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Wellington is a very cool capital city, arty, pretty with its lacy hills and harbour, great food and coffee. Fortunately I had two very good guides to introduce me to breakfast in Cuba Street, the elemental delights of Te Papa (with it's earthquake simulator and real film of the Ruapehu eruption, plus Mauri culture and the wildlife of NZ) and …
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... in the square. It feels like there's always something going on there - today there were groups of people all dressed in the same colour running around. I guessed it must be the NZ equivalent of Freshers Week so I was tempted to join in what looked like a massive treasure hunt. I resisted, and instead went to Te Papa, the national museum of NZ. In here I found more groups of people dressed in the same colour randomly running round trying ...
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Modern, sleek and perfect
My husband and I stayed in a one bedroom suite for two nights and didn't want to leave. The location of this hotel to everything is fantastic. Central and quiet. The kitchenette in the room was great, it even had a dishwasher. Spacious bathroom. Very modern, sleek and comfortable with all the "mod cons" you could want. Free internet on the lobby computer, too. Great staff. Great internet rate. Wouldn't stay anywhere else.
Brilliant hotel, fab stay
After a long drive down from Auckland the Bolton was a welcome sight.
As all the previous reviewers have noted this is a fabulous hotel, far above anything else in town for roughly the same price. The rooms are spacious and the fittings of high quality. Particularly liked the fact the the shower was huge and the water pressure equal to ours at home. There's even a separate bath and finally a hotel that supplies a hair dryer that's not a travel sized one.
Having a separate dining/lounge made working from the hotel a pleasurable experience, plenty of room for both my husband and I to spread out.
He tells me that the pool and sauna are worth a visit and next time we are in Wellington I'll certainly make use of them.
The only downside to the hotel is that it is at the other end of town from the one place that seems to have life after 5pm - Courtney Place - but it's only a short cab ride or a 15-20 minute walk. As noted just rug up when you go out.
My 2nd stay at the hotel, this time for 3 nights fllowing my first visit in May. I received congratulations from all 5 colleagues (including a couple with a young child) to whom I had recommended the hotel and who had taken rooms at the same time.
1 block away from Parliament buildings. 5-10 minute walk from CBD shops and a 20 min walk from Te Papa museum. Has the highest Qualmark rating of any Wellington hotel.
Stylish, quiet and comfortable rooms with spacious bathrooms and very comfortable bed. Furnishings and accessories were very good quality. Studio suite had a washing machine discretely tucked away. Broadband internet access is very smooth ($25 NZD for 24 hours access).
The hotel restaurant, Bisque, has superb dinner although pricy. The hotel foyer also has a quality espresso bar. The staff offer discrete and pleasant service. The only slight disappointment was an average beakfast but this was still OK.
Overall, consistent and high quality.
The best customer service
The staff were very welcoming and took an interest in our well being throughout our stay. The restaurant Bisque offers only an average breakfast however dinner although pricey should not be missed. The monkfish was exquisite.
The gym is a bit small and could do with a rowing machine.
We will definitely stay again if in Wellington.
Loved the Bolton Hotel
Stayed at the Bolton Hotel for just one night but would have happily stayed a week or more! Our room on the 12th floor was spacious and comfortable with interesting city and park views. Our room had a well-equipped kitchen area complete with dishwasher and well-stocked minibar/refrigerator. Bathroom was spacious and well-appointed with a nice shower. Good supplies of coffee, tea and snacks were available in room. We made use of the hot-tub in the Fitness Centre which ensured a good nights sleep. Carparking was on-site at NZ$12 - our car got the spend the night in the 10 storey car-stacker! Breakfast options at the hotel were attractive but we opted to partake at one of the breakfast hangouts within easy walking distance on Lambton Quay (start of the the "Golden Mile" shopping precinct). Parliament Buildings including the Beehive literally 2 minutes away on foot as were historic park and cemetary which our kids found very interesting to visit. Morning newspaper and newsletter was a nice touch. Staff were courteous and efficient. What more could you want in a hotel package?!
What a great place to stay!
My (adult) kids and I stayed at the Bolton for two consecutive weekends recently, and were so pleased with the experience!
We had the two bedroom suite each time, which is really like a small apartment - one room with a king bed and a huge bathroom, the other bedroom with two comfy twin beds and another bath with a shower. The lounge area is fairly spacious, and the kitchenette is fully equipped for those wanting to self-cater (there's a fridge, stove, microwave, combo washer/dryer and all crockery/flatware is included). An ironing board and iron was available, and wonderful complimentary toiletries are stocked in each bath.
