The Intrepid is a boutique hotel for travellers
Designed by people who love to travel and stay in hotels, The Intrepid has taken its inspiration from around the globe
Created by Sean Golding and Alex Cassels, two Wellingtonians who love to travel and dine, The Intrepid carefully fuses luxury, local and convenience to create the perfect home base for travellers while they explore Wellington.
Sean's talent for creating eclectic and welcoming eateries and bars and Alex's experience in the hotel industry have been combined to produce the sort of hotel where the owners would like to stay if they were travellers in Wellington, full of thoughtful gestures and amenities that are as equally thoughtful as they are beautiful.
From chocolate warehouse to boutique hotel
Is it your imagination or if you inhale deeply at The Intrepid, can you still smell the aroma of cocoa? The hotel has made its home in a heritage-listed building from 1909 that originally housed Cadbury Brothers' Wellington office and warehouse - so a residual aroma of chocolate is a possibility.
A complex restrengthening and renovation project has converted the beautiful building on trendy Ghuznee Street to its new life as a boutique hotel, with a bar and lobby downstairs and three floors of contemporary hotel rooms above.
The Intrepid has three sizes of rooms available: Precious (queen), Baker Street (king) and Mighty (super king). Each room has its own unique personality courtesy of the handmade rug on the floor and artwork on the wall. With pops of colour and texture, the rooms make you feel like you're staying in the guest room of your most stylish friend's home.
Each room has complimentary snacks and beverages, and every floor has a tea and coffee station complete with filter coffee from local Wellington roasters Coffee Supreme and tea by artisan tea blenders Libertine. In the lobby downstairs you'll find the hotel's boutique store, Seller Door. Browse the shelves for a curated range of goods from local retailers ranging from vintage watches from FiveFortyFive, gifts from Brown & Co and records from RPM.
A bar called Puffin
Head through the lobby and past the gold elevator, and you'll find a cosy, classy wine bar, Puffin.
With a considered and changing wine list, classic cocktails and some craft beers, Puffin will become your local during your stay at The Intrepid. Their focus is on organic and minimal intervention wines, and the knowledgeable staff are always happy to help you choose from their interesting varietals from Aotearoa and beyond. If you're hungry, they've got tasty bites like charcuterie and cheese, oysters and small plates.
With a lush aesthetic that combines a Murano chandelier, plush velvet booths and taxidermied birds, Puffin is the perfect spot for a cosy drink and a quick snack before venturing into the city.
On your doorstep
Step outside onto Ghuznee Street and you're surrounded by a compelling mix of boutique shopping, craft beer, coffee and great food. Cuba Street is just a hop skip and a jump away and the waterfront is about a five-minute walk.
Take a short wander down to Hannahs Laneway to check out some of Sean's other Wellington projects: dine at award-winning Shepherd or go for beers and pizza at Golding's Free Dive. While you're in the laneway, grab yourself a coffee and a famous salted caramel cookie from Leeds Street Bakery and a jar of Fix & Fogg's famous peanut butter.
Services & Facilities
Bluetooth radios, 50 inch smart TVs, free WiFi, cosy robes and the option of nightly turndown service.
Food & drink
Complimentary in-room beverages and snacks and self-serve filter coffee and tea are available for guests at all times. Puffin wine bar is located downstairs and serves a range of small plates alongside a menu of natural wine, beer and cocktails.