The finishing touches are being put in place at Porters Boutique Hotel, which will open its doors in less than a week.
The five-star hotel will officially open on Thursday, two years after construction began on the 42-room hotel complex - complete with shopping precinct, commercial office space and Malo restaurant and bar.
General manager Odette Bowyer said they were delighted to be opening their doors to guests. Although they had strong bookings for December through to February, there were some vacancies still available.
Privately owned by the Hawke's Bay Mackersey and Lowe families, the boutique hotel was developed after they identified a gap in the Hawke's Bay accommodation market.
Co-owner and director David Mackersey said he believed Porters would set a new benchmark for 5-star accommodation in Hawke's Bay.
"We saw the opportunity to offer visitors a standard of accommodation not previously available in the Hastings district," he said.
Ms Bowyer said as a five-star, boutique hotel, it offered the ultimate in luxury, service and facilities.
It offers 32 luxury guest rooms and 10 suites with stunning views, while guests can enjoy the Bay's renowned climate from their own private balconies. All rooms are generously proportioned and feature beautifully appointed interiors with quality fittings.
"Every detail has been carefully considered from the original artworks on the walls to the plush bathrobes for guests," Ms Bowyer said. "We're committed to offering our guests the ultimate in luxury and comfort."
The hotel was named for its location - at the prime intersection of Te Aute Rd, Havelock Rd and Porters Drive - while giving a nod to the hotel porter, whose presence was a special feature of 5-star properties.
The positioning of the hotel in the centre of Havelock North would be a huge drawcard for visitors, Ms Bowyer said. With Hawke's Bay visitor numbers on the rise, the hotel would also serve as an ideal gateway for all that the region has to offer.
The hotel, restaurant, and retail space would be connected by a large outdoor courtyard - with the capacity to cater for up to 200 people for weddings and private functions, Ms Bowyer expected the courtyard to be a vibrant addition to Havelock North village.