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10 Best Hotels in Palmerston North

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Accommodation in Palmerston North

Discover a city less-travelled yet so easy to get to! Palmerston North offers so much for travellers, in between the intriguing museums, riverside walk/cycleways, gorgeous gardens and foodie scene. With that in mind, you’ll definitely want to stick around by staying in one of the city’s fabulous hotels. Whether you seek luxury, want extra in-room facilities, or would rather stick to a budget, there’s a hotel for everyone in Palmerston North. We’ll go through some of our top picks, as well as alternative accommodation in this list of hotels in Palmerston North!

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1. Distinction Palmerston North Hotel & Conference Centre

A four-star hotel in the heart of Palmerston North, Distinction Palmerston North Hotel is well worth considering. The hotel boasts stylishly-appointed guest rooms across five storeys. Choose from budget-friendly rooms to luxurious options like the Tower Superior or the Heritage Spa Suite with an indulgent spa bath and separate shower. Distinction Palmerston North boasts a range of facilities from wedding to corporate services, as well as excellent dining at the Nosh Restaurant and two trendy bars. See more hotels like this in our 5 Best Luxury Accommodation in Palmerston North.

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2. Distinction Coachman Hotel, Palmerston North

That’s right, Distinction Hotels has really made its mark in Palmerston North. Your alternative option from the hotel chain is the Distinction Coachman Hotel. This second hotel offers a slightly more heritage vibe in a quieter part of town just 800m from the city centre. The hotel offers a wide range of room choices, from Deluxe Hotel Rooms with antique furnishings to lavish multi-bedroom villas with private balconies overlooking rose gardens. Many of the rooms feature double spa baths for ultimate relaxation, while all guests can make use of the hotel’s swimming pool, spa pool and gym. Plus, sample Pacific Rim and Mediterranean fusion cuisine at La Patio Cafe & Bar.

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3. Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North

Another motel chain found in Palmerston North is the Copthorne by Millennium Hotels. This hotel is the right fit for just about anyone, including corporate travellers, couples, friends and families thanks to the adaptable room layouts. The Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North features entry-level rooms that are kind on the wallet, Family Suites with a separate living area, a kitchenette and sofabed, and luxurious Junior Suites with space to wine and dine in your own lounge and private balcony. Rooms have free WiFi and in-room entertainment systems, while the on-site Jimmy Cook’s Kiwi Kitchen is a great option for dining in the city. See more recommendations like this in our 10 Best Family Accommodation in Palmerston North.

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4. Quest Palmerston North Serviced Apartments

Contemporary style and home comforts unite at Quest Palmerston North. This aparthotel rises high in the city centre, featuring 40 modernly-appointed self-contained apartments. Couples will find affordable luxury in the Studios, while One-Bedroom Executive Apartment feels just like home with its full kitchen, separate lounge and a private balcony. Families will also find ample space in the Two-Bedroom Executive Apartment. Facilities at Quest include in-house movies, local restaurant chargebacks, access to a nearby gym, car parking and free WiFi. See more fabulous self-catering accommodation in our list of 10 Best Accommodation in Palmerston North for Foodies.

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5. The Cobb Hotel

This is the city’s token “cheap hotel above a bar”. Enjoy affordable prices and a lively pub atmosphere at The Cobb Hotel. Couples can stay in the Studio Rooms with simple furnishings, an ensuite, fridge and tea/coffee facilities. The Family Room provides a little bit extra in terms of beds and space. When you’re feeling hungry, just roll out of bed to the downstairs bar serving a range of crowd-pleasers at an affordable price. See more accommodation like this in our 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Palmerston North.

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6. The Railway Hotel Backpackers

No longer a “hotel” per se, this historic hotel has been given new a life as The Railway Hotel Backpackers. This attractive hostel is well-decorated, clean and has plenty of space with several communal kitchens and lounge areas. Room types include double and twin ensuites, single, double, twin, triple rooms with shared bathrooms, and a range of dorm rooms. Many rooms feature basic breakfast-making facilities, while housekeeping is known to leave a range of snacks in every room – yum! See more like this in our 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Palmerston North.

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7. Bentleys Motor Inn

While we might have exhausted the hotel options in Palmerston North, you can still find motels with hotel-like services. For instance, treat yourself to affordable luxury at the Bentleys Motor Inn. It’s all about the spa baths and pools at this upmarket accommodation. Rooms here consist of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units with various upgrades available. Each room is extremely well-presented with most rooms having kitchen facilities. Other facilities on the motel complex include a gym, squash court, sauna, on-site parking, free WiFi, laundry and conference rooms. See more motels in the area in our 10 Best Motels in Palmerston North.

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8. Penny’s Accommodation

For budget travellers just looking for a room, check out Penny’s Accommodation. An old-school Kiwi motel is just a 10-minute walk from the city centre and offers a range of private rooms with communal bathrooms, lounge and kitchen. Stay in either a single, double, twin or triple room with classic but clean furnishings. WiFi and on-site parking is complimentary.

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9. Destiny on Fitzherbert

This boutique motel features unique furnishings for a memorable experience. The Premium One-Bedroom unit is a romantic retreat for couples, while the Two-Bedroom unit is the best option for families, each boasting kitchenette facilities with a dishwasher and notably cute crockery. Be entertained by the 50″ TVs with Sky TV, free WiFi, as well as enjoy the city centre attractions just a few blocks away. See more recommendations like this in our 5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Palmerston North.

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10. Cornwall Motor Lodge

One last motel worth opening your eyes to, even if you usually stay in hotels, is Cornwall Motor Lodge. Sky TV with Sky Decoder, spa pools and spa baths, contemporary kitchenettes with plunger coffee and cookies, free WiFi, bathrobes, on-site parking, chargeback meal services, TVs visible from the bed or spa, Sleepyhead king beds, breakfast delivery… The list of facilities alone shows how this motel goes above and beyond to provide a comfortable stay in Palmerston North. Motel rooms are available in studio, one and two-bedroom layouts.

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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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