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The Dome
Ranked #5 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Napier
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 9, 2012

We stayed here for two nights in October 2012. The hotel is in the heart of Napier and is an iconic element of the town's art deco environment. The owners have restored the property beautifully - and cleverly. The property lends itself to multiple configurations making it suitable for couples, families, groups and even larger parties who could potentially book the entire property. The owners were fantastic, showing us through the property and giving us great tips on where to eat and visit. It was a pleasure to meet people who understood their business and their clientele so well.
As to our accommodation, our suite overlooked the ocean to the horizon - literally from our bed. The suite adjoined a common kitchen and sitting room ( which we also had to ourselves for the two days) and opened out on to the plunge pool and spa.
We can't recommend this property highly enough. We have stayed in a succession of 5 star accommodation this holiday and I can honestly say staying at the Dome was a real highlight of the whole trip. We don't doubt we will be back - probably with a group of friends.
Next time we plan to stay in one of the penthouse apartments which are truly fantastic.
Thanks to Alina, Brent and Kath for a fantastic stay.

Room Tip: The Cape View suite has a large balcony and uninterrupted views of the ocean to the horizon.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

We spent a couple of nights in the Cape View apartment at the Dome and it comfortably exceeded our expectations. Napier is a slightly sleepy and old-fashioned place, with a pleasant enough seafront but not a great deal else happening.

Once we ascended in what must be the ancient original Art Deco era lift we were very pleasantly surprised to find ourselves in a spacious, well-designed open plan apartment with two good-sized bedrooms for us and the kids, plus pretty much every creature comfort you could wish for. We didn't use the pool or balcony, as it was unseasonably cold (December is supposed to be summer but we didn't notice it). The view over the bay was excellent and cheering in the morning as the sun came up.

We took good advantage of the appliances, as we had been in hotels for the previous few days, and used the washer and dryer to avoid hotel laundry bills. It was also nice to be cooking our own breakfasts, though the controls on the rather flash ceramic hob baffled us for a while - it's one of those pointless designs where somebody somehow thought a 3-step process to turn on a burner was a better idea than turning a simple knob.

I should note that it's well located on the sea front at the centre of the town, with all the principal shops in walking distance on the streets behind (bar the main supermarket which is a little further away). We ate at the adjacent Mason's hotel both evenings we were there and found this convenient, reasonably priced and tasty.

The only slight annoyance is that the Dome has no parking of its own and you have to unload and then move your car to a lot a couple of blocks away. No biggie if you're not coming and going a lot (we weren't) but I can see some might find this inconvenient.

Room Tip: Cape View apartment is the best: good layout, great view, sleeps 4 comfortably and 6 at a push.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

The Dome is in an excellent position, is very well managed, and very well presented. We stayed in the Cape View appartment and the design was thoughtful at all levels, with best use made of great views.

Whether for 4 persons in our party or for visiting groups for meals and for entertaining it was ideal.

The induction/briefing from Dome staff was detailed, warm, friendly, exceptional.

The consumables on site well thought through, ample to make simple breakfasts, plenty of paper towel, dishwasher tabs. Everything worked in terms of electrics and plumbing and all accessories. An exceptional place that is well run and well maintained.

Room Tip: There are two appartments. Cape View has the better views, Deco has a layout that would suit busines...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

My wife and I had a great stay at the Dome in a lovely studio room, The location couldn't have been better with the shops on the doorstep as well as the marine parade, which other than the fantastic views is ideal for an evening or morning stroll, the ability to just pop out for a meal or a coffee was so appealing. I can only say that this is an ideal place to have a romantic getaway with your partner as the ambience of the Dome creates a great atmosphere for one to pamper their favourite partner.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

We had the most wonderful opportunity to celebrate a 60th Birthday at the Dome We chose The Cape View Penthouse suites as they were beautifully set up for a gathering of our 40 plus guests and the two bedrooms were so lovely,both having amazing views, for the four of us who stayed the night. The well appointed kitchen,dining and living rooms had everything necessary to create the perfect party,even down to an astounding music and video system, and the whole apartment is graced with a warm and inviting ambience. All our guests were blown away with the venue and the views. We were truly welcomed with much gusto and offered every assistance to ensure our night was a superbly memorable occasion-and it was! Special thanks to Ailne and Karla ...you are the best.

Room Tip: The Cape View has a lovely sun drenched balcony with fabulous views to The Kidnappers.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

My friend and I had a wonderfully relaxing time at The Dome in Napier. The apartment was large, luxurious, and full of all the required amenities for a weekend away. The service was very good and the bubbly on arrival a wonderful touch. The views in particular are amazing, and I relished being able to sit in the bath and gaze at the sunset over the ocean.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

We stayed at The Dome in Napier as a special treat for one night of our Honeymoon in New Zealand & could not fault it - our only regret was not staying for longer!

The location in Napier & the accommodation itself is absolutely stunning. The suite we stayed in was just out of this world, beautiful & immaculate interior decor that really does justice to the iconic building it occupies, extremely well kitted out & a fantastic balcony with views out to sea. Absolutely recommend this as a place to stay & it formed a truly memorable part of our honeymoon. Thank-you to the whole team at the Dome for making our stay a memorable one!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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 #5 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Napier
Price Range: $207 - $618 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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