Our stay at the Fitzherbert Castle Motel was an enjoyable one, and we would recommend this establishment to anyone. We stayed in a studio with a king bed and single spa bath. Our arrival was in the early evening, and the hosts had the heat on in our room to have it comfortable upon arrival.
The hotel’s outside appearance is reminiscent of a castle, with stone and a turret-like appearance. Normally, such an appearance would trigger a wariness of too much kitsch. However, it is actually quite charming and comfortable. Our hosts were welcoming and very helpful. There is a guest laundry available, and the first load is complimentary. When my wife went to use it, she was informed that the hotel guest would take care of it and would return it when it was dry. My wife started the washing going, but she felt that the host would have gladly done that as well.
One thing that was different from many other placed we’ve stayed was when we were about to leave the room for the day. Housekeeping came by to ask if we wanted clean towels, which we did. They will provide clean towels, but they do not make up the room, day by day. So, our laundry was managed by the hotel, but we made our own bed. It seemed like an even exchange, all in all.
There was next to no traffic noise or noise from adjoining rooms. This even though the hotel was fairly booked during our stay, and it is located along a fairly busy road.
The Internet service was the fasted and easiest connection we have experience in New Zealand hotels, to date. One gets 200 MB of transfer complimentary, and that is quite sufficient for a few days email and reasonable high bandwidth activity. You can purchase more capacity via the service’s website, if needed.
On the whole, we enjoyed our stay here and would recommend this establishment to friends and family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quality accommodation conveniently located within easy walking distance of the city centre, conference venues, Palmerston North's cafe & boutique quarter, the Plaza, Victoria Esplanade, theatres & art galleries. Wireless Broadband Internet, on-site parking, CCTV, charge back facilities from city restaurants, spa baths in most units, all units designated non-smoking. ... more less
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