The unique County Hotel, a boutique hotel in Napier, is a great place to stay if you are after a little comfort and luxury. Built in 1909 it was the only classical style building of this era that survived the 1931 earthquake that destroyed much of the city. It has since been refurbished in the 1930's Art Deco style in keeping with the rebuilt city.
The spacious rooms, high ceilings and wooden panelling exude the graceful ambience, character and charm of a by-gone era. The decor in the multi award winning Wine Street Restaurant and Churchills' Champagne Bar is tasteful and cosy, while the library containing hundreds of books is an intimate space to retreat after dinner for a glass of port.
To mark a celebration with friends, we treated ourselves to the exclusive two day 'Indulgence Package in the Regal Suite', with large lounge, fireplace, drinks cabinet, mahogany dining table, two super king bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The package included 2 nights accommodation, a full cooked breakfast each morning, a welcome party cocktails one night, a four course dinnner on one night, a wine tasting session at the NZ Wine Centre directly opposite the hotel and a 2 hour wine tour in the Royal Stretch Daimler - with a glass of bubbly in hand and an attentive charming chaffeur, we certainly felt like royalty!
It was going to be a struggle to fit everything in as the boys wanted to have a round of golf at the world renowned Cape Kidnappers Course. Fortunately the friendly staff were very helpful and tailored our package to suit our requirements - which worked perfectly.
Situated on the fringe of the shopping centre, it's the perfect place when you want to explore the city on foot. It's an easy walk to cafes, bars, theatres, galleries and attractions. Stroll along Marine Parade, or for something a little more strenuous head up Bluff Hill for spectacular views in all directions, encompassing the city, port, Pacific Ocean, Cape Kidnappers and the surrounding countryside. For those reasonably fit, you can walk up over the hill to the delightful sesaside village of Ahuriri.
If you prefer stylish, minimalist, uber posh and fancy accommodation, then this is probably not the place for you. However if you enjoy the warmth and charm of yesteryear with friendly, helpful staff I can recommmend the County Hotel.
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