Themed around colourful figures from Kumara's past, rooms at the beautifully restored Theatre Royal Hotel are reason enough to stay in town. We especially loved the feminine flourishes of Barbara Weldon's room, honouring a former lady of the night (good soundproofing). Motel-style miners cottages ($200 to $280), sleeping up to four, are brand new but have vintage finishes such as clawfoot tubs.
The opulence continues in the hotel's apartments (from $239): have a full-on Marie Antoinette fantasy in the boutique apartments (complete with four-poster beds) or bed down in the old Bank of New Zealand building (gold was once weighed in what's now the bathroom).
Stop for game specials or afternoon tea in the Theatre Royal's restaurant, whose adjoining bar is a great spot for a yarn with the locals.
Located on the west coast of the south island, Theatre Royal Hotel offers a restaurant and a bar. The themed rooms offer antique furnishings and cable TV. Some rooms include free WiFi access. A restored miners' hotel, Theatre Royal is 2 minutes' drive from the historic Dillmanstown gold-mining town. It is 14 minutes' drive from Paroa. Greymouth and Hokitika are both within 25 minutes' drive away. Guests can share a drink, watch the flat-screen TV and listen to the piano in the bar, or unwind in the shared lounge area. All rooms offer a private bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Rooms include bed linen and ironing facilities.
If you expect to arrive outside reception opening hours, please inform the property in advance, using the contact details found on the booking confirmation.