Art Deco Masonic Hotel
Art Deco Masonic Hotel

10 Best Hotels in Napier

© Art Deco Masonic Hotel

Accommodation in Napier

This is what city visits are all about, right? Exploring the city, trying the eateries, picking up some souvenirs, perhaps walking along the beach, then retreating to a luxurious hotel room. This is certainly the case in the coastal city of Napier, famous for its Art Deco architecture and a picturesque waterfront. The Hawke’s Bay hub boasts some of the finest hotels in New Zealand, set in fabulous heritage or Art Deco-style buildings with modern comforts. Whether you’re looking for a standard hotel room or a larger suite with cooking facilities, it’s all here in the hotels in Napier. Check out the list below to see our top picks!

For alternative accommodation, see The Complete Guide to Napier and 10 Best Motels in Napier.

1. expressotel

Centrally-located, stylish and modern, expresshotel provides a contemporary hotel experience in the heart of Napier. Enjoy proximity to Napier’s downtown cafes, restaurants and shops, where you can retreat to your well-appointed room with free WiFi, tea/coffee-making facilities, air-conditioning, Freeview TV and more. Rooms are best-suited to couples, corporate travellers and friends with king, queen and twin suites and studios available. See more budget accommodation options in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Napier.

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© expressotel

2. Scenic Hotel Te Pania

A stand-out hotel in architecture design and quality, Scenic Hotel Te Pania is well worth considering for the discerning travellers. The four-star international hotel boasts an attractive glass facade on the waterfront of Napier city. Stay in one of five types of sleek and stylish rooms, including unique offerings like Accessible Rooms, Dog-Friendly Rooms and Two-Bedroom Suites. Each room type has a versatile layout making the hotel an ideal stay for couples, corporate travellers, friends and families. Enjoy the usual international hotel amenities, such as free WiFi, Sky TV, interconnecting rooms, tea/coffee, as well as an on-site restaurant offering room service. This hotel is also listed in our 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Napier.

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© Scenic Hotel Te Pania


3. The County Hotel

Winner of the Art Deco Supreme Award, The County Hotel allows guests to fully experience Napier’s famous architecture. Part of the hotel is in one of the only buildings that survived the 1931 earthquakes, which today are modernly renovated. Expect contemporary touches like Sky TV, Netflix, WiFi, iPod docking station, as well as your usual traditional hotel amenities. Indulge in rooms with a spa bath, celebrate your special occasion in the Honeymoon Suite, or upgrade to one of the spacious heritage-designed suites which will send you back in time. The County Hotel also provides the option to wine and dine in the luxurious Wine Street Restaurant serving breakfast, high tea and dinner. See more accommodation with fabulous restaurants in 10 Best Accommodation in Napier for Foodies.

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© The County Hotel

4. The Crown Hotel

Located in the attractive seaside village of Ahuriri, The Crown Hotel offers an alternative location in Napier. The four-star hotel features 39 guest rooms in a studio, one and two-bedroom layout. Choose your style of room: contemporary or heritage. Either way, the rooms are kitted out with a kitchenette, a choice of waterfront views, super king beds, cosy bathrobes, underfloor heating, free WiFi, air-conditioning and more. As for hotel facilities, enjoy sunset drinks from the courtyard House Bar, workout in the gym, and families get the extra hand with a “baby pack” on arrival. See more family-friendly hotels in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Napier.

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© The Crown Hotel

5. Art Deco Masonic Hotel

Stay super central in the Art Deco Masonic Hotel, opposite the i-SITE. This upmarket hotel offers a wide range of rooms, including hotel rooms, suites, studios and apartments. Each room is decorated in the theme of Napier’s heritage and style, with common features like French doors leading out onto a balcony, an espresso machine, and an ensuite with a bath or rain shower. You’ll also be sharing the building with two award-winning eateries which make up the Napier foodie scene. See more accommodation like this in our 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Napier.

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© Art Deco Masonic Hotel

6. Navigate Seaside Hotel & Apartments

Another attractive hotel in Ahuriri, Navigate Seaside hotel sits across the road from one of Napier’s only swimmable beaches, as well as a selection of restaurants and a scenic walk/cycleway. Treat yourself and your group to either a Studio, Family Room, Two-Bedroom Suite or Two-Bedroom Apartment with the option for beach views. Other features of the stylish hotel include free on-site undercover parking, a barbecue area, room service meals, stroller hire, free guest laundry, board games and much more.

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© Navigate Seaside Hotel & Apartments

7. The Nautilus

Stay in Art Deco-inspired waterfront accommodation at The Nautilus. This hotel offers self-contained suites and studios with contemporary fixtures that blend well with the Art Deco design. The Nautilus is made with couples and corporate travellers in mind, offering oceanview Executive and Premium rooms with or without a spa bath. Most rooms have kitchenette appliances for cooking your own simple meals, or opt for dinner at the on-site restaurant and bar overlooking the waterfront. Find The Nautilus hotel located on Marine Parade a short walk from the city centre.

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© The Nautilus

8. Quality Inn Napier

This 4.5-star hotel is also located on Napier’s Marine Parade. The Quality Inn has an ideal location for exploring the city centre, as well as enjoying leisure time in the covered heated swimming pool. Either order room service, eat at the on-site restaurant, or save money by cooking your own meals with your studio’s kitchenette or the open-plan kitchen of the family-friendly Executive Room. Some rooms also feature a spa bath and a private balcony.

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© Quality Inn Napier

9. Bluewater Hotel

Enjoy views of the Ahuriri Marina from your studio or apartment at the Bluewater Hotel. Each room has floor-to-ceiling windows making the most of the views. Choose from a variety of Studios for couples, corporate travellers and families or the two-storied Apartments for groups and families seeking more space. Some rooms have a spa bath, while all have a kitchenette for preparing stove-top or microwave meals. Facilities at Bluewater include free mini-golf, Rolls Royce hire, dining at the Water Bar Restaurant and more.

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© Bluewater Hotel

10. The Dome

Last but certainly not least, The Dome is one of the most iconic buildings in Napier. Stay in one of the luxury apartments, studios and “Grand” apartments for larger groups. Rooms are outfitted in designer furniture and New Zealand artwork while featuring luxury amenities like Bose entertainment systems, designer kitchens and more. Treat yourself to services like in-suite massages and beauty therapies, embrace the ocean or city views from your private balcony, and have access to a rooftop terrace with a heated spa and plunge pool in certain apartments.

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© The Dome


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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