Ohtel was designed and built by architect Alan Blundell, after being inspired by a trip to New York in 2000 to create a baby ‘design hotel’. A few years later, a small villa on a steep 162sqm site near the waterfront was discovered, and after negotiating to purchase the property, Alan set about designing the 10 room, 4 storey structure.
It took just over a year to document, obtain consents and finance for the work. The process was a 12 month project and presented its own unique set of challenges; the tiny site, excavation and anchoring the cliff face to maximise the footprint, and the complex precast concrete work used in construction. During the build, there were a lot of decisions to be made in terms of style, fittings and finishes, and of course ways in which the final building would minimise its carbon footprint.
One thing that has remained consistent since opening in 2008, is the choice of furniture and artwork. Furnished in high-quality mid-century designs and pieces of contemporary New Zealand art and ceramics, Ohtel exudes a distinctive kiwi flavour and in particular a unique Wellington flair.
Adding to the Wellington vibe, Duppa Bar in the hotel lobby offers guests and the general public a relaxing space to enjoy speciality coffees, freshly baked goodies, local wine and tapas, sourced from within a 200km radius. Duppa is named after the original sole resident of the Bay and the first person to build a home here, Mr George Duppa. He was an Englishman who came to New Zealand in 1840 to make his fortune and in fact became the country’s first “millionaire”. We love the history of the name and have developed a version of Mr Duppa into the logo to keep the history alive.
Ohtel is run and managed by New Zealand owned and operated Village Accommodation Group since 2017. The team at Ohtel offer guests a personalised stay, ensuring that their needs are met, and that each visitor enjoys a 5 star experience.
Village Accommodation Group offers a range of modern 3, 4 and 5 star apartment styled properties in central locations throughout Wellington, as well as the uniquely designed Ohtel 5 star boutique hotel on Oriental Parade, and AREA Events Conference Centre based at Boulcott Suites. Being New Zealand owned and operated, Village has a passionate sense of community, seen through the support of many local businesses in the arts, sports, hospice and conservation sectors.
Our team at Village are highly focused on delivering exceptional service to our valued guests as well as providing options for contactless stays, all presented in a safe, secure, self contained and hygienic environment. Further details about Village can be located on villagegroup.nz.