Luxury boutique hotel Sofitel Wellington reopens after 10 month revampby Sofitel + Noted
The city’s newest luxury hotel blends classic elegance with local history and botany.
Luxury boutique hotel Sofitel Wellington has reopened its doors after 10 months. The ultimate inner-city destination for city breaks, staycations and business travel, a warm greeting is just the start of a transporting, tailor-made hotel experience.
The city at your feet
The soft opulence of Sofitel Wellington reveals itself in every detail, signifying the effort its designers have taken to blend European sophistication with the local environs. Serenely situated with views to the Botanic Garden and Karori, and the city from other rooms, it’s easy to forget the 129-room hotel is just a two-minute walk from the inner-city buzz of The Terrace and Lambton Quay.
Luxurious Guest Rooms
Sofitel’s commitment to art de vivre – the art of living – manifests in the exuberance of the hotel’s luxuriously-appointed guest rooms and suites, which feature a striking palette of vintage gold and bronze and a plethora of rich textures. The crowning glory in each is the sumptuous, custom-made Sofitel MyBed™, where softness and support are ideally balanced, complemented by a pillow menu, high quality linen, luxurious bathrobes and thick, fluffy towels.
The plush aesthetic extends throughout the hotel, inspired by both the colonial grandeur of the nearby Botanic Garden and the lushness of Paris’ iconic Jardin du Luxembourg. Impressive, glossy floral snapshots by local photographer Vicky Fulton capture vibrant colours that extend onto jewel-coloured fabrics. There are hints of glimmering copper throughout the interior, a nod to the roofs of beehives in the Jardin du Luxembourg.
The elegance of bygone eras is matched with modern convenience for a smooth and seamless stay, with high-speed, complimentary Wi-Fi in every corner of the hotel, and Smart TVs and Bluetooth-enabled sound systems in each room. Meeting rooms and conference facilities benefit from a dedicated team who are on hand to provide event and secretariat services.
Dining in style
With its striking floral décor, semi private dining spaces and courtyard, Jardin Grill is a destination in its own right. Headed by Executive Chef Roy Giam (ex-Charley Noble), the menu celebrates New Zealand gastronomy via a wood-fired grill. The meltingly tender beef and rotisserie pork belly are not to be missed, followed by signature dessert Spring Garden, a deconstruction with pistachio, rose, lychee and vanilla flavours that change to match each season.
The Green Room
Admire hillside views, or lounge in front of the fireplace in this chic bar. A botanically inspired gin and tonic collection, designed in collaboration with East Imperial, complements the hotel’s botanical theme. A refreshing pear-garnished, yuzu-infused twist nods to the building’s former occupants, the New Zealand Apple and Pear Board.
Click here to book your stay at sofitel.co.nz
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