Royal treatment at Napier’s Masonic

Masonic Entrance

New Zealand’s Art Deco capital, Napier, has many attractions which promise to transcend visitors back in time.  None more so than the Art Deco Masonic Hotel. From which the moment you step through its doors, you’re instantly transported to 1949.

Since first opening in 1861, the Masonic has stood through many lifetimes.  In 1896 it was destroyed by fire and rebuilt within a year but after an extensive extension was added in 1906, it became one of New Zealand’s biggest and most extravagant hotels at the time.  The Hawke’s Bay earthquakes of 1931 saw the destruction of the Masonic by fire yet again but by 1932 it reopened, with an exterior structure which remains basically unchanged since it first opened over 150 years ago.

Today the original simple building, invigorated only by its ornate upper story wooden pergola facing the Pacific and its conspicuous ‘MASONIC’ sign in Art Deco capitals, is undergoing a facelift to restore many of the features that make it an iconic landmark.  A recent renovation of the interior now has the Masonic offering all the comforts of a modern hotel as well as remarkable pieces of art, furnishings and even cutlery from the past era, presenting a poised blend of then and now.

Superior Double Bedroom

The Masonic Hotel offers 42 rooms and a choice of Art Deco accommodation styles to suit, from single and queen rooms, to studios and suites, to a stylish self-contained two bedroom apartment.   Access to the balcony and sunroom is available to all guests, as well as the in-house laundry facilities, free WiFi, an ensuite and tea and coffee station in each room.  The ‘Royal Suite’ offers the most memorable experience, as its most famous guest was Queen Elizabeth II who stayed here during her Coronation Tour of New Zealand in 1953.

As well as a number of venues for meetings, parties and functions, the greater Masonic building also houses a reputable restaurant and an institutional pub.  The Emporium Eatery & Bar offers more of the hotel’s unique atmosphere with a distinctive mix of contemporary and classic.  It was recently named one of The World’s Best Bars ®, joining only a select few establishments in New Zealand with the same honour.   Around the corner on Hastings Street, The Rose Irish Pub will appeal to a broad range of guests with its Kiwi-Irish fusion menu, great range of beers and famed Hawke’s Bay wines to match.

Wedding Venue ‘Gatsby Room’
Source = ETB News: Noha Jadallah
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