5 Best Hotels in Akaroa
5 Best Hotels in Akaroa

5 Best Hotels in Akaroa

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Hotel Rooms in Akaroa

Akaroa is the oldest town in the Canterbury region of New Zealand and, with that, is home to a historical hotel that has been used as a hotel building since 1883. The small harbourside town also has a boutique hotel, but other than that, you have very few options when it comes to true hotel accommodation in Akaroa. Nevertheless, if a hotel room is what you prefer when travelling, then we offer a few alternatives, as well as descriptions of the two Akaroa hotels, in this list of the best hotels in Akaroa!

For more trip-planning advice, check out The Complete Guide to Akaroa and see more accommodation recommendations in the 10 Best Boutique Accommodation in Akaroa.

1. The Wharf Akaroa

A boutique hotel just across the road from the waterfront of Akaroa’s town centre, The Wharf Akaroa features two well-appointed hotel suites and two self-contained studios. Rooms are generously sized, sleep up to two guests, and have floor-to-ceiling windows with sliding doors leading out onto a private balcony. Guests don’t need to go far for food, as there is a restaurant on-site that’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We also recommend this accommodation in the 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Akaroa.

Check The Wharf Akaroa out:

5 Best Hotels in Akaroa© The Wharf Akaroa

2. Mt Vernon Lodge

While Mt Vernon Lodge does offer chalet and cabin accommodation, their main lodge is actually more like a hotel. Within the main lodge are six hotel-like rooms featuring a super king-sized bed and two single beds on a mezzanine floor. Facilities in the rooms include an ensuite and tea/coffee-making facilities, while guests also have access to a large communal kitchen and lounge with a sunken fireplace. The lodge is set among gardens and woodland atop a hill with commanding views of the Akaroa Harbour. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Akaroa.

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5 Best Hotels in Akaroa© Mt Vernon Lodge

3. French Bay House

While Akaroa doesn’t have an abundance of hotels, it certainly does have an abundance of B&Bs that you might want to consider instead. Vintage charm and modern living come together at French Bay House, which sits close to the town centre of Akaroa. Set among vibrant flower gardens, this boutique accommodation features just four fresh and tastefully-decorated guest rooms ensuring a peaceful stay. Rooms are that of a hotel standard and feature private ensuite bathrooms. Each morning, guests are treated to a cooked or continental breakfast.

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5 Best Hotels in Akaroa© French Bay House

4. Akaroa Criterion Motel

Like most New Zealand towns, motels prevail in Akaroa, with one of the most suitable for discerning travellers being the Akaroa Criterion Motel. Stay in modernly designed units with luxuries like underfloor heating and most with sea views. Rooms feature an ensuite and kitchenette facilities and are best suited to couples, solo travellers or a couple of friends travelling together. Compare this with other motels in the 8 Best Motels in Akaroa.

Check Akaroa Criterion Motel out:

5 Best Hotels in Akaroa© Akaroa Criterion Motel

5. The Grand Hotel

Finally, let’s begin where we started with one of the accommodations in Akaroa that is actually classed as a hotel. The Grand Hotel boasts nine well-presented and modern guest rooms inside the oldest hotel building on the Banks Peninsula with some features like the Victorian stairwell and fireplaces retained to emphasise the building’s historical charm. Choose from queen rooms or twin rooms with a queen-sized bed and a single bed, all with ensuite bathrooms. On-site is also a bistro and bar where breakfast is available at an additional price.

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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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