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The best cafe's, chic restaurants and best boutique hotels winning New Zealand worldwide plaudits.
Monocle Magazine
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New York Swank

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Boutique hotels are rising in popularity in cities all over the world, but in New Zealand, “anti-chain” establishments have traditionally been seen more as a novelty than a serious option for an overnight stay. Inspired by chic designer hotels he discovered on a week-long vacation in Manhattan in 2000, Alan Blundell — a Kiwi, veteran architect and resident of Wellington — set out to change that perception.

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staying at Ohtel and can't think why anyone would stay anywhere else when visiting Wellington!.. Very funky.

Sean - May 2011

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Ohtel at Night

The mini bar is well stocked and includes a cocktail shaker (with recipe suggestions on the backs of coasters), which means you can let your bar-tending fantasies run wild without ever leaving the room.

Elizabeth Easther
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Very Groovy Hotel, Great Service + Location...

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I'll be back once I take sailing lessons - Thank you
Bradley Cocks
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640 k's in the new audi A6

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With the last of the Peregrine grapes from the phenomenal 2012 harvest tucked safely inside the winery, I could venture away from the Wakatipu Basin and its hills, freshly sifted with a dusting of snow.

Greg Hay
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Love the personality of your hotel - well done !

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I wouldn't have wanted to sleep anywhere else! Love the retro eclectic style, bath products...
Collette Dinnigan
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When choosing a hotel in Wellington..

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..this is undoubtedly it. I'm a huge fan of mid-century design - very cool.
Chris Sisarich

The Pleasure Principle

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Five of the best vintage hotels.

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Ever since the Mad Men phenomena took hold, mid century modern design has been even hotter. Here Estella Shardlow of Vintage Seekers, shares exclusively with us a round up of the chicest hotels offering original 1950's & 60's style in a beach side setting...
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I’ve already recommended you to friends and colleagues...

It is a very long time since I actually enjoyed staying in a hotel. I think the concept and the Kiwi style cues are great – the sort of thing that makes travel bearable. Service was great too – loved the pies!
Andrew Watts - Work Group Manager Building Services - Opus


The globe trotting photographer and TV personality takes us on a passionate journey through his home town...
By Chris Sisarich
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Capital Appreciation

Visitors often overlook New Zealand’s capital in favour of Auckland or Queenstown, so when Max Veenhuyzen hit Wellington on the eve of the Rugby World Cup, he was chuffed to discover a port city that lives to eat and drink. When the Tory sailed into Wellington in 1839....
Australian Gourmet Traveller
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NZ Hotel makes you 'oh'

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Wellington, named by Lonely Planet as number 4 of 2011's Top Ten Places to Visit, has gone through a renaissance in recent years. Jason Dundas checked out a designer hotel (called 'Ohtel') by the sea and a nearby bar for a taste of this NZ beauty. 

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Glory Days

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I have also enjoyed a stay at ohtel, a friendly 10-room boutique hotel on Oriental Parade with a serious commitment to designer chic.
Simon Wilson - Editor, Metro Magazine
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A fine stay !

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Hamish Keith has spent a lifetime writing about arts & culture in New Zealand. The author, critic, social commentator and former chair of the New Zealand Arts Council has done much to promote the idea that New Zealand can and does have a vibrant arts scene - and that our art history doesn't just start with the arrival of European settlers.
Hamish Keith
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Das »Ohtel« ist das erste Design-Boutique-Hotel Wellingtons und wird vermutlich so bald auch keine Konkurrenz bekommen.

Julia Vodanovich
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Samantha Hannah stays at Ohtel!

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If you've been following the Blue Cactus Ultimate Makeover online segments, hosted by Samantha Hannah, you’ll recognize this gorgeous, glamorous woman as the all-new Anna Peka, who went from “wild” to “wow” in the recent Blue Cactus reality competition - and received $8,000 worth of fabulous prizes from a collection of beautiful, exclusive brands, including a wonderful night in an Ohtel Suite !

Victoria Vincent
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Hotels for people who care about where they stay.

