5 Best Luxury Accommodations in Hamilton 🍸 [2023]© Lake Karapiro Lodge
5 Best Luxury Accommodations in Hamilton 🍸 [2023]

10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Hamilton 🍸 [2024]

© Lake Karapiro Lodge

Where to Find Luxury Hotels and Lodges in Hamilton

Looking for a special place to stay in Hamilton? Celebrating a big occasion or just prefer to treat yourself when you’re away? The bustling city can provide with a small selection of impressive hotels and B&Bs/lodges. While Hamilton isn’t necessarily a place for five-star services, you will find hotels with high-quality rooms and a few luxurious extras to make your stay extra special. You may also want to venture to the surrounding countryside to find some of the city’s real hidden gems. Find out more in this list of the best luxury accommodations in Hamilton.

While you’re here, get inspired by our 8 Luxury Activities in Hamilton and plan your trip with The Luxury Travel Guide to Hamilton.

1. Novotel Tainui Hamilton

Providing a four-star stay in the city centre, Novotel Tainui Hamilton is well worth considering. The light-filled rooms feature either a city view or a view of the mighty Waikato River, which can also be enjoyed from the restaurant serving contemporary local fusion cuisine. Hotel rooms are versatile in layout, making an ideal stay for solo travellers, couples, friends and families. Luxurious extras include a pillow menu, rainfall shower, newspaper delivery, an audio docking station (in some rooms) and more. See how this hotel compares to the 10 Best Hotels in Hamilton.

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Novotel Tainui Hamilton © Novotel Tainui Hamilton

2. On The River

For a luxury lodge accommodation on the outskirts of Hamilton, choose On The River. Perched on the edge of the Waikato River with gorgeous decking areas and floor-to-ceiling windows to take it all in, this lodge and holiday rental can’t help but impress. Choose from either the suite sleeping up to three people or the holiday house for up to 10. Either way, you’ll have access to a full kitchen and fast free WiFi for a convenient home-away-from-home experience.

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5 Best Luxury Accommodations in Hamilton 🍸 [2023]© On The River

3. Korbaylen Estate

A deluxe B&B among 10 acres of country gardens and native bush, Korbaylen Estate boasts an upscale stay just outside of the city. A continental breakfast is included in your stay, whichever of the three queen rooms you are choosing. Each room has a kitchenette, soundproofing, an ensuite bathroom and a few added extras, while all guests also have shared use of the stylish lounge, modern kitchen and vast gardens. For more stays with your own kitchen, check out the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Hamilton.

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5 Best Luxury Accommodations in Hamilton 🍸 [2023]© Korbaylen Estate

4. Lake Karapiro Lodge

Many of Hamilton’s most lavish lodges can actually be found in the neighbouring town of Cambridge. The most premium of which is Lake Karapiro Lodge. This period-style paradise is perched on the hillside overlooking Lake Karapiro and Mt Maungatautari, which you can also enjoy from your room’s private balcony. While breakfast is included, dinner is an event well worth paying the extra dough for to indulge in a three-course experience of house-smoked salmon, rack of lamb or whatever you choose.

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5 Best Luxury Accommodations in Hamilton 🍸 [2023]© Lake Karapiro Lodge

5. Distinction Hamilton Hotel & Conference Centre

Back in Hamilton city, the four-star Distinction Hamilton Hotel has 147 superbly-appointed rooms offering a contemporary vibe. Stay in luxurious suites and king rooms, featuring the hotel basics, like WiFi, a work desk and Sky TV, on top of luxury beds and plush carpets for ultimate comfort. You’ll also have access to the hotel’s facilities, such as an indoor swimming pool, spa pools, gym, bar and restaurant. Garnett’s Restaurant serves impeccably presented plates of local specialities and crowd favourites. Find this hotel located just a few minutes’ drive from the city centre. Thanks to its family-friendly rooms, we also list this in our 10 Best Family Accommodations in Hamilton.

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Distinction Hamilton Hotel & Conference Centre © Distinction Hamilton Hotel & Conference Centre

6. The Narrows Landing Hotel

For those seeking a characterful accommodation for a romantic getaway or celebrating a special occasion as a group, then set your sights on The Narrows Landing Hotel. The luxury hotel offers two choices of suites, each overlooking the hotel gardens and featuring a private balcony. The “Deluxe Suites” have the added luxury of more space and a spa bath. Finally, treat your group to the “Tree Tops Apartment” with panoramic views from the lounge and multiple rooms with their own balconies, ensuites and more. For more romantic retreats, see our 10 Best Romantic Accommodations in Hamilton.

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The Narrows Landing Hotel© The Narrows Landing Hotel

7. Applecross Sanctuary

An upmarket B&B in the countryside of Hamilton and Cambridge, Applecross Sanctuary is the ultimate holiday go-to for discerning travellers. With a swimming pool, spa pool and a deck with a barbecue area, you’ll effortlessly transition to holiday mode. You’ll also get to enjoy your own space as each of the two B&B rooms boasts its own TV with Chromecast and a kitchenette with an espresso coffee machine. A delightful continental breakfast is included, whether you want to tuck in at your own dining table or in one of the glorious shared spaces.

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5 Best Luxury Accommodations in Hamilton 🍸 [2023]© Applecross Sanctuary

8. Jet Park Hamilton Airport

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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5 Best Luxury Accommodations in Hamilton 🍸 [2023]© Jet Park Hamilton Airport

9. Heartland Ambassador Hotel Hamilton

Positioned just a short walk from the city centre, Seddon Park and FMG Stadium, Heartland Ambassador Hotel is a convenient stay in Hamilton while still feeling away from the hustle and bustle. The hotel by the Scenic Hotel Group features a large outdoor swimming and a hot tub, as well as room service breakfast and a restaurant for breakfast. While the hotel is only 3.5 stars, the “Superior Plus Studio Suite” stands above the rest with oodles of space in a contemporary open-plan design. Features include an espresso machine, kitchenette, USB/Bluetooth speaker, a heat pump, Sky TV, free WiFi and more.

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Heartland Ambassador Hotel Hamilton© Heartland Ambassador Hotel Hamilton

10. Awa Retreat

Last but certainly not least, Awa Retreat provides a bed and breakfast experience alongside the majestic Waikato River. Located on the ground floor of a mid-century home, Awa Retreat offers room layouts of either single, double, twin or triple occupancy. Your B&B apartment features an espresso machine, Bluetooth stereo, free WiFi, free use of bikes, modern ensuite bathrooms, magazines, books, board games and much more. The main event, however, is breakfast, either cooked or continental, served either to your room on to enjoy on the patio.

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Awa Retreat© Awa Retreat

More Luxury Accommodations in Hamilton

That’s it for our guide to the best luxury accommodations in Hamilton. For more accommodation options, as well as things to do, check these out:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Luxury Travel Guide to Hamilton.


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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