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McHardy Lodge
Ranked #6 of 41 Napier B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 13, 2013

This must be one of the best B&B places that we stayed at in NZ - a beautiful house in a prime spot in Napier and our room (the Venice) was exquisitely furnished. Yvonne made us very welcome and spent a lot of time giving us the options for restaurants in the area (she cooks an excellent breakfast too). Sadly we only had one night in Napier but the memory of it will stay with us for a long time.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2013

Thank you for such glowing praise - we always try to go the extra mile to ensure our guests have a great experience when staying at McHardy Lodge. The Lodge is located in such a great spot to enjoy all that is best in Napier and Hawkes Bay and you are not alone in saying that you wished you had longer to savour those delights. We hope to see you again on your next trip to New Zealand.

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Although we had been to NZ before, we had never been to Napier so weren't sure what to expect. However, the town, area and hotel far exceed our expectations. Yvonne is a wonderful host who makes you feel very welcome - the house itself is absolutely beautiful, and was restored and furnished to the highest standards. Yvonne knows everything about the local area and is happy to share this with all her guests (also, her breakfasts are delicious!). Napier is a lovely town, with great restaurants, wonderful Art Deco history, and excellent flat paved areas for walking and cycling. McHardy Lodge is situated on the only hill in the area, so the views are wonderful. Also, iIn our 11 week trip to NZ and Australia we had our most wonderful dining experience - as recommended by Yvonne - at Pacifica (which we definitely also recommend). Many thanks Yvonne for making us feel so welcome and we hope to return soon.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank alison_simpson27
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2013

It was a pleasure welcoming you to McHardy Lodge and introducing you to the many delights of Napier and Hawkes Bay. I am a true fan of the area - there is so much to see and do, whether you want wine tours, nature trails, cycling excursions, beautiful scenery - we have it all in abundance. And we have many great restaurants to relax in after a hard day's sightseeing. I really enjoy welcoming my guests to McHardy Lodge and ensuring they have a wonderful time while they are here. I look forward to welcoming you both back on your next visit.

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is simply excellent accommodation. And Yvonne's hospitality is wonderful.
Our room (Venice suite) was spacious, tastefully furnished and very comfortable. The bed was huge, comfortable with fine linen.
The bathroom was large, and well provisioned. Towels were super soft.
Breakfast was always just right, and Yvonne always on hand to help and guide us to special locations, restaurants, vineyards etc.
This is all set in historic McHardy Lodge overlooking Napier and Hawke's Bay.
Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Venice suite is our choice but Versailles suite also excellent.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to give such a positive review of your stay and we are pleased that your suite and the Lodge exceeded your expectations. We always try to go the extra mile in all aspects of the service we offer and it is so nice to know it has been appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you again in the not too distant future!

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Reviewed March 25, 2013

We spent two nights here during February and would have loved to have been able to stay longer. It is an historic old house which survived the 1931 earthquake and has had numerous uses over its long history, including some years as a maternity hospital. It has been lovingly and sympathetically restored to the highest possible standard. The fittings and furnishings are sumptuous and it is a joy to be able to stay in such beautiful surroundings.

We stayed in the Venice room which was amazing. A huge room furnished with lovely antique furniture and an enormous sleigh bed which was just divine. There is a small pool and lovely outside seating areas, a beautiful comfortable wood panelled library and a full sized snooker table (probably the original one). The large kitchen/dining room is another delight with a huge wooden table in the window area with great views of the town and bay beyond. The breakfasts are first class and set you up for the day

Yvonne is the perfect host , friendly and welcoming. She is a fund of knowledge about the area and happily guides her guests as to what they might do and where they might like to dine. Her recommendation of dinner at The Mission Winery was much appreciated. Very well worth a visit for both the brilliant food and the lovely surroundings.

I note that McHardy Lodge is No 3 in Napier and can't imagine why it is not No 1. We have travelled widely but have found very few B and B's which come up to this standard.

Room Tip: Venice suite is fabulous
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2013

Thank you so much for such a glowing review - we are so pleased that we made such a good impression on you during your stay with us. We like to ensure that every aspect of a guest's stay is perfect, from the moment you arrive to your departure - we pride ourselves on providing the very best experience we can, using our knowledge of the local area and the services available. Lets hope you manage to visit Napier and McHardy Lodge again some time in the future.

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

We stayed at McHardy Lodge for 3 glorious nights in February. Yvonne was the perfect host offering us as much advice as we required and ensured that our every need was attended to. We stayed in the Venice suite which was sumptuous, such a spacious and elegant room with the most amazing bed. McHardy Lodge is situated conveniently at the top of Hospital Hill with excellent views. The whole house is absolutely full of character and history, Yvonne is extremely knowledgeable and informative about McHardy Lodge, Hawkes Bay, Napier and its history. Breakfast was delicious with an excellent choice of cereals, fresh and stewed fruit in addition to a cooked breakfast. Yvonne was so friendly and extremely professional. Highly recommended and would definitely stay here if and when we return to Napier.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2013

Thank you so much for such a glowing review, it was a pleasure having you both to stay. We know that McHardy Lodge is a very special and beautiful house with so much history and so many unique features - we simply try to make sure that our service, hospitality and menus live up to the very high standards set by the house itself.

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Reviewed March 21, 2013

My wife and I stayed here in February 2013. The property is outstanding and Yvonne is an outstanding host. The room we had was right off the front veranda and we did have quite a bit of luggage so it was very convenient. The breakfast was extraordinary for natural cuisine and once again Yvonne is very accommodative in providing a fine selection of menu items. We were predominantly in Napier for wine tastings and Yvonne knew our host for the wine and dine around and gave us great comfort that our evening would be memorable and indeed it was. Highly recommend this property.

Room Tip: Get the room off the front veranda or one overlooking the pool and Bay
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2013

I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at McHardy Lodge and that you were happy with your suite and the Lodge facilities. As for the wining and dining - we make sure we know the very best experiences to be enjoyed in the Bay and pass these tips on to our guests!

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Reviewed March 7, 2013

We stayed three nights and made the most of the pool and facilities. The house is beautiful and the rooms are large and luxurious. The breakfasts are fine and the breakfast room is extremely pleasant. Yvonne is a good host and is very helpful. Nearly at the top of the hill in Napier. Easy short drive into town. Just reclining on the loungers in the garden and looking at the view is one of the many reasons to stay. The snooker table is another reason ! WiFi works well.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2013

Thank you so much for the positive review. It was a pleasure having you to stay at the Lodge and I really look forward to meeting you both again if you manage another trip to New Zealand. Taking time to relax and recharge your batteries is important when you are travelling a lot and you cant get a better place to do it than Mchardy Lodge!

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Address: 11 Bracken Street | Hospital Hill, Napier 4110, 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 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: $349 - $408 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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