Best NEW Hotel in Australasia! A review of Rydges Wellington
Scrap any American notion of the Holiday Inn when visiting the capital city of New Zealand! Having just opened on 24 Jan, I wasn't sure what to expect for a 2 night stay on 29 & 30 Jan. I was sooo pleasantly surprised. Just blocks from Parliament, the hotel has the atmosphere of the coolest, hippest place in this small city! Ate dinner one night at the restaurant called Plate and experienced delicious haute cuisine without intimidation and very reasonable prices. (Plus the exchange rate from US dollars to NZ dollars is pretty good)
Of course there were a few kinks as one might encounter just about anywhere, but the staff were incredibly kind and service-oriented alleviating any concerns. The bed was fantastically comfortable and the chain curtains in the lobby are one of the interior design highlights. Next time I travel here, this will be the hotel to stay.