Rydges Wellington
Rydges Wellington

10 Best Hotels in Wellington

© Rydges Wellington

Where to Stay in Wellington

It’s not every day that you get to stay in a stylish hotel in New Zealand. Once you arrive at a city like Wellington, it’s time to treat yourself to one of the luxury accommodations or elegant-yet-budget-friendly hotels. All of the capital’s hotels on this list have superb locations in and around the city centre, offer essentials like free WiFi, and offer that famous Kiwi hospitality. Check out some of our favourites in this list of best hotels in Wellington.

While you’re here, check out the 20 Incredible Things to Do in Wellington and The Complete Guide to Wellington.

1. QT Wellington

For uniqueness and style points, QT Wellington is a hotel well worth treating yourself to while staying in Wellington’s CBD. The design-driven hotel boasts a captivation collection of art to admire, as well as sublime restaurants and cocktail bar. While all your room options at QT Wellington are rather lavish, 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.

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QT Wellington© QT Wellington

2. Rydges Wellington

It’s not too hard to get a good deal at Rydges Wellington, especially if travelling with little ones who stay in the existing bedding for free. The 4.5-star Rydges Hotel in the city centre offers a range of sleek and comfortable rooms where it’s worth upgrading to a Deluxe Room for a private balcony or idyllic harbour views. These rooms also include amenities, such as an iPod docking station, coffee plunger and Sky Movies. Every room has a convenient kitchenette, while fine dining is only an elevator ride away at the Portlander. See more hotels like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Wellington.

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Rydges Wellington© Rydges Wellington

3. Distinction Wellington, Century City Hotel

Stylish, contemporary and a home away from home 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. All in all, you’ll wish you lived here. There are apartments to suit solo travellers to large groups, while the private kitchen facilities in each suite are some of the best in a city hotel. What’s most, Century City Hotel is conveniently located right in the city centre. See more like this in 10 Best Accommodation in Wellington for Foodies.

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

4. Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

For an alternative location, choose the Copthorne Hotel in the beachside suburb of Oriental Bay. The luxury hotel is far from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, yet only a 10-minute walk away. While there are rooms to suit most travellers, consider the Deluxe Harbourview Room with floor-to-ceiling windows capturing the harbour views or 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 to watch the light 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

5. C Hotel

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 yet still provides access to luxurious facilities such as the indoor heated pool, spa pool, restaurant, cafe and bar. The C hotel has 114 rooms made up of king split and twin rooms, as well as junior suites with kitchen facilities. Each includes at least an ensuite shower, TV, WiFi and tea/coffee-making facilities.

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C Hotel Wellington© C Hotel Wellington

6. Willis Wellington Hotel

Stay in simple yet utterly affordable hotel accommodation in Wellington’s Cuba Quarter just a few minutes walk from the centre. Willis Wellington Hotel is a three-star hotel with clean and comfortable rooms and all your expected hotel amenities. Although the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, it’s the location has you in the middle of some of the city’s top restaurants.

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Willis Wellington Hotel© Willis Wellington Hotel

7. Grand Mercure Hotel

Stay at the Cuba Quarter’s luxurious Grand Mercure Wellington. The 4.5-star hotel is adorned in fabulous art and offers delightful cuisine at their Forage Kitchen + Bar. During your stay, your room will have premium amenities, such as an espresso machine and Bose sound system, as well as a pillow menu. Guests also have access to an indoor heated pool, gym, sauna and city running maps to keep your wellness in check. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Wellington.

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Grand Mercure Wellington© Grand-Mercure-Wellington

8. Novotel Wellington

It’s all too easy at Novotel Wellington, located in the heart of the capital on Lambton Quay. The rooms of this 4.5-star hotel bask in natural light and offer sensational views of the city. Enjoy modern and simplistically stylish rooms with options including Superior Rooms with either a king bed, twin doubles or a city view. The Executive Room is the creme-de-la-creme of the hotel with an espresso machine, iPod docking station, mineral water stations and more. Plus, get fuelled for your city exploration or meetings at the Caucus Restaurant serving buffet breakfast, all-day dining and an a la carte dinner.

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Novotel Wellington© Novotel Wellington

9. CityLife Wellington

Home-away-from-home meets luxury when you stay at CityLife Wellington by Heritage Hotels. The five-star studios and suites are complete with kitchenettes and enough room to lounge in comfort. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t try the ultra-modern The Living Room restaurant at least once during your stay, which serves complimentary chips and dips in the early evening. Alternatively, explore the eateries of the city which are on your doorstep. Other amenities include a gym, free WiFi, airport transfers and a car park.

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CityLife Wellington© CityLife Wellington

10. Bolton Hotel

Last, but by no means the least, the Bolton Hotel is perfect to celebrate a special occasion. The hotel boasts the largest city centre room sizes, from the “Sleep & Go Studio” to the grand Bolton, Presidential or Residence Suites. Whatever abode you decide to stay, you’ll have access to your own kitchen facilities, as well as fine dining at the Artisan restaurant and casual dining at the Lobby Cafe & Bar. The hotel also has a fitness room and indoor lap pool.

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Bolton Hotel© Bolton Hotel


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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