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
An absolutely faultless stay; polite and friendly staff, immaculate and comfortable room (junior suite), delicious breakfast, efficient check out. The worst bit was leaving! Thanks Sofitel, we will be back again.
At the Ende of our Tour trough NZ we had a chance to stay at the Sofitel in Auckland. A perfect place to stay in town, located directly at the Viaduct Harbour, you can do all your City Visit by feet. Rooms with Water- or Marina-View, a very good restaurant and the most friendly employees made it an great final of our round trip with our Newborn.
We booked in for there massage and high tea package for $199 it was great value
We started with the massage, then we had high tea
Restaurant is beautiful and we were seated close to the water with a great view over all the boats
High tea was very tasty and included hot tea or coffee with a huge selection of both
Selection was very good and everything was very tasty
A great afternoon
Stayed 2 days at the Sofitel and loved it. We arrived on a very early morning flight and got a room for the day, then moved to our pre-booked room later in the day. The desk staff were very helpful at getting us set up.
The reception / restaurant area is beautifully decorated, with water features inside complementing the waters of Viaduct Harbor just outside the hotel. We got a corner room with superb views. Everything was clean and as comfortable as we could desire.
The hotel is situated near great restaurants and shopping along the Viaduct waterfront, and in easy walking distance to the Ferry Terminals and attractions like the Sky Tower.
Service and food at breakfast was very good. We also enjoyed a light meal and drinks at the bar one evening, and a very tasty dinner at the Lava restaurant.
Beautiful place. Amazing food.But when asked for room to be service didn't happen on time I come back 3 hours later still not done was not happy at all. Will come back for the wonderful service at the restaurant.