Wellington’s Museum Art Hotel is a Kiwi institution. It won’t take you long to see why. Upon entering, original artworks and prints adorn the walls and halls. Mornings kick off with freshly brewed coffee in your room and a dip into the pool downstairs. Upstairs, culinary delights and sweeping harbour views from its Hippopotamus restaurant turn a quick breakfast into a 2-hour extravaganza. You see, it soon becomes apparent that the notion of culture and innovation are the Museum’s founding principle.
The boutique hotel’s next chapter of joining the extraordinary QT Hotels and Resorts group is well underway. Hence, several refurbishments are taking place throughout the more quiet season of Kiwi winter. Once the restaurant swings open its doors again at the end of July, you won’t want to miss a meal there; trust me. Rooms are generous and well-equipped with the likes of iPod docks and coffee machines. Ask for one with harbour views and be in for a treat at sunrise. What’s more, staff are extremely approachable and the art, well, that’s reason enough to check in and browse the walls and displays of contemporary New Zealand and international art. Location-wise, you are steps from the harbour (including Te Papa, Sunday markets, and Oriental Bay) and a couple of blocks north, bohemian Cuba Street awaits coffee and vintage-shop explorations.
The Museum Art Hotel, soon to be rebranded to QT Museum Wellington, boasts with a kind of assertive identity often lacking in modern hotels. It balances luxury with practicality and is a very welcome layer to New Zealand’s art and hotel scene.