Bolton Hotel

, Wellington, New Zealand
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Bolton Hotel

, Wellington
5 star

Rooms: 142

Cnr Bolton & Mowbray Streets - Wellington - New Zealand | 64 4 4729966
405 Traveller

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Amazing hotel and friendly people!
Submitted by: Kat in 16/10/06
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: New Zealand
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
This hotel is so amazing! have stayed in others in Wellington and there are none on par with the Bolton! Highly reccommended!!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Bolton Hotel

Stunning hotel

from msganc
The hotel is very new and is superb. The decor is very contemporary and looks expensive.

The room (premier suite) was large with a seperate lounge and kitchenette (with washer/drier). The furnishings and decor were very luxurious and definately 5 star.

The pool, jacuzzi and gym were very good (and quiet).

Breakfast was ok - we didn't eat any other meals here.

The hotel is about a 15 minute walk from the city centre and is located in the heart of the CBD. The rates are cheap at the weekends as it is in the business area.

I would highly recomend this hotel - the rooms are fantastic.

Great find

from Southernsoul
I have no hesitation in reccomending this hotel, ideal location in the financial district but within easy walking distance of bars and restaurants. Generous sized rooms with the added benefit of cooking facilities. Well presented in a contemporary style.

Sleek, modern, comfortable hotel.

from kiwi999
Spent 3 nights at the Bolton last week and loved this hotel. The rooms were modern and excellently furnished and the staff were polite and professional. We were in a Premier Studio that we found plenty big enough for our needs (We found the best rate was obtained by booking directly on the hotels website). It had a floor to ceiling windows with a superb view over a pretty little park (which I believe all Premier Studios have similar view). It had a small kitchen (with microwave,oven and dishwasher) as well as a large bathroom. The highlight for us was the super kingsize bed with crisp white sheets that was so comfortable that we found it hard to get out of the bed in the morning!! The location is fine - half a block from the Parliament building and an easy 10 minute walk to the museums and waterfront. The only negative was that the gym was typical of a lot of hotel's gyms - a couple of running machines and a single "universal" piece of equipment shoved in a small room.

Excellent stay at the Bolton

from IronbarkACD
Booked this hotel based on trip advisor reviews and were not disappointed. We booked a classic suite, with buffet breakfast, and 1pm checkout, for NZ$198 a night, very reasonable.

The room was lovely, very stylish and well equipped, kitchen with large fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, etc, lounge and dining area with great views over the park and up to the botanical gardens. Another large TV in the bedroom, with plenty of storage and very comfortable bed, and large bathroom with separate bath and shower. Most importantly, it was spotlessly clean.

Very well located, short walk (under 5 min) to Lambton Quay shopping, and botanical gardens, and just around the corner from the Beehive. Plenty of large umbrellas in the lobby and also one in the room, to fend off Wellington's sometimes inclement weather. Should also mention the minibar in the room, not just drinks and snacks, it included painkillers and toiletries, poncho's, pack of cards, etc.., they thought of everything.

Breakfast was good, though the service could be a little slow, and as others have mentioned, though the reception staff were very friendly, they weren't too helpful with recommending places to eat out - which we had to do as the hotel restaurant was closed for a private function both nights we were there (a week before Christmas). And when I requested a later checkout, I was offered 12 midday, an hour earlier than we already had with our rate!

Overall a great hotel, wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

Clean, nice hotel for a stop in Wellington

from Travelqueen101
The Bolton Hotel was a nice, new, well-maintained business-type hotel for the price. It doesn't have a ton of a character but it was very clean and the staff was extremely nice. We only had one night there but we found it conveniently located sitting on the hill over the city. We walked downtown to the harbor, then took the cable car to the top of the Botanic Gardens and walked through, right to our hotel. Plus, the bed was very comfortable and they have a pillow menu where you can order the kinds of pillows you like.

Excellent Location

from capejoy
This is an excellent hotel, centrally located close to Parliament, shopping centre and central business district. There is a choice of studio, premium studio, 1 and 2 bed apartments. We had a 1 bed apartment as we arrived without a booking and all studios were taken. Everything was spotless and looked new. We had a large lounge, smaller bedroom, bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle, fully equipped kitchen complete with washer/dryer and mini dishwasher. If you don't mind paying a bit extra then this hotel is the place to stay in Wellington. Reception did mention that we could have got a better deal by pre-booking on the internet so perhaps that is worth a try. However, like for like, you would never get anything like this in any of our major cities at the price.

Lovely hotel for windy Wellington

from avb13
We stayed at the Bolton Hotel for a long weekend in a Premier Suite. The room was very clean, comfortable and well appointed. The kitchenette was of good size and had an good array of cooking gear. Although there are so many nice places to eat out in Wellington, who would bother to cook. The bathroom was a good size with the bathtub and stand alone shower. The pillows were a bit hard, but a call to housekeeping soon sorted us out with some softer pillows. We had a city view, nothing special, but we did have a glimpse of the water from our upper floor window. The walk into the inner shopping district was not far and you pass by a few good cafe's along the way. We had breakfast at "Toast" and it served some very good eggs benny. Our checkout was smooth and overall we would stay at the Bolton again.

