Have you ever seen a more dramatic hotel reception?
An iconic heritage building in the heart of Wellington has been reimagined to form the new Naumi Studio Hotel Wellington, opened in late November 2020. The landmark Edwardian-era building on Cuba Street was originally one of many People’s Palace hotels that were built by the Salvation Army in the late 19th and early 20th century.
After an extensive renovation, this 116 room property has been transformed into a visual feast for the senses, a luxury hotel enthralling guests with eclectic spaces inspired by seafaring and the literary world, and packed with art by local and international artists.
From the entrance on Dunlop Street, guests are transported into a sensory wonderland. The grand bar sits proudly in the heart of the hotel, where guests can enjoy award-winning New Zealand wines or a curated cocktail list. Flowing from the bar is the sumptuous lounge area, filled with books and oddities, and the pastel green dreamscape of the Parlour, perfect for people-watching. The full-service Lola Rouge restaurant will open early next year, offering Pan Asian-inspired cuisine.
The hotel dazzles with the talents of local and international artists and designers. The large scale floral backdrop in reception is created by Art Dep’t NZ. Completely covered in gold leaf, it features bespoke 3D flower lights by Angus Muir Lighting Design. Underfoot are bespoke rugs with a striking floral design created by artist Karl Maughan.
Choose from six bedroom types, ranging from cosy studios to an exquisitely furnished Executive Suite. Rooms cleverly optimise space, honour the heritage of the building and infuse a modern design twist. Bespoke bedhead textiles and Art Dep’t NZ 3D “Squiggle” artworks adorn the walls, with pops of bold colour and floral accents. High ceilings and decorative windows accentuate the heritage-chic experience.
The Executive Suite is influenced by the “English Print House” style, packed with botanical references and eclectic modern furniture combining the old and new worlds. The suite features a spacious lounge area, dazzling floral bar, mood lighting, and large spacious bathroom.
Cuba Street and the lively surrounding neighbourhood is home to the quirky, the alternative and the fun, with a high/low combination of art galleries, record stores, cheap eats and fine dining on the doorstep – the perfect setting for this most vibrant hotel.