Wellesley Boutique Hotel
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Wellesley Boutique Hotel

2-8 Maginnity Street Central Business District, Wellington 6011 New Zealand
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#2 of 2 boutique hotels in Wellington
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Value
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 8:00pm to 8:00am Monday to Thursday and after 8:00pm Friday. Personal service and attention to detail is a priority . Coffee is a speciality. Free wiFi. Spoil yourself with a stay at Wellington's finest Boutique Hotel.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Baggage storage
Executive lounge access
Express check-in / check-out
Wifi
Coffee shop
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Wine / champagne
Meeting rooms
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Room service
Telephone
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Refrigerator
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Classic
Boutique
Languages Spoken
English

Location

2-8 Maginnity Street Central Business District, Wellington 6011 New Zealand
Getting there
Great for walkers
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Wellington Intl Airport
Kapiti Coast Airport
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KshamaYoga wrote a review Jul 2020
Spain24 contributions6 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The room was big, light and very warm. High ceilings and good quality furniture are a good match for thehistoric building and the lovely and in use old fashioned lift. The room is well supplied with wifi, iron and iron board, bath robes, towels, toilettries, a good blow-drier, coffe, chocolate and a nice tea selection, kettle and plunger.

The huge bathtube is beatiful and so comfortable! And the shower is also great, so you can choose!

It's a very comfortable space with lots of personality and charm. It's not a huge place and everything is well taken care of. The staff was also very helpful and nice

I was lucky to stay there. I found out that their website keeps a better price than accommodation websites, making their offer a very very good deal. I totally recommend it and I will definitely keep it in mind for another ocassion
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Tamara Staples, Guest Services / Front Office at Wellesley Boutique Hotel
Responded 2 Aug 2020
Dear Guest, Many thanks for taking the time to place your feedback and leave such a positive review. We very much appreciate it. We are delighted to read you enjoyed all aspects of your stay with us, especially the ambiance and charm of our 'old girl'!! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warm regards, Tamara
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Hobdar wrote a review Jun 2020
Wellington, New Zealand1 contribution1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The historic building was nice, and the lift was a good step back into the history of New Zealand.

The room itself was underwhelming, and the pictures are way better than reality. The bathroom was large, and bedroom ok, but the furniture was terrible (old but not in a good way), the shower to get hot water was a little confusing, and the 'mini-bar' was a couple of pringles, and a packet of peanuts.

There was no breakfast available in the morning which we did not know until we came down the next day, and over all service was a but MEH, nothing to write home about - the cost was cheaper than other options and overall was a little disappointed with my expectations not being met. It was nice and central, easy to get to a bunch of restaurants down Featherstone street. Room was a little noisy and had shutters instead of curtains, and a little room noise from others on the floor.
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Date of stay: June 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Sightsee28660829227, Front Office Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel
Responded 23 Jun 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to place your feedback. We are disappointed to read your stay did not meet your expectations. While we appreciate not having the cafe open for breakfast was not suitable for your stay, we have many options available close by for you to explore and enjoy. We take all comments on board and will use yours to continue to improve our guest's experience while staying with us. Warm regards, Tamara
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Superpear wrote a review Sept 2020
New Plymouth, New Zealand1,310 contribution344 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Having looked at the website and previous reviews, I was looking forward to my 3 night stay, but ended up being sadly dissapointed. The room was large on the top floor with a very spacious bathroom. There are lots of period touches and decor, but it is certainly not old fashioned luxury. Over time I would say it was borderline shabby with an old style musty feel and smell.

The lift is something out of the history archives, but it is fun once you have mastered the door and temperomental buttons.

But the biggest issue was with the room. It was dirty with lots of hair in plug holes (not just one or two hairs), dust bunnies, sticky surfaces, you can see where vacuuming stops and dirt begins). Despite the room being large, there are no drawers or shelves to put your clothes on. There is some hanging space, but you otherwise have to live out of your suitcase.

Weirdest of all was the bathroom. The environmental policy said to put towels on the rail if you want to reuse them. But there are no rails, rings or anywhere to hang towels to dry. So everyday we got fresh towels despite our best efforts to hand them on doors, etc. and contrary to their policy. There were other weird things like two shower heads but only one can be turned on and off, tiny tea cups (something that really bugs me), noisy lift, poor room lighting, and other 'unusual' details

The hotel may be well situated (but all Wellington hotels are well situated), but the place just shuts down at 6pm. You have to go elsewhere for food and drink. Even reception closes at 6pm. Weird!!