Ohtel is a great boutique hotel which offers great views and an eclectic range of vintage furnishings.
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Lost at E Minor

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Design drips from every surface of the hotel, with an eclectic mixture of contemporary New Zealand design interspersed with mid-century furniture. The experience is a visual treat. The relaxed and friendly staff know how to run a boutique hotel...
Zac Zavos
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Neuseeland - Hotels und Edel-Herbergen im Südpazifik

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Philippe Starck und andere urbane Designer würden vermutlich am Naturparadies Neuseeland verzweifeln: Der Inselstaat am Südpazifik kann zwar mit spektakulären Natur-Schönheiten aufwarten. Aber Großstadt-Flair wie in Paris oder Berlin gehört nicht zu seinen Stärken. Altbauhäuser aus vergangenen Jahrhunderten oder Prachtstraßen mit Kopfsteinpflaster sucht man vergeblich. Und die Hauptstadt Wellington erreicht noch nicht mal ganz die halbe Million in der Einwohnerzahl.
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A comfortable bed

The owner and designer Alan Blundell has created this unique 10-room design hotel on the harbour front at Oriental Bay, furnishing each room with chairs, sideboards, desks, lamps and other decorative items that he has sourced from far and wide, including some Scandinavian classics.
Mathew Brace
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...for a fine boutique hotel ! I very much enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and detailed design.
Rick Joy
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Loud Radio !

"Thanks for a lovely stay..."
Dylan Moran
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A cute boutique property...

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...all have supremely comfortable King-sized beds...
Delicious Magazine Australia - June 2011
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Ohtel Wellington is Fantastic..

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..Skateboard park nice too. Just done the opera house. Off to Christchurch tomo

Ohtel is a special place...

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Ohtel is a special place – truly individual, engagingly hosted, sexy and comfortable – and, as discussed, I will be using it from now on as another personally visited example of what boutique means for Smith anywhere in the world.

Simon Westcott - Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Mr & Mrs Smith

Quite simply...

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"Quiet simply a total experience from arrival to departure... extraordinary detail at every turn, minute attention to detail is a hallmark, we travel extensively world-wide and have never experienced anything like Ohtel... congratulations for truly understanding how to give a level of service that is above any bench mark we have ever before received, in your superb boutique Ohtel "

Bruce & Jackie, August 2010



I would just like to say how much I love Ohtel. I stayed at Ohtel back in September '08 and had an amazing experience.

Chrystal : Sept. 08

Fabulous !

My partner and I enjoyed our stay immensely. Your staff are always very friendly and accommodating and the location is fabulous. Once again many thanks for your hospitality.
Kaye : June 2010

Stylishly Appointed

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Many thanks for accommodating Martin and I on our recent visit to Wellington. We just love Ohtel. The rooms are stylishly appointed and the hotel enjoys an excellent location. We will be recommending whenever we can!

Meg & Martin, Dolphin Travel - June 2010

Tasty hotel !!

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What a tasty Hotel !! From the ale you serve to the bed I snoozed in ! Yum - Thank you
Alice Russell: 2009

Perfect !

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My stay at Ohtel was PERFECT! It simply could not have been better, the atmosphere, design, staff, location was all top shelf. I felt relaxed and happy to be there so my gratitude is immense! Thank you for all the hard work you put into making Ohtel.....AMAZING.
Nga Waiata

Tom Ford eat your heart out...

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Tom Ford eat your heart out, Ohtel is truly a beautiful collection of warmth and style throughout, that makes you wish home was more like this. Alan, fantastic place mate! I look forward to expanding your empire and taking over NYC !
Jason Dundas - Getaway
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...a special place to stay...

You have a great ‘Ohtel’ there in Wellington. The elusive, but perfectly judged mix of large and interesting rooms with comfortable beds and relaxed bathrooms, alongside an open and friendly welcome from the team makes it a special place to stay. And all on the shores of an inviting and interesting city - nobody does it better.
Patrick Redsell - January 2011

One of the smallest hotels in town...

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is also one of the most stylish...
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Ohtel is my favourite small hotel, small but perfectly formed - always an absolute pleasure to visit and enjoy.

Neville Findlay - Zambesi
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Sam Hayes - A perfect location...

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...with perfect surrounds, If only all the furniture was for sale ! Thanks.
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I had ...

... the best time with you - Thanks !
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Uke On !

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Thank you, thank you ! A wonderful, stylish stay ! Uke On !
James Hill - March 2011

I want to steal everything in the room.

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Comfy & Relaxed Thank you, thank you ! The hotel is beautiful & comfy & relaxed. I want to steal everything in the room, (I won't, don't worry). See you soon,
Melanie Lynskey - April 2011

Globorati - OHTEL, DO TELL

Leave your modesty at the door and head straight for the bathroom when you.......
Globorati January 2008
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Bright Star - Go see

Loved Ohtel, felt at home and all the personal touches make it the best hotel in the world.
Jane Campion : 18th July 2009

To the 'O' Crew

I had a very cool but short stay. I'll be back ASAP
Derrick May : February 2010



Just over a decade ago, New Zealand architect and designer Alan Blundell visited New York for the...

