If the Visa Wellington On a Plate FOMO has set in, we must admit, you're a little late.
But nevertheless, we've collated the ultimate accommodation guide for foodies with a perpetual fear of missing out on our favourite month-long food festival. From Lambton Quay to the water's edge, behold our accommodation hotlist to keep mind the next time a windy weekend in Wellington beckons.
1. The Bolton Hotel
Perks: Seamless, after-hours front-desk service. If dinner runs a little late, consider yourself well and truly taken care of before lights out.
Best for: A luxe, romantic weekend escape. Bolton Hotel is Wellington's finest independent hotel, with cosy suites to boot. Boasting an excellent central location, just steps away from the Parliament buildings and central business district, Bolton Hotel is conveniently nestled among the best of the city's shops, cafes and restaurants and within walking distance of Wellington's vibrant waterfront. The boutique rooms, clad in plush velvets, and the inviting lobby, is beautifully decked out with an eclectic collection of Rita Angus artworks, reaffirming the gorgeously Kiwi (yet understatedly high-end) look and feel.
If you're in the windy city to truly unwind, or reach your quota of exploring post-WOAP, The Bolton boasts one of the city's finest eat-in offerings. Artisan Dining House offers a seasonally menu using quality ingredients, presented with impeccable attention to detail. Spearheaded by chef MacLean Fraser, it's never been easier to savour the flavour of the capital, without having to leave the cushy confines of this beautiful hotel. For details, or to book, see here.
2. QT Museum Wellington Hotel
Perks: Enormous in-room spa bath and world-class ammenties.
Best for: Soaking up the waterfront action. This unmatched art hotel tops our list as one of the city's most alluring residences. Inside, you'll be blown away by the contemorary art collection and impressive line-up of sourced treasures. If you're looking to counteract your WOAP schedule with a healthy dose of culture, Te Papa Museum is convieniently located across the road. Be sure to rise and shine bright and early on Sunday morning, and catch the action at The Waterfront Markets. For more, see their website here.
3. Park Hotel
Perks: Location, location, location.
Best for: Cosy, tidy rooms and the ultimate inner-city dwelling. We love the accessibility of this funky little hotel, particularly if you're passing through and need to be in the thick of it all. The Park Hotel offers everything you could possibly need, plus they boast a scrumptious brekkie line-up at the hotel’s Sterling Woodfire Eatery & Bar. If you're planning to get around by foot, Park is prime, inner-city Wellington. For more, visit here.
4. InterContinental Wellington
Perks: Five-star service and a well-rounded intro to the capital.
Best for: First-timers. Sitting adjacent to Wellington’s glittering waterfront, InterContinental Wellington is the most centrally-located global five-star hotel in the city. It's seamless, personal service, ensures your first WOAP experience will be nothing short of perfection. If you're staying in, be sure to indulge at Chameleon Restaurant, showcasing the finest local flavours and a mouth-wateringly impressive wine and food menu. This one ticks all our boxes. To book direct, see here.
To learn more about Visa Wellington On a Plate, or to view this year's event schedule, simply visit their website here.