I’ve blogged a LOT about New Zealand at this point, and while I find it too hard to pick a favourite part of the country when asked, Hawkes Bay is way up there for me, mostly for sentimental reasons. I’ve written short visitor guides for both Hastings and Napier before.
Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier
Rather than staying with family I booked a last minute twin room over Queens Birthday Weekend at the Scenic Hotel Te Pania in Napier. It’s rare for mum and I to share a room – the few times I recall it was due to my brother and I fighting and being separated in limited holiday accommodation.
Te Pania is a Qualmark rated 4-star hotel, but being in Napier rather than a large city, the comparatively low price blew me away even before I found a significant discount through being an Entertainment Book holder.
When we checked in there was a bowl of crisp Hawkes Bay apples on the reception desk which was a nice touch. The accommodation was charged upon check out so only a $50 bond was taken from my Credit Card.
All the rooms are Ocean facing and still open with a key rather than the modern swipe cards I’ve become accustomed to. The view across Marine Parade which took in the famous Norfolk Pines and the sparkling early-winter ocean and out to Cape Kidnappers was glorious!
The bathroom products were by Earths Botanics and included shoe polish as well as the classic shampoo, conditioner, soap, shower gel and moisturiser. I loved the cucumber and mint flavour and pocketed most of them for my gym bag.
One of the greatest things about Scenic Hotel Te Pania though is it’s location – the relaxing Ocean Spa is just across the street, the beach is right there for strolling, Ujazi (already a fav but recently on a Buzzfeed article titled ’23 Brunch Places to try in New Zealand before you die’) is just around the corner as well as a Mister D which has the best doughnuts that you inject with your choice of jam, custard or chocolate.
Mmm.. Doughnuts pic.twitter.com/HmFfsKJG3e
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Overnight there was a little road noise, not enough to bother me (and I think I have a low tolerance). I made the most of the free wifi, teas and Kiaora magazine in the small amount of time I spent in the room. It was pretty much the perfect hotel for a small city break.