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“Experience the world through the Art Deco looking glass”

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The County Hotel Napier
Ranked #2 of 46 Hotels in Napier
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Our room was comfortable & along with the rest of the hotel, oozing old world charm. The room had all the comforts to satisfy the most demanding traveller.
Churchill's Champagne & Snug bar with its Art Deco on steroids atmosphere was a wonderful place for a drink after a harrowing drive in wet conditions from Rotorua.
The staff were friendly & helpful in suggesting ways to fill in time. We had booked 3 nights which was one night too many for this time of year. The weather can turn bleak & chilly without warning. Later in January or February one would need to book at least a week judging by the forthcoming events.

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

We just had a fantastic weekend at The County. Fantastic room, fantastic location, fantastic staff and service, fantastic meals and wine. This has to be the best hotel in Napier without doubt. The rooms are beautifully appointed and furnished, the staff are helpful and attentive without being intrusive, the host is very charming. The restaurant is superb with an excellent selection of local fare and an excellent wine list. We both had the best nights' sleep we've enjoyed for years, the bed was so comfortable and the room so elegant.
Our sincere thanks to all at The County. We will be back.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank tim m
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Where do you start when describing a place that you just adore coming back to!
I guess you start with the Host. Chris is a charming man with a wicked wit and some fabulous stories. The Hotel is staffed, mainly, by travellers from around the world and so there is always something to share by way of travel tips and tales of adventures had or anticipated.
Steph, Lisa and Bobbie make sure that guests are quietly and professionally attended to.
This is a truly unique 5 star Heritage Boutique Hotel with individually furnished rooms all ensuite of course.
The Bar, Churchills, is a delight, with famous Churchillian quotes and memorabilia scattered around the walls. Makes you want to sit for hours with a Cognac and a cigar (no longer allowed inside although outside at a private table is fine). The Bar food is high quality.
The Restaurant is fine dining with the menu being changed out regularly.
The County is a destination not to be missed in New Zealand. A perfect mix of relaxed elegance with a touch of whimsy, which cannot be faked.......it just is!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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2  Thank Colin D
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

Stayed here before and this hotel still retains its historic elegance. Yesterdays style brought back to life, down to the old safes, lots of timber and leather in the fixtures and fittings, happy, efficient staff.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Herbsteraged
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

This is the second time we have stayed at the County Hotel and both times we have really enjoyed it. Beautifully appointed rooms which have been decorated in character with the period and well maintained since then. The rooms are named, not numbered, and this, and the excellent service, makes you feel special. There are also little touches like the complemantary port in the library. At the same time as the historical ambience, oour modern requirements are taken care of, the is free WiFi, not always the case in NZ by any means. Had a gtreat meal in the Chambers Restaurant too. Certainly plan to return to the County Hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Glyn T
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the County Hotel for two nights while visiting Napier and were very pleased with the entire experience. The room was beautiful, inviting and comfortable, the front desk staff were extremely helpful, friendly and very pleasant and the little extras like port to sip in the library and daily letters thanking us for our business and telling us about the day's weather were nice added touches. The whole hotel was decorated and designed beautifully with great attention to detail. The location was perfect for walking to shops, cafes, restaurants and along the beach. We would stay there again and again.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank heykoz
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

Spent a delightful time at this elegant, most friendly and welcoming hotel reflecting a bygone era of exquisite style and attention to detail. Although on a business trip from the UK and visiting beautiful Napier for the first time, I felt like being at home, with the extremely helpful and friendly staff, and was able to work in the quiet wall panelled library, feeling like an Edwardian gentleman, but with excellent wireless internet connections. Even putting through calls from the UK at unearthly hours in the night, were handled with extreme politeness and efficiency.

For me, it is now the only place to stay when I am next in town. If you like style, elegant charm, thoughtful touches to make you feel special and lovely staff and owner to look after your every need, a refreshing change from the bulk standard hotel experience, then choose the County!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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3  Thank Simon S
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Address: 12 Browning Street | Hawkes Bay, Napier 4015, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region > Napier
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Napier
#15 Romantic Hotel in Napier
Price Range: $132 - $260 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The County Hotel Napier 5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Winner of the Art Deco Supreme Award. The owners of Napier's County Hotel wished to combine the qualities and ambience of some of the finest hotels in the world. They have achieved this by incorporating fine service, fine dining and luxurious accommodation in line with 1930's Art Deco characteristics of Napier. The County Hotel is situated in the centre of Napier which is considered to be the 'Art Deco Capital of the South Pacific' and has captivated the emotions and senses of countless admirers. Originally built for the Hawke's Bay County Council in 1909, The County Hotel is one of only two significant buildings to have survived the massive 1931 earthquake. Faithfully refurbished as a boutique hotel, the County Hotel now stands as Napier's premier Hotel. The hotel is home to an extremely popular, multi award winning Wine Street Restaurant, the superb Churchill's Champagne Lounge, an intimate library, well-appointed function areas, conference facilities and eighteen luxurious guest rooms and offer a variety of accommodation packages. Come and enjoy this architectural masterpiece with its atmosphere of conventional luxury and allow yourself to be pampered by the attentive service of our devoted staff. ... more   less 
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