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
Very charming hotel, well maintained, intimate size but not too small, great food in the restaurant, and very nice staff. We really enjoyed our time in Auckland and it was in part due to the nice experience here.
This hotel is very conveniently located in the CBD. Small hotel in size but big on amenities and service. The rooms are good size and the baths very large. The decor is attractive in the rooms and the public space. The bar and restaurant are lively with good atmosphere. Only shortcoming is the complimentary breakfast is continental and somewhat limited (however very flavorful coffee).
Bottom line - very nice hotel - go for it!!
Lovely room, ours was a two story room, with the bedroom up a set of spiral stairs, a first floor seating area and bath on both floors. Not much of a view from our room, but very comfortable and good black out curtains, perfect for adjusting to our post flight time change. Loved the eclectic mid century decor.
Easy walking distance to the waterfront area. Restaurant was very good as was the continental breakfast. Great street food just across the street every Friday night!
Outstanding city centre location just 10 mins walk from the waterside attractions. Very comfortable beds, good breakfasts, friendly and helpful staff. Nice pavement bar/cafe - a popular venue for locals and tourists alike.
This hotel does not shout its name from the street, but once inside it proves to be a gem. It's Art Deco interiors and unconventional decor make it quirky but comfortable. We were given a spacious well equipped room and the service was always, courteous, efficient and friendly. Great location for the centre of Auckland. If arriving by car you may need to be patient with your sat nav, but I recommend you use the valet parking service.