Each room includes huge fluffy robes and slippers. We also very much appreciated the daily paper on our "doorstep," and the daily "good morning" update from the hotel (a little note that came with the paper, which apprised us of the weather forecast, and any special goings-on in the city that day).
Wireless Internet is available, although it can be a bit costly. Onsite parking runs about NZ $13/day. The room's minibar is well-stocked and reasonably priced. The coffee bar in the lobby, Cafe Brioche, serves up tasty mochacchinos and yummy breakfast treats. As a previous reviewer noted, the Bolton is very close to the Parliament Building and the Beehive, but a bit further from other Wellington sites (Te Papa, Courtenay Place, Cuba Mall, etc). The walk to Te Papa, however, is only about 25 minutes - just make sure to bundle up, as the wind can be fierce!
What really makes this hotel shine, though, is the staff. They are absolutely outstanding! Time and again, they went well out of their way to see to our needs. Our concierge, Claire, even managed to scrape us up a rental car when the power went down in Auckland our first weekend there (and with it, our prearranged-by-Internet car rental, based in Auckland). She also arranged to have the rental agency pick the car up at the hotel the day we departed, so we didn't have to make two trips to the airport. And when she learned that the rental agency had taken the car before we had a chance to get all of our stuff out of it, called them and had them bring our items to the hotel for us before we left. Such great customer service, and performed so cheerfully!
My family will be returning to New Zealand next year for my daughter's wedding, and we will most definitely be staying at the Bolton when we do!
We stumbled upon the Bolton by accident. Thank goodness for serendipity. EVERYTHING about this hotel is FABULOUS: rooms, service, restaurant, location, value. The ambience is modern, sleek and tasteful. You'll like it even if your favorite style is Chippendale. Rooms are spacious apartments with every amenity provided including in-room washing machine with free laundry detergent. Restaurant has varied, interesting and creative menu for dinner and breakfast. Location is a few blocks from the Parliament buildings, a lovely waterfront stroll from the Te Pau Pau museaum and a quick walk to the tram that takes you up the hill to the Botanical Gardens. (Don't miss the Gardens- well marked path will take you right back to the Bolton!) There is an attached parking garage and easy access to the highway north or the ferry to the South Island. Repeat after me: "STAY HERE!".
What a find!
Great hotel in quiet part of town. Very modern decor but still comfortable.Perfect for 2/3 day stay in the city. Pool was fun - very small and rather cold but hot tub makes up for it!
A great choice
We enjoyed our two nights in the Bolton Hotel. The hotel is in central Wellington, on the fringe of the business district and only 5 mintutes walk from the waterfront and 2 minutes from the main shopping area. Our 'room' was actually an apartment, with separate living / kitchen and bedroom and spacious bathroom - plenty of space to spread out. As we were on the 13th floor we had good views over the neighbouring park and hills surrounding the city. There's no ocean views, which could be a bit of a disadvantage to some travellers.
Rooms were well appointed and the kitchen was fully equipped. Plenty of towels,decent size bathtub, a full length mirror, ironing board & iron, comfortable beds and even a throw rug for comfort. The airconditioning was quiet & worked well.
We found the staff at reception and breakfast very friendly and helpful. Breakfasts were good; although choices were a little limited the quality was good. My request for Vegemite (an Australian / New Zealand delicacy) was easily met.
The hotel is new (opened early 2005) and decorated in fashionable neutrals. Parking is available on site, although on weekends it is easy to park on the street. It is obviously targeted at the business market, but I would recommend it to holiday makers who like comfort and space.
The "spacious" Bolton
My 3 night stay at the Bolton was a delight. On arrival about midnight
(local time) and feeling very weary, the reception clerk made me feel very welcome. I was surprised at the size of the room, it was a suite....very
tastefully furnished and very comfortable. It's a totally self-contained unit,
with the kitchen furnished with modern appliances, including a dishwasher
and washing machine/dryer. The bathroom was large and the relaxing bath at the end of the day was something to look forward to. Moreover, the little touches such as the complimentary cookies daily made me feel
that this hotel has to be the top of my list if ever I return to Wellington.
The Bolton is also great value for money and close to the business end of
town and only a 10 minute easy walk to the retail sector.