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McHardy Lodge
Ranked #7 of 41 Napier B&B and Inns
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Dallas, Texas
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“Best "find" in New Zealand”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

We have been fortunate to visit New Zealand many times. Each time we have stayed in excellent places without too much concern for price.. McHardy lodge is our top stay for value and equals any place regardless of price. This trip, we were seven people, Wife and I, three sons and two daughter in laws. We felt at home in the luxurious rooms at McHardy even while we wee pampered by the care there. We will go back when we can spend a full week instead of only two nights and with a group of friends. Cant recommend it enough.

BTW, we suffered what turned out to be a minor health emergency while staying at McHardy.. though it did not feel minor at the time. Our Hostess helped my oldest son to understand the clinic and emergency room options, should we need them, and accompanied him to pharmacy to get some aids for my wife. turns out no emergency care was needed but i was greatly relieved to know the lay of the land. Just an example of the "home stay" care we received.

Room Tip: One of eh Queen suites has an excellent walk in shower, most are in the tub
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a glowing review of your stay at McHardy Lodge. It was a pleasure having you and your family to stay and we look forward to your return trip.. A note for when you are planning your return trip - 3 of our 4 large superking suites have baths and separate showers, 1 has a rose head shower over the bath. Our 2 smaller queen rooms both have showers, one a level access and one a shower cubicle.
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

We loved our stay at the McHardy Lodge!

The house is set on the top of a hill and has a stunning view of the ocean. The house itself is classic and beautiful, and it has a wonderful history. It is also beautifully furnished and maintained and the rooms are classy and comfortable. Also, the breakfast is made to order and delicious!

However, what makes the whole experience extra special is the manager, Yvonne. She is friendly and genuine and seemed to really like getting to know her guests. She went out of her way to make us feel comfortable and at home. For instance, my mother in law had a medical emergency while at the house, and she drove us to the pharmacy and called to doctor on our behalf! She could not have been any more attentive if it was her own mother!

We were incredibly happy with our stay here and will be repeating the experience. Thank you Yvonne for a beautiful stay!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review of McHardy Lodge - it was a pleasure having you and your extended family to stay and I do hope your mother in law is better now .
It is true that I love to get to know my guests and identify ways in which I can increase their enjoyment of their stay in Napier. I find that many of my guests leave McHardy Lodge more as friends than guests and I look forward to welcoming you all back to the Lodge on your next visit to New Zealand.
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

Paradise: McHardy Lodge
A Hostess beyond compare: Yvonne
First impressions: A sumptuous feast for the eyes, every room warm, welcoming and beautifully appointed, equipped with every amenity to ensure a dream stay. Sink into slumber snuggled in cozy beds with lovely linens; in the morning mouthwatering breakfasts overlooking sunny vistas; stunning views and beautiful grounds; a home you are completely welcomed into and never want to leave.
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Lasting impressions: Our time was magical and two nights three days not nearly enough. Stay as long as you can.

Room Tip: All lovely: Venice has private entrance to covered porch and is very, very large. Website offers go...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a complimentary review - McHardy Lodge is indeed a very special house with a great atmosphere and I know you share my love of the interior and the beautiful views. It does encourage you to chill out and relax in every way. . It was a pleasure having you to stay and like you I wish it could have been longer - I do hope you manage to get back to visit again as there is so much more of Napier I would like to introduce you to !
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

We've just enjoyed a delightful 5 night stay at McHardy lodge. It was the perfect place to celebrate our special occasion. The house is full of history and character and has been elegantly restored. All bedrooms are beautiful, each with it's own unique decor and ambiance, spotlessly clean and very comfortable. There are lovely shared places to relax, socialise and play and plenty of attractive places to escape if wanting solitude.We wish it had been summer as imagine we'd have spent much time in the pool.Yvonne was a superb host, welcoming, generous, communicative and excellent at producing a yummy, sustaining breakfast of our choice. The location was perfect for exploring Napier and the Hawkes Bay

Room Tip: All rooms are lovely but having one with direct access to the verandah was great ... for sipping tho...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review. It was a pleasure welcoming you for your surprise celebrations and lovely to help your husband with planning the little extras . We look forward to welcoming you back at some time in the future - no need to wait for another special brthday!
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Horgen, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

Dear Yvonne

May we ask you kindly to put the text below in our name into Tripadviser
(By any unknown reason, I’m not getting through via the Tripadviser)


Heidi and Hanspeter from Switzerland, Zürich: 11.04.13 – 13.0413

We can simply say, if you stay in Napier, it is a must to stay at McHardy
Lodge as well. What a warmly welcome from Yvonne that we have
experienced and after having seen our room and the house as well,
we were so much impressed. It was just a pity to spend two nights
only in this exquisite accommodation. The breakfast was a dream.

We can highly recommend this beautiful home that is perfectly run
by a very nice und helpful landlady – thank you very much Yvonne.


Kind regards and wishing you all the best

Hanspeter and Heidi

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to review McHardy Lodge -it was a pleasure having you to stay and great to know you enjoyed the Lodge so much. We do hope you manage to get back to Napier some time in the future.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

We only had the opportunity to stay one night at McHardy Lodge but I wish we could have stayed longer - we are already looking for excuses to return and will recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone who is searching for somewhere special to stay. Yvonne has created the ideal environment in this beautiful house to relax and enjoy the Hawkes Bay and is a welcoming and very helpful host. Our room, and the whole house, was immaculate and extremely comfortable and we were encouraged to feel very much at home - and the breakfast was lovely!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review and great compliments - we would love to welcome you back to the Lodge and even better if you can bring your friends to share the experience ! The Lodge is a great place to host a house party with your friends and dont forget our great Swiss chef who is happy to prepare a menu of your choice for parties of four or more. See you soon !
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

This was one of our favorite hotels in New Zealand. It is a boutique hotel in a beautiful home on top of the hill overlooking Napier. The rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished, each one different from the other. The quality of the art, soft goods and furniture is superb. It only has 6 rooms and each one is beautiful. There is one room which is smaller but has outdoor access for a disabled person. The house was built in 1890 by a gentleman from Scotland. The rate includes breakfast which is wonderful. There is a TV in the lounge room but not in the rooms. WiFi is available. There is a shower and tub in each room with top end amenities. There is lovely garden which surrounds the property and a swimming pool for guests to use.

Room Tip: The Verseille Room is at the back of the house and large.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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McHardyL, Owner at McHardy Lodge, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Thank you for your complimentary review of McHardy Lodge - particularly special as in your business you organise very special tours for clients travelling in New Zealand and therefore have high expectations. We look forward to welcoming both you and your clients to McHardy Lodge - we guarantee a warm welcome and very special accommodation and hospitailty.
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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 #7 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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