Premium Accommodation in Gisborne
Gisborne might be a smaller lesser-known city tucked away on the East Cape of the North Island, but it still offers a little bit of everything to those seeking premium accommodation. It has boutique B&B accommodation, international-style hotels, an upmarket beachfront motel and even luxury beachfront camping. Find a unique place to stay out east with this list of the best luxury accommodation in Gisborne.
And don’t forget to browse The Luxury Guide to Gisborne to plan the rest of your trip.
1. Cedar House
Retreat to this boutique B&B set in a quiet residential suburb of Gisborne. Cedar House is a historic character home with just four guest rooms all decorated with elegance to keep the historic charm without sacrificing modern living. Each morning you’ll be treated to a continental breakfast in the dining room, while hot drinks and complimentary refreshments are always available to keep you going throughout your stay. Booking yourself in for an in-room massage and doing a few laps in the outside swimming pool are just a couple of more ways to relax at this luxury boutique accommodation.
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2. Portside Hotel – Heritage Collection
A boutique hotel by the Heritage Collection, the Portside Hotel offers incredible river and ocean views from their luxurious suites. Rooms range from two-person studios to two-bedroom suites, making there a place to stay for solo travellers on business to families on holiday. With each room boasting at least a kitchenette, you’ll get the conveniences of home combined with the luxuries of an international-standard hotel. When you’re not basking in the ocean views from your suite’s windows or balcony, make use of the on-site lap pool and keep in shape at the fitness centre. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Gisborne.
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3. Emerald Hotel
Another effortless hotel-stay in Gisborne, the Emerald Hotel offers well-appointed rooms with a range of layouts to suit most guests’ needs. Surrounding a central swimming pool courtyard, the 48 suites are set up for a short stay with standard amenities like a TV, free WiFi, an ensuite, hot drink-making facilities, etc. On the other hand, the fourth-floor apartments also include a fully-equipped kitchen and two separate bedrooms, should you be staying longer. Not only are you in a city centre position to enjoy the restaurants of Gisborne (check out our recommendations in The Luxury Guide to Gisborne), but the on-site bistro serves impeccably-presented plates with the likes of braised New Zealand lamb shank to Thai green curry that’s worth a try at least once. See more like this in the 5 Best Hotels in Gisborne.
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4. Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel
While motels aren’t the first thought when it comes to luxury accommodation, the Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel might just change the way you think about motels forever. Nowhere else in Gisborne can you enjoy the absolute beachfront location like the Whispering Sands, where you can watch the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean from your glass sliding doors. Ask for one of the recently renovated apartments to enjoy beautifully presented private kitchens, bathroom and spacious living area. See how the Whispering Sands compared with other motels in the 10 Best Motels in Gisborne.
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5. Marina View Apartments
Set yourself up for a true home-away-from-home experience at the Marina View Apartments. At this apartment complex on the banks of the Turanganui River, enjoy the views over the marina and out to Young Nicks Head from your one-, two- or three-bedroom apartment with a balcony. All apartments are well-appointed with leather furniture, an ensuite with a shower and a bath, a home theatre system and a contemporary open-plan kitchen. On the grounds are also a swimming pool, fitness centre and underground parking.
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6. Tatapouri Bay
Tatapouri Bay shows us that camping doesn’t have to be about roughing it up. In fact, the upscale holiday park offers luxurious glamping tents and “Zen Cabins” moments away from the sandy shores. In between unwinding in the traditional Finnish sauna, lapping up the views from the timber tub spa pool and indulging in your morning coffee at the container cafe, retreat to your two- or four-person glamping tent kitted out with a luxurious queen bed with plush bedding and USB outlets to charge your devices. Alternatively, the Zen Cabins can’t help but evoke peace with the polished timber-lined interiors and tastefully-selected kitchenware to make up your fully-equipped kitchen. Unlike elsewhere in the holiday park, you’ll have your own bathroom and private deck to enjoy the ocean views.