. One fumbles around in the dark looking for them but they glow helpfully when the light is ON.

Finally, on our last morning, the power inexplicably went out in our room. They helpfully explained that noone else was affected. We suggested that a circuit breaker could have been switched but the desk clerk said that she had no idea where the electrical panel was. It turned out not to be a circuit breaker (we never found out what it was--we saw a mystified electrician wandering around as we were checking out), but we were taken aback that she didn't know. Washing up and packing by the light from the window was not fun but no offer of flashlights or any other accomodation was forthcoming. I'm not sure whether the problem was an architectural one but I was so annoyed by this point that I'll blame it on design.

One good thing about this "ohtel" is the location, which is on Oriental Bay, within easy walking distance of downtown but slightly out of the hustle and bustle of downtown Wellington. We enjoyed walking on the wharfs to and from town. And although the woman on our final day was not very helpful, the man who helped us when we checked in was very friendly and went out of his way to make us feel welcome. So kudos to him.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Ohtel, Manager at Ohtel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Dear Juneau,
Thank you for staying at OHTEL during your recent visit to Wellington and for taking the time to tell us about your stay. I am pleased to hear that you found our location excellent for navigating the city. We do acknowledge that a solution to the electrical issue with this room when you departed could and should have been ministered with minimal inconvenience to you. Please accept our sincere apologies for this lack of awareness of the issue at the time. As a result of your feedback all staff have been trained on the rare cause of the problem. We would also like to thank you for your helpful comments in regard to the functionality of our rooms and suites. With new owners in the midst of refreshing the product exciting new changes will be rolled out in the coming days and months.
Thank you once again and we trust that you enjoyed the remainder of your time in New Zealand.

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Reviewed 26 September 2017


Wicked cool hotel that's centrally located in Wellington. Move over Soho. I must say my Ohtel room is pretty much my ideal of what a compact self-sufficient design gem of a room should look like. The panache begins with the "headboard" of the bed which is a structure in itself, sporting a closet on one concealed side and a bar on the other, with a recessed space above the sleeper's head (attention interior designers!). What a great idea, for stowing away nighttime reading material to charging your netflix iPad. The mid-20th century furniture transported me back to my childhood home in California. Alas, get it while it lasts; a recent acquisition might mean a new look is coming soon.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled solo
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Thank lovedNZSept2017
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Ohtel, Manager at Ohtel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

Hi LovedNZ,
We really valued your visitation and feedback today, thank you! Yes the property and project was actually inspired by a trip to New York and receives rave reviews from designers and 'not so creatives' alike due to it's homeliness and unique touch points. With news owners and enhancements afoot, our future objectives are to recreate the iconic nature of OHTEL and leave guests with a true experience that keeps our valued customers coming back each time they visit the Capital. We love our subtle themes are pleased you did to!
Kind regards

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