What We Love
- Colorful striped carpets throughout by Michelle Deery, woven from 100 percent New Zealand wool
- The spacious two-story loft with a spiral staircase
- The retro styling: highlights are the Corner Bar and the guests-only Drawing Room
- DeBrett's Kitchen, an award-winning restaurant considered one of Auckland's best
What To Know
- There is no spa or gym (in-room massages or personal trainers can be arranged)
- Valet parking fee is $20 per night
- You'll have to rise early to check out at 10 a.m.
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This family-owned property is big on character thanks to the building’s Art Deco-style architecture. Each of the 25 rooms is individually designed, with white walls and one-off 1960s furniture. Consistent throughout are the black mosaic-tiled bathrooms and the colorful striped carpets designed by Michelle Deery. If you’re feeling flush, book the stunning two-story loft with its own spiral staircase. DeBretts Kitchen, at the center of the property under a glass-topped atrium, makes the most of local produce, while the Housebar has throwback cocktails referencing the hotel’s 1930s vibe. The guests-only retro Drawing Room is like stepping back in time, with its honesty bar, board games and record player.
In the Area
Shop the boutiques along Auckland’s High Street, including designers such as Karen Walker, and then hit the bars on Vulcan Lane. Nearby Queen Street is the city’s central hub; check out Smith & Caughey’s, one of New Zealand’s oldest department stores. For food, there’s Elliot Stables, an Edwardian warehouse where you can nosh among the stands, cafes and gourmet food stores. The iconic Sky Tower is in the area too, the perfect 1076-foot-high perch from which to view the city.
How to Get There
Good for a city hotel. Our room looked out on the atrium and across to other rooms so not that great. Breakfast was good - continental, staff good. Easy walk down to the harbour for a good choice of restaurants
Had a great stay at the hotel whilst enjoying Auckland. Staff were very helpful, hotel is quiet and comfy and the location ideal for shopping and the harbour.
The décor is a bit overpowering (not quiet "Deco" as we know it in UK) but we got used to it and we liked the fact that it is small enough to feel "at home" rather than in a big impersonal place that we avoid. They also do very good breakfasts and the bar has some good cocktails.If we are back in Auckland we will stay there again.
We used to visit this hotel for drinks in the 1980s- it was a popular bar back in the day. Now a boutique hotel( and bar still) with art deco decor and themes. Beautifully appointed room with both deep bath and separate shower.The food we ordered for dinner from room service was amongst the best meal we have ever had. Highly recommend this for a stay. In the heart of the city but completely quiet.
This is a great, stylish, conveniently located hotel with amazingly comfy beds! But the true standout is their exceptional customer service and super friendly staff. Everyone was ready to help and provide a wonderful experience for us. We'd recommend this spot to anyone staying in Auckland.
We stayed on two separate nights in early April in two different rooms. Both rooms have high ceilings and the windows face the high atrium of the restaurant so they are quiet. The reception and concierge staff were very helpful with our luggage, suggestions and restaurant reservations. We had dinner in the hotel the first night which was very good. The second night we walked to Cafe Hanoi for a good Vietnamese restaurant. We also walked to the Sky Tower and the ferry to Waiheke Island.