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Suite Life: InterContinental Wellington

Why stay here?

The hotel is in central Wellington, within easy walking distance to shopping areas and footsteps from a waterfront fine dining and entertainment precinct. It’s one of just a handful of luxury offerings in New Zealand’s capital and both the Presidential Suite (on level nine) and the Club Lounge (level seven) has fabulous views of Wellington harbour. The Presidential Suite is expansive, with a separate interconnecting room available for extra guests. It was named New Zealand’s Leading Hotel Suite in the 2015 World Travel Awards.

 

Rise & shine breakfast time?

Club InterContinental guests have access to the Club Lounge, serving a host of buffet breakfast options. During a recent refurbishment of the hotel, a kitchen was added to the Club Lounge, so guests can order fresh eggs and omelettes for breakfast. I like my eggs scrambled and they were scrumptious with a croissant. My inner coffee connoisseur was satisfied by a strong flat white, which was up to the standard of some of my favourite cafes in the city.

 

What’s for dinner?

Fine dining with an arty twist, Chameleon Restaurant is available on the ground floor. In-room dining is also available. I was told the Chameleon menu is designed to emphasise the main course. Sides can be ordered separately or treat your tastebuds to multiple main meals and create a makeshift degustation experience. I decided on a seafood-themed culinary affair and sampled oysters from Waiheke Island and Marlborough; NZ scallops, which were fresh and tasty; and groper in a miso broth. Wine pairings included a glass of Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc with my oysters. The following night’s in-room dining was a lovely way to unwind privately in our suite. I went with a lighter option – the prawn laksa – with a glass of G.H. Mumm Champagne. The suite’s dining table sits eight for those who may wish to entertain friends or other guests.

 


Chameleon restaurant at InterContinental Wellington Belinda Craigie

Time out

Spa InterContinental has just opened at the hotel and offers massage and beauty treatments using Sothys spa products.

 

Wow factor

I loved the suite’s spacious and luxurious bathroom. I tweeted about how much I admired my bathtub and shortly after, a glass of champagne was delivered to my room to complement a late afternoon, relaxing soak.

 

I would like an upgrade

The Presidential Suite is the top suite in the hotel.

 

Could do better

Nothing – all my expectations were met in terms of service and comfort. It was an enjoyable stay and I would stay there again.

 

Insider tip

The hotel recently acquired a 2015 Bentley Flying Spur, which is used for chauffeuring guests to and from the airport and touring around town. If you’re a food and wine fan, take a chauffeured day trip to the nearby wine region of Martinborough.

 

InterContinental Wellington’s new Bentley Flying Spur

 

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