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“Architectural Jewel”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hillside Hotel

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Hillside Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Huntly
Los Angeles
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97 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Architectural Jewel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2013

There is no doubt as the hotel comes into view after you long drive up a winding dirt track that it is a remarkable accomplishment: to have the vision and then bring it to life in such a remote location is inspiring. As it happens, we were the only guests that night. That too is understandable. Whatever the esthetics of the location and structure, it is isolated and remote, more sited for a honeymoon then a center of tourism. The isolation leads one to rely on the hotel restauant and the morning and eveng chef (who takes your order) did a wonderful job: my morning "hearty" cbreaqfast was the the mmost woderful bearfast construction I had ever seen or tasted. (Although I was disappointed with the cut of lamb the prior night.)

The best t thing about this hotel would seem to be the view. No doubt it is was a huge panarama, with distant views of the lighted towns in the valley, but for me not esthetic or spiritual. It was nice to see once, but I don't feel a calling to return.

Room Tip: the higher you go the better the view
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2013

This spectacularly situated hotel is perfectly positioned between Auckland and Hamilton. We were visiting Waitomo Caves the day before we left New Zealand, flying out from Auckland airport. So we wanted somewhere between the two. Perfect. Less than 30 mins to Hamilton, only 90 mins south to the caves, around an hour north to the airport.
OK, it's not your regular hotel chain hotel. I guess you could say it's a little quirky but if you are the type of person that doesn't need everything to be like every other hotel in the world, then give this place a go. We loved spending a couple of nights and would definitely go back. Don't be put off by the reception which needs to be upgraded as it's a bit tired. The rooms are really good. And everybody that works there tries so hard to make your stay comfortable, the rooms are large and all have unbelievable views out over Waikato. The hotel is a little different in that it's built on a hilltop, hence the name. So the rooms are on different levels. Downside is that there is no lift. But there are chairlift things to each floor so if you have very heavy luggage you don't need to lug it. I would say if you have a problem with stairs that may be an issue. But for most people, and my partner has a bad knee, it really wasn't a a problem. The sunset from the observation deck above the bar was amazing. The bar is really stocked too and the food very good.

Room Tip: They all have wonderful views, but the higher floors have better views. But more stairs.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Motueka, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2013

Unless you had looked on the web you wouldn't find the gem. Perched high on the hill it overlooks the valley and river, totally spectacular!
Rooms excellent, and compliments to the chef on producing a superb evening meal, shame we were the only ones in the dining room, other guests that night don't know what they had missed. Also a special note on the wine list, very good and sensibly priced. Would certainly recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2013

This is a unique place to stay. Its location is unique andtheir accomodation/rooms, service and meals are of a high standard. I have returned a number of times both for business and recreation, and will do so again!! Thanks Hillside team!!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2013

We stayed in Hilside for our first night in NZ. It was a wonderful introduction to the country.
Rosemary and Ray are super hosts, most informative and helpful.
Views from the hotel are amazing. Rooms are spacious,comfortable and quiet.
Food is superb...we had our first taste of NZ lamb in its country of origin..wow!
Piece of advice......do not follow Google directions to hotel from Auckland airport (unless they've been changed recently), we spent 30mins. heading in the wrong direction, but it was worth the detour!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2013

what a wonderful experience! who knew that such a place existed in the most unlikely of location. Stunning views, incredibly comfortable bed, amazing food and wonderful hosts. I loved the real eco-lodge feel and look forward to seeing some of the exciting new plans come to fruition this year. Thanks!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Te Kauwhata, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2013

What a great place to stay. The rooms are so spacious with amazing views. Good service from the staff and enjoyed dining on the top floor with 360 degree views. Head chef did an amazing steak, cooked to perfection. Had the best ever scrambled eggs and salmon the following morning by the junior chef. We were the only ones having breakfast and could see a family of quail just along the path. Loved the comfy leather couches on the top floor where I curled up with a book for a couple of hours undisturbed. Definitely would go back and stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hillside Hotel
Address: Hillside Station, Taupiri Ranges | access from State Hwy 1, Huntly, Huntly 3771, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Huntly
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Huntly
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hillside Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape the city to fresh air and tranquility. Hillside Hotel is a country retreat and eco-lodge, a Qualmark four star boutique hotel with an enviro-gold rating. Nestled amongst native forest on top of the Taupiri Ranges, Hillside offers panoramic views of iconic New Zealand landscape scenery; Every room has a view.On the main tourist route south of Auckland; 1 hour drive from Auckland Airport and just 4km off the highway makes Hillside Hotel an ideal first stop or last stop in New Zealand; lovely stop point on the way to Hobbiton or Waitomo.Situated on Hillside Station -a large working farm with 300 acres of private native rain forest reserve with easy walking trails right from the hotel grounds. Beautiful photography opportunities from anywhere in the hotel.Free Wi-fi and parking; on-site licensed restaurant (reservations essential- may close early if no bookings) and cafes nearby. Rooms are very spacious and open direct to the outside. Rooms are connected by covered walkways and stairs sheltered by native bush. ... more   less 
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