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“Nice Hotel is an understatement” 5 of 5 stars
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Nice Hotel & Bistro
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   71 Brougham St, New Plymouth, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #10 of 29 hotels in New Plymouth
Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
“Nice Hotel is an understatement”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

I have travelled extensively in New Zealand and overseas and have stayed at what are considered the best hotels. I would put the Nice Hotel up there with them.

From the time you step in the door you know that this hotel is different. It's quaint but stylish, the rooms are beautifully furnished, the artwork is wonderful, the bed linen is crisp and the bed itself is supremely comfortable, which makes if difficult to rise for the sumptuous breakfast prepared by the mine host and owner Terry. The bathroom is inviting, particularly with the spacious spa bath.

The staff are friendly without being intrusive and the rooms are sublime. I've seen comments about road noise, I'm not deaf, stayed there on a Friday and Saturday nights and never heard a thing even though our room was on a street frontage.

The bistro is up there with the best of them, the duck confit, fell off the bone. The wine list was extensive and caters for all tastes.

The star of the show is Terry, from the outset you can see he's had a role in every detail of this wonderful establishment.

The two night staty wasn't long enough. New Plymouth isn't a city I know well, but with Terry's direction it'll be a city that I'll get to know better. The seaside walkway is unique and the parks are great to explore.

We'll be back and wouldnlt stay anywjhere but the Nice Hotel which I'm already recommending to my friends. It's been a well kept secret.

Room Tip: I've seen all the rooms and they all look superb, especially the suites!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Auckland NZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at the Nice Hotel on A recommendation from a friend. The hotel is in an old character home that has been extensively renovated and extended so can't really be compared with a more modern building. However the room was beautifully decorated, the bed was very comfortable and it included all the conveniences expected in this class of hotel. There were a number of interesting nooks and crannies in the hotel,eg the library.

The location is excellent, 5 minutes walk from the waterfront walkway, in the middle of the city and across from the oldest stone church in the country.

We also had dinner there. The menu is quite short but the food and service were great. We were there on Jan 2 and many of the dinner guests were locals rather than hotel guests which indicates the restaurant is one of the better ones in the city.

Overall we had a very nice stay.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Muscat, Oman
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28 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2011

We recently had our wedding hosted by Terry and the team at Nice, and our guests all stayed at the Hotel.
The set-up was beautiful, the food fantastic and Terry exceptionally helpful.

Our overseas guests were particulally impressed with the hotel rooms and service.

The garden and deck where we had the service were perfect and the heating (the day was cold) was great for those in short sleeves!

Couldn't have had a more perfect day.

Room Tip: Try the new rooms next door to the main hotel - they are supurb. All rooms are quiet despite the bu...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

Did not what to expect and were very pleasantly surprised - particularly in the view of the name of the Hotel ! - by the whole package. We knew it was in the city centre but it was not very noisy and the rooms were interestingly decorated and well furnished. Food was excellent and the owner had stamped his personality on the premises. Probably one of the best establishments we have stayed at on North Island! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011

We stayed here and enjoyed a good meal in the restaurant with others and could continue our dining experience to very late. Best part was only had to walk up the stairs to bed. Serves a very good breakfast.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2011

We stayed here two nights on our trip in New Zealand. When we arrived, we were briefly greeted by a staff coming out of the kitchen, who gave us the key, told us where the room was and disappeared again.

We had a very spacious and very comfortable room. The only point of improvement was that the noisy fridge would better have been placed in the living, rather than in the bedroom. We had free internet access both wireless and wired.

The hotel is located at a major road in town, making that even at night (we stayed in a weekend) there is a considerable amount of noise coming from the street.


The owner was out of town and we were served breakfast by his son. Twice burned to black on the underside. The son did not care my remarks about this. Some of the food had been on the table the whole night (we had to wake the son, that's how we know)

The restaurant for dinner was actually a very good place to eat. The staff was friendly and helpfull.

So we have mixed feelings aobut this one. Great place to stay, but the hotel has accommodation for the night without the extra services that one should expect from thiis kind of place. Things might have been different with the owner present, but that's a guess.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2010

I was in New Plymouth on business and did not pay for this b&B so can't comment on the price but New Plymouth is a sweet town and coming to home and waking up at the Nice Hotel has the qualities of coming home. The food is good, the rooms quirky and interesting and library full of books that are worth browsing. It is across from a lovely church with wonderful old trees. New Plymouth is a walking city with good museums. I loved coming home to the Nice Hotel and had a room with a tiny but lovely porch. Terri is your instant knowledgeable pal. My husband played golf that Terri arranged and that worked very well indeed.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Nice Hotel & Bistro

Address: 71 Brougham St, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Taranaki Region > New Plymouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#7 Business Hotel in New Plymouth
#7 Luxury Hotel in New Plymouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Nice Hotel & Bistro 4.5*
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