Perched at the bottom of New Zealand's North Island, Wellington is fortunate to have miles of coastline. So it makes sense that you should stay at a hotel with a beautiful sea view, right?
One of the best is Ohtel, a boutique establishment on Oriental Parade that has only 10 rooms. So you'll never feel like you're just another nameless guest shoe-horned into an impersonal chain hotel.
Stroll across the road and you'll be on Wellington's main promenade where you'll join dog walkers, joggers and those out enjoying the beautiful walk and eating ice creams. Five minutes the other way and you'll be at Te Papa and Wellington's principal entertainment precinct with theatres, restaurants and clubs.
While modern urban boutique hotels aren't unique, the 'Mid-Century' furnishings that adorn the interior spaces of this hotel certainly are. From chairs to ceramics to tables to clocks, the owner and designer, Alan Blundell, has filled the rooms and lobby with treasures he has been collecting for more than two years. And he and his delightful staff will make you feel like one of the family, not a guest.