Where to Find the Best 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 hotel chains 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 and lodges across the city with this list of the best luxury accommodations 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 a 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 famous for its high tea.
Check InterContinental Wellington out:
- InterContinental Wellington on Booking.com
- InterContinental Wellington on Trip.com
- InterContinental Wellington on Expedia
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 with a “kids stay free” deal – find out more in the 15 Best Family Accommodations in Wellington. Also, check out Rydges Wellington Airport for your closest airport hotel.
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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, an 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! If you want more space in an apartment, be sure to check out QT Wellington Apartments too.
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4. Sofitel Wellington
A five-star hotel that rarely fails to impress, Sofitel Wellington brings the French flair of the international hotel chain to the capital, boasting sophisticated vintage-inspired decor and indulgent cuisine. Socialise at the elegant La Serre Bar and dine at Jardin Grill where you’ll be able to watch the chefs work their magic in the open kitchen. In addition, the hotel overlooks the iconic Wellington Botanic Garden, which alone makes Sofitel easily one of the top luxury accommodations in Wellington. No wonder Sofitel Wellington also makes it onto The 50 Best Accommodations in Wellington.
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5. Mövenpick Hotel Wellington
More five-star elegance awaits at the Mövenpick Hotel Wellington. One of the newest luxury hotels in Wellington, the premium ice cream/up-and-coming hotel brand by Accor offers a “Chocolate Hour” for guests to watch the chocolatiers work their artistry and sample some of the good stuff themselves. As for rooms, you’ll be treated to luxurious bedding, smart TVs with streaming services, a pillow menu, as well as drink-making facilities. For breakfast, lunch and/or dinner, delight yourself at the Forage Restaurant and Bar. Find this hotel on The Terrace, nestled between Wellington’s hills and the city centre.
Check Mövenpick Hotel Wellington out:
- Mövenpick Hotel Wellington on Booking.com
- Mövenpick Hotel Wellington on Trip.com
- Mövenpick Hotel Wellington on Expedia
6. Doubletree By Hilton Wellington
Stay in the modern international-standard hotel rooms of Doubletree By Hilton Wellington where you’re moments away from key places, like the Cable Car leading to the Botanic Gardens. As well as an enviable location, this beautifully restored historical building can’t help but impress as soon as you walk through the lobby with its marble, copper and warm wood accents. Stay within the appealing surroundings by booking in for dinner at the Asian-inspired Spring Kitchen and enjoy pre-dinner coffee or cocktails at the 1928 Lounge.
Check Doubletree By Hilton Wellington out:
- Doubletree By Hilton Wellington on Booking.com
- Doubletree By Hilton Wellington on Trip.com
- Doubletree By Hilton Wellington on Expedia
7. The Intrepid Hotel
The funky new kid on the block might be one of the latest hotels in Wellington (and not exactly five stars) but the unique industrial and old-school decor makes The Intrepid Hotel still worth a mention on this list of the best luxury accommodations in Wellington. While we could talk about its distinct character all day, it’s also worth mentioning the upscale perks of a 50″ smart TV in each room, free WiFi and complimentary drinks and snacks. They also offer a complimentary turndown service with lights and music set the mood, while The Puffin bar downstairs offers an elegant but casual place to relax with New Zealand wine.
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8. Naumi Studio Hotel Wellington
Inject some whimsy into your stay in Wellington at the Naumi Studio Hotel Wellington. You’ll either love or hate the design of this popping hotel where floral prints are its jam, but at least it complements the essence of Wellington’s famous bohemian hub on which the hotel is located, Cuba Street. There are six room types to choose from, from affordable luxury all the way up to splurging luxury, all boasting high-speed WiFi, a smart TV, bedside USB sockets, a sweet treat on arrival and a no single-use plastic policy!
Check Naumi Studio Hotel Wellington out:
- Naumi Studio Hotel Wellington on Booking.com
- Naumi Studio Hotel Wellington on Trip.com
- Naumi Studio Hotel Wellington on Expedia
9. 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. Still haven’t found the perfect hotel yet? Be sure to also check out the 25 Best Hotels in Wellington.
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10. 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. For more stays with a private kitchen, head to the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Wellington.
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11. Bolton Hotel
If you’re looking for optimum space in the city centre and a hotel that radiates 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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12. 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 travellers. While undercover parking is available, guests will receive complimentary WiFi and Sky TV, as well as a private kitchen with an espresso machine and laundry facilities – ideal for an extended stay. What’s more, the suites are serviced daily.
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13. Ohtel Wellington
A chic five-star boutique hotel on Oriental Parade, Ohtel Wellington is furnished with vintage and class in mind. Each room has its own unique style and includes complimentary high-speed WiFi, espresso coffee and Sky TV, while downstairs is the delightful Ohtel Pantry offering a pleasant meeting space over a coffee or craft beer. Rooms are best suited to solo travellers, couples and business travellers, with the option of a large suite with a private balcony if you need more room.
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14. 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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15. Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay
The “Junior Suite” at the Copthorne Hotel Wellington 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 Most Romantic Accommodations in Wellington.
Check Copthorne Hotel Wellington out:
- Copthorne Hotel Wellington on Booking.com
- Copthorne Hotel Wellington on Trip.com
- Copthorne Hotel Wellington on Expedia
More Luxury Accommodations in Wellington
That’s it for our list of the best luxury accommodations in Wellington, but it’s by no means the end of our Wellington tips! Check out these articles to make the most of your time in Wellington:
- The 50 Best Accommodations in Wellington
- 25 Best Things to Do in Wellington
- The Food Guide to Wellington: Places to Eat & Food Tours
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Luxury Guide to Wellington.