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Wellesley Boutique Hotel
Ranked #26 of 46 Hotels in Wellington
Reviewed 18 August 2014

We have stayed here often in the past and love it because each room is furnished in a different style and decor. So different from the modern hotels where each room is the same as the next. Although affected by the regulations following the Christchurch earthquake we never felt unsafe there. Beatrice on the front desk was charming and from the first communication over the phone to welcoming us to the hotel she was a great asset to the place. My one criticism is that it would seem they have changed hands and some things are different. For instance I always judge a hotel by the toiletries for one. Wellesley has always had Molton Brown which were lovely and spoke of luxury. Now these have been changed to standard hotel ones which was disappointing. Also no longer welcome chocs or biscuits in the room (and we had the top executive rooms). Also there is no restaurant anymore although there is a cafe where you can get food until 8pm. Thus some of the romance has gone. Wifi, although free is short lasting and expensive to buy more.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good and unique but you could request a style - romance, modern, gentlemanly etc
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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sandk135nz, Guest Relations Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a review . We are delighted you had an enjoyable stay and thank you for your kind comments and especially your compliments regarding Beatrice. All our staff maintain that standard. With regard to the toiietries and the chocolates and biscuits. Unfortunately the competitive pricing of accommodation in Wellington has forced us to reduce costs and charge less. The top flight toiletries and "turn down" service (preparing the beds and leaving a chocolate on the pillow) have been consequently discontinued. We are reviewing that. We are renewing our Wifi contract to provide unlimited free access for guests. Our cafe and bar will provide "romantic/private" dinners for two or more on request. We need to make this service better known to our guests.
Regards Kathleen Brooker
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Without doubt the biggest attraction to this charming little hotel was the staff, they were simply outstanding. The young ladies on reception were incredibly welcoming and thoughtful, this made a huge change from the larger, just a number hotels that I usually stay at in Wellington. A good location for the business end of Wellington, a little bit of a walk to Cuba St. The hotel itself is charming, the rooms are a little larger enabling a bit of a spread out. The bathrooms are fabulously large with great water pressure. I stayed in 401 for reference. A couple of things albeit minor would make a huge difference to the hotel. Firstly the wifi, albeit free by a voucher system is a bit sporadic and I feel needs a bit of an upgrade, data these days is a bit of a necessity. I myself would rather have high speed functional data built into the room rate as is the way off shore. Intermittent data can make working difficult and when I return to Wellington this would have a bearing on my decision. I think new crisp white bedlinen would make a huge difference to the room giving a big makeover for very small outlay but in all fairness its minor and a personal note, the bedding is comfortable.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled on business
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sandk135nz, Guest Relations Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

Thank you for taking the time to review our Hotel. We truly appreciate your compliments to our staff. It is most gratifying to know that our efforts are so much appreciated by our guests. With regard to the WiFi we are currently renewing our contract incorporating all of your requests. It is great to have the need for this confirmed. We have just renewed our contract for linen and there should not be a problem in this regard. We believe it is vitally important and will be taking it up with our supplier. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.
Regards Kathleen Brooker
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Charming Heritage boutique hotel in great location in Wellington. Minutes walk to shopping, waterfront, museum and restaurants..in a quiet street. Friendly , helpful staff. Rooms tastefully furnished and fantastic staircase or quaint elevator to rooms.

Room Tip: There is a fabulous room with huge bathroom, which has a double vanity and a deep claw foot bath
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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sandk135nz, Guest Relations Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for our hotel. We really appreciate all your kind comments especially the "quietness" of your stay. For the last five years our neighbour has been undergoing significant building improvements which inevitably have disturbed our guests from time to time. These thank goodness are now completed and we are once again a quiet and peaceful place to stay.
Regards Kathleen Brooker
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

My mum and I stayed for a night at the Wellesley. It was a perfect location for either business or shopping (that was us!) and the staff, room and food were impeccable. Good value and highly recommended!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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sandk135nz, Guest Relations Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to hosting you again in the future if you come to Wellington. It is really nice to have confirmed that our efforts are appreciated.
Regards Kathleen Brooker
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Loved the room, with its large european styled clawed bath. Comfy bed and very clean. Great central location and easy to find in the early hours of the morning, with easy entry. LOved it and will use again.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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sandk135nz, Guest Relations Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for our hotel. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and appreciate your kind and positive comments. We look forward to having you stay with us again in the future.
Regards Kathleen Brooker
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

Comfortable hotel within walking distance of Te Papa and good restaurants. It's a mostly renovated former gentleman's club (English variety), but some parts, such as the ceiling above the stairs, still need renovating. Staff were friendly and helpful and we'd definitely stay again.

Room Tip: Interior rooms have no view, actually one of the adjoining building 3 meters away. 50MB of free wifi...
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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sandk135nz, Guest Relations Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for our hotel. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciate your kind comments. The hotel is a Category One Heritage building and we have an ongoing programme of maintenance, improvement and restoration. Unfortunately the stairwell ceiling is a huge cost mainly because of health and safety issues associated with access to safely carry out the work. It is part of our programmed maintenance and we will attend to it as soon as we have funds available. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
Regards Kathleen
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Friendly staff, interesting rooms and a reasonable price. The hotel shares the building with the Masonic Lodge and the rooms are named after previous members. Wasn't aware of this when booking only advised when I was being shown to my room.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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sandk135nz, Guest Relations Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2014

Thank you for reviewing our Hotel. The building is perfect for a Freemasons Lodge Room to be built within it. Having Freemasons using that room should in no way affect the service and comfort of Guests. We thought it an interesting idea to personalise the rooms with names rather than just numbers. Our new web site should be up and running shortly and will have all this information on it. We hope to welcome you back in the future.
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Additional Information about Wellesley Boutique Hotel

Address: 2-8 Maginnity Street | Central Business District, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wellington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Business Hotel in Wellington
Price Range: £73 - £145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Wellesley Boutique Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1922 the Hotel is a category one Heritage building. It has 13 bedrooms each unique in character with generous bathrooms. It is nestled in central Wellington handy to the waterfront, railway station and ferries, government centre, parliament, the courts, business district, cable car, and Lambton Quay shopping and the stadium. All are within easy walking distance. Public transport is close by. Te Papa 20 minutes walk, Courtenay Place 30 minutes walk. The Hotel does not have it's own parking but there is parking available. Parking is free outside the Hotel from 6:00pm to 8:00am Monday to Thursday and after 8:00pm Friday and all weekend. Personal service and attention to detail is a priority and our "1815 Cafe and Bar" which is open from 7am until 8pm (Monday to Friday) for breakfast, lunch, light meals morning and afternoon teas and as a house bar . Coffee is a speciality. Free wiFi. Spoil yourself with a stay at Wellington's finest Boutique Hotel. ... more   less 
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