Bolton Hotel

Corner of Bolton & Mowbray Streets | Wellington 6011  [SEE MAP]Wellington  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Guest Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4

Room and facilities great with city central location

Apr 1st, 2020

Refurbished room great, 14th floor with separate bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and seating area. Unfortunately, we looked south into a concrete jungle of offices and would have preferred to other side of the hotel to get a view of houses, trees and the old cemetery below the Botanic gardens. Perhaps a higher (top) floor room would afford a view onto the harbour? The kitchen with washing machine/dryer was a pleasant surprise for a long trip traveller though it took some working! The real coffee and fresh milk was also much appreciated. Location was central and Te Papa was a 25 minute walk along the water front. The Concierge worryingly knew nothing about the hop on / hop off bus tours which caused us concern about the info she did give us. Breakfast was fine and there was plenty on offer though it was a bit disconcerting to be told very loudly by a waitress that “you are on a tour so you can only have what you can see otherwise you can pay for it as per the a la carte menu!” We weren’t on a tour put presumed that was what our agent had booked but it would have been nice to find out more quietly. Still, we’d happily recommend the Bolton as a good place to stay. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5

Excellent Hotel

Mar 27th, 2020

Stayed for 2 nights in a one bedroom classic suite. All of the staff were extremely professional and very friendly. The apt was a good size with excellent quality fixtures and fittings and appliances. Good air con and wifi. Good location within easy walk to most of the attractions, plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops. We walked to cable car, taking it to top of Botanic gardens then walked back down through gardens bringing us out just beside the hotel. The cafe at the bottom of the gardens is very good. Would highly recommend this hotel. We had a lovely stay. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5

Highly Recommend for Extended Stays: Friendly Staff, Excellent Food & Facilities

Mar 22nd, 2020

We spent nearly 3 months here, from mid-December 2019 until early March 2020. The comfortable, well-designed rooms and public areas were a pleasure to come home to after work or outings, and the always pleasant and helpful staff added that engaging and friendly touch often missing in these days of cookie-cutter chains. As an independent hotel, the Bolton pursues its own way, and it is a very, very good way to go. Our accommodation -- a "classic suite" on the 10th floor -- had everything we needed: separate sleeping and living quarters, the latter including a fully-furnished kitchen deftly hidden behind cabinetry. A real boon to long-term occupants like the two of us, it had an in-room washer and dryer and a dish washer, both kept supplied daily with appropriate cleaning supplies. The refrigerator, one of those half-sized numbers, was roomy enough for us to keep a good supply of victuals. We were able to cook our own meals, and being able serve them at the nice glass-topped dining table with comfy plush chairs was a pleasure. Room decor of original oils and historic photos was interesting and nice to look at. Bath was large and well-supplied. As a bonus, our room #1003 had a beautiful view overlooking historic Bolton Cemetery and the Botanic Garden beyond. The lush display of blooming native pohutakawa trees was magnificent over the Christmas holidays. The location was excellent, near the the train station, the trendy shopping district along Lambton Quay and the many little shops and restaurants along The Terrace within just a few steps of the hotel. It's a short, pleasant walk to the waterfront with all of the amenities there. Bus transportation to anywhere in greater Wellington is readily available. A footbridge from Bolton Cemetary over the autoroute provides a pleasantly scenic shortcut to picturesque Tinakori Road with its antique shops and quirky eateries, and as a bonus can easily get you to the Ahumairangi Lookout and the Northern Walkway with their expansive views over Wellington and its harbor. Food here was delicious. I've previously reviewed The Artisan Restaurant for its highly-regarded five-course tasting menu but breakfast is also served here daily, either as a buffet or selected from a nicely varied menu of fare light (biscotti) or not-so light (eggs Benedict). It was always a pleasure to arrive just at opening and find friendly and personable Sarah and Sola there to greet us, and not only that but to have our "standard" order ready even before we got there. You can also enjoy light meals and drinks in the lobby in very comfortable, attractive surroundings. With the hotel named for the ship "Bolton" that landed here in 1840, there is appropriate nautical decor that is interesting to see. And much of the overall hotel decoration centers on the work of renowned local artist, Rita Angus (1908-1970), another wonderful touch. You will enjoy learning about the history of the Bolton. Displays will alert you as to why there are big bouquets of roses at the hotel's entrance and in the first-floor public areas. I won't spoil it, so just have a look around when you arrive and you will readily see the surprising reason for all the beautiful roses, which brightened every day we were there. For those interested in staying in shape, there is a fitness area on the 3rd floor with a pool, hot tub, sauna, and a closed-in room with a good selection of exercise equipment, including free weights. There's also a large tv screen on the wall so that you can keep up on the news while doing your workout. The change rooms are spacious and immaculately clean, and the pool-side showers have natural/organic products for you to use for hair and skin. A nice touch, which I always appreciated after my work-out, was the basket of fresh fruit on a small table where I could relax and catch up on the news via the Dominion Post, made available there and also in the lobby for hotel guests. Everything works very well here at the Bolton. This isn't by happenstance: it is due to good planning and to good personal representation by each and every member of the hotel staff. I've mentioned our friends at the first-floor restaurant, but let me give shoutouts also to AJ, a duty manager who was always especially friendly and helpful to us; to Mimi, who made sure that our room was always top-notch perfect; and to Scott, who quickly and handily took care of small repairs in our apartment, always with a pleasant smile and a good sense of humor. I enjoyed meeting every one of these folks, and many more whose names I do not know. All in all, we had a great time at the Bolton and certainly will return here on our next visit to Wellington. Highly Recommended. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5

New Year 2019 in Wellington

Mar 15th, 2020

We had a spacious apartment with fully equipped kitchen and a beautiful view. The hotel is right next to the parliament , city center and harbour. All within easy walking distance. The contemporary designed rooms were clean and staff was always helpful and available when needed. Breakfast was plentiful and tasty. Parking was available at decent rates within the hotel basement. The Bolton Hotel was a great accommodation to experience Wellington and celebrate a wonderful New Years eve. Thanks a lot! Michaela, Gerd, Nick and Marc TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5

Lovely stay in Wellington

Mar 2nd, 2020

This was a great place to stay while we were sightseeing in Wellington. The front desk staff were very friendly upon check-in. They were kind enough to inform us there was less expensive parking across the street with self park instead of forcing their valet parking. Our room was very spacious with a firm bed and comfortable pillows. It was very quiet and we only heard a couple of doors closing. It is in more of a business district but within walking distance of several restaurants. It’s a bit farther to other shopping and more restaurants but we do a lot of walking so it wasn’t a problem for us. The hotel is also located close to the botanical garden and we had a wonderful walk through there. They give you a complimentary one way ticket for the cable car so we took advantage of that and were treated to a beautiful view of the city. The kitchenette is well appointed and even has a mini dishwasher should you choose to eat in. The breakfast buffet is basic but has what we found to be typical fare for our stay throughout New Zealand. The concierge was friendly and knowledgeable. The only problem we had was intermittent / slow internet. Everything else was great! TRIPADVISOR.COM USER 

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