Overall it was ok. It’s WAY, WAY out of the way! The car was absolutely COVERED in dirt by the time we got there.
Pros – The view was nice. The room was very large and decorated well. They had free wi-fi.
Cons – Stairs, stairs and MORE STAIRS! OMG.. they never ended and there is no elevator! For that reason alone I would not stay here again. Hauling bags up all those stairs is just not worth it. Then you get everything up there, you are hot and sweaty and there is no A/C either! Or even screens on the windows.. so if you open the window the bugs come flocking in.
There was only one guy working in the entire place and there are no restaurants anywhere nearby… you basically have to eat there. We were the only people in the entire hotel so we called and ordered dinner ahead of time, went up 20 min later and it was still another 20 to 30 minutes before our food was done. The food was average at best. For breakfast they wanted $25(NZ) per person! We skipped that!
They did do a nice job decorating, and it is obvious they are trying.. but it’s just not that great. The carpet is not nice. There are obvious signs of wear and tear that could be touched up but are not. There were a lot of bugs (probably from the window being left open with no screens). There were 6 full sized towels but only 1 hand towel and 1 wash cloth provided. The sink is in the main room, the shower room and toilet was on the right of that, and then there was another room with just a tub on the other side.
I don’t think I would stay here again.
- 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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