Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
What We Love
- Surrounded by water, the hotel feels tranquil
- Calming spa mixes French and Maori traditions
- Every room has a balcony
- In-room espresso machines, tea kettles and free WiFi
What To Know
- Large glass expanses means it can be a bit cold in autumn and winter
- Buzzy locals scene in the restaurant and bar
- A few areas of the hotel, including the lobby, are low-lit
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In contrast to its gleaming glass and steel exterior, the decor is darkly masculine with black flooring, striped tiger woods and underlit onyx walls in the Lava restaurant and Sabrage restaurant, graced by softer touches like velvet French provincial chairs. New Zealand Maori, Australian Aboriginal and Asian art adorn the walls in public spaces. Large glass expanses overlooking the marina bring light into the guest rooms and walkways leading from the dining areas, offering ideal spaces for newspaper reading over a croissant.
Bed and Bath
Spacious rooms keep the focus on the spectacular setting with floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies. Décor is simple, in blocks of blacks, reds, chocolate and white. Bathrooms feel spa-like with a glassed-in shower, a deep bathtub and citrus-scented Lanvin toiletries (select rooms use Hermes).
Auckland’s fashion crowd loves the Sofitel, using boat slips as runways during Fashion Week and dining at the buzzy Lava restaurant on playful, molecular fare (think ostrich carpaccio and chili sorbet). Generous breakfasts here mix Continental, Mediterranean, American and Full-English along with a self-serving juicer and pastries flown in from France. Sabrage is the only New Zealand spot where bartenders saber the tops off bottles of champagne a la Napoleon. The snacker-friendly sidewalk café is adjacent to the hotel’s own private boat slip in the marina. The spa offers seven treatment rooms with French Plantogen and local Pounamu Maori-inspired products made from volcanic mud and Manuka honey.
In the Area
Water, water everywhere. A short walk takes you to the city’s best nightlife and restaurants in the marina or historic downtown. A gastronomic highlight is chic Ostro, in the Seafarer’s Complex, a converted dockside warehouse with Auckland’s freshest seafood, lamb and other fare. Learn more about the city’s relationship with the sea by visiting the Voyager Maritime Museum, with displays ranging from Maori village life to yachts which have won boating races the world over. Explore and choose the sea’s bounty on your own or with cooking lessons at the Auckland Fish Market. For the truly daring, head to Sky Tower, to dangle on its walkway or simply enjoy the 55 story view from Peter Gordan’s Sugar Club revolving restaurant.
How to Get There
Very disappointed. Went to the lounge bar last night and ordered two mojito cocktails. The first ones came out and were presented well, ordered two more and they came out in clear Coke glasses. You would expect a 5 star hotel to at least know what glasses to serve cocktails in. What a disappointment, as it reflects badly on this great hotel
A fantastic experience. Great location to get around the Harbour area, great room with harbour views and all the facilities you would expect. The team, their attention to service and ensuring our enjoyment was evident from the moment we stepped through the door! Thanks Sofitel and to all the team for making our stay one to remember!
We booked a night out in Sofitel to celebrate our recent engagement. We received several surprises that made our time extra special. We got an upgrade and so much more! Totally blown away by their generosity that my fiancee cannot help but be totally impressed remarking that it has replaced his usual Shangri-la preference! Shout out to Nicolas who checked us in, Careem at concierge and Aubrey who took care of us at check-out. While Sofitel Viaduct is your usual 5-star hotel with great rooms and facilities, the staff make this hotel exceptional. We had a wonderful time and felt really welcomed in such a lovely remarkable hotel.