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Formerly the Blackball Hilton
Ranked #5 of 17 Greymouth B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 6, 2009

I stayed here for one night as part of a tour group. If I had a choice I would have walked out and not stayed anywhere near the place.
The rooms were tiny, dated and not to mention dirty. The room had layers of dust in it, dead flies and dirty carpets. The bathrooms were at the end of a corridor, and were also very dated and had flimsy locks.
The owners were nice enough & friendly but that does not make up for the state of the rooms.
I would never ever stay here again.
If you really want to visit the place, stop for a drink but don't bother staying there

  • Stayed: December 2008
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Reviewed July 31, 2008

My wife and I stayed with Jane, Pat and the team one night in early July in a misty frost. The bar was welcoming and we were introduced to our fellow travellers all of whom were interesting and had tales to tell as to why they were staying at The Hilton.The heating is not exactly 21st Century the bar being heated with a calor gas heater and the dining area with a mixture of coal and logs which made for a very homely feel.

There are many quirky things about this hotel - the dolls staring at you as you turn round a corner upstairs. The poetry in the toilets and washrooms. The gallery in the middle of the upstairs with the drawings and paintings of ladies of the night.The monkeys looking in at you as you sit on the loo (drawings of and you are the one behind painted bars). I did say to Jane that our room was somewhat cold (the room with the pipe coming up through it from the log fire being the only centrally heated room - maybe) so she suggested|I take a douvey off another bed which just happened to belong to a young couple we were conversing with at the bar (they objected - rightly so) - "Oh well, she said just find another room with a douvey in it and take that one." Which we did! Scraping the ice off the window next morning was something I had not done in Scotland for about thirty years. (I was reliably told that all new house building in NZ have to have central heating and double glazing which will make life much more comfortable for New Zealanders). In the morning we had breakfast and set off on our journey north. I had fulfilled an ambition of staying in the place where the trade union movement had been established in NZ in 1908. My wife had indulged me once more and we had a topic of conversation to keep us going until our next travels. Incidentally the hotel has been sold to a couple from North Island Viv and Chris who were due to take over on 25th July 08. Good luck to them and than kyou Jane for an interesting and memorable stay at "Formerly The Blackball Hilton".

Stayed: July 2008
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Reviewed January 17, 2008

This is a special place, well preserved. If you like to feel history when you walk into a pub, you will not be disappointed. The rooms are small, but they have very high ceilings. The bed was quite comfortable. You can open the window to take the air. There is a sense of humor evident in the decor. The communal bathrooms also display this desire to allow the guests to share in the jokes.

If you are the sort that admires spunk, the story of the strike in Blackball will inspire you. You can read all about it on the excellent website - http://www.blackballhilton.co.nz We found lots of interesting bits of information just by reading through the stuff on the walls here. There is also a large library you can skim through.

The food is to die for. Everything is done from scratch. Our Christmas dinner included roast lamb with a mint viniagrette for dipping, REAL ham with a mustard sauce, a salad made from pumpkin, coleslaw with local veggies, and boiled potatoes that were then dunked in the deep fryer to get a crunchy coating. The ales on tap are from the local Miner's Brewery, and are excellent.

The piece de resistance, though, was the pavlova. Easily 4 inches of that creamy Kiwi-style meringue, chewy on the outside, as it should be, with shaved chocolate and raspberries on top, and strawberries, peaches and kiwis below. Jane sure knows how to put on a spread.

Breakfast in the morning was equally outstanding. There was even blood pudding from the local sausage purveyor, an expat Scot. If you want to try a pub stay in New Zealand, try this one. You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 21, 2017
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  • Stayed: December 2016, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Formerly the Blackball Hilton

Address: 26 Hart Street | Blackball, Greymouth, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Greymouth
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Greymouth
Number of rooms: 27
Also Known As:
Hilton Greymouth
Greymouth Hilton

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