Wanted to stay in central Wellington for the best price. Most places I could find were over my budget, but this was the most cost effective. I needed parking, and figured that since I had a long drive (to Hamilton) I'd opt to get a package which included parking and breakfast. Even though I had aGC rewards card and stayed with GCH on many occasions, the booking process didn't go too well, i wanted to confirm the parking was definitely included, so phoned reservations to book, rather than book online. I wanted a twin room, but was told I could only have a double because it was a busy time with the World of Wearable Arts being on in town. I asked to confirm that parking was included, and was told it wasn't, and I'd have to pay an additional $25 per day. I decided not to proceed with the booking and try and find somewhere else. However, as I couldn't find anything much cheaper, I decided to book online, and was able to book the package with a twin room, with breakfast and parking. Clearly when phoning reservations, I spoke to someone who was not well informed of the packages.
When arriving, it was a little confusing where to park. Taxi's filled up most of the spare space at the from door, and there were a couple of other parks. The Wilsons parking was at the hotel entrance and there was some wordy signage with the HGC logo at the carpark entrance, so proceeded to park. However when I got to reception I was told I the carpark has nothing to do with the hotel and I had to park outside the from hotel door. (This was a little difficult given there was no space to park without parking in the middle of the driveway, blocking anyone else who would want to enter). I asked if id be charged for parking in the carpark, and was informed I would be charged after the first five minutes and would not be reimbursed. So I ran down to the park, collected my car before I was charged, and because of the cars and taxi's at the hotel entrance, and the one way street, had to do a whole block to get back to the hotel, it took another 15 minutes.
After getting checked in, we went to our room, and the view from the room was a city harbour view (but couldn't see much harbour). The room was clean, getting a bit old, but adequate and comfortable.
Breakfast was nice, plenty to choose from.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor is located in the heart of Wellington City and features a unique thoroughfare between the leading retail district of Lambton Quay and business hub of The Terrace. The hotel features 268 accommodation rooms, two restaurants and bars, and a complimentary in-house gymnasium. High-speed internet connectivity is available throughout the hotel and the exclusive 26th floor Club Lounge offers the pinnacle of executive comfort with complimentary full buffet breakfasts, evening bar service and a business centre with spectacular harbour views. For meetings and events, the Hotel has a diverse selection of eight meeting and conference rooms, catering for up to 350 delegates. The entire conference floor and Whitby's Restaurant can also be utilised for large events and tradeshows for up to 600 guests. The hotel offers fresh, modern facilities along with a state of the art sound system. The dedicated Functions team are on hand to provide advice, information and ideas along with professional and friendly assistance. Experience the highest standards of service at Wellington's definitive accommodation and conference venue; the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor. ... more less
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