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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a quaint, beautiful hotel. Staff very friendly and helpful, even the bar tender at the end of his shift at midnight. Loved the massive claw foot bath and wooden decor makes you feel warm invited. Lift a very cool authentic touch.

Thank Maggi J
Kuala Lumpur
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

For the positives first: located in a quiet nook at the heart of the city and friendly staff - if and when you see them. It is really a dark, not well-lighted hotel and the antiquity of the building lends it a bit eeriely quiet when you don't see anyone. I was so unfortunate to be in a room at... More 

Thank 200imeldad
Stephen E, General Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. I'm sorry you found the hotel a little spooky at night. Due to our small size we cannot have staff available for 24 hours a day. On Fridays we have live music in our downstairs bar but it finishes at 8pm so as not to disturb our guests. Two of... More 

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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really liked my room and the hotel has has very few rooms, really retro, original features, classic, however beware no breakfasts or laundry serves on weekend days, but Mon to Fri a great cafe available and laundry

Thank Brian S
Stephen E, General Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Unfortunately due to the small size of our hotel is not possible for the cafe to be open during the weekend. I'm glad you enjoyed the room, they are very unique More 

Kerikeri, New Zealand
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5 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first night we stayed there had one of Wellington biggest Earthquakes. They sure know how to build these old buildings. Other than the lamps falling off the side table and some paint chips coming off in the passage way,in this old building I felt safe. We were in the top story. The night manager Sam was calm and knew... More 

Thank judieroberts
Stephen E, General Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. I am so glad everyone was safe during the earthquake. It must of been terrifying. Sam did an outstanding job that night. She put the guests well being ahead of her own. She is a survivor of the Christchurch quake and that showed on Monday morning. A lot of questions are now being asked... More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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179 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in to have a 'wee dram' and it was a pleasure to discover such a very cool Victorian gem right in the heart of our capital, whilst it is a little tired it is clearly well loved and care worn. Stayed for a couple of hours and it was nice to watch the world pass by, highly recommended if... More 

Thank Dean H
Stephen E, General Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

I'm glad you enjoyed your brief visit with us. Please do stop in again soon More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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100 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

All the Wellington hotel room prices skyrocket when WOW is on but thankfully we found the Wellesley, which provided a place to rest our heads after the show on Sat night. The only downside was the onsite café, bar etc was closed, but as it is close to the wharf area this wasn't a problem. The rooms are large with... More 

Thank Steve M
Stephen E, General Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Yes we do have a poor TV service unfortunately. As we are a category A heritage building it is extremely difficult for us to run the fibre cable needed to have digital sky in each room. We are currently getting fibre to the hotel and we hope to be able to offer an internet based... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 6 October 2016

In Wellington for WOW with my best friend for a girls weekend. Just had the most delicious dinner in the restaurant on site. Staff on reception and also in the dining room delightful, friendly and helpful. The hotel exudes old world charm. Some areas a little tired but none of that takes from everything else. Will definitely be back. Would... More 

Thank karenwattie05
Stephen E, General Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the hotel. It was an absolute pleasure having you stay with us. All the staff spoke of how nice you were. We look forward to your return some day More 

South Melbourne, Australia
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43 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

Stayed four nights with my partner on a "getaway" ... in one of the premium rooms. Pluses - massive bathtub (my gal is an addict); we both prefer to stay away from the clinical mass-product hotels; very central to CBD and waterfront; bar with open fire is great for an after-work stop-off Minuses - no bar or breakfast on weekends... More 

Thank Trevor K
Stephen E, General Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the hotel, all feedback is appreciated. Sadly as we are in the heart of the CBD we cannot get the weekends going for us in the cafe, we have tried many different options but nothing has worked. As you say there are many other options around us. We are working our way... More 

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38 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

We stayed just the one night having come from Auckland by train and booked on the Interislander ferry the next morning, so the Wellesley was in a great location. Our room was huge and so was the bathroom and all decorated in keeping with the heritage of the building. We dined in their restaurant, Cafe 1815, and had a very... More 

Thank ej2birches
Stephen E, General Manager at Wellesley Boutique Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and your meal in Cafe 1815. We pride ourselves on our guests having a more personal experience when they stay with us, so I am happy you found the staff friendly and helpful. I do hope we can look after you... More 

Dunedin NZ
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33 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

We stayed at the Wellesley for two reasons-relatively inexpensive at $140.00 NZD for two and conveniently located to the central city and the Bluebridge ferry. We had driven down from Auckland with a brand new car and took the risk on parking it across the road from the hotel. We paid for 3 hours parking which did not need replenishing... More 

Thank HDRennie

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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
  • Air Conditioning
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Built in 1922 the Hotel is a category one Heritage building. It has 13 bedrooms each unique in character with generous bathrooms. It is nestled in central Wellington handy to the waterfront, railway station and ferries, government centre, parliament, the courts, business district, cable car, and Lambton Quay shopping and the stadium. All are within easy walking distance. Public transport is close by. Te Papa 20 minutes walk, Courtenay Place 30 minutes walk. The Hotel does not have it's own parking but there is parking available. Parking is free outside the Hotel from 6:00pm to 8:00am Monday to Thursday and after 8:00pm Friday and all weekend. Personal service and attention to detail is a priority and our "1815 Cafe and Bar" which is open from 7am until 8pm (Monday to Friday) for breakfast, lunch, light meals morning and afternoon teas and as a house bar . Coffee is a speciality. Free wiFi. Spoil yourself with a stay at Wellington's finest Boutique Hotel. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Wellesley Boutique Hotel

Address: 2-8 Maginnity St | (Central Business District), Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wellington
Price Range: $141 - $220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Wellesley Boutique Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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Also Known As:
Wellesley Hotel Wellington
Wellesley Boutique Hotel Wellington
Wellesley Wellington
Wellington Wellesley
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#17 Business Hotel in Wellington
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“Ask for a change of room at the first instance when you see it's not what you have expected.”
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