The Napier County Hotel is situated just a minute’s walk away from the heart of this vibrant east coast town, within easy striking distance of a great selection of restaurants, cafes and bars. It is an equally short walk to the beach; a great place to relax, walk the dog or an early morning run.
Once a year we join up with friends for a trip to Napier and for us, there is nowhere better to stay.
The hotel occupies one of the most striking and authentic buildings in Napier. This is continued when you step inside, throughout the lobby, dining room, library and all the rooms. The County does not attempt to play on the art-deco theme, so often done badly to attract tourists – it feels genuine and has a noticeable touch of class without a hint of snobbishness.
This is evident in the fixtures & fittings, the food and the service. The County feels warm, intimate and cozy. The atmosphere is easy, and feels more like a family home. It would be very easy to stay longer than planned. On three separate occasions, we have stayed in three different rooms; each was very individual and comfortable, we have no preference so far. All have the usual facilities, plus a variety of period furniture and cozy seating. The beds are soft with electric blankets just like your Grandma used to have and all the experts say is bad for you; but nonetheless always ensure a great night’s sleep and sweet dreams!
Down below, Churchill’s Bar is a fantastic venue either for the whole evening or as a rendezvous before venturing out into Napier. The bar is small and easy to meet other guests, if that is what you wish to do.
We have never taken breakfast, preferring to try our luck out on the street, so cannot comment on this. Dinner has always been excellent with an imaginative menu and high quality food presented with perfection. Ditto the wine list. On our recent visit, twelve of us decided to eat late and at short notice. This proved to be no problem and we received excellent service with a smile.
One of my favourite areas of The County is the library. Soft carpets, leather chairs and a complementary decanter of port are a great way to waste an hour or two while you browse through the many books on offer.
Our annual trip revolves around a shooting weekend, which means lots of baggage/equipment, dogs and early/late arrivals and departures. All of our group have always found the staff and management to be very accommodating and helpful in every way. There is secure parking directly opposite the hotel.
The County is not necessarily for everybody. People who prefer ultra modern, sweaky-clean rooms may be disappointed. But for a bit of old-world comfort with a touch of class, look no further.
- 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