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Hotel DeBrett
5 out of 5
2 High Street, Auckland
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥19,221
per night
Dec 9 - Dec 10
4.7/5Exceptional! (625 reviews)

"Very helpful and friendly staff. They made parking easy and were ready to answer any questions about the area."…"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2019

Hotel DeBrett
Regent of Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1191 Pukaki St, Rotorua
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥14,537
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18
4.6/5Exceptional! (539 reviews)

"I liked our room and the restaurant, however the lack of a relaxing lounge area when the weather meant we couldn’t sit outside was a bit of a drawback. Great location and very helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2019

Regent of Rotorua
King and Queen Hotel Suites
4 out of 5
Corner of King and Queen Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥11,105
per night
Dec 9 - Dec 10
4.9/5Exceptional! (325 reviews)

"The property is unique in many ways. There is an abundance of art that is carefully selected and displayed. Each room is uniquely furnished, and very personalized. It is well located, with special relationships to shops and restaurants, and structured so that charges can be made at many of these ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2019

King and Queen Hotel Suites
City Lights Boutique Lodge
4.5 out of 5
56c Mountain Road, Western Heights, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
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4.6/5Exceptional! (61 reviews)
Wow!

"It was awesome! Great hosts and a beautiful location."…"

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

City Lights Boutique Lodge
QT Wellington Apartments
4.5 out of 5
90 Cable Street, Wellington
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥17,238
per night
Dec 29 - Dec 30
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,052 reviews)

"We loved our greeting at reception. Joy went out of her way to make us feel welcomed. The art work is stunning. The rooms were quiet and very comfortable. There was nothing we didn’t like about this place and we highly recommend it. It’s central to everything!!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2019

QT Wellington Apartments
Waiheke Waterfront Lodge
4.5 out of 5
34 The Esplanade, Oneroa, Blackpool Beach, Waiheke Island
¥47,378
per night
Dec 9 - Dec 10
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Gem! Perfectly located and appointed

"Stunning, newly-refurbished. No reviews yet only because it’s in new ownership. Wonderful couple managing this boutique B&B. One of the top places I have stayed - and I am a frequent traveler."…"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2019

Waiheke Waterfront Lodge
Delamore Lodge
5 out of 5
83 Delamore Drive, Oneroa, Waiheke Island
¥97,232
per night
Dec 9 - Dec 10
4.7/5Exceptional! (34 reviews)
Stay here!

"Outstanding...a truly exceptional retreat just a short ferry away from Auckland"…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2019

Delamore Lodge
Solitaire Lodge
5 out of 5
16 Ronald Road, Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
¥148,636
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16
4.7/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Heaven on earth and worth the price.

"Wayne and Ingrid have created the ultimate high end vacation retreat in the most beautiful lakeside setting imaginable. Our room “Tarawera” was on the second floor with two sun decks and floor to ceiling windows on all sides. The full dining was as good as it gets. Every staff member was a prize, ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2017

Solitaire Lodge
VR Rotorua Lake Resort
4.5 out of 5
366 State Highway 33, Mourea
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥8,990
per night
Dec 9 - Dec 10
4.3/5Excellent! (1,098 reviews)

"I liked the setting, which is so beautifully sited on Lake Rotoiti. The bed was very comfortable.."…"

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2019

VR Rotorua Lake Resort
The Devereux Boutique Hotel
3.5 out of 5
267 Remuera Road, Auckland
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥6,975
per night
Dec 23 - Dec 24
3.8/5Good! (433 reviews)

"Great neighborhood. Lots of cafes and restaurants a short walk away."…"

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019

The Devereux Boutique Hotel
The Wellesley Boutique Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2-8 Maginnity Street, Wellington
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥7,441
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16
4.3/5Excellent! (412 reviews)
Great rooms

"Great room thoroughly enjoyed it and central location ideal."…"

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2019

The Wellesley Boutique Hotel
Ohtel
4 out of 5
66 Oriental Parade, Wellington
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥14,262
per night
Dec 14 - Dec 15
4.6/5Wonderful! (243 reviews)

"The room was super cool with an awesome view. Staff were friendly and provided an unexpected welcome drink. Great location on waterfront."…"

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

Ohtel
Prince's Gate Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1057 Arawa Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥7,110
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
4.2/5Very Good! (1,379 reviews)

"Quaint hotel with charming decor. Rooms are comfortable and clean. Staff is very helpful and responsive. Great location, just steps away from the bus station (I was able to walk there with all my luggage). Government Gardens also close by."…"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2019

Prince's Gate Hotel
QT Wellington
5 out of 5
90 Cable Street, Wellington
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥12,215
per night
Dec 29 - Dec 30
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,815 reviews)

"Really handy to waterfront, Te Papa. Wonderful pieces of art work displayed throughout hotel. Lovely lap pool, although overlooked by multiple flats/units of neighbouring buildings. Car parking expensive."…"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2019

QT Wellington
Ponsonby Manor Guest House
4 out of 5
229 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥7,813
per night
Dec 9 - Dec 10
4.6/5Exceptional! (182 reviews)

