InterContinental Wellington

DSC01258As an Australian I am ashamed to say I have not visited Wellington before.  The reason for this visit was to spend a few days in this delightful city before boarding a cruise ship for a voyage around New Zealand’s South Island.

Our flight arrived in Wellington close to midnight and after the quickest deplane and customs clearance, we were on our way by taxi for the short trip to the InterContinental.  As our taxi pulled up we were greeted by a charming young lady who quickly took charge of our bags before escorting us to the reception where she checked us in.  We were soon in our large room located on the Club Floor level overlooking Wellington Harbour.

One of the delights of staying with most InterContinental Hotels is their Club Floor rooms and facilities.  My wife and I are almost addicted to Club Lounges.  Each evening complimentary drinks, including wine and spirits, were served along with a buffet of substantial finger food, cheeses and more.  What a great place to see the sun go down over the harbour and talk to fellow guests.

The Hotel’s main restaurant offered an outstanding breakfast buffet as well as a la carte, the local waitstaff were very friendly and informative.  For a lighter continental style breakfast, the Club Lounge is the place.

Our room was oversized compared to many hotels and I really enjoyed working at our in-room desk area.  The bathroom was spacious, with separate shower recess and a large spa bath in the corner.  The foyer lounge was a great place to relax and people watch while sipping a drink or coffee.

This harbourside hotel was well situated, close to all the shops and business district.  One of the beauties of this town is its size, making it so easy to explore all the surrounding sites.  This is a city I look forward to returning soon and my hotel of choice will certainly be the InterContinental, due to its excellent room layouts, friendly service and location.  I think one could say, it is certainly the best hotel in town.   John Pond.

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About John Pond, J.P.

Pioneer in television as producer of thousands of hours of TV shows on Australian and American television including Graham Kennedy, Tommy Leonetti, People in Conflict, Hollywood Bowl, Major Specials and Dr John‘s Casebook TV Shows. TV manager J. Walter Thompson & McCannErickson Advertising and head of production for Columbia Pictures TV. John changed careers to the hospitality industry working for Sydney’s top 5 star hotel as director of sales and marketing and GM. Then with Harrah’s/Caesar's World, the world’s largest hotel and casino group in Nevada. Playboy Magazine in Chicago, head of worldwide PR/Marketing, for their Resorts, Clubs, Hotels & Casinos. Producer at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Co-creator of hit US network TV show Joker, Joker, Joker, first TV show to give away a million dollars. Writer travel articles for magazines and newspapers including Washington Post, New York Times, American Playboy as well as local Australian papers and magazines. In the USA represented many personalities including Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Mel Torme, and many other major names. John is Editor at Sea of Australia’s leading cruise magazine, Travel & Cruise writer for The Retiree Magazine, Destinations Magazine and Spectator Group of Newspapers. John reviews cruise ships, Destinations and Hotels, and is ably assisted by his Associate Editor Sandra Tiltman.
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