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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Hamilton

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Cheap Accommodation in Hamilton

A North Island road trip inevitably leads to Hamilton, whether it’s to check out the fabulous Hamilton Gardens, catch a rugby game or simply stock up on supplies. Whatever your reason for staying in Hamilton, you’ll find a range of budget accommodation in the city. From motels to hostels, we go through some of our tops picks in this list of budget accommodation in Hamilton.

For more inspiration on what to do in the city, take a look at The Guide to Hamilton on a Budget and 11 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Hamilton.

1. Grosvenor Motor Inn

Set in an Edwardian-style building, Grosvenor Motor Inn isn’t too hard to spot. What’s more, it’s an easy choice when it comes to budget accommodation in Hamilton thanks to its range of practical rooms and extra facilities. We’re talking a communal hot tub, swimming pool and even a restaurant. As for the rooms, there are studios with or without a spa bath and one/two-bedroom apartments with all of the fixings (including an oven). Nearby attractions include the Hamilton Gardens just 2km (1.2 miles) away.

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Grosvenor Motor Inn© Grosvenor Motor Inn

2. Aquarius Motor Inn

For city-centre convenience, choose Aquarius Motor Inn. The motel offers well-appointed studio units, one-bedroom units and two-bedroom suites. You’ll find fully-equipped kitchens and Sky TV in all rooms, as well as facilities such as a barbecue, laundry, cots, highchairs and even an indoor swimming pool. Free parking is also available. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Hamilton.

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Aquarius Motor Inn© Aquarius Motor Inn

3. Cedar Lodge Motel

This centrally-located motel offers comfortable accommodation in modernly-furnished rooms with affordable rates. All rooms offer Sky TV, a DVD player, dining and lounge area and fully-equipped kitchens. While there are studio units and one-bedroom apartments ideal for corporate travellers and couples, the two-bedroom apartment for families has the exceptional addition of a game table to keep the kids (and big kids) entertained.

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Cedar Lodge Motel © Cedar Lodge Motel

4. Mill Lodge

Just a couple of minutes drive from the city centre, Mill Lodge offers modern motel rooms at a good price. There are 10 units available, including studios, spa studios and one/two-bedroom units with or without a spa bath. Even the smallest studios have kitchenettes for sprucing up simple meals, not that cooking is mandatory with a choice of restaurants and takeaways within walking distance. The motel also has free WiFi. Note that this motel also has solo traveller rates.

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Mill Lodge© Mill Lodge

5. Lake Point Motel

Located by Lake Rotoroa and the Hamilton Lake Domain, Lake Point Motel offers a scenic alternative in Hamilton city. What’s more, the motel is still not too far away from the city centre. More conveniences lie in Lake Point Motel’s facilities, which include free WiFi, Sky TV, parking and a variety of rooms. Stay in ultra-spacious king/twin studios or choose a one-bedroom unit with a separate kitchen from the bedroom. Family studios are also available.

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Lake Point Motel© Lake Point Motel

6. Motel Six

At number six is Motel Six! If heading to a game, Motel Six is a good choice with its location near the rugby stadium. The motel offers self-contained units with full kitchens, free WiFi and Sky TV. All of the eight rooms sleep one to five guests and include a full kitchen and practical, albeit outdated, lounge and dining furnishings. There are attractive gardens on the outside, while you’ll be kept cosy with double-glazed windows and electric blankets on the inside.

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Motel Six© Motel Six

7. Aaron Court Motor Inn

Stay in modern well-appointed studios or one/two-bedroom units at the Aaron Court Motor Inn. Studios have a small kitchenette with a king bed that can be split into a twin layout, while the one and two-bedroom units have a fuller kitchenette to prepare simple meals. Some rooms have the luxurious addition of a spa bath. The motel also features an outdoor swimming pool, Sky TV and a bar/restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Find more accommodation with restaurants in our list of 10 Best Accommodation in Hamilton for Foodies.

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Aaron Court Motor Inn © Aaron Court Motor Inn

8. Backpackers Central Hamilton

Stay right in the heart of Hamilton in this conveniently located backpacker hostel. Theres plenty of space in Backpackers Central Hamilton with two communal kitchens and lounges. Rooms include dorms, single/double/triple/twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities and ensuite rooms. A few welcome additions include free unlimited WiFi, free (but limited) parking and free breakfast! See more recommendations like this in 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Hamilton.

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9. Tudor Motor Lodge

Offering a discounted solo traveller rate, Tudor Motor Lodge is well worth considering if travelling by yourself. The budget motel offers two levels of accommodation with a sunny barbecue deck and an outdoor swimming pool. Rooms include studios and one, two and three-bedroom units, meaning no tribe is too big or too small. Each room has Freeview TV, free WiFi, a kitchen with a microwave and fridge, as well as heating and DVDs. The motel is just under 10 minutes drive from the city centre.

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Tudor Motor Lodge© Tudor Motor Lodge

10. Microtel Lodge

Within walking distance of Hamilton city centre, Microtel Lodge is a small but quality accommodation with a selection of backpacker dorms and private rooms. There are private single rooms for those travelling solo, while there’s also the option to upgrade to a self-contained unit with basic breakfast-making facilities. Other facilities include a communal kitchen, free on-site parking and free Internet access.

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Microtel Lodge © Microtel Lodge


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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