"Comfort and Privacy in Napier"
A friend and I stayed at The Dome in early November. Because the hotel was not full, they upgraded our room without additional cost.
This room was much nicer than most apartments, and yet very private. The art deco style of architecture, design, and furniture was very well done. The kitchen had nice extras such as snacks, milk, and granola. There was ample closet space. Great bathroom! It was very large with upgraded features, and wonderful toiletries.
This 2nd floor room opened out onto a private patio with a small pool, hot tub, barbeque grill, and lounge seating. With sliding glass doors open, it becomes an extension of the living area, making the "hotel room" feel more like a house.
There was also a washer/dryer (with detergent and dryer sheets) available for use, in a small room off the patio, at no extra charge. It's a great touch after a week of traveling!
The owner, Kath, made a brief and courteous appearance to ensure we were satisfied. Another gentleman, whose name escapes me, was very accommodating and recommended places for dinner, vineyards, and local not-to-miss attractions.
The only negative was that parking was about 2 blocks away, which made it inconvenient to carry luggage, and shopping bags up to the room. As well, the hotel is on a main road that follows the beach. There is construction happening just down this street, in several areas.
Overall, I would highly recommend staying at The Dome while in Napier, especially if you like your privacy.
Fears Little from Texas, USA