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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were very late arriving having phoned ahead to say so, greeted well by bar person who actually helped with a snack after kitchen closed. Room was fine, a bit dated but ok for the price. We had read up and knew this could be a noisy Hotel but it was empty at our arrival. Bed and pillows really soft...

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Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

If you enjoy wheeling your suit case through a busy bar then this is the place for you! No dinner mint left on my pillow but there was what looked like sweet n sour sauce from the previous guest. Don't bring your own soap... there's plenty in the shower.. already used. House keeping is very welcoming even in the morning...

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Thank Robanks
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Friendly staff, amazing pub food..really impressed. Rooms how ever were very tired and dated . Basic maintenance not done. Our bathroom ceiling was completely covered in mould. Just needed a spray and wipe. I must say the beds although old were super comfy. Some bulbs missing in lights. Good place to crash if you have had a few bevvies!

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Warkworth, New Zealand
Reviewed 23 March 2016

Most unwelcome feeling ever. On arrival at 4pm, the reception says 'Closed, see the bar staff' I entered the bar, and negotiated my way through the dimly lit beery atmosphere to the counter. The barista took my reservation paper, and then demanded my credit card - but this was a business trip booked from Auckland so of course I had...

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Perth, Australia
Reviewed 1 August 2015

Whilst there are many flash restaurants in Palmerston North, the Empire Hotel suited us for a great steak at a reasonable price. The staff were attentive, the food most enjoyable, and the atmosphere relaxing, as a pub should be. Would certainly pay a return visit when next in Palmerston North

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Thank Emeritusprofessor
Reviewed 28 March 2015

Not recommendable. It was an awful stay. Everything was horrible. People running in front of our room screaming as loud as possible at 1am, the room was dirty and we had to change the room because the first key broke and the second one didn't work ...

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Cromwell, Otago, New Zealand
Reviewed 13 March 2015

First we were called by the proprietor to say we had booked for the Wednesday but it was for actually the Thursday we booked. We then got told Karaoke was on till 3am though the hotel description said Thursday, Friday and Saturday was noisy but nothing about till 3am. The room was filthy and the linen was marked with womens...

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Thank Marianne W
Darfield, New Zealand
Reviewed 22 October 2014

This hotel doesn't pretend to be anything that it isn't. Clean rooms , friendly staff and good honest pub food, all at very reasonable prices. If noise is an issue ask for one of the premium rooms for an extra $8 a night.

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Havelock North, New Zealand
Reviewed 11 July 2014

My room cost $75 and had a double bed and two singles. Quite dated, especially the bathroom, but bedding was cleaning and plentiful towels. It was within easy walk of restaurants and cafes. The hotel warns guests that it is very noisy Thursday to Saturday nights and I stayed a Wednesday night and there was loud music until 2am. An...

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Thank OliveLady2014
Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 16 May 2014

We went back to The Empire for another one of there lovey meals. Once again it was very good. Plenty on the plate., a good pub meal. This time though unfortunatly they have done away with there VERY POPULAR $15 meals and complimentry drink. We stayed and still had a good enjoable meal but cost us double this time. We...

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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Empire Hotel has historic associations with Palmerston North - it was the city's first school. In 1890 the school was relocated and the building was converted into a hotel and has been a popular hotel both for local residents and visitors to the city.Our 14 rooms are comfortable and tidy. They have ensuite bathrooms, tea/coffee making facilities and SKY TV. Located in the city centre makes for an easy stroll to shopping and inner city attractions. The bar downstairs is one of the most popular bars in town and we also boast having Palmerston North’s only Mexican Restaurant. We’re perfect for golfers or sports teams looking to stay and enjoy the great night life of Palmerston North. With all the above, Off street parking, 18 gaming machines, Manned TAB facilities, a pool table, covered smoking areas, and only a five minute drive to airport, you can't go wrong! ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Cobb Hotel

Address: 528 Main Street | Cnr Princess & Main Streets, Palmerston North 4440, New Zealand (Formerly Empire Hotel)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Palmerston North
Price Range: ₹ 3,696 - ₹ 4,705 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Cobb Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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“Don`t go near the vent extractors rooms, ask”
 of 5 bubbles CelticConnexionsTour, 16 Feb 2017 | Read review
“all rooms are dirty and noisy no A/c”
 of 5 bubbles MarianneW630, 13 Mar 2015 | Read review
“Rooms on the side facing the car parking area are not over the bar.”
 of 5 bubbles Takingitscourse, 13 Dec 2013 | Read review
“It is and older type of pub but the meals are worth it”
 of 5 bubbles judithm783, 7 Oct 2013 | Read review
“Rooms appear good value for the money you spend, but what might happen at night is absolutely unpredictable.”
 of 5 bubbles TravellerPorirua, 21 Nov 2012 | Read review
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