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Formerly the Blackball Hilton

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEWvia mobile

A wonderful pub with good hearty food. Friendly staff. This is a pub where you literally feel like you have stepped back in time. Busy with locals and tourists at the time of our visit, a truly memorable experience.

Thank Charlesydarlin
Invercargill, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 week ago

A group of us detoured especially to stop here for afternoon tea. The reception we received when we arrived was decidedly cool and when we placed our orders at the bar we got the feeling we were a bit of an inconvenience. Our efforts to engage the proprietors in conversation resulted in a strange mix of engagement and sarcasm. We...

Thank Linda M
Auckland Central, New Zealand
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Blackball is a small town in the midst of the west coast mining community. It has suffered its unfair share of tragedies and we wanted to support this community and experience a real small town NZ pub/hotel. The Hilton rooms are 1950s style and could do with a bit of updating, the food is 1980s style nothing wrong with it...

1Thank razza71
Olympia, Washington
Reviewed 27 November 2016

You do not want to miss staying here if you want to experience a piece of true New Zealand. We had such a great time talking with the owners and their family. The feel and ambiance are similar to McMenamins establishments in the US WA/OR area, only this is the real deal.

Thank James F
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

A wonderful place where you can have a great meal ! Interesting atmosphere given the history of the hotel and the related history of the mining industry. The owners are very friendly and willing to tell you all about their hotel and to give you advice where to go next. A must go, when you are in this area !!

Thank BSSB
Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Ultimately had a good time and good to visit this iconic pub.....found it strange that the whole reason the Pub made a name for itself was covered up by a map. Owners were a bit sarcastic as I suppose they get answered the same questions regularly, but I'm sure that's life as a Publican.

Thank Andy L
Reviewed 13 September 2016

My sister and I loved staying at Formerly The Blackball Hilton. It felt more like staying with old friends than staying at a Hotel run by people we had never met before. We were welcomed with open arms, we had a great time playing cards with the locals, the meals were very tasty, I had Veal the first night and...

Thank Kerri C
Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 10 August 2016

We visited this place in June. Arriving at 1.30 found that the hotel didn't open till 2 pm. Just after 2 we returned, and admired the facade.On entering, the proprietess said that there were no meals as it was Winter. We opted to have just chips and a wine. She spoke rudely about her partner lighting the fire, then was...

Thank davnan1
Kaiteriteri, New Zealand
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

Staying at the Formerly the Blackball Hilton was a treat. Great old time hosting with a huge open fire. Warm and inviting. The room was functional and clean. Toilets and shower shared down the hall. The dinner was superb. Venison steak, mash potatoes and roast vegetables. What more could a man need? The pub was humming for the party. Great...

Thank 52Diane
golden bay
Reviewed 9 June 2016

We enjoyed everything about our visit. Dinner was fabulous next to the warm open fire. The hotel his clean and cared for yet you are surrounded by the rich history of the area. We loved walking the Croess track for the day and coming back to the comfort of the hotel.

Thank Steve d

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Additional Information about Formerly the Blackball Hilton

Address: 26 Hart Street | Blackball, Greymouth, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Greymouth
Number of rooms: 27
Also Known As:
Hilton Greymouth
Greymouth Hilton
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“Bathrooms are shared, so if proximity to one is important, be sure to ask. Rooms are small because the hotel has retained its authenticity.”
 of 5 bubbles 906JamesF, 27 Nov 2016 | Read review
“The rooms towards the back were had Queen Size Beds and were close to the Showers and Toilets.”
  • Room 8
  • The View from my room
 of 5 bubbles 599kerric, 13 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Say no ghost room...lol”
  • room 2
 of 5 bubbles RkR81, 19 May 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are upstairs.”
 of 5 bubbles Greybeard2016, 14 Jan 2016 | Read review
“If you are going to travel there, enquire and look at the place before you confirm the booking, you could be paying cancellation fee just for "booking" and "looking" at the room.”
 of 5 bubbles tiaretropical, 8 Feb 2015 | Read review
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