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James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

4 stars
147 The Terrace, PO Box 2429, Wellington, 6145
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
17 reviews
1 day trip in Wellington

The location of this hotel is excellent, just nearby the main street (Lambton St./shopping & CBD... See full review

  • FenFenFen
  • Sep 29, 2011
A perfect stay

Friendly service, beautiful / clean room and fantastic location. See full review

  • Anonymous
  • Feb 2, 2010
Majestic leading hotel in Wellington

The James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, ideally situated in the heart of Wellington, is the perfect base from which to explore the top sites and attractions in New Zealand's capital city. Within a short walk of many of the city's top attractions, the hotel affords guests comfortable accommodations and onsite bars and restaurants, the Sojourn Café & Bar and Whitby's Restaurant & Bar.

3 Reasons To Stay:
  • Central location

  • Two exceptional bars and restaurants

  • Access to Bodyhaven Spa

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor Rooms
The James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor offers 268 rooms and suites in a variety of layouts and comfort standards. Terrace and Lambton rooms are spacious and stylish with sophisticated décor and premium furnishings. The neutral tones in these rooms, coupled with the excellent views from the large, light-filled windows, provide a sense of relaxation and calm. Guests also have access to amenities such as Wi-Fi, minibar, tea and coffee-making facilities and an ensuite bathroom. Style and sophistication are personified in the Club King rooms, as guests are treated to an experience like no other, including welcome fruit and chocolates, complimentary breakfast, local calls, broadband internet and evening drinks and snacks. Guests should look out for the spa crystals in the luxury bathrooms, with Forest and Bird amenities, which support the charity of the same name. Suites are also available and they provide a sumptuous home away from home, including a kitchenette and access to the Executive Club Lounge.
Things To Do:
  • City Gallery (0.5 mi/900m)

  • The Wellington Cable Car (0.7 miles/1.2 km)

  • New Zealand Opera House (1 miles/1.7 km)

  • Te Papa Tongarewa (1.3 miles/2.1 km)

  • Karori Sanctuary (1.4 miles/2.4 km)

  • Weta Cave (5.1 miles/8.3 km)

Hotel Map

-41.2844 174.7742
Area served
Wellington
Nearby airports
Wellington Airport
Area description
The James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor is located right in the heart of Wellington, the hotel has direct access to the major shopping precinct of Lambton Quay and only a short walk to the city's government and corporate offices. Parliament, Wellington Convention Centre, Westpac Stadium, TSB Arena, Te Papa, the Cable Car and Botanic Gardens are all within 10 minutes walk of the hotel.

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James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor Rooms

Premium Room
Corner room on higher floors with city and harbour views, couch, mini bar, shower over bath, High Speed Internet Access, desk, air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities.
Terrace Room
Room offers 2 double beds with working desk, air conditioning, alarm clock, color TV, hairdryer, heating, refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities, kettle, voicemail, valet service, iron/ironing board, broadband internet access, minibar, and ensuite bathroom with shower over bath. Smoking or non-smoking rooms available. No rollaway beds can be accommodated.
Lambton Room
Room offers 1 king or 1 double and 1 single bed with working desk, air conditioning, alarm clock, color TV, hairdryer, heating, refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities, kettle, voicemail, valet service, iron/ironing board, broadband internet access, minibar, and ensuite bathroom with shower over bath. All rooms are non-smoking.
One Bedroom Suite
Spacious room with separate lounge, Hollywood King Size bed, ensuite bathroom, lounge has two couches, coffee table, working desk.
Club King Room
Room offers 1 king bed with receive welcome fruit & chocolates, and exclusive Forest & Bird amenities, In CLUB LOUNGE RECEIVE FREE:-Local calls,broadband, Buffet Breakfast in Whitby's Restaurant, snacks and Drinks 24-7, with working desk, air conditioning, alarm clock, color TV, hairdryer, heating, refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities, kettle, voicemail, valet service, iron/ironing board, broadband internet access, minibar, and ensuite bathroom with shower over bath. All rooms are non-smoking. No rollaway beds can be accommodated. *Includes Club Lounge Access* Benefits include: Complimentary Buffet Breakfast served in Whitby's Restaurant, In the Club Lounge receive complimentary Drinks and Nibbles between 5pm - 7pm. FREE High Speed Internet in Club Lounge * King bed * Turndown service* 100MB interet free in room.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Activities
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
24 hour room service
Room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
Childcare Service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Currency exchange
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities
Accessible facilities
Wheel chair access
Service dogs allowed
Accessible parking
Public areas wheelchair accessible for disabled
Wheelchair accessible elevators
Ramp access to buildings
Brailled elevators

Nearby points of interest

  • Cable Car: 0.3 mi
  • New Zealand Parliament Buildings: 0.5 mi
  • Te Papa Museum: 0.6 mi
  • Kilbirnie: 2.6 mi
  • Miramar: 3.1 mi
  • Seatoun: 4 mi
  • Newlands: 4.8 mi

Dining

Room Service
Available 24 Hours. Select from the in room menu.
Whitby's Restaurant
Whitby's Bar & Restaurant offers its patrons a delicious array of choices from buffet to a la carte to light meals.
Sojourn Cafe
Sojourn cafe is located in the lobby with an exciting menu of international cuisine. The hotel also has a resident pianist playing 6 nights a week.

