My partner Sebastian and I used the Austinvilla Bed and Breakfast as a base for our week-long stay in Wellington to visit family and friends - and what a great base it was.
Located about five minutes walk from the heart of Wellington's restaurant and bar scene, the guesthouse is ideally located. It's on a short, but steep, hill, which may be useful to note for some people who are not so mobile (but then again most of Wellington's streets are steep given the geology of the place). I totally agree with the comments about the echoes of San Francisco as the guesthouse has a relaxed, charming feel to it.
We stayed in the self-contained garden flat, which is furnished elegantly in a clean, modern, but comfortable style, making great use of the space. The flat was also extremely clean and tidy (important for a neat freak like me!). Wellington-based friends who visited the guesthouse all commented on the standard of decor and noted it for recommendation to other visitors. It's worth mentioning that the flat was also well-appointed for the self-catering option, which we'd selected.
Zarli was an excellent host and made us feel very welcome. He was relaxed and non-intrusive, checking in from time to time to make sure everything was OK, which it invariably was.
We would happily recommend the Austinvilla Bed and Breakfast to anyone who wants an elegant and relaxing experience in a excellent location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in one of Mt Victoria's elegant turn-of-the-century villas with its leafy garden setting and historic residential neighbourhood, Austinvilla B&B offers you the charming character and relaxed comfort of a real home. No need to share facilities here as our two fully-equipped, self-contained apartments let you enjoy the peace and privacy of your own space to unwind in. Superbly located just minutes walk from the vibrant central city precinct and local attractions, Austinvilla is your perfect base from which to explore Wellington. ... more less