So would I return - definitely not.
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Date of stay: September 2020
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Tamara Staples, Guest Services / Front Office at Wellesley Boutique Hotel
Responded 29 Sept 2020
Dear Guest, Thanks for taking the time to place your feedback. It is always disappointing when a guest has experienced a stay they feel is below expectation. You are correct in stating the hours of the reception are unusual with the 6.00pm-close. Please understand that we have been severely affected by the Coivd-19 lockdowns and we are trying our best to keep our team employed and the hotel running while looking after our guests. Therefore shorter hours in some departments. We do encourage visits to other hospitality venues in Wellington as we are all needing the clientele. There are wonderful places to eat very close by I will be sure to pass along your comments to the housekeeping team for review and ensure the rooms are fully serviced. We will take on board your comments to look for better hanging options in the bathroom as well. Thanks for staying with us. Warm regards, Tamara
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Nick wrote a review Feb 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We always love staying in the Wellesley. The rooms have always been impeccably dressed with every little, amazing detail taken care of (including the little triangle fold on the toilet paper roll!). The old world feel with the modern comfort of AC/heat pump has pretty much cemented the hotel as our favorite place to say in Wellington. Affordable luxury.
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Date of stay: February 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Tamara Staples, Guest Services / Front Office at Wellesley Boutique Hotel
Responded 2 Mar 2021
Dear Guest, Thanks for staying with us. We appreciate you taking the time to place your review, and we're very happy to see you enjoyed your time at the Wellelsley. Kind regards, Tamara
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SBEH12 wrote a review Aug 2020
Wellington, New Zealand30 contributions14 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The Wellesley Club is like stepping back in time
its a combination of Faulty Towers and Old English Club.

Good value for money in a central location it is a step up from a basic hotel but without the frills of the bigger chains and while the downstairs cafe is closed on the weekends there are plenty of cafe options locally.

