© Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges

10 Best Accommodation in Wellington for Foodies

© Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges

Hotels in Wellington with Amazing Restaurants, in the Heart of Dining Precincts, and/or with Self-catering Facilities

That’s quite the criteria, but we know how foodies all have unique tastes. Wellington has accommodation to suit any type of foodie, whether you’re seeking unforgettable restaurants, convenient locations by the city’s top eateries, or want to spruce up some of your own creations. Wellington certainly won’t disappoint as a creative capital has innovative menus, strong coffee culture and bustling produce markets. Check out some of our favourite places to stay on this list of the best accommodation in Wellington for Foodies.

While you’re here, check out 5 Cool Cafes With the Best Coffee in Wellington and The Foodie Guide to Wellington.

1. James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Stay super central when you book a room at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor located on The Terrace. The Cable Car, Parliament and shopping/dining precincts are a few steps away to enjoy. As for rooms, there’s an array of choice from the budget-friendly Lambton Room to the luxurious Club King Room. The latter is a no-brainer for foodies with the stay including a welcome snack plate and an espresso machine. What we love about the on-site restaurant is that it has something for everyone: buffet and a la carte dining all day, as well as an unmissable high tea.

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© James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

2. Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

In the alternative setting of Oriental Bay, home to a beautiful beach and only a 10-minute walk from the city centre, the Copthorne Hotel is an excellent choice for foodies. Consider the Deluxe Harbourview Room with floor-to-ceiling windows capturing the harbour views or indulge in the Junior Suite with your own spacious living and dining area perfect for entertaining. Sip wine from your private balcony or head to the hotel’s One80 Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge – the perfect place to watch the transition from sunset to sparkling city lights. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Wellington.

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Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay© Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

3. Trinity Hotel

Offering city centre hotel accommodation for the more budget-conscious foodie, Trinity Hotel has rooms for solo travellers, couples and families. The hotel has all the usual facilities, including a bar and restaurant popular with guests and locals alike. The Arborist Restaurant has a restaurant on the ground floor and a bar on the rooftop giving you contrasting experiences for all the senses. Try their innovative dishes using herbs, fruits and flower notes inspired by nature, or sample health drinks and punchy cocktails at the bar.

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Trinity Hotel© Trinity Hotel

4. InterContinental Wellington

For the foodie who settles for nothing less than absolute luxury, the InterContinental Wellington is a fabulous choice. The five-star hotel located adjacent to the Wellington Waterfront and city centre offers a vast array of rooms split into three categories: Classic Rooms with city views with twin or king beds, Executive Rooms with harbour views and spa bath, and Suites with a lounge panoramic views of the city. But the proof of the luxury can be told alone at the exquisite on-site bar and restaurant. The Cameleon Restaurant specialises in local cuisine, while The Lobby Lounge offers a casual atmosphere and light meals. See more hotels like this in 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Wellington.

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InterContinental Wellington© InterContinental Wellington

5. C Hotel Wellington

For foodies looking for that Wellington hotel experience at a more affordable price, the C Hotel is a marvellous option. Part of the CQ Hotel, the C Hotel is the three-star wing of the hotel yet still provides access to luxurious facilities such as the indoor heated pool, spa pool and, of course, the restaurant, cafe and bar. The CQ Cafe makes up part of the scene of Cuba Street, while the CQ Restaurant is innovative in its dishes and service, offering sign-language menus. For a tipple, check out the CQ Bar offering a diverse collection of craft beer, cocktails and international and local wines.

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C Hotel Wellington© C Hotel Wellington

6. Grand Mercure Wellington

Stay at the Cuba Quarter in the luxurious Grand Mercure Wellington. The 4.5-star hotel is awash in fabulous art and offers delightful cuisine at their Forage Kitchen + Bar. During your stay, your room will have amenities, such as an espresso machine and Bose sound system, and the in-room dining menu will not be your only menu as you choose an irresistibly comfortable pillow from the pillow menu. As for the wining and dining, the hotel has a real goodie in the form of the Forage Kitchen + Bar where you can watch the culinary team work their magic in the open kitchen.

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Grand Mercure Wellington© Grand Mercure Wellington

7. Willis Wellington Hotel

Stay in simple yet utterly affordable hotel accommodation in Wellington’s Cuba Quarter just a few minutes walk from the city centre. Willis Wellington Hotel is a three-star hotel with clean and comfortable rooms and all your basic hotel amenities. Although the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, its location earns its place on this list of accommodation in Wellington for foodies. Some of the city’s top restaurants are right on your doorstep, making it easy to try something new each night.

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Willis Wellington Hotel© Willis Wellington Hotel

8. The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges

A 3.5-star hotel that offers five-star cuisine, The Thorndon Hotel is well worth considering. The hotel provides a slightly more affordable stay with high-quality furnishings and all the necessities like free WiFi. Guests get free use of the nearby City Fitness Gym, which will help work off the meals from the on-site restaurant, the Glasshouse Restaurant & Bar. The restaurant specialises in best-of-the-season steaks, fresh seafood and traditional desserts. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Wellington City.

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Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges© Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges

9. QT Wellington

Looking for a hotel with a whole lot of character? Check out QT Wellington. The design-driven hotel boasts a captivating collection of art to admire, whether it’s while indulging in five-star cuisine at the Hippopotamus Restaurant or on the walls of your guest room. Speaking of which, the QT Gallery Harbourview Room is a real treat featuring custom-made wallpaper, a Bose sound system, espresso machine and a private terrace patio with harbour views. But more about the restaurants. Hippopotamus is a French-inspired restaurant and cocktail bar with a mix of comfort food and fine dining dishes. Hot Sauce is famous for its flavoursome Asian dishes and cool cocktails. Finally, the Lobby Lounge is always a winner for breakfast and lunch.

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QT Wellington© QT Wellington

10. Distinction Wellington, Century City Hotel

Stylish, contemporary and everything you need to spruce up your meals awaits at the Century City Hotel. The 89 rooms are made up of studios, apartments and luxurious penthouses with home comforts like a kitchen, laundry machines, leather lounge suites, balconies and free WiFi. There are apartments to suit groups of all sizes, while the kitchen facilities are some of the best in the city. What’s more, the Century City Hotel is conveniently located right in the city centre.

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Distinction Wellington, Century City Hotel© Distinction Wellington, Century City Hotel

More About Wellington for Foodies

Now that you know the best accommodations in Wellington for foodies, see which ones made it onto The 50 Best Accommodations in Wellington.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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