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The accommodations in Wellington are diverse, ranging from clever boutique hotels to luxury chain properties and quaint bed-and-breakfasts. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the best places to stay in Wellington:
1. Ohtel. A unique property that combines modern comforts with personal service, the Ohtel is a 10-room boutique hotel with a vintage vibe. Each room is different, some of have free-standing tubs and views of Waitangi Park; each is outfitted with tea cups and stemware and sprits, giving Ohtel a homey feel. It’s conveniently located near Te Papa, Oriental Bay Beach and other attractions.
2. Wellesley Boutique Hotel. Named after the Duke of Wellington, the Wellesley occupies a circa-1929 building that’s an acclaimed example of neo-Georgian architecture. Old world touches like a spiral staircase, a roaring central fireplace and claw-foot tubs are paired with modern conveniences like DVD players and complimentary WiFi.
3. InterContinental Wellington. Business travels populate this five-star hotel right downtown on Grey Street. The InterContinental has a fitness centre with personal trainers, and a fully staffed business center with private limo and courier services. The rooms have a sleek, modern decor.
4. Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay. A boutique hotel with fantastic views of both the harbor and city, the Copthorne and just a few minutes from Te Papa and the activity on Courtenay Place. Rooms done in earth and ocean tones feature balconies or terraces. The One80º restaurant on the seventh floor offers panoramic views and modern cuisine made with local ingredients.
5. Bolton Hotel. The Bolton is a luxury boutique hotel, with suites that include a kitchen, a separate dining area, and laundry facilities. Located on the popular shopping street Lambton Quay, it's also near the botanic gardens, Parliament and the city's bus and train hub.