Modern and comfortable

from kiwitravelerpdx
I agree with the previous reviews that describe the Bolton as a sleek, elegant, and comfortable place to stay. My partner and I were there during typical Wellington weather: windy and wet. We would have been perfectly happy hanging out in our studio room. While we didn't have much of a view because of a lower floor location that looked out over the hills and adjoining buildings, the interior was so pleasing that it really didn't matter. Many New Zealand establishments (both restaurants and hotels) have a way of doing "sleek and modern" that one just doesn't see in the United States. I can't describe it, but there must be a New Zealand School of Interior Design. The Bolton is a good example of that style--well placed high intensity spots, beds with crisp white linen, mini-kitchenettes with sleek appliances and marble counters, cool coordinated colors, elegant bath amenities, bath and shower fixtures that rival the best of Kohler, etc.

My only criticisms: The front desk task, while very friendly and willing to help, sometimes seemed less than knowledgeable. The dining room seem understaffed during breakfast hours making for some inefficiency. The fitness center consisted of just three pieces of equipment (treadmill, bicycle, and and elliptical machine). In the morning it didn't take many people to result in a backlog. For a hotel of that size, more equipment would have been desirable. On the plus side, the fitness area did include a small but serviceable indoor lap pool.

Finally, the Bolton is well situated close to government buildings. However, It's on the fringe of the touristy aspects of the central business district. In good weather the walk is quite pleasant to Queen's Wharf (and the various restaurants) or to Te Papa Museum further down the waterfront. In inclement weather (which is frequent) it can be a problem.

Overall, during our three week NZ trip, the Bolton was one of the highlights! We will definitely stay again.

Hard to Beat

from Kiwidreamer
My husband surprised me with a weekend away in Wellington. He has not discovered the joys of Trip Advisor (which I have only recently found) so simply chose a hotel from the web that was available at a price he was happy to pay. His first 2 choices were unavailable (it was a busy weekend in Wellington) so he decided to give the Bolton a go. Boy did we get lucky!

We had a mini-studio which is small and does not have the kitchenette, washing machine etc. But in all other ways it sounds equal to any of the larger rooms. The furnishings were exactly as shown in the hotel's advertising and the shower's water pressure the best I've had anywhere. We also appreciated the morning note on weather, attractions of the day etc. The staff were fantastic - unobtrusive but very happy to help.

We found the location great. Wellington is such a compact centre that it is not too far to walk to any of the central attractions and the majority is on flat terrain. The railway station is an easy 2 - 3 min walk away and the airport bus stops about a 1 minute walk away.

I highly recommend breakfast at the Astoria, a short walk away, on Lampton Quay just before the well known department store of Kirkaldie and Stains. The place was packed and offered all sorts from a danish pastry or egg roll through to their big cooked breakfast which was huge and as delicious as it looked according to my husband.

We walked to Te Papa, Courtenay Street and to the Tram up to the Botannical Gardens and did not find any of it too strenuous. We also took a train up to Paraparaumu which was a great mix of tunnels and spectacular coastal scenery (Ask for the Day Rover Pass - you can jump on and off trains all day long for about $10).

All in all a wonderful weekend made extra special by our stay at the Bolton. We cannot normally afford to stay in 5 star hotels but my husband was very happy with the price he paid and says it was actually cheaper than his 2 other choices (remember though, it was a mini-studio). I highly recommend this place.

Thumbs Down

from sam251
We were very disappointed with this hotel. We booked 6 weeks in advance with the hotel and were given a room overlooking a graveyard that was set up for disabled access. Not that we have anything against hotels providing disabled access - its fantastic, but we weren't advised and the bathroom had the feeling of a hospital - not the kind of thing we were after in a 5 star property. When we asked to be moved, the staff were far from accommodating - we were told we'd have to pay a $10 per night upgrade fee and we basically had to argue with the staff. We ended up moving rooms but were woken by a misdirected call from the receptionist at 11.30pm, and again at 5.00am by an alarm clock that had'nt been reset by housekeeping. The other thing is that the hotel advertises a lobby cafe, but it's basically only a coffee cart. The redeeming feature of this place is it's modern decor, but stay away from the whole left side of the building unless you want a view of a graveyard.

Top Local Tips for Wellington

Great park for kids Take the cable car to the botanical gardens, & walk down to the childrens playground. Great fun for the kids, & my husband & I even had a go. Also along the waterfront, walkin g from Te Papa to the city area there is a great slide for kids, it's pretty high up ( by Australian standards - they don't want kids to have as much fun in oz!), but my 4 yr old loved it.

Stroll Down the Main Street I would recommend just walking down the main street and take in the culture of the city. It's truly a multi-cultural city, which is very evident from the different ethinic restaurants you see (Asian, Turkish, Malaysian, Indian/Pakistani, etc.) The old bank building which has now been converted into a shopping center is quite unique. There's some very nice shopping pretty much everywhere. Don't forget to visit Te Papa and the Botanical Garden!

Cheaper shopping 20mins out from Wellington Food, shopping for groceries and general items seems cheaper and more available if you drive to surrounding suburbs like Lower Hutt.


Other names for Bolton Hotel

  • bolton hotel wellington
  • Address: Cnr Bolton & Mowbray Streets - Wellington - New Zealand
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