Bolton Hotel
Bolton Hotel

10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Wellington

© Bolton Hotel

Romantic and Honeymoon Hotels in Wellington

With sophisticated eateries, pleasant walks to enjoy hand-in-hand and inspiring art, Wellington could be argued as one of New Zealand’s most romantic cities. It certainly has the hotels to match. Whether you’re looking for luxury to enjoy for your honeymoon or a simple yet romantic base to suit your budget, there is plenty of romantic accommodation in Wellington to choose from. We go through all our favourites in this list of best romantic accommodation in Wellington.

While you’re here, pick a few places to treat your loved one to in 5 Cool Cafes With the Best Coffee in Wellington and The Honeymoon Guide to Wellington.

1. Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

In the romantic yet convenient setting of Oriental Bay, home to a beautiful beach and only 10-minute walk from the city centre, Copthorne Hotel is an excellent choice for couples. Consider the Deluxe Harbourview Room with floor-to-ceiling windows or indulge in the Junior Suite with your own spacious living and dining area and a bathroom with his-and-her double basin and rain shower. Sip wine from your private balcony and enjoy the views of the city’s sandy beach and harbour. As for dining, treat your loved one to a romantic meal and drinks at the One80 Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge – the perfect place to watch the transition between the sunset and the city lights lighting up the night.

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

2. Rydges Wellington

Choose either a surprisingly affordable Superior King room or upgrade to a luxurious Deluxe Room at the 4.5-star Rydges Hotel in the city centre. Deluxe rooms either have a private balcony or idyllic harbour views, as well as welcome amenities, such as an iPod docking station, coffee plunger and Sky Movies. The kitchenette facilities call for a romantic night in with homemade dinner, or fine dining is only an elevator ride away at the Portlander. See more hotels like this in 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Wellington.

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Rydges Wellington© Rydges Wellington

3. C Hotel Wellington

For couples looking for that romantic 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 restaurant, cafe and bar. The C King Split and C Double Room offer the best value for couples and include free WiFi, TV, ensuite and tea/coffee-making facilities. What’s more, the central location on Cuba Street means you’re never too far from some of the best eateries and shopping in town.

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C Hotel Wellington© C Hotel Wellington

4. Quest on Johnston Serviced Apartments

Pretend that you live in Wellington full-time with the fully-self-contained serviced apartments at Quest. While Quest has two apartment hotels in the city centre, we like the one on Johnston Street as it’s conveniently located between the waterfront, train station and the city centre. The Studio Apartment provides more than enough space and amenities for most couples wanting to enjoy a functional place to stay with a kitchenette and ensuite bathroom in an open-plan living space. Alternatively, you’ll have ample room in the One-Bedroom Apartment suitable for long-term stays and romantic nights’ in.

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Quest Wellington© Quest Wellington

5. Grand Mercure Wellington

If you seek a little luxury and a temporary address in Wellington’s bohemian part of town, Cuba Quarter, then set your sights on Grand Mercure Wellington. The hotel is awash in fabulous art and offers sublime cuisine at their Forage Kitchen + Bar. The guest rooms have luxurious amenities, such as an espresso machine and Bose sound system, as well as a pillow menu, ensuite rain shower and the whole bathrobe and slippers sha-bang. The hotel is also ideal for a wellness retreat thanks to its 12m indoor pool, full gym, sauna and running maps of the city.

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Grand Mercure Wellington© Grand Mercure Wellington

6. Willis Wellington Hotel

Stay in simple, private 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. While the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, some of the city’s top restaurants are right on your doorstep. It’s a no-brainer for couples who want to spend more time exploring the city than staying in their hotel room.

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Willis Wellington Hotel© Willis Wellington Hotel

7. James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

It hardly gets more central than 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 in between nights in the budget-friendly Lambton Room or the luxurious Club King Room. The latter features a welcome snack platter, complimentary guest ironing, evening turndown, espresso machines and more. Enjoy meals at the on-site restaurant, Whitby’s, offering buffet and a la carte dining, as well as romantic 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

8. The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges

While perhaps not as stylish as the other Rydges in town, The Thorndon Hotel provides a slightly more affordable stay with high-quality, albeit a little reminiscent of a university dorm, furnishings. The 3.5-star hotel is within walking distance of Lambton Quay shopping district and offers 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. 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. Bolton Hotel

Settle for no less than luxury when you stay at the prestigious Bolton Hotel, perfect to celebrate a special occasion like a honeymoon or anniversary. The hotel boasts the largest city centre hotel room sizes, from the “Sleep & Go Studio” to the glorious Bolton, Presidential or Residence Suites. Whatever room 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.

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Bolton Hotel© Bolton Hotel

10. QT Wellington

Last by certainly not least, if you’re looking for a hotel with a whole lot of character then check out QT Wellington. The design-driven hotel boasts a captivating collection of art to admire, whether it’s from the classic armchairs of the Hippopotamus Restaurant or on the walls of your guest room. Speaking of which, the QT Gallery Harbourview Room is a real treat for celebrating a special occasion featuring custom-made wallpaper, a Bose sound system, espresso machine and a private terrace patio with harbour views. Nevertheless, all rooms are stylishly designed miles ahead of the rest of Wellington’s hotel offerings. What’s more, 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 to make your romantic meal all the more memorable.

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QT Wellington© QT 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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