The Intrepid Hotel
60 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro
The Intrepid Hotel stands out in Wellington's ultra-competitive accommodation scene by focusing on the little details. Their strategy has made their Ghuznee Street oasis a true destination for a weekend away.
Built in 1909 as the Cadbury office and warehouse, the building now serves as a ‘low luxe’ neighbourhood hotel: cosy and comfortable, a destination in itself with a surprise at every corner. The attention to detail is admirable. Guests can retire to their room each night and find a Pinky bar waiting on their pillow, a nod to the premises’ chocolate-filled past. A baked treat awaits you in the morning, which
goes well with the complimentary tea, coffee, and snacks.
Hosting just 18 rooms means the Intrepid Hotel can invest much love and attention into each guest. The entire hotel, including the lobby, reception area, and rooms, has been stripped back to its original beauty. Think exposed white brick walls, pipes weaving their way around the room’s periphery, and industrial-chic lamps. Each room features a unique artwork and rug, so no two stays are likely to be the same. And for good measure, you get a tree stump for a bedside table.
The Intrepid’s location is another of its major assets. Located smack bang in the heart of the Cuba Street precinct, it’s the perfect base from which to explore Wellington’s renowned inner-city eateries. Conveniently though, you won’t have to go very far for a nightcap. In fact, one of the city’s best wine bars, Puffin, is downstairs in the same building.
In one of the country’s hippest cities, the Intrepid Hotel is definitely the cool spot to stay on the block. A premium location, Instagram-worthy fit-out, and neat little touches are what make this one of the hottest places to stay for the modern traveller.
Words by John Son & Photography by Anna Briggs
60 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro
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