The Novotel Wellington Review is part of the Trip Report: The $77,000 Trip Heard Round the World which covers 5 Continents, 13 Countries, and 17 Cities.
- Tokyo, Japan
- Melbourne, Australia
- Wellington, New Zealand
- Sydney, Australia
- Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Saigon, Vietnam
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Hong Kong
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Knysna, South Africa
- Durban, South Africa
- Johannesburg, South Africa
- Doha, Qatar
- New York, New York
- Helsinki, Finland
Getting There: Per TripAdvisor: From the Airport, take the Airport Link Bus to Lambton Quay Stop. (And here is where the confusion starts) —> I am looking for an arcade (I’m from the US – so I am assuming a shop??) and take an elevator to the Terrace? Please help me out here… What arcade?, What lift?, What floor?, What’s the easiest way I can get into the Novotel.
I wish someone answered these queries before I climbed hill after hill. The arcade is an entrance to a mall and from within that entrance there is an elevator that is linked to the hotel. It says Novotel in the window of the entrance. If you are walking forever after the bus drops you off, you’ve gone too far! Turn around!
We Thought You Were Cool tells the story of how my platinum status expired after signing up on a Polish website for instant top-tier status. I didn’t get a lot of use out of being a platinum except for my trip to Windy Wellington. The Novotel there was reasonably priced at around $139 NZD a night and offered a $30/day hotel credit that I used on bottles of Sauvignon Blanc.
It is worth repeating that this Trip Heard Round the World came about before TPOL came into existence so my apologies for the lack of traditional review photos including my favorite, the soaps and shampoos.
The room was standard, typical of what you would find at a Club Carlson.
The Hotel Restaurant
Hotel food certainly tastes better when it is ‘free’. The prices were reasonable. A burger and bottle of wine along with a couple of beers didn’t break the daily stipend bank.
Stay at this hotel if you want to be in the heart of the clubs and bars. It’s walking distance to the beach and provides easy access to all of Wellington.
Housekeeping is very friendly and understanding of incidents that take place on weekends following a night out in the party capital of New Zealand.
The Novotel isn’t the Park Hyatt nor does it pretend to be. It’s perfectly nice for the price and the added benefit of being platinum provided a room upgrade to a higher floor.