"Lots of attention to detail. The room was very small, but the price was right. Everything exceeded my expectations considering what I paid in such a great location. Free parking was a huge bonus."…"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

Ponsonby Manor Guest House
The County Hotel
5 out of 5
12 Browning Street, Napier
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥10,324
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16
4.6/5Exceptional! (596 reviews)

"We were unable to get the volume on the television to work. No real issue but we were unable to let anyone know before we left early in the morning."…"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

The County Hotel
Asure At Eden Park
3.5 out of 5
36 Sandringham Road, Kingsland, Auckland
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥8,873
per night
Jan 7 - Jan 8
4.4/5Wonderful! (220 reviews)

"Clean room, easy and free parking, nice area, right across the street from bus and train, manger was very friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Asure At Eden Park
Hotel on Devonport
4.5 out of 5
72 Devonport Road, Tauranga
¥11,471
per night
Dec 12 - Dec 13
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,002 reviews)

"Excellent value, clean, great location- everything we wanted"…"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

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What is the definition of a boutique hotel?

 

North Island boutique hotels pride themselves on being unique. They are typically small properties that are independently run or part of a small chain, with a strong personality and attention to detail, creating a more immersive and memorable experience for guests than the average hotel.

Size: Boutique hotels usually have less than 100 rooms. Sometimes as few as 10. Due to the small size, guests tend to get more attentive service and flexibility with special requests.

Guestrooms: Often fitted with luxury bedding, upscale bathrooms, premium toiletries and added unique touches. It’s common to find each room in a boutique hotel looks different.

Ambience: You’ll find distinctive decor and luxury artwork in every space from the lobby, to restaurants to guestrooms, often influenced by the local community or made by local artisans. There’s likely to be several welcoming communal spaces.

Food: Some boutique hotels have a gourmet restaurant or cafe. In-room amenities may include a good coffee machine and interesting minibar selection.

Local community: Many boutique hotels support local businesses and involve the local community. Some boutique hotels are heritage hotels that preserve a cultural significance.

 

How many rooms does a North Island boutique hotel have?

 

Small and stylish is the general rule. Boutique hotels tend to have between 10 - 100 rooms and suites.

Many boutique hotels will feature guest rooms with individual decor or themes, meaning each room looks different.

 

What is the difference between a North Island boutique hotel and a regular hotel?

 

The main differences come from size, design and individuality.

Additionally, boutique hotels tend to incorporate Intricate designs, standout art pieces, involvement with the local community, and more inviting communal spaces free of crowds. All of these together with more flexible and attentive service, creates a more memorable experience for guests than a regular hotel affords.

Size and Identity: North Island boutique hotels are smaller, often with less than a hundred guestrooms. Most are independently owned, which gives them the freedom to express a strong unique character -- often chic and luxurious, sometimes quirky or historic. The unique decor and attention to upscale details features centrally in boutique hotels, whereas regular hotels might be more focused on function to cater to more guests.

Design and Individuality: Every space in a North Island boutique hotel is often designed to be not only beautiful, but interesting and engaging for guests. No generic hotel art in sight. Where large chain hotels tend to have similar decor across their properties, boutique hotels are more likely to go for one-of-a-kind effect. They may even incorporate local influences or craftsmanship. It’s also common for each guestroom to lookompletely different look than the next.

Experience: The smaller size and independence of a North Island boutique hotel allows staff to offer a more personal experience to guests compared to most other hotels. Larger hotels have to cater widely to many guests spread across a bigger property; hotel chains need to be consistent, sensible and similar across all properties in the brand; other small hotels aren’t necessarily concerned with all the frills and luxury facilities. In contrast, at boutique hotels are able to focus on a small number of guests and offer fresh 4-star and 5-star amenities.

 

Is a boutique hotel the same as a luxury hotel?

 

No. Some boutique hotels are classed as luxury hotels, while others are not.

A boutique hotel must be small, whereas luxury hotels can be of any size. They are usually much larger, with hundreds of rooms. Boutique hotels are often independently-run or part of small boutique chain. Majority of luxury hotels are part of large international hotel chains. There are many luxury hotels that are not boutiques.

Not all boutique hotels are luxury hotels, but many are. A luxury North Island boutique hotel will likely be fitted with luxury amenities like premium bedding, artisan toiletries and in-room conveniences, upscale decor and expensive furniture. It may also have a gourmet restaurant on-site.

 

Are North Island boutique hotels expensive?

 

Not necessarily. The price of boutique hotels varies. Some boutique hotels are expensive to stay in, but others are not.

Most North Island boutique hotels are independent and have upscale amenities. They are also committed to high-quality, attentive guest services. Together, this creates a luxury experience. Therefore it's not uncommon to find boutique hotels classed as luxury hotels with higher rates.

However, there are often affordable boutique hotels too. Especially when they are located outside the tourist hotspots and away from the hotel chains, you might find beautiful boutique hotels that are cheaper. Hotel chains also mean a consistent level of service and guests pay for that brand experience. Boutique hotels are independent and may in fact be cheaper. So it really depends on the hotel and the destination.