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The Empire Hotel is situated on the corner of Princess and Main Streets, and has historic associations with Palmerston North - as it was the city's first school. In 1890 the school was relocated to Campbell Street and the building was converted into a hotel and has since been a popular hotel both for local residents and visitors to the city. In 1990 the owners of the building started to extensively renovate the hotel back to its original style and was finally completed in 1996. The Trinity Group has been managing the site since November 2004. The hotel has 14 rooms available for guests. Each room has an en-suite bathroom, tea/coffee making facilities and SKY TV. The hotel is happy to arrange rooms for your guests at a special rate. Corporate and group rates available on request. The Empire boasts Palmerston North's only Mexican Restaurant - El Gusto Mexican Cantina. The hotel specializes in Mexican cuisine and have a healthy range of tequilas - with over 20 and building each week! Sangria's and Margaritas are the best in town. If you're looking for a secluded night with a loved one or a bashful night with 12 of your friends, the hotel can cater for all. The Empire is a great place to come if you want to watch live Super 15 rugby action or if you want to party the night away, the old 'Cobb Bar', as its affectionately known, is one of the most popular bars in town. An excellent DJ has the crowds going wild every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights right to 3am. Without a doubt the best place in town to enjoy a fun night out. The upstairs balcony area is an ideal spot for a cold ale on a sunny afternoon or cool down after a hard day's work. It's the only balcony bar in Palmerston North. The Balcony Bar is also available for private functions more information on these can be found under the functions link.The hotel also offers reception