Hamilton is quite handy to some of New Zealand’s most popular attractions – notably the Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves. It also has its own list of must-sees, and a great café scene to match. If you’ve found yourself in the area, we’re going to make your stay worthwhile. Come take a look at some of the best boutique accommodation options in the city and its surrounds.
In Hamilton city
Downtown is filled with hotels, motels, and serviced apartments for guests to enjoy. Here are some options that are renowned for their great location, elegance, and hospitality.
Previously known as Le Grande Hotel, VR Hamilton is a moderately-priced boutique accommodation option right in the city centre. Spacious suites with elegant, Victorian-style interiors are this hotel’s standout attraction. The Double and Superior rooms comfortably sleep two guests, while its Superior Triple Room and Executive Suite readily accommodate up to four people. All of these options come with free wi-fi access and plentiful city views.
Sudima Hamilton resides in a distinguished 1876 historic building in the central business district. It comprises 69 guest rooms with a wide range of configurations to suit all tastes and budgets. Their recently-refurbished Superior Rooms feature one king and two single beds, a work desk, tea and coffee facilities, free wi-fi, an iPod docking station, and a 32-inch LCD TV. Other accommodation options include a two-bed Economy room, a studio, as well as one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.
Camelot on Ulster is a family-owned motel in central Hamilton. Known for being a quiet sanctuary amid the city rush, this elegant-but-affordable accommodation offers a diverse range of rooms with fully-furnished kitchens. There are four types of studio suites to choose from, three of which come with in-room double spa baths, as well as a selection of 1-3 bedroom units. Breakfast is delivered to guests in the morning upon request, and there is an outdoor swimming pool with a small family area for all to enjoy.
Ashwood Manor is an upscale motel right at the heart of the city. Along with being within close range of the city’s best shops, eateries and attractions, the accommodation relies on 27 suites to bring plenty of peacefulness and comfort to its guests. 18 of Ashwood Manor’s rooms come with their own private spa pools; the other options to choose from are one-bed and three-bed Studio Suites. All of these come with free internet access, flat screen TVs as well as complimentary newspapers, tea and coffee.
Huntington Stables Retreat and Accommodation is the perfect getaway: handy to its surrounding attractions (not just Cambridge and Hamilton, but the Hobbiton film set too), but secluded enough to bring in plenty of silent relaxation. There are four different room styles to choose from. The luxurious North and South Stables are composed of spacious, self-contained lodges with their own kitchens, dining rooms, lounge, bedroom, bathroom and (if that’s not impressive enough) heat pumps to cozy up to in the winter. A comfy Loft studio is another option for guests wanting a simple place to unwind, while the Stall room is there for anyone who’s dropping by for a single evening.
Lake Karapiro Lodge is a luxury bed and breakfast in Karapiro, within a 20-minute drive from Cambridge and a 30-minute drive from Hamilton city. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes, which includes the hotel’s own native plant garden, the majestic English-style country house boasts four spacious deluxe rooms an an opulent common area with a Victorian fireplace. For those who wish to dine in, the lodge keeps things interesting by offering a 3-course menu that changes on a daily basis.
Manor Views Hotel is an elegant retreat in Huntly – a town that’s just a 15-minute drive from Hamilton. Its lavish suites are adorned with chandeliers, while standard rooms boast Super King and Queen Size bedding options. There’s also a five-sleeper family room, and a cozy single room for guests travelling solo. The retreat, which is housed in a recently-refurbished heritage landmark, also features a conference room, wedding venue, and an Old Hospital Café that aptly pays homage to the area’s historic origins.