Hotel Review: Sofitel Wellington
Sofitel Wellington is the newest addition to the luxury hotel landscape in the capital of New Zealand. The property is located close to the government buildings and thus comes with an attractive location for business travelers. While the rooms at Sofitel Wellington are relatively small, I found the design to be truly stunning! Learn more in our extensive hotel review.
After seeing that Sofitel opened a new property in Wellington in July 2016, I had no other choice than staying at the hotel when visiting Wellington in September.
- Classification: Five Stars
- Room Category: Superior Room
- Month of Stay: September
While new hotels can be quite disappointing from time to time, I found the processes at Sofitel Wellington to already work quite good.
There were some minor flaws, but generally the stay was quite enjoyable.
Superior Room at Sofitel Wellington
As a Le Club Accor Gold member, I was upgraded to a Superior Room at Sofitel Wellington.
It’s worth noting that the Superior Room is not very spacious, but already a few square meters bigger than the Standard Rooms.
As Sofitel Wellington is a relatively small hotel, the room sizes are below average, but the nice design somewhat makes up for this.
The Superior Room comes with an opulent design with a focus on gold and black. You can find a comfortable King Bed with two bedside tables, an armchair, a small working table with a comfortable chair and a couple pictures together with the flat-screen on the wall opposite of the bed.
There’s also a Nespresso coffee machine together with a water boiler and a well-stocked minibar. The room also had a big window, but the view of the city was rather boring.
Bathroom of the Superior Room
Due to the small size of rooms, the Superior Room at Sofitel Wellington also comes with a small bathroom. There’s just a single sink together with a walk-in shower and a toilet.
The toiletries at Sofitel Wellington are provided by Lanvin and are among the best offered in luxury hotels.
The bathroom at Sofitel Wellington was a little too dark for my taste, but this seems to be intentional as the design follows the same lines as in the room.
Other than that, the water pressure of the shower was very good and the space available next to the sink was plentiful.
Dinner at Sofitel Wellington
I wouldn’t necessarily say I had a real dinner at Sofitel Wellington. Yet, I enjoyed a pizza together with my welcome drink.
While the pizza is not on the menu at the bar, I found it on the room service menu and asked whether it could be served in the bar as well, which wasn’t a problem.
Yet, I found it somewhat weird that just one type of pizza was available. I found the pizza to be quite tasty nevertheless, so there’s nothing bad to say.
The welcome drink (house wine) was not bad either. Plus, the service at the bar of Sofitel Wellington was very good.
Breakfast at Sofitel Wellington
Breakfast at Sofitel Wellington is served in the hotel’s main restaurant, which is located on the lobby level (as the bar is).
There’s a small, but good buffet with several continental options including fresh fruits, yoghurts, breads, cheeses, cold cuts and much more available.
There’s also a nice choice of different fruit juices and smoothies available. While the buffet itself comes without any hot options, you can choose those from a menu. If you have buffet breakfast included, you can choose one option for free.
The scrambled eggs with salmon I ordered at Sofitel Wellington were quite good. My companion had the French Toast, which she said was very good as well!
Bottom line Sofitel Wellington
Sofitel Wellington is surprisingly small for a new luxury hotel and also comes with relatively small rooms. Nevertheless, I found the design and the comfort of the Superior Room to be very high.
While I didn’t have the chance to check out the gym this time, I’m sure it’s not bad either as it is the norm at Sofitel properties. The pizza at the bar and the breakfast were quite good as well. The same is true for the service. All that said, Sofitel Wellington is a good option for staying in the capital of New Zealand. Yet, you should be aware that the hotel is not really cheap, but this is the norm for luxury hotels in Wellington.
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