Bolton Hotel

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Wellington New Zealand (2022 Updated)

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1. QT Wellington 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Wellington

QT Wellington
QT Wellington

QT Wellington offers a fusion of luxurious art, technology and indulgence. It boasts an eclectic collection of New Zealand art and features a fitness centre and an indoor heated swimming pool.

Each of the rooms at QT Wellington include abstract lines and playful patterns. Surrounded by urban hills, the rooms include satellite TV, a private bathroom with hairdryer and ironing facilities. Some rooms feature harbour views.

Hippopotamus Restaurant & Bar serves French-influenced cuisine and enjoys stunning views of Wellington’s beautiful harbour. Hot Sauce, the property’s new Asian Eating House and Bar, is open daily in the evenings. 24-hour room service is available.

Surprise yourself at QT Wellington, a significant fusion of expressive and luxurious art, technology and indulgence. Loosely based in the new creative capital of the South, QT Wellington is a warm invitation to explore and define one of New Zealand’s most eclectic collections of art and character. This is the ideal hub for cultural connoisseurs from around the world, framed in designer opulence and showcased at a gallery opening that never closed. We’re eager to see what you will bring.

Find the fire of flavour in the heart of Wellington at Hot Sauce. Traditional Asian flavours paired with trailblazing cocktails will quickly see your simple afternoon spread become a full-blown banquet late into the night. Elevate yourself in dining elegance at Hippopotamus. Lavish decor, attentive staff and a menu ranging from comfort food to fine dining will leave you satisfied, sated and spoilt.

Lovely location. Very central yet close to Oriental Bay and the beach. Nice little balcony with beautiful views of the harbour.

QT is located close to Te Papa Museum on the waterfront near Oriental Bay, so walking distance to many centrally located shops and attractions.

The service from the moment you arrive is exceptional from Concierge, through Reception and the Restaurants, and the housekeeping staff are also polite and helpful, which is a rare thing.

The management team bent over backwards to accommodate our requests and nothing was too much trouble. We even found a gift in our room with a lovely card to help celebrate our anniversary, which made our stay even better.

The hotel itself is unique in its furnishings from lobby through to the rooms and the feel is luxurious and quirky with great artwork throughout.

Breakfast is equally amazing, so for us QT is always our go to for an unforgettable experience.

Location

The QT is located in the Te Aro district of downtown Wellington. Though it’s a bit of a hike to the CBD, the Oriental Bay boardwalk and famous Cuba Street are both within easy reach. And of course the Te Papa Museum is directly across the street, as was a Sunday pop-up produce market in the parking lot beside it.

Breakfast

Breakfast at the QT is served in Hippopotamus, the third floor restaurant. If you’re concerned about the gaudy trimmings and uncomfortable-looking chairs that you see online, fear not: that’s a separate part of the restaurant near the bar.

The breakfast buffet spread has all the basics covered. Cold items include fruit salad, salad salad, yogurt, bircher muesli, chia pudding, toast and pastries; scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, bacon, sausage, fried mushrooms and stewed tomatoes await you at the hot table. The buffet also includes drip coffee and fruit smoothies, and there’s an à la carte menu for additional items.

The salad and pastries were changed up a bit during our stay; everything else stayed the same. We had no complaints about this, as everything was quite tasty!

The cool, art gallery feel has been enhanced and the renovations have made the rooms more luxurious. Some of the hotel’s minor quirks have been done away with and the result is much improved. It’s probably the classiest hotel in the city now.

It’s in a fabulous location – the suites with balconies have fantastic views over the harbour, and big windows to enjoy it through. The hotel close to everything downtown in Wellington yet still feels secluded. Te Papa is just across the road and Oriental Bay is around the corner. And the sea air makes the rooms feel fresh and light.

The pool and fitness room is clean and well maintained.

Gay Friendly Hotels Wellington
Gay Friendly Hotels Wellington

How much does a room costs at QT Wellington Hotel?

Prices start 190 $/night for QT Superior King Room. The QT Gallery King is 230$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

The QT Gallery rooms feature unique artwork created by some of New Zealand’s most dynamic artists. The rooms may feature either a bedhead mural, a quirky sculpture or custom-made wallpaper. Each room boasts its own art personality and plush QT luxuries. A bath is available upon request from the property.

