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10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Wellington

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Luxury Hotels in Wellington

In New Zealand’s “Cool Little Capital” that draws in foodies, artists and urbanites from all over the world, the experience is not complete until you indulge in one of Wellington’s luxury hotels. Some of the world’s most prestigious hotels have an address here, offering rooms with ultra-modern amenities to stunning works of art. Let us guide you through some of our favourite hotels across the city with this list of best luxury accommodation in Wellington.

While you’re here, don’t miss The Luxury Guide to Wellington and 12 Free Art Galleries & Museums in Wellington.

1. InterContinental Wellington

Settle for nothing less than absolute luxury when you stay at the InterContinental Wellington. The five-star hotel located adjacent to the Wellington Waterfront and city centre offers a vast array of services, including babysitting, nannying, shoe shining, private limousines and much more. As for rooms, choose from three types: Classic Rooms with city views with twin or king beds, Executive Rooms with harbour views and spa bath, and Suites with a lounge and panoramic views of the city. The hotel has a fantastic fine dining restaurant and a more casual eatery at the Lobby Lounge.

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InterContinental Wellington© InterContinental Wellington

2. Rydges Wellington

Choose a luxurious Deluxe room at the 4.5-star city centre Rydges Hotel Wellington. Deluxe rooms either have a private balcony or idyllic harbour views and come with all the luxurious amenities, such as an iPod docking station, coffee plunger, Sky Movies and even kitchenettes. For something super special, set your sights on the Executive King Suite with a spacious lounge and dining area with unbeatable views. Of course, fine dining is only an elevator ride away with the on-site restaurant, Portlander, being the “thriving hub of steak, whisky, wine and ambience”. The hotel is also suitable for families too – find out more in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Wellington.

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Rydges Wellington© Rydges Wellington

3. QT Wellington

Step into one of the most characterful city centre hotels of New Zealand’s capital at the QT Wellington. The design-driven hotel boasts an avid collection of art to admire from the classic armchairs of the Hippopotamus Restaurant to the walls of your guest room. Speaking of which, the QT Gallery Harbourview Room is a real treat for luxury travellers featuring custom-made wallpaper, a Bose sound system, espresso machine and a private terrace patio with harbour views. All guests have access to the hotel’s spa, sauna, gym and lap pool, as well as three fantastic eateries each with its own quirks – you must try them all!

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QT Wellington© QT Wellington

4. Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

The Junior Suite at the Copthorne Hotel is a no-brainer for those looking for luxury on Wellington’s glorious Oriental Bay. Enjoy your own spacious living and dining area and a bathroom with his-and-her double basin and a rain shower. Sip wine from your private balcony and enjoy the views of the city’s golden sand beach and harbour. The most popular choice for couples is the Deluxe Harbourview Room with floor-to-ceiling windows. As for dining, treat your loved one to the romantic One80 Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge – the perfect place to watch the sunset and the city lights light up the night. See more like this in the 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Wellington.

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

5. James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Stay right in the middle of the action at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor located on The Terrace. The Cable Car, Parliament and shopping/dining precincts are on your doorstep to enjoy in between nights in your luxurious Club King Room featuring a welcome snack platter, complimentary guest ironing, evening turndown, espresso machines and more. The on-site restaurant, Whitby’s, offer buffet and a la carte dining, as well as high tea. See more like this in 10 Best Accommodation in Wellington for Foodies.

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James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor© James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

6. CityLife Wellington

Home-away-from-home meets luxury when you stay at CityLife Wellington. This hotel by Heritage Hotels boasts five-star studios and suites complete with kitchenettes for full functionality. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t try the on-site restaurant or in-room dining service at least once in the ultra-modern The Living Room restaurant, which serves complimentary chips and dips in the early evening. Alternatively, explore the eateries of the city which are on your doorstep.

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CityLife Wellington© CityLife Wellington

7. Bolton Hotel

If you’re looking for optimum space in the city centre and a hotel that oozes in sophistication then set your sights on the Bolton Hotel. The hotel boasts the largest city centre room sizes, from the “Sleep & Go Studio” to the glorious Bolton, Presidential or Residence Suites – your own luxurious private apartments in Wellington city. Whatever you choose, 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.

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Bolton Hotel© Bolton Hotel

8. Boulcott Suites

Find elegance, space and style at the five-star Boulcott Suites. The apartment hotel offers stylish studio apartments, single-level suites and fully-equipped four-bedroom townhouses, so there’s something to suit all types of luxury traveller. While undercover parking is available, guests will receive complimentary WiFi, Sky TV, as well as a private kitchen with an espresso machine and laundry facilities – ideal for an extended stay. The suites are serviced daily.

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Boulcott Suites© Boulcott Suites

9. 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 capture sensational views of the city. Rooms are also modern and simplistically stylish with options including Superior Rooms containing either a king bed or twin doubles. City view rooms are also available. The Executive Room is the creme-de-la-creme with an espresso machine, iPod docking station, mineral water station and more. Get fuel 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

10. Q Hotel Wellington

The Q Hotel is the luxury offering from the CQ Hotel, which has two hotels in one. The 4.5-star hotel has 67 lavish rooms, from Twin Queen Suites suitable for families and friends to the glorious Spa Suite for those who crave a bit of pampering. Most rooms have a kitchenette, as well as WiFi, Sky TV and more. Guests can also enjoy the indoor heated pool, spa pool, fitness centre, e-bike hire and more. Dining is also available at the CQ Restaurant offering fine dining and a menu in sign language, as well as the CQ Cafe on the famous Cuba Street and CQ Bar.

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CQ Hotel Wellington© CQ Hotel Wellington

More About Wellington and Luxury Travel

Now that you know the best luxury accommodations in Wellington, 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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