Perspective March 2011
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Runaway Now - HOTELS WE LOVE

Wellington's only boutique hotel, Ohtel is a cute alternative to the other large and often average...
Karen Walker - February 2011
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It's a clever blend of retro and new, with flatscreen TVs alongside '50s Scandinavian furniture design classics...
The Sunday Times Travel March 2010
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Forget hobbits and hills. New Zealand's hip new boutique hotel is a destination for the style savvy traveller...
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Your challenge: choosing the right adventure in New Zealand, a place...

Outside Magazine 2011
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Hotel in New Zealand 4...
Pavone October 2010
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CEOs around the country wouldn't have known what hit them when they received regular mails from Wellington's newest boutique hotel Ohtel in the lead up to its opening last month...
NBR Magazine - March 2008
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Amex Platinum Magazine - DESIGNED TO BE DIFFERENT

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Scandinavia meets New Zealand by the shores of Wellington Harbour at Ohtel, a new 10-suite, highly personalised hotel created by Alan Blundell....

Platinum Magazine - March 2008
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Hospitality Magazine - AN OHTEL WITH A DIFFERENCE

It is eco-friendly and combines modern and mid-last century design features. Ohtel,Wellington's newest luxury hotel is an eclectic and purpose-built property which has introduced a point of difference to the city's accommodation offerings....
Hospitality Magazine - April 2008
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Dominion Post - SEX IN THE CITY

On the longest night of the year, romantic trysts are probably in motion in every Wellington hotel. But how many hotels are considerate enough to have condoms on the menu?....
The Dominion Post - July 2008
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Life & Leisure - CAN'T SPELL HOTEL?


Wellington's just-opened Ohtel on the waterfront at Oriental Bay puts a new spin on boutique....

Life & Leisure - July 2008
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Across the road from my balcony is Waitangi Park and behind that the brown bulk of Te Papa....
Weekend Story - July 2008
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Herald on Sunday - CAPITAL FLAIR

A couple of days in Wellington always lifts this Aucklander's spirits....
Herald on Sunday - October 2008
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Trends Ideas - WHAT IS THIS?

For the most part, staying in a hotel is a universal experience.... - October 2008
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The ferry to Picton - and the beginning of the Marlborough wine region Ñ leaves from the outskirts of Wellington.... winter 2008/09
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I've been dreaming of breakfast in bed for around five years now....
Inspire Winter 2008
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Mind Food - OH SO CHIC

Ohtel is a new luxury 10-room hotel in Wellington's Oriental Bay.......
Mind Food August 2008
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On the longest night of the year, romantic trysts are probably in motion in every Wellington hotel. But how many hotels are considerate enough to have...

Stuff July 2008
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In September Weta ran a competition to win a trip to Wellington from the US with Air New Zealand......
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Holding a prime waterfront position in the prestigious Oriental bay neighbourhood, this boutique hotel opened in March.......
Vogue September 2008
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North & South - BEST SLEEPS

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On Oriental Parade, a few minutes' walk from Te Papa museum and Courtenay Place nightlife, this über-chic, 10-bedroom hotel does everything well.......

North & South September 2008
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It's been a while since our last guide to the New Zealand capital, so we went in search of the food scene's latest and greatest.......
Delicious October 2008
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Ohtel, in Wellington's Oriental Bay, is riding the first wave of a shift in accommodation preference.......
Dulux Surface Issue 07 2008
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Wallpaper - SPELLBOUND

With a prime waterfromt pitch, Wellington's Ohtel isn't just a new hotel with a spelling mistake. Offering ten unique rooms.......
Wallpaper January 2009
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Kia Ora Magazine - OH MY! WELLINGTON

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Welcome to a new trend in boutique accommodation led by Ohtel in Wellington's Oriental Bay.......

KiaOra | Air New Zealand January 2009
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Ohtel is an exciting new hotel in the heart of Wellington. Filled with 1950s and 60s furniture and collectables.......
Cuisine January 2009
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With a prime waterfront pitch, Wellington's Ohtel isn't just a new hotel with a spelling mistake......
Wallpaper January 2009
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Okay, so here's a first for texture (I think). I'm reviewing a hotel. And guess what? It's freakin' cool baby.....
Texture May 2009
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Country & Town House OHTEL WELLINGTON NZ

A funky new arrival in Wellington - a small, friendly city, abuzz with activity.......
Country & Town House June 2009
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Harpers Bazaar July 09 - OHTEL WELLINGTON NZ


What do you get when you combine a happening harbourside location, a cool concrete cliffside building,.....