Where to book online – QT Wellington –  Gay Friendly Hotels Wellington – you can find the best hotels deals in Wellington during Wellington Festival of Arts  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Wellington on  Booking.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

2. ibis Wellington 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Wellington

ibis Wellington
ibis Wellington

Ibis Wellington is set in the heart of the city, ideally located near the bustle of Lambton Quay and within walking distance to Parliament House, TSB Bank Arena, Westpac Stadium and the waterfront.

This 3.5 star hotel offers contemporary guest rooms, and the property is committed to environmentally friendly practices. Guest rooms feature a 26-inch LCD TV and laundry facilities.

Each room has a large workspace and satellite TV. Heating, air conditioning and a well-equipped en suite bathroom are also included. All iBusiness rooms also include a Nespresso machine.

Ibis Wellington is in the heart of the city near the bustle of Lambton Quay and walking distance to Parliament, TSB Bank Arena, Westpac Stadium and the waterfront. A Qualmark rated 3.5 star hotel with 200 contemporary guest rooms; Ibis Wellington’s quality has been recognised with international ISO 9001 and its environmental commitment with ISO 14001. Vivant! Restaurant and Bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s the perfect casual dining venue.

The hotel was centrally located, within easy walking distance of premier museums, excellent restaurants, and beautiful Queen’s Wharf. For the price, it was a great bargain.

The location is great right in town, close to the airport bus drop off on Lambton Quay and only a couple of blocks from the waterfront. The room had everything we needed a large bed, good shower, fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. The staff were friendly and efficient.

The buffet breakfast were amazing so many choices, cereals, fruit, pastries, smoothies and all your usual cooked breakfast choices, just to name a few. Even freshly made pancakes on request!

About 15 mins from airport, located in the CBD area. Location is superb!

Room was very spacious and clean. Bed was comfortable. Bathroom however is small but the water pressure in the shower is high. Room had coffee machine with variety of capsules.

Subway and restaurants are nearby, shopping all around, Wellington Museum is just 5 mins walk, Te Pa Pa Museum is about 10-15 mins walk. The train station is about 10 mins away

Ibis Wellington is in a great location making it easy to get around Wellington city.

The hotel room we had was a standard room and was clean and tidy. Staff were helpful and friendly.

The location is excellent and easily accessible to most places of interest. The room was clean and cosy – it’s not elaborate or flashy, but it’s not meant to be. Also, considering Wellington accommodations are normally very expensive, this was rather affordable for the quality.

Service is impeccable and as a member of Accor Plus, I am treated to a Welcome drink in the intimate bar on the ground floor. A Welcome card also awaits one in the room.which is presented well and caters to one’s every need. For example, the internet service is both free and high-speed.

For the business person and traveller alike, I can recommend the Ibis Wellington as a central hotel which is close to the heart of our capital city. One can go by foot to all that is offered in the CBD.

Gay Friendly Hotels Wellington
Gay Friendly Hotels Wellington

How much does a room costs at ibis Wellington?

Prices start 130 $/night for Queen Room. The King Room is 145$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Includes en suite bathroom, satellite TV, in-house movies, and individually controlled air conditioning. Wireless internet access is featured.

Where to book online – ibis Wellington –  Gay Friendly Hotels Wellington – you can find the best hotels deals in Wellington during Wellington Festival of Arts  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Wellington on  Booking.com or Accor.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

3.  Oaks Wellington Hotel 3*Gay Friendly Hotels Wellington

Oaks Wellington Hotel
Oaks Wellington Hotel

Offering refurbished accommodation in the heart of Wellington’s entertainment precinct, Oaks Wellington Hotel boasts city views and is just 500 m from the waterfront. It features a range of convenient facilities including an on-site restaurant, bar, meeting facilities, fitness centre and parking.

Offering a range of accommodation options including guest rooms, studios and two-bedroom apartments, all rooms feature tea/coffee making facilities, a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer and a flat-screen TV with cable channels.

