The best thing about this hotel is it's proximity to good shopping and great restaurants and nightlife. Lambton Quay is an excellent source for New Zealand fashion with many small boutiques in the mid to high dollar range. About a 10 minute walk from the hotel is Courtney Street with many interesting shops and restaurants. Near Courtney Street is Cuba Street--this is where it's at in Wellington! This is where the hip, young (early to late 20-somethings) hang out. Since the hotel was so close to Cuba Street, it was very easy to walk back after a late night out (it's about a 15 to 18 minute walk, or a cheap cab ride). For EXCELLENT Indian food, check out Tulsi. Also, Citron is a MUST, but you have to make reservations because it's very small and they don't turn over tables quickly. It's also quite pricey ($95NZ, price fixed), but compared to similar restaurants in the States, it is a very good value. Citron specializes in a tasting menu and has an outstanding chef. For nightlife, check out Mighty Mighty (on Cuba Street) for a hip crowd (very Williamsburg, Brooklyn) that is pleasantly friendly, unassuming, and not pretentious. You'll have to ask a local where it's at because there is virtually no sign. Also, Matador is a very cool place to have a drink and desert. I highly recommend the white chocolate mousse. I also recommend visiting the Maori Treasures Complex in Lower Hutt--it was a very rewarding experience meeting with a Maori family, seeing their workshops and talking with them one-on-one about their heritage and culture. Overall, the hotel is a good value, but others are right when complaining about the noise. There is no air conditioning, and although you don't really need it, it gets very noisy during the day with the windows open. At night it is pretty quiet, but if you like to sleep in it gets very noisy in the mornings. Also, the queen sized beds are pretty small for two people. If you can handle the noise, it's a fine hotel. The staff were excellent and very friendly. They were very helpful in establishing restaurant reservations and such.
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