Harper's Bazaar July 2009
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FOR YEARS THERE WAS a dearth of good hotel accommodation in Wellington, but no shortage of over-priced rooms.......
Urbis Issue 51 August 2009
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Good Weekend Magazine - OHTEL WELLINGTON

Blame cultural cringe, but it used to be that New Zealand hotels tried very hard to be "international", which mostly meant.......
Good Weekend Magazine October 2009
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The southern route, from Lake Taupo to Wellington, is one of the country's most scenic. The lakeside Acacia Cliffs Lodge (doubles from $430) makes a good base for a long weekend.......

Ask Travel & Leisure October 2009
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Eine trendige Übernachtung bietet das Ohtel mit handverlesenen Accessoires aus den 1950er und -60er Jahren. Wer's klassisch liebt, findet irn CityLife gute Unterkunft.......
International 2009
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So weit entfernt haben wir noch kein Hotel für Sie getestet! Aber Neuseeland entschädigt seine Gäste sehr großzügig für die Reisestrapazen.......
Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin November 2009
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We often get questions from readers about how to transform a bland.......
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Get your land legs on after that twelve-plus hour flight. With New Zealand's breathtaking.......
DailyCandy October 2009
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Qantas Travel Insider - OHTEL, WELLINGTON

The brainchild of local architect Alan Blundell, Ohtel pays homage to.......
Travelinsider November 2008
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Studio Home - OH OHTEL!

Oh my Ohtel !! its exciting when something special, unique and some what off the.......
Studio Home creative January 2010

Clad in wood and glass, the coolest, sexiest boutique hotel in.......
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Wine guy Matt Skinner and his best mate sneak across the Tasman for an indulgent weekend exploring.......
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With modern design, often comes an austere or cold atmosphere- Ohtel in Wellington.......
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M2 Woman - OHTEL

One of Wellington's swankiest seaside neighbours, Oriental Bay, is home to one of the city's.......
M2 Woman Issue 03
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When I first suggested to a mate that we head to Wellington for a lads'.......

Mens Style Autumn 2010
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World travel Awards - NZ'S LEADING BOUTIQUE HOTEL 2010

And the nominees are.......
World Travel Awards 2010
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Ohtel is a 10-room boutique hotel located in the Oriental Bay area of Wellington.......
USA Today 2010
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Отель в Новой

На другой от нас стороне зем-ли - в пуигороде.......
Interni 15 Выпуск 1 - 2010
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A stones throw from the harbour and walking distance to museums, galleries, and cafes ohtel is the brain.......
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Every summer, the news-starved media expend a lot of usually fruitless effort trying to find out which celebrities are staying at which exclusive locations........

nzHerald 2010
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Design Sponge GREAT PLACES TO STAY Ohtel

Ohtel is seriously cool. Modern building kitted out with gorgeous mid century Scandinavian furniture, each of the ten boutique rooms is........
Design Sponge August 2010
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Wenn man in Wellington in ein Taxi steigt, fragt der Fahrer erst, wohin es gehen soll, und gleich denech: "Wie war dein Frühstück?" Die Frage........
Cosmopolitan Germany July 2010
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When friends are in town I take them for a drink at........
Quantas September 2010
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Casasugar - HOME AWAY FROM HOME - Wellington's Ohtel

Feeling torn between an epic journey through lush landscapes and a rejuvenating stay in a........
Casasugar September 2010
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I love this small, new, chic boutique hotel for its great location, its striking individuality, and its total commitment to sustainability. Stylishly furnished throughout with the owner's.........
New York Times 14 October 2010
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Ohtel...Wellington's hippest accommodation ... is best described as, "Eclectic, Mid-Century Kiwiana". Ohtel is a brand new, eco-friendly, designer, boutique hotel.........
Pace 13 June 2008
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I love this small, new, chic boutique hotel for its great location, its striking individuality, and its total commitment to sustainability. Stylishly furnished throughout with..........

Frommer's New Zealand 2010
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Located at the city end of Wellington's Oriental Parade is the Ohtel, a trendy boutique property featuring retro Kiwi décor. With 10 rooms, most of which look out across the harbour..........
Business World Travel Issue 16 July 2009
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Posizionato nella zona esclusiva di Oriental Bay, l'Ohtel Boutique Hotel si affaccia sulla meravigliosa baia di Wellington. L'ambiente e' spettacolare ed...........
Rallo - Travel for Passion
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Our driver's sign. Poor guy must have been so disappointed to see that he was picking me up and not the Nigella haha!............
Not Quite Nigella 28 May 2010
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Harpers Bazaar 2010

Combining a central marina-side location, a cool concrete cliffside building, sexy bathrooms and funky vintage-modern interiors, Ohtel is Wellington's hippest new boutique hotel.............
Harpers Bazaar 2010
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Lonely Planet's BEST IN TRAVEL 2011

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HAS NAMED WELLINGTON THE COOLEST LITTLE CAPITAL IN THE WORLD, AND OHTEL THE HIPPEST LITTLE HOTEL. Your travelling year starts with Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2011.............