The property is situated within Courtenay Place, which has a unique and rich history in the Wellington region.

It is super central and within walking distance to all the best shops, restaurants and bars 👍 The front door literally opens out onto Courtney Place. And yet the room was very quiet. It was also well appointed for a studio, with ample room to move around, minimal furniture and a large comfortable bed. Good sized TV and handy clock/phone charger beside bed. Great night views of the city too. The bathroom has been recently renovated and is stylish, and although some people may not love the frosted glass privacy screens, we didn’t mind a bit 🙂 Great water pressure in the shower too! The included breakfast was pretty good – lots of choice – and the restaurant is a pleasant, modern space to start the day 🙂

Great location with nice cosy rooms, no windows though, but clean and well presented in a great location within walking distance to everything you need, was the perfect place to stay for the night in the city.

Gay Friendly Hotels Wellington
Gay Friendly Hotels Wellington

How much does a room costs at Oaks Wellington Hotel?

Prices start 132 $/night for Hotel Room with City View. The Executive Room is 161$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

These Executive Rooms are located on the lower levels and feature accommodation in the heart of Wellington. The refurbished rooms feature well-appointed amenities including a bathroom with walk-in shower and tea/coffee making facilities.

Where to book online – Oaks Wellington Hotel –  Gay Friendly Hotels Wellington – you can find the best hotels deals in Wellington during Wellington Festival of Arts  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Wellington on  Booking.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

4. Bolton Hotel 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Wellington

Bolton Hotel
Bolton Hotel

Bolton Hotel is an elegant, boutique, 5-star hotel offering free WiFi on multiple devices and in-room iPad minis. Secure valet parking is available. Located in the Wellington central business district, the hotel is only minutes from Lambton Quay and Wellington Railway Station.

Guests can work out in the fitness centre and then relax in the spa pool. Self-check-in or check-out can be done using the iPads in the lobby/reception.

Bolton Hotel Wellington offers a choice of spacious studios and suites. Most rooms feature views of the Bolton Memorial Park Park or downtown Wellington. Every suite has a separate dining and living area, laundry facilities and a fully equipped kitchen.

As Wellington’s premier independent hotel, Bolton Hotel offers personalised service and boutique style in the heart of the capital. From cosy studios to spacious apartment-style 1-2 bedroom suites, guests enjoy exceptional amenities including the indoor heated lap pool, sauna and spa pool, complimentary high speed WiFi, a bustling lobby café and bar as well as the outstanding on-site restaurant Artisan Dining House.

Situated in the heart of the CBD, the highlights of Wellington’s eclectic shopping and constantly-evolving food and beverage scene can be found just steps away. After exploring downtown’s colourful streets, guests can retreat to their suite and unwind while taking in a sunset view over the green, expansive Thorndon Hills – a quintessential Wellington picture.

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.

Laundry! Dishwasher, pots and pans! Lovely view of the old cemetery through huge windows in 2 rooms. Staff very pleasant and helpful. BUT: not enough desk staff to answer phones, or just be present at reception. Restaurant breakfast buffet extensive but hot food not hot. No safe in our room, but in others (huh?). Dinner food, fish especially, over- cooked. Very convenient to shops, and botanical garden walk down from cable car. Gay friendly for sure.

Very centrally located, yet with lovely views over the hills. Within 5 minutes walk of the railway station, main government and architecturally-interesting buildings, and the lovely botanical gardens. Large, luxurious and comfortable rooms with good air-conditioning/heating and plenty of seating. Great bathrooms and an efficient little kitchenette. Fantastic picture windows. Good beds and a quiet night.

Pros: The location is great (in the CBD near the Botanical Garden and close to the waterfront). The room was spacious, modern, and comfortable. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

This is a lovely, comfortable, well-run hotel and a pleasure to have visited. The location is just a short walk from the train station and also Queen’s Wharf where so much of the action is. The service was excellent and professional, save for an argumentative waitress at the Bar who contradicted my husband when he said his wine was corked. Also a very short walk to the Botanical Gardens! Highly recommend.

Gay Friendly Accommodation Wellington
Gay Friendly Accommodation Wellington

How much does a room costs at Bolton Hotel?

