Our travel agent had booked us into a "run of the house" room (#230) in this dumpy, frumpy chain hotel, probably because we had wanted to see Mount Egmont National Park and this was the closest location for lodging. The whole place is weird: the layout of the hotel (various halls and stairs) as well as the room. The room was VERY dark, with a strange triangular shaped window at the upper right edge of a high ceiling. I could not tell which direction we were facing, but it was not noisy, at least. There was a very small closet with iron and ironing board, a suitcase bench, a stocked fridge with TV, a very small table and chair, and a frumpy double bed on dark "carpet." The small bathroom had, of all things, a hot tub/shower combination. Again, curiously, the amenities included a shoe mitt (the first in all of NZ), tissues, soap, shampoo, and a sewing kit. The hot tub made strange, gurgling noises after we used the shower, probably for some sort of cleaning purpose. The room did not smell, but it was certainly not inviting at all. It was so dark!
The hotel is within easy walking distance to "downtown" New Plymouth, which did not seem to have too much to offer other than a splendid path along the seaside, a "wind wand," a few bars and restaurants. There seemed to be other, perhaps better hotels nearer to the sea than the Copthorne.
The clerk let us have an internet username and password, which otherwise would have been $15 NZD. Parking was included.
The included breakfast the next morning was in the hotel's ground floor restaurant, with a mediocre "buffet" and cooked to order, acceptable but not generous hot breakfast. We had eggs and bacon with toast.
Based on our experience, this hotel would be a 1.5-2-star in Europe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is ideally situated for conferences, special events and holidays, right in the heart of New Plymouth City only 10 minutes from the airport and 25 minutes from magnificent Mt Taranaki and Egmont National Park. This welcoming New Plymouth Hotel is also within strolling distance of the CBD, the main shopping centre, TSB Showplace events centre, restaurants, bars and cafes. ... more less
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