Art is the theme of this newly refurbished hotel, where the entry, bars, restaurants, and lift lobbies showcase a stunning art collection amassed by its founder, Wellington businessman Chris Parkin. A good-natured Parkin pops into the lobby to fill us in on the stories of how he acquired the many works of art.
Amused by our curiosity, he even invites us into his private suite within the hotel. Here he and his wife slept in their kitchen/studio annexe while actress Cate Blanchett enjoyed their dual-level luxury digs, while in the city for a red-carpet premiere.
This hotel is a contradiction of light and shade. Your quirky, contemporary-styled bedroom or suite may look over Wellington’s busy waterfront life, but the interior walkways are winding adventures with pools of gentle lights beckoning you on. Follow them and you’ll find your way to the superb Hippopotamus Restaurant and Cocktail Bar.