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3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Cnr Princess & Main Streets, Palmerston North 4440 , New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014
OliveLady2014 Havelock North, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Havelock North, New Zealand
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

My room cost $75 and had a double bed and two singles. Quite dated, especially the bathroom, but bedding was cleaning and plentiful towels. It was within easy walk of restaurants and cafes. The hotel warns guests that it is very noisy Thursday to Saturday nights and I stayed a Wednesday night and there was loud music until 2am. An... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We went back to The Empire for another one of there lovey meals. Once again it was very good. Plenty on the plate., a good pub meal. This time though unfortunatly they have done away with there VERY POPULAR $15 meals and complimentry drink. We stayed and still had a good enjoable meal but cost us double this time. We... More

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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Was in Palmerston North for concert last week and just happenned to park the car outside this hotel. We were looking for a place to eat and decided to have a look at this hotels bistro menu. We were pleasantly surprised not only at the range of meals offered but also the most reasonable prices. I chose the roast of... More

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
17 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

If you are considering this hotel, then you know you are not going to get luxury. But you are going to get a spacious room for a good price, a good shower, and a convenient location for central Palmerston North. The hotel site warns there may be noise, but no hotel noise reached our room. The rubbish truck emptying the... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Everytime we go to palmy we go up to the empire for a good "Pub Food" meal. They have a good special on with about 8 to 10 choices..$15 to $18 and you get a free wine or beer too. They come with chips and salad (unless Specified) and nice a big. I would reccomend the "Beef schnitzel". We usually... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

It was ok for a short stay. We arrived here late at 11pm driving from Lake Taupo, and while the reception was already close, their staff was nice enough to wait for us at the bar. The room was a letdown and since there's a big gap between the floor and the room door, you can hear pretty much everything... More

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Stayed one night in January 2013. Room clean and en-suite facilities very good. Managed to have a authentic Mexican meal in the restaurant served by Fernando from Guataumala. Unwittingly chose a day when Palmerston North were hosting a national stock car convention & rally so had to deal with the traffic diversion. Staff helpful & friendly.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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126 reviews 126 reviews
19 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Having stayed in hostels travelling when i was younger I know the difference between a hostel and a hotel. This was sort of a missing link. There is parking, but you dont necessarily feel your car is safe, the rooms look clean but there is something that doesn't make you feel that they are and the soundproofing is appalling. You... More

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Rotorua, New Zealand
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

THe room was very basic but for $57 was great value. The room was above a pub but no noise was evident - restaurant below was great. A five minute walk to town was great with restaurants all very close. Staff were all polite and efficient - will be staying again.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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115 reviews 115 reviews
56 hotel reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

My wife and I booked this hotel as we found quite good reviews about this hotel. It is centrally located, few minutes from the shopping malls, The Square, and other fine dining places in PN. The hotel was quite cheap and the room was small but clean. It is funny that the Hotel Reception is usually closed out all the... More

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Address: Cnr Princess & Main Streets, Palmerston North 4440 , New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Palmerston North
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Hotel Class:3 star — Empire Hotel 3*
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The Empire Hotel has historic associations with Palmerston North - it was the city's first school. In 1890 the school was relocated and the building was converted into a hotel and has been a popular hotel both for local residents and visitors to the city.Our 14 rooms are comfortable and tidy. They have ensuite bathrooms, tea/coffee making facilities and SKY TV. Located in the city centre makes for an easy stroll to shopping and inner city attractions. The bar downstairs is one of the most popular bars in town and we also boast having Palmerston North’s only Mexican Restaurant. We’re perfect for golfers or sports teams looking to stay and enjoy the great night life of Palmerston North. With all the above, Off street parking, 18 gaming machines, Manned TAB facilities, a pool table, covered smoking areas, and only a five minute drive to airport, you can't go wrong! ... more   less 
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