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Kaikoura Boutique Hotel
Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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10 reviews
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“Brilliant stay in a wonderful setting”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

I stayed at the Kaikoura Boutique Hotel and it was first class. I arrived late in driving rain but the warm welcome I received from Paul was cheering. The room was lovely and had everything you could need. The setting is just glorious and, while it was sunny in town the view of the snow covered mountains were spectacular. I had dinner in the restaurant attached, which was also first class with helpful staff and beautifully cooked and presented food.
The whole weekend was a triumph....the whale watching was a bit spectacular too.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

Out of the 7 motels and hotels we stayed in NZ this was by far the most stylish and trendy room. We stayed in a courtyard room which was supposed to have partial seaview but on hindsight would have booked the cheaper standard room as the view was blocked most of the time either by the guests' cars or we would guess is one of the staffs' cars parked at the same spot by the road for 2 days. The whole place feels new and updated but the plumbing appeared tired. Shower pressure was the weakest we've had in NZ and the temperature could be temperamental. Overall we did enjoy our two nights there but might choose something else if we ever did visit Kaikoura again.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 18, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here for one night. The rooms were adorable, we stayed in the smaller rooms which were tight, but they were comfortable, clean and very cute. The staff were so friendly, helpful and welcoming. The room also had a fantastic shower which was awesome after a day swimming in the cold ocean.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

My family decided to stay here our first night off the plane, which turned out to be an amazing decision. Just as the other reviewers have stated, the beds are amazing and the hosts are sweet and very willing to work with you. The hotel is nicely decorated and easy to spot and just across the street from the beach!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Chicago
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

Beautiful hotel! A very warm and friendly staff! Highly recommend staying at this hotel! The staff assisted with all tour questions and restuaurants in the area and made us feel as though we could ask for help with anything. The beds were super comfortable and the rooms had wonderful views of the sea and the mountains. The location was far enough away from hustle and bustle, but close enough to walk to everything. We really enjoyed our stay!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Philadelphia
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

My wife and I booked a one night stay at the Kaikoura Boutique Hotel which was included through the KiwiRail web site as part of a trip from Christchurch to Wellington via the Coastal Pacific train/Interislander ferry. The entire experience was absolutely breathtaking and our stay in Kaikoura couldn't have been more relaxing.

Robin and her husband were a pleasure to talk with and were extremely personable. Staying here, you feel like you're afforded the interaction and personal service of a B&B, but with all the luxury and privacy of a five star hotel.

Our room was upstairs in the main building and was situated so the view out of the front windows was beachfront and the side view out the French doors to the balcony was of downtown Kaikoura and the surrounding country side (all framed by snow-capped peaks--incredible!!). Binoculars were provided in the room if you're feeling lucky enough to try and spot some local wildlife.

The spacious room was tastefully decorated in a modern style with a luxe fit and finish; local artwork and photos adorned the walls. The bathroom had all the amenities one would expect from a high-end western hotel. In fact, everything down to the fixtures was brand new. We were told we were only the third guests in the room following the reno. Mini-bar with complimentary fruit and cookies is included. TV is the usual basic cable one tends to find in NZ hotels (don't expect 50+ channels as in the US). Absolutely no complaints about the room/bed/etc. Even if I did have a complaint, the view would have more than made up for it...and then some.

There is a fine dining restaurant downstairs off the lobby called Maxtons that was recommended by several in town. We did not have the pleasure of dining there, but the venue was used by the hotel to serve a complimentary light breakfast in the morning--which was delicious.

The location of the hotel is about a 15 min walk to the "downtown" area of Kaikoura. The scenery is so amazing that the 15 mins will fly by. A slightly longer walk in the opposite direction will get you to the peninsula for seal/bird watching.

All in, this was truly a top-notch hotel. Couldn't ask for anything more.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

I was here with my girlfriend two weeks ago and was really impressed with the whole experience. We stayed in the chalets out the back but found theese more than adequate. We had everything we wanted including a very well stocked mini bar. We did inspect the rooms in the main house and theese were spectacular. I never sunk in to carpet like what was on the ground here. Total luxury with amazing sea and mountain views.theese rooms are a lot more expensive and we probably would have upgraded to this only for the fact that the chalets were so comfortable.we dined in the hotel restaurant one evening and again this was a very positive experience with an exceptional waitress attending to us. I can't wait to go back and relax here for a while. Wonderful hosts also. Thanks guys

  • Stayed October 2013
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Property: Kaikoura Boutique Hotel
Address: 146 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand (Formerly Maxtons On The Shore)
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Kaikoura Boutique Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This charming, historic hotel positioned on the Esplanade of Kaikoura's peninsula has amazing and uninterrupted views of the sea, mountains and dramatic sun rises. Your entire experience of the hotel is sure to delight from stunning contemporary interior design to the deliciously famous breakfast spread and what many say, NZ's best barista coffee. The hotel's Champagne Bar is simply enchanting, perfect spot to relax or for an intimate pre-dinner drink. Rates include breakfast, wifi, parking and a memory you'll not soon forget. ... more   less 
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