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Ohtel. You won't forget the name. And, if you're a fan of contemporary or Mid-Century design.............
The Balm 02 September 2010
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Conde Nast Traveller

Frank Gehry was reputedly so taken with Wellington - New Zealand's capital city - that he offered to design a Bilbao-esque art gallery for the city, a building that would have transformed its famously blustery waterfront...
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Inside London #5: metro retro style

It’s no secret that a judicious sprinkling of vintage fleamarket finds is de rigueur in any self-respecting interior these days, but we’re seeing more and more mid-century modern pieces cropping up...
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Sydney Morning Herald

Wellington lies between the Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. It is a particularly beautiful and elegant city on the edge of Wellington Harbour with the central business district rising steeply from the harbour foreshore. Travel 2010
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Harper's Bazaar


Combining a central marina-side location, a cool concrete cliffside building, sexy bathrooms and funky vintage-modern interiors, Ohtel is Wellington's hippest new boutique hotel.

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Enjoy an exclusive offer from Ohtel, a boutique hotel in the heart of Wellington. Bathrooms are the focal point of each room. Large expanses of glass reveal luxurious two-person baths, oversized showers, and the finest natural New Zealand made toiletries. Regular media options are enhanced by digital audio and pod-casts in each room, all via state of the art flat screens and speakers complete the sensory experience...

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Southern Crossings

Ohtel, Wellington’s newest boutique hotel experience is a luxury appointed 10 bedroom property located midway between the CBD and Oriental Bay overlooking Chaffers Marina and within walking distance to Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand...
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Melbourne Weekly - Cruising a cool capital

THE sky is a brilliant blue, with but a faint cloud wisp or two reflected on the waters of the harbour. The sun is high in the sky and the temperature is hovering at an agreeable 28 degrees.... 2011
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If you're after something different, something very stylish, something a little more personable than your standard accomodation option in Wellington, we highly recommend our advertising and accomodation...
ART + OBJECT March 8, 2011
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Belfast Telegraph - Hotel Of The Week

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Although New Zealand is dead cool for the kind of traveller who enjoys dangling at the end of a bungee cord, nobody ever accused its cities of being hip. Ohtel, which opened this year in Wellington, the capital, aims to do something about that: it proclaims it is New Zealand's only designer boutique...

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Notventures - Escapism at its best

Forget hobbits and hills. New Zealand’s hip new boutique hotel, Ohtel, Wellington is a destination for the style savvy traveler.
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Trendhunter - Harbor-Overhanging Hotels

Ohtel is a boutique hotel located on a cliff in the scenic country of New Zealand. This artistic four-storey structure hangs over the water of the Oriental Bay providing a breathtaking view for all those staying the night...
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Imagine a boutique hotel furnished almost entirely with authentic mid-century mod classics...step into the Ohtel, where the owners of this boutique hotel painstakingly (and lovingly) curated a collection of design classics to create a mod motif straight from the 50's, but with a updated twist....
Pure Green Magazine
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Stare zegary, ściany pokryte tapetami vintage, unikalne drewniane meble i retro dodatki. Wszystko urządzone zgodnie z wizją właściciela - Allana Blundella, który na dwa lata przed otwarciem swojego hotelu zaczął kolekcjonować meble z lat 50. i 60...
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Een kleinschalig, hip en trendy hotel in het hart van de stad. Ohtel Wellington heeft tien stijlvolle, moderne kamers. Het hotel heeft een prachtige ligging vlakbij het Waitangi Park, het Te Papa Museum en de haven...

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Wonderful time...

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"I had a wonderful time in Wgtn. What you've made is truly exceptional!"
Christopher Wray McCann, February 2010

Dear Ohtel-iers

We arrived feeling exhausted and left feeling like we could take on anything ! The perfectenvironment to re-charge and remember what it's all about !!
Carlo and Deano, without their kids... - June 2009

Hello !!

Just wanted to drop a line to thank you for your kind hospitality during our recent stay. Thanks again...
Patrick W, Mint - May 2009

Best Wishes

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Thank you so much for all your help while we were staying at Ohtel around the time of our wedding. We really enjoyed it and appreciate very much the extra effort, especially helping with the injured brother of the bride.

