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10 Best Accommodation in Hamilton for Foodies

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Hotels with Restaurants and/or Self-catering Accommodation in Hamilton

We get it! An essential part of visiting cities like Hamilton is trying out the local cuisine! With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of the best hotels with restaurants, as well as B&Bs in Hamilton with exceptional breakfasts. In addition, for the foodie that prefers to be in charge of their own meals, we’ve included some self-catering accommodation with decent kitchen facilities. Find the accommodation that’s right for you in this list of accommodation in Hamilton for foodies!

While you’re here, check out The Foodie Guide to Hamilton and 10 Things to Do in Hamilton.

1. Aquarius Motor Inn

For city-centre convenience and self-catering facilities, choose Aquarius Motor Inn. The motel offers well-appointed studio units, one-bedroom units and two-bedroom suites, each with fully-equipped kitchens. Aside from being utterly practical, the rooms also have Sky TV and provide access to a barbecue area, laundry, cots, highchairs and even an indoor swimming pool. Free parking is also available. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Hamilton.

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Aquarius Motor Inn© Aquarius Motor Inn

2. Distinction Hamilton Hotel & Conference Centre

If you’re looking for a hotel with an excellent restaurant, then one of our top recommendations is the Distinction Hamilton Hotel. This four-star hotel has 147 superbly-appointed rooms offering a contemporary vibe that is consistent all the way to the restaurant’s menu. Garnett’s Restaurant serves impeccably presented plates of local specialities, as well as crowd favourites. As for rooms, stay in luxurious suites and king rooms, featuring the hotel basics, like WiFi, a work desk and Sky TV. You’ll also have access to the hotel’s facilities, which include an indoor swimming pool, spa pools, gym, bar and restaurant. Find this hotel located just a few minutes drive from the city centre. We also include this listing in our 5 Best Luxury Accommodation in Hamilton.

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Distinction Hamilton Hotel & Conference Centre © Distinction Hamilton Hotel & Conference Centre

3. Grosvenor Motor Inn

Grosvenor Motor Inn provides the best of both worlds when it comes to culinary needs. The budget motel, set in an Edwardian-style building, includes a restaurant within its complex. The Shakespeare Bar and Grill specialise in steak and seafood dishes. Alternatively, make your own meals in one of the practical studios or one/two-bedroom units available at this motel. Kitchen facilities also include an oven. The motel also has a communal hot tub and an indoor swimming pool. Nearby attractions include the Hamilton Gardens just 2km (1.2 miles) away. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Hamilton.

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Grosvenor Motor Inn© Grosvenor Motor Inn

4. Astra Motor Lodge

If you prefer to cook your own meals with the full kitchen set-up then check out Astra Motor Lodge. The motel, conveniently located along State Highway 1, features studio and multi-bedroom apartments with full kitchens with hot plates, microwaves and ovens on request. What’s more, the rooms are extremely modern in their decor and have contemporary amenities like Sky TV, a heat pump and more. There are rooms to suit families, couples, friends and corporate travellers.

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Astra Motor Lodge© Astra Motor Lodge

5. Awa Retreat

If your idea of a foodie getaway is a marvellous bed and breakfast, then consider Awa Retreat. Stay alongside the majestic Waikato River on the ground floor of a Mid-Century home. Rooms come in single, double, twin or triple layouts. Your B&B apartment features an espresso machine, Bluetooth stereo, free WiFi, free use of bikes, modern ensuite bathrooms, magazines, books, board games and more. But the main event is breakfast! Choose either cooked or continental – cooked being honey-cured manuka-smoked bacon, scrambled eggs, grilled tomatoes and seasonal vegetables: continental being a layered jar of homemade muesli, fruit, croissant and fresh fruit. All of this to enjoy in your room or on the patio. See more recommendations like this in our 5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Hamilton.

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Awa Retreat© Awa Retreat

6. Hadleigh Boutique Lodge

On the same notion of a foodie B&B experience, check out this all-inclusive B&B just 10 minutes from Hamilton city centre. Everything you find at Hadleigh Boutique Lodge is complimentary, from the mini bar in your room stocked with New Zealand wine, beer and mixers to the homebaked treats and goodnight chocolates. On arrival, celebrate your first evening with complimentary cocktails and canapes with your hosts, enjoy sumptuous gourmet breakfasts and have the option to be chauffeured around to the local eateries via a Porsche Cayenne. Now that’s luxury.

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Hadleigh Boutique Lodge© Hadleigh Boutique Lodge

7. Novotel Tainui Hamilton

Providing a four-star hotel stay in the city centre, with its own restaurant, Novotel Tainui Hamilton is well worth considering for foodies. The light-filled rooms feature either a city view or a view of the mighty Waikato River, which can also be enjoyed from the restaurant serving contemporary local fusion cuisine. Restaurant on Alma offers fine wines to complement its array of Pacific Rim and European dishes. As for the rooms, they are versatile with layouts to suit solo travellers, couples, friends and families. Extras worth mentioning include a pillow menu, rainfall shower, newspaper delivery, an audio docking station (in some rooms) and more.

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Novotel Tainui Hamilton© Novotel Tainui Hamilton

8. Cedar Lodge Motel

Back to self-catering accommodation, this centrally-located motel offers fully-equipped kitchens. Cedar Lodge Motel has modernly-furnished rooms at affordable rates, all including Sky TV, a DVD player, dining area, lounge area and kitchens. While the studio units and one-bedroom apartments are ideal for corporate travellers and couples, the two-bedroom apartment for families is a real treat with a game table to keep the kids (and big kids) entertained.

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Cedar Lodge Motel© Cedar Lodge Motel

9. Camelot on Ulster

A popular choice in Hamilton for self-catering accommodation is Camelot on Ulster. One, two and even three-bedroom apartments are available, kitted out with modern furnishings, a modern ensuite and a full kitchen even with an oven. Some apartments feature the luxurious extra of a spa bath, while all guests have access to free WiFi, an outdoor swimming pool, laundry, breakfast delivery, parking, a small gym and Sky TV. What’s more, all of this is within the city centre!

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Camelot On Ulster © Camelot On Ulster

10. Backpackers Central Hamilton

Finally, for foodies on a real tight budget, consider Backpackers Central Hamilton. Stay right in the heart of the city in this conveniently located backpacker hostel with kitchen facilities. In fact, there’s plenty of space in budget accommodation with two communal kitchens and lounges to choose from. Rooms include dorms, single/double/triple/twin rooms with shared facilities and ensuite rooms. A few welcome additions include free unlimited WiFi, free (but limited) parking and free breakfast in the communal kitchen! See more accommodation like this in 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Hamilton.

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Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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