It opened in 1868 and has remained the principal hotel in Featherston ever since. The Royal Hotel is one of only two hotels in New Zealand displaying the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.
The Royal is historic, and beautifully renovated to create spaces full of character and charm and offers a wide range of facilities. The hotel marries NZ Colonial and Victorian architecture and the unique industrial and military history of Featherston, with soaring ceilings and ornate detailing throughout, along with collections of curios and libraries of books and images evoking mystery and sophistication of times past.
The Royal is located in Featherston, the gateway to the Wairarapa region, and the closest town to Wellington. A short drive to Martinborough, Greytown, Caterton, and other venues and scenic sites throughout the Wairarapa, this is the perfect spot to tap into all the region has to offer where you can reset your compass.