Anna & Mark: August 2009


We really enjoyed our time with you in Wellington and have raved to all about Ohtel, with regard to the architecture, fit-out and of course most importantly, you guys behind the desk. Such pesonal service is rare while travelling and it's destinations such as yours that make travel such a joy.
Pammie Nickolls : November 2008

Do you have any cancellations by chance?

Just checked into the *^#@$% and I feel like slitting my wrists. Another homogenous awful room... Would you have a cancellation by any chance??
Mark Brown - February 2011

Ohtel, I love you...

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I will be back soon !
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Ohtel - Wellington's coolest retreat.

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Winner of a TripAdvisor 2012 Travellers’ Choice Award, hailed by Lonely Planet as ‘The Hippest Little Hotel in the Coolest Little Capital,’ and for numerous guests and critics alike, one of the finest lodgings New Zealand has to offer.
Verve - August 2012
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In Wellington I stayed at the coolest little Hotel ever. It's called Ohtel
Kim Dotcom
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Fans of vintage style will go ga-ga for 10-room Ohtel hotel in Wellington, an intimate affair with hand-picked mid-20th-century modern furniture, and marina views and big baths in select boudoirs. The sociable lobby hosts breakfasts, tea and drinks, and you’re right near the harbour for forays to hot shops, restaurants, museums and cinemas.
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Boutique Hotel

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Aesthetes check in and don't want to check out at this bijou hotel on Oriental Parade. Individually decorated rooms are beautified with stylish furniture and contemporary artwork and ceramics, avidly collected by the architect-owner. The bathrooms in the deluxe rooms and suites, with their vista walls and deep tubs, are a designer's wet dream.
Lonely Planet 2012

What a wonderful sactuary...

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...for our mother daughter sojourn Homely vibe, tasteful décor & excellent coffee - already looking forward to my next Wellington visit
Kate Ferris

Kia ora all at Ohtel

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One of my favourite kainga away from home..
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Classy yet modern place to crash...

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During my recent visit in New Zealand, I’ve been delighted by great natural scenery and interesting architecture. This was particularly true in Wellington, its underrated capital. Seriously, if you ever go to New Zealand, do not miss Wellington where Maori and imperial cultures mix very… well (yes, I love alliteration). To do justice to Wellington, you will need at least a couple of days in town and therefore a nice, classy yet modern place to crash. If you are a fan of boutique hotels like me, you will definitively love ohtel.

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Journey to Wellington

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Energized by a booming, post-Lord of the Rings film industry, Wellington, New Zealand, is a creative capital set in an awe-inspiring natural landscape...
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Good things come.

The über-fashionable Ohtel in Wellington is very trendy and stylish—but it doesn’t commit the sin of some other boutique hotels that make similar claims. Lucire digs deeper...
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May be Hobbit forming

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Tour of Middle-earth locations not to be mythed...
The Sun
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Kia Ora December 2012


"One of Wellington's strengths is its willingness to you what's going on whever you go. Artworks are labelled, sights are sign posted and everything is explained"

Paul Little
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N to Z

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One of the chief troubles with all the people who write about New Zealand is that they are too truthful, and nobody likes the truth. In this modest contribution to New Zealand literature, I have not let the truth interfere at all. If any part of it is truthful, then it is pure coincidence
C V Smith
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Insider's Guide

The differences between Wellington and Auckland are a bit like the differences between Melbourne and Sydney. While its flashy northern sister is preoccupied by looks, Wellington is a thriving bohemian city filled with tiny cafés who take coffee so seriously its become a religion. It’s a little bit Portland; a little bit San Francisco; but then, Wellington really has a step and style all its own, born from talented local designers and the need to cover up against that occasional gale that howls down Cuba Street. Big ticket New Zealand designers such as Karen Walker, Starfish and Zambesi all have stores here, but also take some time to discover the little shops hidden down laneways celebrating the work of young Wellington designers. Vintage stores offer pristine items not easily found in Australia for reasonable prices, and there are great markets as well.
Time Out
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"Each week for me, business takes me to a different 5 star somewhere in Asia Pacific. I never feel quite at home as when I'm at Ohtel with Alan and the gang. It's location, comfort and luxury without the nonsense"

James Batkin-Smith
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Weird & Wonderful..

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..Rugby 7's at Ohtel
Derrick Carter
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The location and rooms are fantastic and make my regular stays in Wellington easy..

