Ohtel, Wellington, New Zealand
Look at what Alan Blundell has to say about ohtel. Located in the capital city's exclusive seaside neighbourhood of Oriental Bay, a brand new, hip 10 room Boutique Hotel is being constructed. Ohtel will provide true international class Urban Chic. Tailored to those deciding to stay based on attitude and lifestyle... Bathrooms will be the focal point of each room. Large expanses of glass revealing luxurious two-person baths, oversized showers, and the finest natural New Zealand made toiletries. King size beds, on-demand digital audio and movies via state of the art flat screens and speakers will complete the sensory experience. The Ohtel building itself is a stunning, contemporary 4 storey concrete structure, embedded into the base of a steep coastal cliff face.
While modern urban boutique hotels aren't unique, the 'Mid-Century' furnishings that adorn the interior spaces of Ohtel certainly are - from chairs to ceramics, tables to clocks. In the 1950's and 60's, designers from other disciplines such as architecture, fine art or graphic design used natural materials such as timber, glass, and leather to create objects whose sculptural & aesthetic qualities were paralleled only by their functional attributes. Unpretentious, modern interior styles from Scandanavia took America by storm in a 1954 travelling show. A large number of Hollywood films then fashioned their sets using these timeless, minimalist styles, spreading awareness world-wide, inspiring US, and designers from other countries such as Australia and New Zealand. Mid-Century design represented an optimistic vision of emerging modern life in post war times. Many iconic pieces are still made under licence today, (as well as cheap imitations), while the originals are destined to become the next generation of antiques. Welcome to Ohtel, Wellington.
Facilities: Customised gourmet mini-bar, two-person bath and shower, mid-century furnishings, intimate lobby with open gas fire, eco-friendly (including solar water), wellness room with infra red sauna and cardio bike, adjacent to Wellington’s principle entertainment precinct, close proximity to major attractions such as Oriental Bay beach, Te Papa national museum, theatres, shopping, restaurants and nightlife, non-alcoholic welcome drink on arrival, complimentary daily local Newspaper, in-room tea and coffee making facilities with homemade biscuits, personalised full evening turn down service, free in-room broadband internet access, complimentary access to the Ohtel gymnasium
Destination: Oriental Bay, Wellington
Official website: Ohtel