We had a one night stay at the Novotel Hamilton Tainui and had a positive experience at the hotel. We paid a rate of $119NZD, which is pretty much the standard rate at the hotel. We had two rooms, one for 4 people and the other for 2.
We arrived at the hotel in the evening and were greeted by a friendly receptionist. Check-in was efficient and she explained the two parking options, valet and self park. With the self park option, it was a $10 cost and you could park your vehicle in the outdoor Novotel car park. This outdoor area had enough room for maybe ten vehicles and was about 20m from the hotel entrance on a side lane. Valet was $15 and they would park your car in a secure undercover car park within the hotel building. We took the valet option as it was a small price for the security of our vehicle. They were happy to bring out the vehicle any time we wanted.
The rooms we had were spacious, clean and comfortable. They had been recently renovated and had large flat screen tvs with some cable channels. The bathroom was well sized, and there was a complimentary inroom safe for your valuables.
The hotel had a fitness centre and a spa, as well as a giant outdoor chessboard.
The hotel is situated on the Waikato River and there is a nice walkway which you can enter from just outside the hotel. Makes for a great morning walk. On the other side of the hotel is Victoria St, a main thoroughfare through the city, where you can shop or dine. Hamilton is supposed to be just as popular as Viaduct Harbour in Auckland, and this seemed true on the night we were in the city, with many of the restaurants and bars full. The hotel has the Cafe Alma, which has a buffet breakfast and a dinner menu with appetisers around $8, entrees around $17, mains around $30 and sides for $6. The hotel had a bar which seemed popular with tourists and locals alike. We ate at the Lonestar on Victoria St, a chain in NZ which has really great steaks, ribs, chicken, etc.
In terms of attractions, Hamilton is not a very interesting city. The only worthwhile site is the Hamilton Gardens and we did not go. However, it is a good city to base yourself while you visit the Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Te Kuiti, Auckland and the Lord of the Rings village, Matamata.
There was a convenience store just outside the hotel, but there was also a large supermarket about 5 minutes drive from the hotel.
There wasn't a real concierge service at the hotel, but the front desk staff could assist you and there was a brochure stand with lots of tourist maps and brochures for nearby attractions.
The hotel had a paid wifi network in the public areas, and there were two Macs in the corner of the lobby where you could access the internet for free. To use the free connection you had to provide your name and fill out a 30second questionnaire at the end. The connection only lasted 20 minutes, but you could log back in as many times as you wanted, straight away even. There was also wired internet in the rooms.
The Skycity Hamilton casino was just next door. They had a restaurant called Rebo, a bar and of course a large gaming floor.
All in all, the hotel and the surrounding area was nice, and it was very safe. Although the hotel would probably be more attractive for business people coming to the Hamilton area, i would definitely suggest you stay at the Novotel Hamilton Tainui if you were ever in Hamilton.
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