I stayed at Rydges for one night while passing through Wellington. I wasn't 'blown away' exactly, but the stay was perfectly fine and comfortable and in general I would have no hesitation with staying again.
They were lovely about letting me extend check-out by an hour, and said yes to that request without hesitation. That was awesome.
The receptionist who checked me in was 'professionally cool', but maybe she was having a busy afternoon as she was much friendlier when I saw her the next morning. (Every other staff member I encountered was warm and friendly and very helpful).
My room was smallish but totally comfortable and well equipped. I liked the decor. The bed was supremely comfy and I had a great sleep. Quiet (except air con - see below).
The location was very good - central and easy to find, walking distance to everything. A really nice stroll along the waterfront from Te Papa.
Having a little kitchenette was a great bonus and I used it for breakfast in my room.
I didn't get a nice view (side of a building and a carpark) but that was cool, I didn't expect one, having booked a mystery deal through an online travel agent my only expectation was to have a roof over my head. ;) (Rule of thumb - if you want a good room in a hotel - book direct!).
The housekeeping was mostly ok but not perfect.... bathroom floor looked like they'd skipped the mopping, smudgy finger marks on the glass wall in the bathroom, shower needed some scrubbing with a brush in the corners, I had to wash some of the plates in the kitchenette before they were clean to use...but overall it was largely ok.
I never understand why hotels put fancy cushions and those red mink blanket things without washable covers on the bed. I always dump them off immediately but it would be nice if they would just refrain from putting anything that obviously doesn't get washed daily anywhere near where I'm meant to put my head. Bed was triple-sheeted so that was otherwise good.
The air conditioner worked well but was pretty noisy - don't expect there's much to be done about that and I got used to it after a bit.
Overall: I enjoyed my stay and would happily stay again. It was a comfortable, professional environment with a good level of guest care and enough detail paid to (most of) the little things.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rydges Wellington is located on downtown Featherston Street with a unique combination of harbour views and city outlooks. Ideally situated in New Zealand's capital city, Rydges Wellington is within close distance to the Westpac Stadium, Queens Wharf, Wellington Railway Station, both the Interislander and Bluebridge Ferry terminals and Lambton Quay for shopping.This 4+ Star hotel offers 280 accommodation rooms for business and leisure guests with the benefits of modern facilities including wireless internet throughout, iPads for guests and fantastic leisure facilities. All rooms feature flat screen televisions, free unlimited Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations and kitchenettes. There are 19 apartment style suites, perfect for your long stay requirements with washer and drier facilities available. Rydges Wellington is your landmark hotel in the Capital. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rydges Wellington Hotel Wellington
- Holiday Inn Wellington
- Wellington Holiday Inn