We're locals and stayed here as a treat combining a public holiday, celebration of me getting a new job, and early valentines day. My partner loves hot tubs/spa pools and the idea of being out on a deck area in a pool is her idea of total happiness, so we booked room 1. All other rooms were booked out so it's a popular place it seems.
People were good, everything in the room was clean and in good condition, and as many of the rooms don't have tea & coffee facilities you can get a cuppa in the café area downstairs, and a complimentary mini-loaf (banana cake that day) too which was very yummy.
We have to say that the hot/spa tub was one of the best we've ever been in. Just seemed to be the right size, depth, heat. My girlfriend spent 3 hours straight in it!
As good as the good aspects are, and as good as the reviews here have generally been, I there are some downsides or potential downsides depending on what you want or expect.
I'm mindful that we stayed in the special room and I think all other rooms are much more basic. Even Room 1 is fairly small not counting the outdoor area. It does have tea/coffee/small fridge but it was in a pretty cramped little area. If you want to bring in your own gourmet treats (we went to Moore Wilsons nearby) you'll need to bring your own plates, utensils, and use the little outside table.
There's also no wardrobe, just 3 or so clothes hooks (in the same very small area as the fridge, tea, and dressing mirror). If it wasn't for opening the doors onto the deck, realistically the room would have seemed a bit tight overall.
Either there is no Sky TV, or I couldn't work out how to find it. It looks like there was a Sky dish on the building but perhaps that's just for Freeview reception.
Unfortunately I had some variable water temperature when showering in the morning. A couple of times the water ran very cool (practically cold one of the times). My partner also had the same problem when she showed the night before.
While the room is on the top floor, the building isn't that high so you don't have privacy on the deck area. There are nearby and near-enough-by buildings with a view onto the deck/hot tub. As far as I'm concerned if other people want to look at my naked flabby body that's their problem, but others might prefer to cover up.
The combination of public holiday and a big sporting event happening the following two days meant it was pretty expensive - just checked the hotel website and see the room in question seems to be usually $195, while we paid $265.
I considered giving an overall rating of 3/5 but that feels a bit mean. As the review title suggests, it is what we wanted, and the main drawcard of the hot tub was awesome. We also very much enjoyed sitting on the deck with our bread and cheese and chocolates. If the weather was bad it wouldn't be so much fun though, despite the partial overhead cover on the deck.
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- Gourmet Stay is a cool little boutique hotel, especially designed to provide excellent accommodation for the discerning budget conscious traveler. Gourmet Stay has a comfortable, modern design with soft tones and is warm and inviting and friendly. At Gourmet Stay we unashamedly promote Wellington as the culinary capital of New Zealand and support our thriving local artisan producers and suppliers. Breakfast is served each morning downstairs, with daily fresh cheese scones. You will love the convenience of staying in our vibrant location in the heart of all the action. Gourmet Stay is located in Frederick Street, a quiet side street in the centre of Wellington city. There is no need for a car here! It is a 5 minute walk to the entertainment and theatre district of Courtenay Place . We do have several off street car parks available if you require parking at an extra cost.Courtenay Place is also home to a diverse range of excellent restaurants and bars. ... more less
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