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Emma H

A beautiful building with lovely staff

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 Oct 2023
What an absolutely delightful experience. I definitely hope to stay there again when I'm next in the capital, preferably next time with my husband. It was such a treat to use a vintage elevator, and the room was extremely comfortable and attractive. But the best thing about the Wellesley? The staff! They were, without exception, friendly, chatty, and welcoming.
Date of stay: October 2023
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 October 2023

If you want a different stay than the sterile big box hotel chains this is the place! It has that old world charm and style that makes you feel welcomed and at home with a touch of style and class.
From the awesome helpful welcome at reception to getting in the old style lift, to finding a quiet room full of charm was great.
Plus the added bonus of being upgraded really made my stay!
This will definitely be the place I book next time back in Wellington.

Date of stay: September 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 September 2023

The 1920/30s architecture and original interiors are awesome. So great that the building has been preserved as well as it has been (has it been earthquake strengthened yet? I think the deadline is 2025?). The room was clean and well appointed (great minibar), good working desk, lighting, tea table, bathroom, etc. The TV channel options were disappointing but the wifi quality was very good. The whole place has a quaint feeling given the history and grander of the place and colourful people who stayed there. A few nice places to eat close by but it's the quiet end of town, so not the greatest selection (La Saigon is really good). The staff were friendly and helpful. It's a hidden gem that deserves a higher profile and I'd be interested in investing in it if the opportunity ever came up. Double/triple glazed windows would be the first thing I spent money on.

Room tip: Car-parking wardens patrol until 8pm 7 days! The car parking building next-door is $25 for 24hrs.
Date of stay: September 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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Stephen Edwards, General Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2023

Hello Mr. Caddie, Thank you for taking the time to review our Heritage Status Hotel. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Yes we find most people prefer to watch their own streaming services. Thank you for the Saigon review, I will pass that on.

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Reviewed 18 September 2023

A fantastic great value, excellent Hotel in the heart of Wellington, I stay in Hotels all over the world and was impressed.
Being right in the heart of Wellington you have no end of dinning options for dinner and breakfast.
The rooms and bathrooms are a lot bigger than standard.

Date of stay: August 2023
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Stephen Edwards, General Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2023

Thank you Regan for your glowing review. Wonderful to hear we stack up against the world!

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Reviewed 20 July 2023 via mobile

This is not the first time we stayed at the hotel. We love the atmosphere and the character. Really nice hotel with great service and friendly and helpful staff. The rooms are always sparkling clean. The hotel has a great location, a fraction away from the noisy city center, which makes it really quiet with all the amenities in walking distance. Would definitely recommend this hotel. Thank you

Date of stay: July 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Stephen Edwards, General Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2023

Thank you so much for staying with us and for leaving such a lovely review! It is nice to be recognized and we loved to have you as returning guests.
Warmest regards,
The Wellesley Team

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Reviewed 15 July 2023 via mobile

I loved staying here. There is here, an old world charm and elegance reflecting a time past. It is very clean and comfortable. Nice to be able to walk out and straight into the middle of town. I haven’t tried the restaurant yet. I might come for a week some time.

Room tip: I didn’t have a car to worry about.
Date of stay: July 2023
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Stephen Edwards, General Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2023

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay so much. Thank you for this lovely review and for choosing to stay with us.
Warmest regards,
The Wellesley Team

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