The Mermaid Guesthouse is situated in Wellington’s inner city Aro Valley, an historic area with picturesque Victorian Villas gracing the bush covered hillsides. The guesthouse itself is a turn-of-the-century character building, which has been lovingly preserved and completely restored.
Minutes walk to the wonderful Cuba Quarter it is also easy walking to Wellington’s theatres, cinemas, cafes, offices, Victoria University, major shopping centres, Te Papa (National Museum) as well as suburbs such as Kelburn, Mt Victoria and Thorndon—noted for restaurants and coffee houses that are as cosmopolitan as anything in the northern hemisphere.
Aro Valley has an eclectic collection of local shopping.Try DeliAro for superb coffee and breakfast, buy fresh fruits and vegetables at stores nearby, lunch at the Aro Street Cafe and Restaurant or visit Aro Video, Wellington’s finest video shop. Tzar hairdressing is recommended and a must to visit is Ron Barber’s Studio with originally designed wooden frames, art works, and furniture. There’s also DAF 105 gallery, Biscuit for clothing, and Vilders beautiful handmade jewellery just opposite the property.
The Mermaid is also a tribute to some of the world’s most interesting interior decor styles and the rooms border on glamourous. The vibrancy of Polynesia, the cool elegance of Deco, the passion of Latin, and the splendour of Bengal are themed in the four guest rooms. All have views onto the deck or the surrounding hillsides. One room has private facilities, while the others share a bathroom with a tub, shower and a mosaic tiled mermaid adorning the wall. All have luxurious robes, towels, and fragrant soaps for your extra comfort.
The kitchen is fully facilitated for guest use at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The Mermaid provides cereals for self-catering at breakfast and provides an extensive range of condiments.
The patio deck which opens out from the French doors is pure contemporary New Zealand in its combination of honey-blond wood, a multitude of flowering potted plants, clematis on a trellis, and even a hammock.
Whether your need is to do some extra shopping, have a late business meeting, or if your plane leaves early evening, wherever possible The Mermaid offers late checkouts. Free Wireless Internet is available if you carry a laptop, otherwise Internet facilities are close by on Cuba Street. Local calls are free of charge.
Mother and daughter hosts Francesca and Joyce are ready to share a wealth of local information and assist with any extra needs or local information.