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Budget hotels & hostels
Yha Wellington City
Wellington's best hostel wins points for fantastic communal areas including two big kitchens and dining areas, games room, reading room and dedicated movie room with high-tech projector...
The Claremont Motel
A classy accommodation enclave off Jellicoe St, the Claremont has two-storey, self-contained units in great nick, modern studios with spa baths, and sparkling two-bedroom apartments, all at reasonable rates (even cheaper in winter and/or midweek)...
Capital View Motor Inn
Many of the rooms in this well-maintained, multistorey buiilding close to Cuba St do indeed enjoy capital views – especially the large, good-value penthouse (sleeps five, $220). All are self-contained, and recent renovations have freshened things up.
City Life Wellington
Luxurious serviced apartments in the city centre, ranging from studios to three-bedroom arrangements, some with a harbour glimpse. Features include full kitchen, CD/DVD player, and in-room laundry facilities. Weekend rates are great bang for your buck...
Marksman Motor Inn
Clean, comfortable studios and apartments across from the Basin Reserve. Can be a tad noisy, but handy for airport runs (or the cricket).
The zillion-dollar refit is as charmless as a blancmange, but you can’t argue with the location and price. An epic 132 smallish rooms, with microwaves, fridges and personal safes...
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park
A megabuck refurb has restored this 1970s resort to glory, from its sunken bar and reputable restaurant, to its two swimming pools, tennis court and the driving range which takes up just some of its 24-hectare grounds...
Finn’s is the flashy beige suit of the cutesy railway village, but redeems itself with spacious rooms, good-value meals (mains $17 to $27), and independent beer on tap. The hush glass keeps the highway at bay.
Victoria Court Motor Lodge
Our top motel choice in the city centre, with plenty of parking. The affable owners offer modern, spacious studios and apartments with spa baths, kitchenettes, slick blond-wood joinery and TVs. Two disabled-access units; larger units sleep six.
Museum Art Hotel
Formerly known as ‘Museum Hotel de Wheels’ (to make way for Te Papa, it was rolled here from its original location 120m away), this art-filled hotel keeps the quirk-factor high...
Apollo Lodge Motel
Within staggering distance of Courtenay Pl, Apollo Lodge is a loose collation of 35 varied units (one and two bedrooms), ranging from studios to family-friendly units with full kitchen. Nearby apartments available for longer-term stays.
Shepherds Arms Hotel
With wall-to-wall heritage buildings and proximity to the Botanic Gardens, Thorndon makes an atmospheric home base. This well-preserved hotel serves its patrons in fitting style, with a restaurant and bar, and good-value rooms upstairs...
Doggone handy to all the central sights without being too noisy, Tudor-esque Halswell offers a range of options, including small, affordable hotel rooms with TV, fridge and bathroom...
Cq Quality Hotel Wellington
Two hotels in one: the sympathetically renovated historic 'Trekkers' building with its smaller, cheaper rooms (Comfort); and the snazzier high-rise 'Quality' with modern styling and a swimming pool...
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...
Slick and well serviced, the lofty Bolton deserves its five stars. Room options are varied but share a common theme of muted tones, fine linens and colourful artwork. Most are spacious with full kitchen facilities and some enjoy park or city views...
Wellesley Boutique Hotel Heritage Boutique...
A stately central choice with buckets of old-world charm and impeccable service. Formerly a gentlemen’s club, the Wellesley retains a refined vibe that makes you want to spark up a cigar...
Wrights By The Sea Motel
In fact about a minute's walk to the sea, this modern motel complex in the conservative style has light, airy rooms, Sky TV and off-road parking. Some rooms have full kitchen.
Copthorne Oriental Bay
A tasteful refurb has this upmarket operation on ritzy Oriental Pde looking as good as gold, from the polished reception, through a seemingly endless maze of corridors, to the fancy bar and dining room...
An unpretentious home stay–backpackers with a welcoming owner and a laid-back vibe, just a hop and a skip from the Square. The two dorms have solid bunks with extrawide mattresses. Mull over your day’s misdemeanours on the front porch.
You’d have to be a zookeeper not to be impressed by this huge zebra-striped building off Courtenay Pl...
The Cambridge Hotel & Backpackers
Comfortable, affordable accommodation in a heritage hotel. En suite rooms have Sky TV, phone and fridge (try for a room at the back if you’re a light sleeper)...
In a 110-year-old house, Worldwide is a small hostel that's reasonably tidy, with winning features such as free wi-fi, breakfast, and regular barbecues. It’s youthful, down-to-earth and chilled out.