I stayed at the Bolton recently and I was really looking forward to it as I had heard so many good things.
The room I stayed in (a one bedroom room with seperate lounge) was exceptionally clean and very well appointed. They had a choice of hard and soft pillows and the linen was exceptional. The toilletries were very nice and the bathrooms large and spotless. The shower was excellent with superb shower pressure. I couldn't seem to get the television in the lounge area working no matter what I tried but I'm quite prepared to put that down to 'user error'.
The room itself was on the South side of the building facing towards the hill and was very dark - this was probably exagerated with the deep stained wooden decor. As a result, the room felt quite enclosed. I imagine those rooms facing North would be much nicer in terms of outlook and light. You cannot open the windows for air and have to rely on air conditioning which is never my preference.
I ordered room service on one occassion. The room service person was excellent and very attentive. I ordered the fillet steak. The food was average I would have to say. The steak was tough and unappetising although the presentation was fine.
The reception staff didn't really seem to welcome me - it seemed more like processing another guest. The Lobby area is very small and difficult to find a spare table for a business discussion. There are only two lifts in this building so be prepared to wait.
The location of the Hotel for business is excellent, situated just off the Terrace and near Parliament. It is close to Westpac Stadium which would be great if you were visiting for a sporting fixture. However, if you are visiting Wellington for leisure, I would prefer to be closer to the theatre and restaurant area of Cortenay Place on the other side of town. For this reason, I always think that the Copthorne in Oriental Bay is ideal. It has the added benefit of balconies attached to all the room for a little indoor-outdoor flow.
Don't get me wrong - it is a nice hotel, just not exceptional, and it does tend to be pricey.
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- The Bolton Hotel is the perfect choice whilst visiting Wellington. We’re independent, so unlike a chain we can really look after you, with personalised extras that you may not find in other hotels. We’re located in the best part of the city, close to cafes, shops and restaurants and within walking distance of Wellington’s vibrant waterfront. ... more less
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