Situated on Cuba Street, one of Wellington’s most electric and charismatic areas, Naumi Wellington has just opened.
The hotel marks the seventh property for disruptor hotel brand, Naumi Hotels, who are nudging the eclectic boutique hotel space in the APAC region with their irrepressible and colourful design and style overseen by leading New Zealand designers, Material Creative.
The hotel comprises 62 oversized rooms with a palette that reflects the essence of Naumi – colourful and wild with a refined edge.
Bold colour blocking in the rooms takes its inspiration from nature: lilac, avocado green, rusty red, subtle turmeric, like the colours of a Wellington sunset tastefully clashing with a contemporary carpet diagonally striped in fluorescent colours.
Statement peanut bedside lights by Sweden based, Ovature Studios, feature in every room alongside unique bedside tables, coffee tables, and mirrors by young Kiwi design start-up, Made of Tomorrow.
Artwork includes a sustainably designed kina, inspired by the spiky and plump sea urchins endemic to New Zealand, designed by local artist, Andi Regan, made from cable ties dyed in a multitude of colours.
The walls of each room are draped in sumptuous velvet that provide soothing acoustics to make guests feel warm and cosy.
For full chill factor, the rooms at Naumi Wellington have the largest in-room hotel televisions in the country at 65” ready to go with all major streaming services for those times when binge watching and ordering in room service are on the menu.
Food & Drink
Naumi Wellington’s restaurants and bars include Lola Rouge, which is a celebration of South-East Asia with a menu crafted by award-winning Executive Chef Kiran Ghate, combining a stunning range of local ingredients, colour, flavour and texture.
There is an extensive drinks menu of boutique wines, cocktails and beers from local craft breweries.
Lola Rouge Bar is like stepping into a cabinet of curiosities, a cosy, sumptuous space to nurse a drink under the dim flickers of luxurious lamps.
Merging old world glamour with new world romanticism, The Parlour is a pastel-hued dreamscape inspired by light-filled Parisian conservatories: a space to enjoy High Tea and cocktails.
Floral sculptural assemblages from renowned New Zealand artist, Judy Darragh adorn the green walls, offset by the high arches framing this saccharine sweet spot.
Naumi Wellington shares its dining outlets with its sister property, Naumi Studio Wellington, that is located in the heritage building next door.
The Edwardian-era building was originally one of many People’s Palace hotels that were built by the Salvation Army in the late 19th and early 20th century.
“There is a real charm about Naumi hotels” says Toni Brandso, Director and Interior Designer at Material Creative.
“With a brief of ‘no white’ we are pushed to use colour in new ways and ensure we create unexpected spaces that bring people together.”
Gaurang Jhunjhnuwala, CEO of Naumi Hotels, says: “We love the spirit of Wellington – its grit, street art, galleries, cafés, fashion, cocktails and culture.
“The opening of Naumi Wellington gives guests a brand-new boutique experience in the world’s coolest little capital, unexpected surprises and yet, it still has that home away from home feel about it.
“I am very excited about this new addition to the Naumi portfolio of hotels where we invite guests to experience the whimsical world of Naumi.”