Michael McHugh Mindfood

'It's fitting to have Wellingtonian Al Brown on our latest edition, an image we photographed in Wellington just before Christmas at Lyall Bay, and our first issue to be placed in all the rooms at Ohtel, Oriental Parade. Since then I have stayed while we have photographed the Royal NZ Ballet in the capital city, and also for meetings as MiNDFOOD has just signed on as the media partner for Wellington On A Plate, the best food festival in New Zealand that is held during August. I'm lucky to have found Ohtel as the location and rooms are fantastic and make my regular stays in Wellington easy with walking distance to everywhere I need to get to and some of the best restaurants on the doorstep. Wellington will be seeing much more of MiNDFOOD in 2013. Also I have just realised that Ohtel and MiNDFOOD has exactly the same birthday, we both launch five years ago on March 8th, 2008, that has to be a lucky date.'

Michael McHugh - Editor
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The cool capital of Wellington

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THE clock ticks over to 3pm and the sound of a radio news update cuts through the wintry sunlight. The news announcer whips through the local news and then adds, "across the ditch" before dispensing with a few Australian current affairs headlines. The routine hourly news - which is playing in the car as we leisurely drive through the lush New Zealand countryside highlights a startling disparity. While Kiwis are acutely aware of Australians' lives, we know little of what's going on with our southern neighbours. Bar the rugby, the occasional political story and, natural disasters we hear little day to day of what New Zealanders are up to.... Read more:
Jessica Leo -
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Wellington without Bilbo: hobbit-free New Zealand haunts

Tourists heading to New Zealand this winter who are not fans of JRR Tolkien may feel a little like they've entered a parallel universe. For passengers travelling with Air New Zealand the confusion will begin just moments after take off when they are welcomed on board a flight, not to Wellington but to the "Middle of Middle Earth", as the city now styles itself. The theme will continue with the on-board safety video "imparting a story of safety" with a message from Gandalf - aka the captain. Arriving at Wellington airport, the first thing bleary-eyed and jet-lagged, tourists will set their eyes upon is a giant Gollum looming over the cafe area. All this before they've even reached the city proper. Once there they may find themselves using commemorative "Hobbit" currency and putting Hobbit stamps on their postcards home. Visitors to Wellington whose trip coincides with the red-carpet world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on 28 November may well spot a star or two. At the very least they will be able to pick up a leather pouch or a piece of Hobbit-inspired jewellery at the Hobbit Artisan Market (24-28 November) where artists including glassblowers, leather workers, jewellers and sculptors will be displaying and selling their work.
Nicholas Churchouse - via The Gaurdian
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Love the Rooms !!

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Thanks for the awesome stay - Steve Caballero, 'Bones Brigade 2013'
Steve Caballero
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This Place Rocks !

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..playin' at Sandwiches..
DJ Yoda
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Symbols of Style - Discovering Trends, Delivering Style

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Nightlife-wise, Alan of Ohtel is well hooked in. I particularly enjoyed our trip to Motel, an excellent bar with young, friendly staff in military regalia. Ohtel is a real find and first of its kind in little old New Zealand—well worth a detour south of the equator!
Christian Houge
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Simply Amazing

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Your front of house staff, the rooms and the overall complete package that Ohtel offers is world class. I look forward to returning as well as recommending Ohtel to my local and international friends and business partners as this is the place to stay when in Wellington.
Paul Ellis
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Backpacking Deluxe

Kennen Sie das Land, in dem man die Natur schätzt wie sonst nirgendwo? Wo sich Alpenartige Bergketten direkt an Palmen, Strand und mediterranes Klima knüpfen? Wo man kinder-freundlich ist und eine ausgezeichnete, fast ausschließlich aus Bio-Produkten zubereitete Küche zelebriert? Es ist beinahe kein Wunder, dass sämtliche Abiturienten nach dem Abschluss das Weite suchen und in Neuseeland arbeiten und reisen, Work and Travel. Mögen diese Aus-Reiser auch auf Grund der milden Visa-Bestimmungen und dem Abenteuerpotenzial Neuseeland vor anderen Ländern bevorzugen, so gibt es doch etliche Gründe auch ohne den “Work”-Anteil das Land zu bereisen. Eines lässt sich jedoch nicht leugnen: Mit dem Rucksack kommt man in Neuseeland immer noch am Besten herum...
Raphaela Marx
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Kiwi Explorer

Flying into Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, the North Island seems to materialize from the sea like some suddenly-formed Eden, the lush flora and milk-white coastline offset by water that somehow appears extra blue, and sailboats cutting frothy wakes just beneath the plane. Before you’ve even touched down, the eyes already feel saturated with the island’s natural beauty, and it’s only the first glimpse...
Ela Marx - The Magazine
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A Great Discovery...

It's a friendly place... A great discovery - I'll be back.
Neil Finn
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♥ Everything in this hotel I want to take home!

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Loved it, Thank you OHTEL LADI 6 xxxx
Ladi 6
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Hey !

