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“Art Deco Dream!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Dome

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The Dome
Ranked #4 of 35 Specialty Lodging in Napier
Vancouver, Canada
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“Art Deco Dream!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2012

Upon arriving at The Dome we were greeted by Robyn who took the time to give us the grand tour. Ours was the Pacific View Apartment, which at first sight made our jaws hit the floor! To say the photos on the website don't do it justice is an understatement. The space is massive, extremely comfortable, and decorated with luxurious designer touches throughout. The views are spectacular and make for such a magical stay, one must truly experience to understand. The spa-like plunge pool and hot tub are just steps away and after sliding back the living room door, you can experience true indoor/outdoor living. Laundry facilities are located off the pool area which came in handy after already being in NZ for a couple weeks. The Dome has been stocked with plenty of local magazines and menus that ended up being our "go to" bibles for places to eat, wineries to visit, and things to do. The Dome's location is perfect as you are across the street from the ocean and within 5 minutes walking of numerous amazing restaurants. Secured parking provided by The Dome was only 2 blocks away, which we found to be fantastic. After a couple days we were fortunate enough to meet Karla, who popped in to see how we were and if we need anything. She is such an amazing host and a real sweetheart to boot! I doubt there's anywhere else in Napier that can match what The Dome has to offer. The four nights we stayed were incredible and we can't wait to come back. Huge thanks to Karla and the owners for providing everything you'd hope for in a dream getaway....and a few surprises you might not think of!!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2012

My husband and I recently spent the last few nights of our Honeymoon in the Pacific View Apartment and words can't really describe how sensational the apartment was!
Firstly, Karla meet us onsite and showed us around - we were in awe! Beautilfully decorated, amazing view and spotlessly clean!
It was right in the middle of town but yet so secluded and private, we sat on our balcony each morning and watched the sunrise over the pacific ocean!
We can't wait to come back with our friends!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Geelong, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2012

We stayed for 2 days at the Dome apartments and on first appearances the room seemed quite nice.But on closer inspection if the room was cleaned they need another cleaner!Dirty bathroom,needed a good vacuum.The hand held shower did not function,showerscreen was very inadequate and one hadto mop up the floor,no fan so the door had to be kept open in order to stop the London fog.People should be made aware that these rooms are situated above a bar and become VERY noisy.We endured this till 3.00am on a thursday night!For what they charge-not quite there.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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ailne, Owner at The Dome, responded to this review, March 26, 2012
Thank you for your feedback. You stayed in one of our "disabled access" studios, hence the shorter curtain rail to ensure that the curtain does not get caught in the wheels of a wheel chair. We have addressed this at a management level and sourced a new curtain shower that is apparently " the latest" recommendation for disabled access showers and marginally longer. So far we have had positive feedback .

In relation to the noise, we are actually not above a bar ? We also have double glazing in all of our studios. I am not sure if there was another event going on that evening where the sound traveled from ? Very unusual for a 3am late evening in Napier ? If you do come and stay with us again, please do not hesitate to contact us directly with any issues as we do endeavor to ensure all of our guests experience an equally relaxing unique experience with us at The Dome

Warm Regards, Ailne Bradley
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2012

As soon as we arrived home we were raving about the Dome to our friends and family. The room itself was stunning and the decor has to be seen to be believed (I even took a few photos to show everyone). Location wise, the Dome is conveniently positioned right in the centre of Napier - across the road from the beach, information centre and next to a plethora of restaurants. Our only minor gripe was that the spa bath was cold despite the switches being turned on so we resolved this simply by having a bath inside the apartment itself which did the trick. Would definitely recommend the Dome to anyone considering staying in Napier. A big thank you to the manager for showing us around.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Werribee, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2012

My wife and I and our teen kids stayed for 3 days in this ideally placed appartment which was perfect in every way, even if it had no views. It is right on the esplanade with all the restaurants in immediate proximity.

The views of the bay and mountains in the distance, however, would have also justified the stay. We had 2 individual bathrooms, a large open plan living area and kitchen which was fully equipped. The ONLY place to stay in napier/Hawke's bay.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Odessa, Ukraine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2011

In case you're coming to Napier to see the Art Deco structure of the city, there's no other choice for you than styling at THE DOME because it's the landmark, the symbol of Art Deco Napier.

You're entering the most centrally located Art Deco building and will hop in the (renovated) Art Deco elevator, one of the two first of Napier. But not only the lift, everything is Art Deco, renovated to superb standards. The bathroom, even new & white follows the Art Deco idea, such as does the room, the doors...

But be aware: this isn't a hotel as such, this is an apartment which you can rent for a day (NZ$ 50 surcharge for a one-day rental) or longer. There's no reception, no concierge, no room service, no laundry, no daily cleaning of the room/bathroom, no daily towel exchange...
BUT: there's Karla, the host. Whenever you need something, whenever you need a hint such as restaurants etc. you can call her and she'll help you. No matter what you ask, she's always very welcoming, friendly, helping you. Also, when we asked for fresh towels the second day, no problem, Karla put them in front of our door.

There's a heater magnesium pool on the roof, a whirlpool, day beds; there's a kitchen with additional tea and cereals, there's a washing machine... everything you need and more.

There're also smaller minors:
- if you take a shower don't close the bathroom door & switch on the AC in the room. The bathroom has no ventilation at all and when you close the door all walls, everything will be dropping wet (including the light switches, the plug).
- Internet (WiFi) is quite slow
- we didn't find a way to open the windows so the only way of ventilation was the AC

Anyway, THE DOME gets 5 points, because of its location inside the T&B building and because of Karla.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2011

Without doubt a marvellous place to stay. Absolute luxury. 5 star comfort. It doesn't get better than this.
Easy stroll to some good restaurants.
Go there, you will not be disappointed

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Neil H
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Property: The Dome
Address: 101 Marine Parade | Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region > Napier
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 35 Specialty Lodging in Napier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Dome 5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Dome apartments provide the highest level of contemporary modern living and pure luxury. Complete with: spacious living areas, generously apportioned bedrooms and fully equipped kitchen and dining facilities. Many of the bedrooms include, balconies and panoramic sea and cityscape views. This is complemented by luxury decor, with furnishing from designers like Philippe Stark, and artwork by renown local artists like Martin Popperwell, Dick Frizzle, Fane Flaw and Richard Brimmer. The Dome offers an exclusive and privacy which has made it a popular retreat favored by local and international artists & celebrities. ... more   less 
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