Luxuriating in beautiful neo-classical detail yet recently threatened with demolition, Wellington’s 1928 T & G Building has now been fully restored as a bijou boutique hotel, the Doubletree by Hilton. The vintage marble panelling of the lobby and staircase might well have been installed by the Hilton chain themselves; they clearly liked this polished marble so much, they’ve used it for the table tops in the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, Spring Kitchen.

At one end of the room is the bar which, in the months following the Doubletree’s opening in July last year, unexpectedly shot into favour as an upscale after-work watering hole for the CBD, inspiring management to replace some of the dining tables with a massive banquette.

Behind the bar is a restfully abstract Pointillist mural in nature’s shades of sage, moss, grey and blue, which aptly sets the colour palette for Spring’s decor. Being on the first floor, the dining room windows look out over the treetops of a little dell below. Come nighttime, an exterior row of Italianate balustrades has been romantically floodlit.

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