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
Choose one of our eight well-appointed conference rooms as the backdrop for your next event of up to 240 delegates. Reward your guests with enticing catering cuisine and a superb level of personalised service. In addition to high-speed internet connectivity throughout the hotel, we offer cutting-edge audiovisual equipment and technical support to ensure flawlessly executed presentations.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (17)

Ratings and reviews for James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
17 out of 17
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4.7
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
4.5
Location:
4.8
Value:
4.4

94% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
GoVikes
Michigan, USA
Jan 20, 2013

Tired Old Hotel

No free Internet in rooms - cheap! Management does not want to spend any money for guest comfort. Management also does a poor job of maintenance as there was black tape to seal gap between two windows. What a joke. Overall, I would pick a different hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Te Pappa, Botonic Garden, and Zealandia - a must visit.

Review of James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
SJV3
New York, NY, USA
Apr 16, 2012

awesome value for your money

I had a great experience. The hotel was clean, modern, had a great location, helpful staff and honestly a great price for the hotel. It is located in the financial district and a short walk to the main strips.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Short walk to museums which are all free and really great in Wellington.

Review of James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
nzhoneymooner
NC
Dec 4, 2011

Nice hotel, but a few extra fees

This hotel was in a great location - east walking distance to the water and lots of restaurants, etc. We were surprised with the extra charge for using a credit card to pay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
FenFenFen
Taipei
Sep 29, 2011

1 day trip in Wellington

The location of this hotel is excellent, just nearby the main street (Lambton St./shopping & CBD area), and is very convenient for any kinds of public transportation.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

take the elevator 5 down to Lambton st. and take cable car to Cable Car Museum, after that, you can take the free shuttle to Zealandia next to Cable Car Museum. After visiting Zealandia, take the free shuttle back and take a walk in Botanic garden next to Cable Car Museum. There is a main/popular walk which could lead you to the Beehive to take an one hour free tour to the Parliament building.

Review of James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Annam
Silicon Valley, CA
Apr 22, 2011

No good wifi coverage

I am specifically writing this feedback because of my not-so-great experience with wifi coverage, or more specifically lack of it in james cook. The hotel experience was otherwise OK but in certain parts of the hotel wifi coverage is lacking so watch out!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Entertainment tip: In Hotel

Pick a room where wifi coverage is good.

Review of James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jan 30, 2011

Very pleased

Hotel is conveniently located. Room was clean and neat. Staff was very friendly and helpful. One reveiw said the hotel was older but it definitely been remodeled.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

You must go to Cuba street to check out all of the resturants and night life. My wife and I are both in our 60's but we had a great meal both evenings and enoyed just walking around.

Review of James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Colorado
Nov 26, 2010

Great location, very comfortable

Very comfortable room. Super location. There's an elevator in the lobby down to the main street (Lambton Quay). This saves a lot of walking. One problem with room. If you're an older person - the bathtub/shower was hard to get in and out of. There are good handholds which saved the day.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Money-saving tip: In Hotel

Don't do anything extra at the hotel - like use internet ($15-30), watch movies on TV ($14), etc. It all costs. Oh and breakfast delivered to your room ($22-29).

Review of James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Boise, Idaho
Oct 18, 2010

Great place to catch your breathe

We loved our room. Very spacious and the shower was lovely. Had a good dinner and breakfast. The internet usage got a little expensive - but probably because we skyped family and it used up a lot of power. Very close to downtown.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
alexandria VA
May 18, 2010

Wellington's James Cook Chancellor hotel

We had a great experience with the James Cook hotel. It was in a terrific location, walkable to everything -- which we did. The room was mid-size and the beds were very comfortable. Quiet 15th floor location. We can recommend this hotel to anyone. We did not try the hotel restaurant -- there were too many other enticing dining choices around Wellington! If we had one wish, it would be that the piano bar in the lobby stay open later.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Hit Cuba Street for the young and hip restaurant scene. It's an 8-10 block walk from the hotel.

Review of James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
easy Oregon folks
Bend, OR
Apr 11, 2010

We couldn't ask for more...

After a horrendous night at the BASE Auckland hotel we were ready to die if we couldn't sleep. The James Cook was a step into quiet luxury and we had two wonderful nights there. Leaving early for the ferry we treated ourselves to a room service breakfast - it was on time, hot, delicious, perfect. Great place, great price!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Long walk from hotel

Long but doable walk to Te Papa, this is an incredible museum that we went to twice to see it all. Got lost coming back once, have a good map with you!

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