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Fun fact: the Museum Art Hotel is one of the largest building ever to be moved from one site to another. It originally stood where the Te Papa Museum does today. When it was moved to make room for that institution, all of the furnishings were left inside the building (except for the bed linens) and the whole she-bang, some 3500 tons of reinforced concrete, were placed on wheels that ran along a custom built steel track to the current location. Of course, you have new furnishings today, and they can be quite opulent (fancy wallpapers, i-pod docks, Nespresso machines). Those touches, along with the hotel's eccentric art collection and prime waterfront location, make it a consistently popular choice. Along with more standard hotel rooms, the hotel boasts modern apartments in one wing which are ideal for families.