The rooms and bathrooms are a good size with comfortable beds and a quiet location - we would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Tamara Staples, Guest Services / Front Office at Wellesley Boutique Hotel
Responded 17 Aug 2020
Dear Guest, We are very happy to read you enjoyed your stay with us. We appreciate your feedback and rating. We are trying to get guests to spread the love in these challenging times, to visit other hospitality venues in the area for dining. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warm regards, Tamara
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Kathryn R wrote a review Dec 2020
Wellington, New Zealand28 contributions9 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Don’t eat there! A group of 21 of us went for a set Xmas lunch with a main and dessert with three options for both courses at a set price of $50. My main which supposedly was turkey, couscous, beetroot, jus and a sauce. What happened to the sauce and jus was anybody’s guess - the beetroot was a dried-up smear and the turkey was very dry. The waitress said she would get us some gravy which arrived when most of us had finished our partial meals. We tasted the “gravy” which was a very pale beige colour and was a new taste experience; certainly not gravy as we knew it! The dessert (soused cherries, lemon curd and rainbow cake) was awful, both in taste and presentation. Another main, the lamb, was mostly fat and the cheesecake dessert was partially frozen with a base that needed a sledgehammer to break it. Most of us complained and were given a complimentary tea or coffee with a promise of an explanatory email - which arrived and basically ignored our complaints and blamed our group for being troublemakers. Can honestly say the worst meal I have ever had in a restaurant. Had to give a rating of one but would like to make it a minus!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Baliliz_12 wrote a review May 2021
Tauranga, New Zealand37 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Overnight stay. Arrived late in evening & able to park gratis outside front door for the night. Doormen present so easy access to pick up room key & we chose to walk up the grand staircase to our welcoming (classic) room. Maintains the 1920’s era, wonderful tall ceilings, must be 5m or more & all the other trappings for the weary traveller - snack basket, mini bar & hot drinks. Left early morning for ferry, only 5mins drive away. Perfect city location, with reasonable prices, close to train station, harbour & eateries. Happy to stay again & recommend to friends.
Only one suggestion - a firmer bed for undisturbed sleep.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Stephen Edwards, General Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel
Responded 8 Jul 2021
Thank you for taking time out to share your experience on this social platform. All of us are delighted that we could ensure a comfortable stay during your visit. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the Wellesley Boutique Hotel in the near future hopefully. Warm regards, The Wellesley Boutique Hotel
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Oliver wrote a review Jun 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the Jefferies suite which was just great. The bed was comfortable and we had a massive double shower with two individual basins which was a nice touch.
The night manager Tamie was always very helpful with any requests and the German receptionist (forgotten her name unfortunately). The hotel was only a short distance 10-15 mins from the main popular streets. We would definitely recommend this hotel to others.
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Jefferies Suite is for newly wed couples and is the best room in the hotel according to the staff.
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Response from Stephen Edwards, General Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel
Responded 8 Jul 2021
Thank you so much for your kind words! We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us. We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. Hopefully, we can welcome you again soon in the near future. Warm regards, The Wellesley Boutique Hotel
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Barbara N wrote a review Mar 2020
Gold Coast, Australia39 contributions7 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We were so happy to have booked this place knowing it had an old- fashioned atmosphere. It did not disappoint. Lofty ceilings, carpet on the wide staircase, marble, huge dining room, working lift that belongs 100 years ago, huge windows and curtains and a very good used bathroom that is not antiquated at all. The staff were a dynamic group of young people who attended to our needs very well.
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Date of stay: March 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Sightsee28660829227, Guest Relations Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel
Responded 7 Jun 2020
Dear Guest, We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. Thanks for your review and the great feedback, especially about the team. I will be sure to pass it along. Warm regards, Tamara
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20Jane03 wrote a review Jul 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand10 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I love the old-world-charm of the Wellesley. It has character when hotels rooms tend to be all alike apart form the stationery. The rooms are large, the bathrooms are large, it is central, quietly comfortable.
No night desk so it pays to be organised re checking in, but the night manager did come when I buzzed so not a major problem. And more limited room service for food but not a major problem.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Check out the photos on line - all rooms are detailed.
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Response from Tamara Staples, Guest Services / Front Office at Wellesley Boutique Hotel
Responded 21 Jul 2020
Dear Jane, Thank you for staying with us and for your kind review. We also love the charm of our old building, and the huge bathrooms are so luxurious. We are very happy that our night manager was quickly able to assist you after hours. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warm regards, Tamara
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Answer from Stephen E
2 contributions1 helpful vote
HI There, sorry for the delay in replying I did not see the question until now. For check outs outside of the reception hours just leave your keys at the reception desk and the receptionist will process your check out when she arrives to work.
Answer from Stephen E
2 contributions1 helpful vote
HI Heikki, Sorry for the delay in replying. Yes we have a key safe that you can access any time of the day
Go36539423363 wrote a tip Mar 2024
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The restaurant was a coffee shop & what looked like the back room of the reception area a sandwich bar which was confusing & shut at 2:30pm?"
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CasaCorbara007 wrote a tip Feb 2024
Val d'Isère, France2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Wellington is easy to get to know by foot but the bus, train and ferry services are great and good value if you buy a Snapper Card locally. "
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Manu C wrote a tip Sept 2023
17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Car-parking wardens patrol until 8pm 7 days! The car parking building next-door is $25 for 24hrs."
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Pioneer702198 wrote a tip Jul 2023
Napier, New Zealand10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I didn’t have a car to worry about."
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Halcione wrote a tip Jun 2023
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bowden Room 406 is exceptionally quiet and peaceful"
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PRICE RANGE
$175 - $216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
13
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wellesley Boutique Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Wellesley Boutique Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Escape Mate (0.2 km), Tarot Zamm - Tarot Reader (0.2 km), and New Zealand Parliament (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Wellesley Boutique Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and room service.
Which room amenities are available at Wellesley Boutique Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Wellesley Boutique Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a lounge and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Wellesley Boutique Hotel?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Wellesley Boutique Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Thistle Inn, Shed 5 Bar & Restaurant, and Charley Noble Eatery & Bar.
Is Wellesley Boutique Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Wellington.
Are any cleaning services offered at Wellesley Boutique Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Wellesley Boutique Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Wellesley Boutique Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Old St Paul's (0.6 km), Wellington Cable Car (0.4 km), and Government House (2.8 km).
Is Wellesley Boutique Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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