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“Fabulous B&B”
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McHardy Lodge
Ranked #6 of 41 Napier B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Lichfield, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Fabulous B&B”
Reviewed February 22, 2012

This was our fifteenth hotel/B&B on a ten week tour of Australia and New Zealand and it was the best of some fabulous B&Bs. The term B&B underrates this great little hotel. Yvonne the owner was on hand to ensure that our stay was perfect and perfect it was. The house has been sensitively restored with all modern amenities. It is also in a great location over looking Hawkes Bay and less than 5 minutes by car from the centre of Napier. The bedrooms are nicely decorated and a number have sea views. Breakfasts are brilliant and I can definitely recommend the pancakes with banana and maple syrup.
We would definitely McHardy lodge to anyone who looking for accommodation in Napier.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this review, February 27, 2012
I am very flattered that we rated so highly in your review of all the accommodation you stayed in as I know you stayed in some stunning places- we aim to please at McHardy Lodge and try to make sure our guests have the very best stay - Napier is such a great place to visit. It is so nice to be so appreciated !
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

My wife and I enjoyed our six days stay at McHardy Lodge so much so we have booked ourselves for next year's Art Deco festival.
The room was very comfortable. The breakfast was way too much for us, but we noticed some of the guests really got stuck into it.
Yvonne is a delightfull hostess.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this review, February 21, 2012
It was a delight having you to stay at the Lodge -you both really entered into the spirit of the Art Deco long weekend with your lovely outfits. As you discovered Napier is such a fun place to be each February when the whole town ( and hundreds of tourists!) get dressed up and enjoy the many events, concerts, live jazz on Marine Parade - it is like being transported in a time machine to the 1930s. Cant wait to welcome you again next year !
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

We spent our wedding weekend at McHardy Lodge this February 2012. It is one of the most memorable places you could ever stay at. We loved every second we were there. The house is beautiful, comfortable and luxurious. The hospitality is even better. We felt like absolute royalty. I was able to have the most exquisite pre-wedding photographs taken at the house. We look forward to enjoying more time at McHardy Lodge for future getaways! This place is a must see!!! Don't miss out! :) :) :) :) :)

Thanks Yvonne!!!

Sharlene & Jono Vidak, Wellington

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this review, February 17, 2012
Thanks so much for all the compliments ! You were a stunning bride and your bridesmaids looked equally fantastic - we were just pleased to be able to make the day of the wedding that bit more memorable and the house is a beautiful backdrop for those extra special pre wedding pictures. We look forward very much to seeing you and your friends in the future.
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

We stayed in Napier as part of our travels through North Island late last year and McHardy Lodge was the best place we stayed – it has it all – a beautiful old colonial style home with beautiful rooms and facilities – we loved the billiard room with the massive log fire. Breakfasts were to die for (not for those on a diet – too much temptation! ) and the views of the Ocean and Ranges from the dining room were spectacular, we could have sat there all day. Yvonne arranged several excursions for us so we got the best from our stay – she couldn’t have been more helpful . We didn’t realise Napier had so much to see and do and McHardy Lodge is really central when you want to visit the restaurants in the evening. We will definitely be back to visit this lovely city and McHardy Lodge will definitely be where we will stay. A great find!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this review, February 7, 2012
It was a pleasure welcoming you both to McHardy Lodge and Napier - it is very true that there is lots to see and do in Napier and Hawkes Bay and we love to make sure our guests get as much as possible from their stay here- and we love to see them back again for that second visit.! Thank you so much for your kind comments and we look forward to your next visit.
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Evesham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

The old maternity hospital, converted but not altered, colonial in appearance with verandahs about and such a fun place to stay. The rooms can only be said to be spacious and are superbly fitted out and what with a library and billiard room (full size ) ,after you have spent a long time over breakfast gazing over Hawkes Bay from the kitchen, there is no need to go out! In fact we ended up joining Yvonne doing a bit of gardening one lovely afternoon because we felt we just wanted to be part of the place. Well done Yvonne for providing such a marvellous stay.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this review, January 18, 2012
You are welcome back anytime - you came as guests and left as friends -and the gardens appreciated your green fingers as well !
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

You will never forget staying here. It is not just the house which is just amazing in quality and history, not even the views right over the bay or the quality of the accomodation. It is the way in which Yvonne makes you welcome which is so hospitable and accomodating that it sets a standard most others could only aspire to. But the house itself has to be seen, it really brings the history of settlement in these islands into focus and gives a flavour of what the early British arrivals (mainly Scots in this area?) did for themselves and the old world they left behind. The cemetary just round the corner and the botanic gardens are well worth a visit.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this review, February 4, 2012
Thank you so much for your kind comments about the service and McHardy Lodge - it is a very special place and we love sharing it with everyone who stays. The botanical gardens which are at the end of the road really show the native trees at their best and it's a great walk before breakfast!
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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

McHardy Lodge is just wonderful. It’s at the top of the hill with a stunning view of Napier. It is a lovely building with a great atmosphere and the owner is so friendly and helpful. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated and breakfast is really nice. My husband and I stayed in New Zealand for three weeks and this was the most special accommodation. That says a lot as we stayed in some other very good places.

It is also suitable for anyone with reduced mobility as it’s all on the flat apart from a few steps to go in and these can be bypassed by going in another way.

Napier is great, McHardy Lodge is great. If you want to chill out in a friendly atmosphere, you should stay here.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this review, January 18, 2012
Thanks for your generous comments Lynn - it was a pleasure to have you to stay at McHardy Lodge and hope to see you back here sometime -there is plenty more to see and do !
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Property: McHardy Lodge
Address: 11 Bracken Street | Hospital Hill, Napier 4110, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region > Napier
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Napier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — McHardy Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
5* McHardy Lodge is a beautifully restored 1896 residence situated in a quiet cul de sac on exclusive Napier Hill, close to all the attractions of Art Deco Napier and the wineries, golf and gannet colony of Cape Kidnappers and the award winning dining experiences of Hawkes Bay. The Lodge has a wealth of rich native Kauri timber and antique furnishings. The suites are dressed with fine furnishings and linens, with luxurious beds to sink into and relax. Spacious bathrooms feature claw foot or deep tub baths and large showers, making them the ideal place to relax and unwind. Relaxation is not confined to your suite. After a gourmet breakfast overlooking the Ocean you can lounge around the pool or on one of the extensive verandahs - the views of the blue Pacific Ocean and mountain ranges in the distance will beguile you. Enjoy a game on our full size billiards table in the billiard room, or snuggle up in the library in front of the fire. Whether it is merely a break from life’s pressures, a special holiday, a celebration you want to make so much more special, or you are planning the ideal start to married life together – we will ensure you have an experience you will treasure. ... more   less 
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