I'd like to describe the Hotel we stayed at, whilst in New Plymouth, as a nice hotel....which in fact it was in more ways than one.
Its literally called the 'Nice' Hotel.
We had a great time staying there and the staff were so pleasant and friendly. It had a special atmosphere that made you feel welcome and at home straight away.
The award winning restaurant 'Table' proved very popular too.
But there are also plenty of other restaurants in the local area, if you want to get out and about.
Here's the Hotels website....
I was fascinated by the blue prints of the buildings previous life, hanging in the hallway.
They show that it used to be a Doctors surgery.
This cosy little reading area at the end of the first floor corridor, just outside our room, certainly appealed to me....but then you know what I'm like for books. I immediately felt comfortable. If you look at the top right hand corner,at the black and white photo, you'll see its a signed photo from Tom Cruise.
he starred in the film 'The Last Samurai' which was filmed in 2003, in the local area.....but I'm not sure if he stayed at the hotel or not, sorry.
This is the other side of the reading area with lots of old photographs. Unfortunately the owner was away from the hotel so I couldn't check if they were family photo's. I imagine they were .....but I could be wrong.
Installed next to the walkway's central deck on 31 December 1999 by the Len Lye Foundation as the city's millennium project, the artwork's sphere broke apart in stormy weather about a month later and the Wind Wand was removed for repairs. It returned to the Coastal Walkway on 5 July 2001 for the centenary celebrations of Len Lye's birth.
This dramatic artwork is fascinating to watch during both calm weather and storms. Its coastal location maximises its kinetic characteristics and its impact is enhanced by its highly visible location and the backdrop of the Tasman Sea.
Wind Wand is strong enough to stand upright but flexible enough to gently bend and sway in the breeze. By night, the globe on top emits a soft, red glow. We could actually see it from our room.
If you note the logo for the 'Nice Hotel' it incorporates the wand in the design. Very clever.