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10 Best Hotels in Hamilton

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Accommodation in Hamilton

Welcome to the city of Hamilton. This North Island hub has so much to offer between award-winning gardens and a vibrant city life. Whatever has drawn you to Hamilton – perhaps some of the 10 Things to Do in Hamilton? – make the most of it by staying a while in one of the city’s hotels. From budget hotels to heritage buildings to something more luxurious, there are hotels in Hamilton to suit a range of tastes, moods and budgets. Check out our top picks in this list of Hamilton hotels!

While you’re here, why not check out The Complete Guide to Hamilton and 11 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Hamilton?

1. VR Hamilton

An affordable city centre hotel set in a heritage building, VR Hamilton is worth checking out. The four-star hotel boasts oodles of character in its rooms decorated with a Victorian flair. While the Double Rooms provide something affordable for couples, it’s worth upgrading to the Superior Room lots more space and furnishings. Plus, families can enjoy the ultra-spacious twin and triple rooms, while those seeking a bit of luxury and more space (around 90m2/295ft2) have the option of the Executive Suite. To top it all off, there’s free WiFi in all rooms. See more affordable hotels like this in our list of 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Hamilton.

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2. Distinction Hamilton Hotel & Conference Centre

This four-star hotel in Hamilton has 147 superbly-appointed rooms offering a contemporary vibe. Stay in comfortable 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, such as an indoor swimming pool, spa pools, a gym, bar and restaurant. Try Garnett’s Restaurant, serving impeccably presented plates of local specialities and crowd favourites. The Distinction Hotel is located just a few minutes drive from the city centre. See more hotels like this in our 10 Best Family Accommodation in Hamilton.

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© Distinction Hamilton Hotel & Conference Centre

3. Days Hotel and Suites Hamilton

An easy choice is the three-star Days Hotel & Suite by Wyndham. The classically-styled hotel offers mid-range Superior King and Twin rooms, as well as studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with extra amenities, such as kitchen facilities. Some of the services at the hotel include 24-hour check-in, private parking and conference rooms. Find Days Hotel right in the city centre.

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© Days Hotel and Suites Hamilton

4. Abbots Hamilton Hotel and Conference Centre

A boutique hotel within walking distance of the city centre, Abbots Hamilton has 31 rooms to suit most types of traveller. Find King and Single rooms, Executive Super Kings, Superior Spa rooms, Executive Balcony and Family Rooms, all of which have free WiFi and an in-house entertainment system with new-release movies. The no-frills accommodation keeps its decor sleek and simple while offering welcome extras like free continental breakfast and on-site parking.

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© Abbots Hamilton Hotel and Conference Centre

5. Heartland Ambassador Hotel Hamilton

Another Hamilton hotel which is just a short walk from the city centre, the Heartland Ambassador Hotel provides a convenient enough location without feeling too busy. The hotel by the Scenic Hotel Group features a large outdoor swimming pool, a hot tub, room service breakfast and a restaurant for breakfast. As for the rooms, choose from Standard and Superior rooms with flexible layouts, or upgrade to the Superior Plus Studio Suite boasting a contemporary open-plan design at the top of the building. Features in most rooms include free WiFi, Sky TV, USB/Bluetooth speaker, a desk, refrigerator, a heat pump and more.

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© Heartland Ambassador Hotel Hamilton

6. ibis Hamilton Tainui

ibis Hamilton basks in an ideal city-centre location on the banks of the mighty Waikato River. The three-star hotel has a restaurant with gorgeous views heightened with al fresco dining, while parking and free WiFi are just some of the useful services. Choose your room facing the city or the river and make use of the basic hotel room amenities, such as a TV, coffee/tea-making facilities, WiFi and an ensuite.

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© ibis Hamilton Tainui

7. Novotel Tainui Hamilton

Amp the hotel experience up to four stars at the Novotel Tainui Hamilton. The light-filled rooms feature either a city view or a view of the Waikato River, which can also be enjoyed from the restaurant serving contemporary local fusion cuisine. Hotel rooms have versatile layouts, making an easy stay for solo travellers, couples, friends and families. Novotel has a few luxurious extras like a pillow menu, rainfall shower, newspaper delivery, an audio docking station (in some rooms) and more. See more hotels with restaurants in our 10 Best Accommodation in Hamilton for Foodies.

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© Novotel Tainui Hamilton

8. Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton

Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton offers 50 guest rooms in the form of studios or one-bedroom suites. The latter contains kitchen facilities for ultimate convenience, while there’s also the option to book a room with a king bed and/or spa baths in the ensuite. The hotel is located at the south end of the city centre, near the Waikato Museum and SKYCITY Casino. Other facilities include free WiFi and an outdoor swimming pool.

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9. The Narrows Landing Hotel

For those seeking characterful accommodation for a romantic getaway or celebrating a special occasion, set your sights on The Narrows Landing Hotel. This luxury hotel offers two choices of suites, each overlooking the hotel gardens and featuring a private balcony. The Deluxe Suites have more space and a spa bath, while the Tree Tops Apartment has panoramic views from the lounge and multiple rooms. For more romantic retreats like this, see our 5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Hamilton.

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© The Narrows Landing Hotel

10. Jet Park Hamilton Airport

Last but certainly not least, Jet Park Hamilton Airport provides a relaxing refuge after your flight or an out-of-town alternative surrounded by green pastures. This mid-range hotel offers stylishly-appointed Queen and King Rooms with the option to upgrade to Deluxe and Executive rooms or find a home away from home in the Apartments and Family Suites. While the entry-level rooms have all the essentials, the Executive rooms offer premium pampering with a spa bath, surround sound, plunger coffee, mini bar, TVs with Sky TV, a balcony and more.

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© Jet Park Hamilton Airport


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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