The County Hotel, Napier

New Zealand

It's one of my favourite hotels that I've stayed in. I deliberately chose this hotel as it was a heritage building and it didn't disappoint. It was built in 1909 for the local county and it was only one of two buildings that survived the 1931 earthquake. Its ornate exterior reflects an Edwardian style of architecture rather than the Art Deco that Napier has become known for.

It's not a budget hotel! More of a treat yourself during your holiday with a nice hotel. Higher price range (during the summer high season when I stayed there) but not the extreme luxury hotel price range.

Hotel reception and entrance from the street.

Hallway, the rooms are not numbered but named after New Zealand native birds.

In the town centre of Napier, so everything was in walking distance. A 2 minute stroll from the beach, there was free parking for hotel guests across the road. Also the Tourist office was directly across from the hotel.

The rooms were quite spacious.

Little snacks were provided for you on the Entertainment unit.

The hotel has a very popular restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There's also a Champagne Bar for evening drinks, all on the ground floor. It also does High Teas, perfect location for them!

Optional Extras

As a guest you have access to a lounge.
Love the old luggage set!

There is also a library with a table that during the evening has a bottle of sherry and sherry glasses for guests to help themselves. Truly loved the old style charm of it all. Sipping a sherry whilst sitting in a old style chair and reading was the ultimate step back in time!
Help yourself to a glass of sherry!

The library.

The County Hotel lived up to my expectations, it was a charming place to stay, and I definitely would like to return some day. For those travellers who like some character in their accomodation this hotel certainly fits the bill!