One thing that sets Movenpick apart is the daily chocolate hour service. Photo / supplied
Melissa Nightingale spends a night at the new Movenpick Hotel in Wellington.
Location: The Terrace, Wellington, between the city center and the suburb of Te Aro.
Price: Superior rooms start at $279 per night while Family Suites start at $379.
Perfect for: Families with children, couples, solo travelers – anyone really.
Recording experience: Passing through the main entrance into the elegant lobby, you are immediately greeted with a tray of cookies and a special cocoa pod tea to try. It’s a nice touch for a sweets-oriented hotel. Check-in was smooth and quick and the staff were friendly and helpful. Movenpick also offers valet parking for guests for $30 a day, which means you can just drop your keys off at reception and go on your merry way.
Rooms: The one bedroom suite has plenty of space and large windows stretching along the walls. The view overlooks Te Aro and the city center, up to Mount Victoria. In the evening, you can lie on the bed and watch the daylight fade and the windows of the city apartments begin to light up.
There is a comfortably sized living room with comfortable sofas and armchairs, a kitchenette with a small coffee machine and a separate bedroom with separate heating controls.
Bathrooms : No more fighting for space because this bathroom has a double sink. There’s a weirdly long shower area with a rainfall showerhead. Soaps and shampoos are from the Amiki brand, and the bathroom includes a free toothbrush, shaving kit, vanity set, and shower cap.
Food and drink: Chocolate time every day. Need I say more? No, but I will. Movenpick hotels around the world hold daily Chocolate Hours as a point of difference from other hotels and as a way to play on their bond with desserts.
Movenpick Wellington’s Chocolate Hour runs from 4:30pm to 5:30pm and is free for customers. A small table is set up near the hotel restaurant with a selection of chocolates and mini treats, and a chocolate fondue tower with marshmallows and fruit for dipping. On weekends, there will often be pancakes or donuts.
There’s also the hotel’s restaurant, Forage, which uses some of Wellington’s finest cuisine and craftsmanship. While there, I enjoyed Beef Wellington and a berry bun for dessert while admiring the city lights.
Another point of difference for Movenpick is the 24-hour sundae service. Customers can call the kitchen any time of the day or night and order an ice cream sundae made with Movenpick ice cream.
Facilities: The hotel has a heated indoor pool and sauna, and for families, a large kids’ room stocked with toys, books, climbing furniture, and a TV. Movenpick also has meeting rooms for anyone visiting for business.
In the vicinity: Perched on the outskirts of town, it’s only a short walk into the CBD, but be aware that you’ll be walking uphill to get back to the hotel.
Accessibility: A little disconcerting for a new hotel, there are no wheelchair accessible rooms available.
Contact: Phone 04 385 2119 or go to allaccor.com and search for ‘movenpick hotel wellington’.