History, Artwork and Design

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, Ohtel Pantry in the hotel lobby offers guests and the general public a relaxing space to enjoy speciality coffees, freshly baked goodies, bar snacks and sweet treats, alongside local wine and craft beer, sourced from a range of local suppliers.  Our all day brunch menu has some classic favourites on the menu, featuring some mid century inspired dishes, modernised with a twist!

Mr George Duppa, featured on our wall, is the original sole resident of Oriental Bay (originally called Duppa Bay after him) and the first person to build a home here. He was an Englishman who came to New Zealand in 1840 to make his fortune and in fact became the country’s first “millionaire”.

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.