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
- 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
Great location. Friendly staff. Excellent suite (free upgrade) and breakfast (cooked is extra but continental very good). Nothing bad. Helped with taxis restaurants etc. Thoroughly recommended. .......
De Brett’s is the only place to stay in Auckland! Brilliant mid century modern design and close to everything. Fantastic bar and restaurant and friendly staff. As a fan of the fabrics of Auckland designer Nicola Guiness of Frontroom Fabrics - I was delighted to see one of her quilts on my comfortable bed!
This is by far the coolest looking hotel I’ve stayed at during my travels abroad from United States. I’d like to especially mention Danish, Anne, Alan, and Ha doe their wonderful attention to detail to make an guests’ stay that much more enjoyable. This place, in my humble opinion, is a no brainer when selecting an hotel to stay at. He’ll yeah I’d stay here again! The food was excellent, staff super cool, and the rooms are an unique blend of modern and throwback style meshed together. Excellent shopping nearby as well. Hope to return to Auckland soon and stay at de Brett! Cheers!
A wonderful experience from beginning to end. The location is perfect, many places are within walking distance. Amazing decor with immaculate presentation of rooms. The staff were welcoming and most helpful. We would stay there again.
We loved this hotel. Stayed two nights as we ended a 3 week New Zealand visit.
Hard to find with GPS but staff was great to still come and get our luggage and car when we parked around the corner. Very helpful staff and the room and hallways are really nicely designed and built. Loved the all tiled bathroom where walls are tiled to the roof.
Beds were comfortable. No great view off the internal room windows--but totally devoid of city views. Easy walk to the Sky Tower and wharf. Continental Breakfast included with the room was more than enough tasty food too.