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TravelPod Member ReviewsNovotel Wellington
Wish we could've stayed longer but the earthquake kind of screwed that up!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Novotel Wellington
We stayed in a twin room for one night on the 7th floor. On arrival we were met out the front by concierge who assisted us remove everything from the trunk of the car and took the keys. There's not really anywhere to park out the front so you have to be lucky to find a temporary spot. If you are driving, park out the front and hopefully a staff member will come out to assist before parking wardens move you on. This is the only draw back. The front desk staff could not have been more helpful and are all genuinely friendly people. We were highly impressed with the service - they do have it together for sure. One of the staff even booked us a table at a restaurant and gave us maps so we could navigate. Room service is good quality and well priced. I would tend to recommend this to business travellers as the rooms are a little clinical for a romantic stay. Having said this, the hotel is in a good location and as far as we were concerned the staff really made up for anything negative.
Not so great
We stayed here for ten days over the New Year period. The hotel was modern and well presented and the reception staff were friendly and helpful. The food was however, pretty poor, we only ate in the restaurant twice.
Our room was a typical modern hotel room. The cleaning left a lot to be desired during our stay, and strangely, we kept getting other people's comment cards left on our bed. We got the impression that staffing was very light over the holiday period.
A Brilliant Hotel!
My friend and I stayed at this hotel for two nights and loved it! It is in a brilliant location where you can easily walk to all the main attractions, has internet access - you can purchase an internet card at reception and the rooms themselves were lovely with brilliant views of the city!
We were a bit confused when we arrived as to where we had to park our car, but after driving round about three times we found you had to park your car outside and it was parked for you in an underground carpark! This service is really good, but you do have to sometimes wait for your car - however this really wasnt a problem as you dont need to drive around wellington - it is small enough to walk around.
I would definately stay here again and would highly recommend it.
I loved the Novotel!
I normally stay at Sheraton hotels and this place was great! I originally checked into the Copthorne for my three day stay. As soon as I went to the room I wanted to check out. I looked up your reviews and saw the Novotel. Luckily I was just around the corner from the Novotel. The staff was great and the room very clean and very new with a view of the harbor. Location is superb as the lift opens out to Lambdon Quay, which offers buses, shopping and more.
Hotel was in the middle of town with a lift that takes you down to the main shopping area, although this closed at 6 pm and you had to go to another hotel along the road to use theirs if you wanted to go out to town to eat in the evenings. We stayed there for 2 nights on the beginning of our trip and again 1 night on the way back from the South Island.
The rooms were clean and adequate. The view was awful, but only to be expected in the middle of town overlooking the motorway! People on reception were very helpful and friendly. The valet parking was free and we had no trouble getting our car immediately which is useful when you have to catch the ferry early in the morning.
The food however was completely uninspiring. We stayed for dinner the first evening and wished we hadn't, we were just too tired to go out. There are plenty of amazing places to eat in Wellington so I suggest trying one of them. Evening meal and breakfast both pretty awful, we only ate there when we had to because of time restrictions.
Good Location and comfortable room
Stayed here for 3 nights in November. Great helpful staff, wonderful location for shopping and sightseeing (and getting on and off the motorway). Parking not so great.
Quiet and comfortable
The best of six hotels I've stayed in in Australia/New Zealand on my recent travels.
Room smaller than expected but spacious enough, nicely appointed and bright. The beds were very comfortable, and the best feature of all was how quiet the room was. This Novotel has fitted a sqaure of plastic on the door handles, which effectively dampens the noise of the doors closing and means you won't get woken up so readily by others returning late at night or leaving early in the morning.
Friendly service at reception, and the place has a "small", personable feel to itm rather than the anonymous impression given off by so many big hotels.
My only gripe was that when I requested room service, I was told I would face a one hour wait. I went out instead. Also the lift to Lambton Quay does not operate in the evening so you have to walk through a neighbouring hotel or car park instead.
A reasonably safe bet.
Spent 2 nights here Oct. 05. Hotel rooms adequate, but uninspiring. No balcony or windows to open and we found the air conditioning very 'stuffy'.
Food was also uninspiring. Breakfast the usual no-taste buffet affair, and we tried eating dinner there one night but didn't enjoy it at all.
OK as far as location goes, but we probably wouldn't stay there again. Front desk staff were friendly and reasonable helpful in helping to chase my missing luggage from Qantas.
Novotel Capital Wellington good value
Stayed here for a few days in January/February 2005. Room is pretty standard but comfortable. Excellent breakfast buffet was included in our room price. The elevators take you down to the main shopping street which is much easier than walking down and up those steps! Walking distance to most everything you want to see and do (Te Papa, Cuba St.).
Great location. Very clean, service is excellent! Easy walk to downtown. Concierge recommended Hell's Pizza in the bar Syn. The best pizza I have ever had!!!
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From Christchurch, it was a couple hours drive to Picton on the north coast of the South Island. We had to take a 3.5hr ferry ride across the Cook Strait between the South and North islands to Wellington, which is the capital city of New Zealand. It's a beautiful port city set into the hills of the harbour. As a capital city, it has some beautiful …
Today was pretty rainy and windy...luckily we've been really lucky with the weather so far. After checking out of our motel, we took a drive along the meandering coast. Back to Picton and back to Le Cafe, our supper spot, for a coffee and muffin.
Then we joined the queue for the Interislander Ferry. After boarding we explored a bit, but …
This morning got off to a good start with lots of lovely bon voyage text messages and phone calls (thanks everyone!) and Wellington put on the type of weather that is loathsome when you are stuck inside at work. I shared the trip to the airport with an American couple who had been visiting family for the weekend. The conversation started with our respective destinations, moved onto GirlGuiding (of course) and ...
... s heead was remarkably small, compared to the others, but they assured me that it was to scale.
At the end, a lady was working on creating artificial scaled trees for an upcoming movie. The process resembled the one for the big tree on top of bag end. She had an iron frame, to which real wood was mounted and painted. Smaller limbs were created using another kind of metal wire and the whole thing then smoothed ...
... we even spot a former NZ prime minister while up there! We wander the botanical gardens briefly, following a route past the observatories, taking in the city below us, then take the cable car back down again. We continue along Lambton Quay and head over towards Te Papa, an arts area near ocean south of the harbour. We ‘admire’ the weird stuff we saw on our last visit to the city, then cross a bridge decorated with Maori art that wasn’t there previously. ...