I have stayed at this hotel a few times now for business trips and have been very impressed.
The hotel itself is very modern, clean and quiet. Location is perfect, right in the CBD, close to many restaurants, casino, shops. Also situated on the river which has some lovely walking paths. Rooms are spacious, tidy and very clean, I also appreciate the quality toiletries supplied in room, and the pillow menu!
Since my last visit they have installed Nespresso coffee machines, which make delicious coffee, although as other reviewers have mentioned they are in the process of replacing the fridges so the UHT milk detracts somewhat from the coffee flavour. They have also recently installed iPhone/iPod docks, which I love because I always seem to be losing iPhone chargers in hotels, and I like to be able to play music from my phone in my room.
Lounge area is lovely and I did appreciate the free wifi, but the data limit meant that I only got the free wifi for long enough to load my emails, and not enough to respond to any! It should be noted that the town of Hamilton CBD has free-wifi, as does the closeby casino, but this isn't necessarily a convenience if you like to work in your room or hotel at night.
A final point is that I feel the $15 price tag per day for self-parking (not even undercover!) is a little bit steep, given this isn't exactly a busy metropolitan city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Novotel Tainui is in the heart of the city, on the banks of the Waikato River, adjacent to the Skycity Casino and entertainment complex. The hotel features 177 rooms, an award winning restaurant, lobby bar and a health club, with gym, sauna, spa and beauty therapies available. Conference facilities are available for up to 350 delegates. Guests have easy access to nearby shopping, dining and entertainment, or relaxing river walks that can be found close by. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Hamilton Tainui Hotel Hamilton
- Accor Hamilton Tainui
- Hamilton Novotel