Where are the best places to stay in Wellington?

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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.

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Would Madam like a side of modern art with her accommodation? Then she should get herself to Wellington's Museum Hotel. This privately-owned cocoon of luxury opposite Te Papa, New Zealand's national museum, was named one of the world's 10 best art hotels. Featuring an every-changing collection of works by celebrated Kiwi artists such as John Pule, Karl Maughan and Gregor Kregar, the Museum Hotel is an oasis of calm and beauty in the central city.

Most of the art is clustered in the foyer and Hippopotamus, the oddly-named third-floor restaurant where French import Laurent Loudeac waves his magical culinary wand over the freshest local ingredients. Disclaimer: I once had the great good fortune to spend six weeks in the self-catering wing of this hotel, thanks to my husband's job, and I was often so distracted by the stunning art I would forget to push the right button for the elevator!

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