"Best Hotel/Ohtel in Weli !"
Oscar Kightley
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If you want...

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...a special place to stay in Wellington this is it !

Lorraine Downes
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Pray tell...

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Martin Crowe
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Vogue Living Australia

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Discover the best of Wellington, New Zealand, from library-inspired wine bars to regional brunch spots.

Conor Burke
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A weekend in Wellywood

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eing located across the Tasman and all, Wellington isn’t our typical Out of Towner. But given the fact that it only takes as long to fly to New Zealand’s stunning capital city than as it does to drive to, say, High Country Victoria, it’s as good a weekend destination as any. So over a recent long weekend, we spent a few days exploring Wellington. It’s a beautiful city, this one. While small and rather quaint, you can cover a lot of ground in a short time and there are countless little treasures in this Kiwi corner. Peter Jackson thinks so too, which is why he’s in town filming The Hobbit at the moment and has permanent offices in the city (the reason Wellington has become affectionately known as Wellywood)...
Caroline Clements
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Hoffentlich ist der Holzkiwi beim nächsten Besuch noch da. Denn das handgeschnitzte Wahrzeichen Neuseelands in Zimmer Nummer Drei ist so wunderschön, dass man es am liebsten kaufen würde. Oder … klauen. Allein dem Vertrauen von Alan Blundell, dem Gastgeber im »Ohtel Wellington«, ist es zu verdanken, dass solche Kleinode in den Zimmern stehen.
Patrick Krause
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What are the best beachside hotels in Wellington?

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One of the best is Ohtel, a boutique establishment on Oriental Parade that has only 10 rooms. So you'll never feel like you're just another nameless guest shoe-horned into an impersonal chain hotel. Stroll across the road and you'll be on Wellington's main promenade where you'll join dog walkers, joggers and those out enjoying the beautiful walk and eating ice creams. Five minutes the other way and you'll be at Te Papa and Wellington's principal entertainment precinct with theatres, restaurants and clubs.
Forbes Travel Guide
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Wellington without Bilbo

Tourists heading to New Zealand this winter who are not fans of JRR Tolkien may feel a little like they've entered a parallel universe. For passengers travelling with Air New Zealand the confusion will begin just moments after take off when they are welcomed on board a flight, not to Wellington but to the "Middle of Middle Earth", as the city now styles itself...
The Guardian
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Cool Change

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Cool is a difficult status to attain. Don’t they say, anyone who says they’re cool generally isn’t? And while we all pretend not to be seduced by marketing — “Just do it”, we’re encouraged; “Because you’re worth it”, we’re told — maybe there is a little truth in what’s being spruiked about Wellington.
Voyeur Magazine
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Best place ever...

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Thanks for the cool room. Much love & God bless
Stan Walker
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Beautiful ...

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"Beautiful bed, Soulful sleep, Perfect"
Theresa Healy
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Gourmet Wellington

Wellington isn't just NZ's political and cultural capital - it's gourmet top dog too, with more restaurants per capita than the Big Apple, a caffeine scene to make Seattle blanch, world-class wineries and artisan producers aplenty. It looks good too, draped across lush hills fronted by distinctive Cook Strait bays. So come on, fill your boots...
The Sunday Times UK Travel
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Sleeping in at Ohtel.

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We stayed at the Ohtel Hotel in the Oriental Bay – and that’s practically obligatory! The Ohtel Hotel is Boutique Design Hotel with a truly unique design style with its ‘Mid-Century’ furnishings that adorn the whole interior. Indeed, for the moment a little “scary” especially if you grew up surrounded by these charming, individual items!

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Certificate of Excellence

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We are thrilled to announce that for the 3rd consecutive year, we have received a TripAdvisor® 'Certificate of Excellence' award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to those that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, worldwide. Establishments awarded the 'Certificate of Excellence' represent the upper echelon of all businesses listed on the website. When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site. The Certificate of Excellence is a real source of pride for the small team at Ohtel and we’d like to thank all of our guests who took the time to complete a review. There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s customers. TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travellers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travellers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching nearly 260 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 150 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 39 countries worldwide.
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Lots of Love !

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Thank you for the stay at Ohtel. have found Wellington to be one of the most beautiful and welcoming cities I've ever been to ! Hope to be back ! Lots of love !
Alicia Vikander
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Beautifully folded and packaged..

Thanks, so much for forwarding my 2 very favorite shirts. Beautifully folded and packaged. We truly enjoyed our stay with you at OHTEL. It was fantastic to revisit Wellington after 45 years. I do remember so much from my youth. Take care.
Andrew and Karen Beckman : February 2011
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