We were so excited to stay at a historic property (where else would you want to stay if you're going to a city because if its historic architecture?) and disappointed that the internet showed them to be full-up for our visit to Napier. However, we took a chance when we arrived and called anyway. Apologetically, the manager (Bobbie) told us they had only one small room (named "Roa" - they rather charmingly use bird names to designate rooms instead of numbers) available and that we were welcome to come and have a look at it. We went right over and Bobbie showed us right up. The room was indeed small but it had a queen sized bed and shower (no tub) and, really, what more do you need in a room that you're not going to be spending a lot of time in? And, the beautiful lounge/library area on our floor meant that we had a lovely place to relax that we probably would have taken advantage of even if we'd had a more sizable room (and made the rather pricey $169NZD room far more worth the money). Even better, they provided evening port for guests and it was actually quite good. We particularly enjoyed getting to know some free-pouring gents from Wellington, who were very engaging and helpful in their advice about our upcoming visit to their city (Kiwis are generally pretty dang nice and hospitable, btw). The only downsides were that our room was only available for one night and the hotel restaurant, Chambers, was incongruently inferior (service was not very good and food was OK but very slow in coming). This is a fine choice of historic hotel (also right across the street from the Wine Center) but you'd be better off staying here and eating at the wonderful Emporium restaurant that's part of the nearby (one block away) Masonic Hotel.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- County Hotel Napier