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
During our time in Auckland, we had originally checked into a completely different and truly horrible hotel (not the Debrett). We left that hotel without even staying the night, and had to find a place very quickly. Thanks to Trip Advisor, we saw that the Debrett had nights discounted through one of TA‘s partner sites. We quickly booked three nights and had the BEST service and stay we could have asked for.
Though the hotel was short-staffed on the night we checked in, the gentleman on duty was so kind. He told us all about the hotel, parked our car, and gave us some tips for our trip.
After visiting our earlier hotel disaster, the room at Hotel Debrett was like a dream. The beautifully striped carpet was plush under our feet. The mattress was soft. The deep soaking tub had salt crystals sitting next to it. There was a beautiful velvet robe hanging on a hook for me. The toilet was in a separate water closet. The tv‘s came out from the wall and could be rotated. The hotel room itself was utterly quiet.
The stay came with continental breakfast. I’ve read some reviews mentioning that people were put off by this, maybe because they thought it would be more substantial of an offering. But let me be clear- calorically speaking, this is a substantial meal. A buttery, flaky, freshly baked croissant and roll with fresh jam and butter, Müsli with yogurt, and fresh cut fruit plus coffee or tea.... when you add that all up it’s plenty to see you through until lunch... for me it was enough to eat until dinner! I had an omelette on our last day, because eating the same thing daily does get old. But that free breakfast is still delicious and is of high quality.
We loved our stay here. The valet service was a lifesaver, as it’s a bit difficult to find parking in this popular shopping area. It was so convenient to walk anywhere from here. I walked to go shopping (so many fun boutiques and stores within walking distance), to the wharf to visit Waiheke Island, and along the viaduct to visit delicious restaurants.
We didn’t want to leave. Luckily you can buy the velvet robes... I purchased a lovely turquoise velvet robe to wear at home! Thanks to the courteous staff of Hotel Debrett for a very memorable experience. I’d stay again in a heartbeat.
Very good dinner at Kitchen DeBrett.
The lamb was prepared beautifully as was the fish of the day. Service was good but know that you just go to the counter to pay your check. We sat there a while waiting to figure that out.
Love this gorgeous hotel for a wine, coffee or brunch with guests. As a local it's such a wow place to take visitors to with its classy decor and the service is always top notch. Because its small, the staff even remember my name so it's super-friendly yet discrete service which I really value. The coffee is great too!
Went to the Debrett Kitchen for my partners birthday dinner. Food and the atmosphere of this restaurant was amazing, the service was superb (the staff there was so helpful and friendly with all our special inquires) And their cocktails oh my was just so right on the spot!
We had a Horrible experience at the Debrett, and it was 100 percent due to the lack of professionalism and rude attitude of the day mangement The ownership should know how guests are treated and take appropriate action ...
The front desk manger literally told me that we were being too demanding for asking for a map to be prepared that showed two locations and just failed to provide the information
The concierge was asked to also obtain information where a sheep skin rug could be purchased ..and alas just ignored the request and never provided the information
To be clear there really is no formal concierge and the front desk staff are obviously not properly trained ..Business travelers should steer clear of this hotel
I was at the hotel for less than 18 hours and wanted to take a tour of the city by air and book a helicopter as a final view before going on a transatlantic flight ..the hotel was kind enough to call a taxi but sent it to the wrong heliport .. SO WE COMPLTELLY WASTED OUR TIME and never got to take the helicopter... first they complain about providing basic information like where the helicopter flys from on a map. then they send us to the wrong location .... and then when confronted the management response was not an apology it was a nasty attitude and rude comments ...I have been to hundreds of hotels around the world and have never experience this lack of professionalism anywhere ....
btw the hotel is not inexpensive at $400/ night the bare minimum that is expected is civility