Prices start 132 $/night for Studio Room. The Classic One-Bedroom Suite is 178$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This suite offers an iPad mini and a spacious en suite with a shower and a bath. It also includes a separate living area with a flat-screen TV, park or city views, dining table, fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities.

Where to book online – Bolton Hotel –  Gay Friendly Accommodation Wellington – you can find the best hotels deals in Wellington during Wellington Festival of Arts  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Wellington on  Booking.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

5. Hotel Park Hotel Lambton Quay  4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Wellington

Park Hotel Lambton Quay
Park Hotel Lambton Quay

Park Hotel Lambton Quay is situated in the heart of Wellington, just 200 m from the Cable Car. It features a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. You can unwind after a busy day exploring the city with a drink at the on-site bar.

These modern rooms include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. There is a toaster and tea/coffee making facilities. Some rooms also include full kitchen facilities. All rooms come with a private bathroom. Free toiletries, a hairdryer, and towels and linen are provided.

Beehive Parliament Building is 400 m from Park Hotel Lambton Quay, while TSB Bank Arena is 400 m from the property. Wellington Airport is 6 km away. This property is within walking distance of many vibrant restaurants, bars and cafes.

A place to stop, rest, relax, take time out. A space to work, play or meet up. Situated in the heart of Wellington’s CBD, Park Hotel is nestled between the bustling Terrace and the local’s favourite inner-city green retreat, Midland Park. Opened in 2016, we have everything you expect in a contemporary 4-star hotel. And something you’ll seldom get elsewhere.

An insider’s guide to the city. A truly Wellington Hotel, we’re locally owned and operated. We know this place inside out and we love it – the city and its surrounds, its businesses and the vibrant creative culture. It’s too good not to share. So, at the Park Hotel, we bring the city to you. Whether you’re here for work or play, for a while or just a night, we want you to experience a little of what this ‘coolest little capital’ has to offer. Stay close or wander far. You’ll find the very best of Wellington at Park Hotel.

This hotel is very well located in the CBD.

It is great has it has a basic kitchenette (ie microwave) but room service too so you can eat in room if you choose.

The bathroom is tiny and the shelves unhelpful for unpacking toiletries, makeup etc but I made it work.

Very comfortable bed and chairs, unfortunately my room had a massive pillar in the middle of it which made it visually displeasing.

Location of hotel is perfect for shopping and only a short walk to restaurants.

he location is great for accessing key aspects of the city (Parliament, harbor, restaurants, shopping) and there are many nice features (in room kitchenette, free laundry facilities on each floor, interesting and ample breakfast choices, helpful front desk) to this hotel.

If you want a hotel experience *right* in the middle of Wellington, but also want some comforts of having a small kitchen, this hotel is a great choiceGreat value, fantastic location, helpful staff, and we loved the view over the harbour.

Pillow menu was available, but I was happy with the comfortable pillows.
Free WiFi is a plus and good choice of tv channels. The hotel also has a restaurant on the 3rd floor and we had dinner there on our first night. It was very good and fairly priced.

The concierge service was excellent, friendly and helpful. Hotel is close to shops and there is a supermarket within walking distance if you want snacks. It’s also only a 5 minute walk to the waterfront.

The room was smallish but very well appointed with a massive shower cubicle. The decor was fresh and clean and the layout of the room didn’t make it feel small at all. The bed was extremely comfortable and they had a pillow menu to inform you of the different types of pillow that were on the bed.

Gay Friendly Hotel Wellington
Gay Friendly Hotel Wellington

How much does a room costs at Park Hotel Lambton Quay?

Prices start 125 $/night for Standard Room. The Executive King Studio  is 170$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

These rooms are located at the top levels of the hotel and provide you with views of the surrounding area. The room features a large seating area with sofa. Guests can enjoy the complimentary bathrobe and slippers after taking a bath. Guests receive complimentary 1 GB of daily WiFi.

Where to book online – Park Hotel Lambton Quay –  LGBT Friendly Hotels Wellington – you can find the best hotels deals in Wellington during Wellington Festival of Arts  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Wellington on  Booking.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.