Reason for Stay:
Were on a three week tour of both islands and made a Napier a specific stop as we are Art Deco fans.
Very easy to find on the front line of Napier. Although others have mentioned road noise it did not bother us during our stay and any would have been compensated by the relaxing view of the sea and skyline.
A rather functional area looked as though it was a converted garage. Not at all in keeping with the rest of the designed building.
The manager during our couple of days/nights visit was receptive if asked. However, overall - when when we made a comparison with the many other places we stayed at, you could most defiantly get the impression that this was a job to him rather than him being the owner.
Can be a bit tight if the motel is full as it was when we were there. However, on morning of departure managed to park outside the very useful luggage lift when packing up the car.
We had a room on the first floor and you could not fault it. Got the impression that it had been re-fitted not long ago and a lot of thought had gone into the design and choice of furniture.
My only small quibble with the design is that when you run the bath - massive circular affair- if it is too full of hot water - you can’t reach the other side to let the water out in order to let in more cold. We ended up leaving the bath filled up all night and having a separate shower.
Excellent value for money in return for what has obviously been a large investment by the owners.
If you are into Art Deco and the history of the town, Napier is an must visit. Would have no hesitation in booking here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Nautilus Napier, New Zealand. The Nautilus is a sophisticated, Art Deco-inspired waterfront accommodation, designed for the discerning traveller. The Nautilus offers self-contained executive studios and suites, one bedroom apartments and premium suites, and a fully-licensed restaurant and bar. All 41 luxurious rooms offer stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, gorgeous double spa baths, private balconies and decor, furnishings and fittings with a contemporary twist on Napier's 1930's Art Deco theme. Designed for privacy and comfort, The Nautilus Napier is a world away from a traditional hotel. The apartments are spacious and beautifully decorated, offering the perfect choice for corporate travellers, couples searching for romance or those attending one of the many exciting events, concerts and festivals held here in vibrant Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Nautilus Hotel Napier