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The Best Hotels In Auckland For You To Live Your Most Luxurious Life

By Urban List Writers
3rd Jun 2020

A view of the Junior Suite at the Cordis Hotel, Auckland. One of the best hotels in Auckland.

Let’s face it, when you’re taking a break, where you stay can make or break your holiday. And, when it comes to the City of Sails, we have got it going on. From luxurious hotels with spectacular views to inner-city boutique gems, Auckland has it all. Whether you’re coming to Auckland for a holiday, or just need some time to get away from home and have a little retreat, these world-class accommodation options combine with premium services and facilities to set you up in the upmost luxury. So without further ado, here are the best hotels in Auckland.

The Cordis Auckland

Symonds Street, K' Road

If food is one of your top priorities when it comes to accommodation, you need to get yourself to the soon-to-be largest hotel in New Zealand—The Cordis Auckland. Formerly known as the Langham (and still part of the group) this hotel is just a five-minute walk from the bustle of K' Road which has some of the top eats in Auckland—Coco’s Cantina, Cotto, Clay, Bar Celeste and The Pie Piper just to name a few. Too lazy for the short stroll? Not a problem as Cordis is the home of the epic buffet Eight Restaurant. Featuring a world of cuisines from Asian, Indian and Western, we suggest wearing baggy pants. Extra points for their chocolate fountain and endless dessert options for all the sweet tooths out there. Special mention also goes to their next-level high teas which are a highly sought-after experience. Premium hospitality and service is a given as this is one of the best hotels in Auckland but The Cordis go the extra mile with their modern fit out, chandelier room and of course, the Chuan Spa. Offering spa treatments like massages and facials, Cordis Auckland is a favourite for people looking to completely zen out whilst getting pampered like royalty (who incidentally, often choose The Cordis as their pied a terre in Auckland).

A room at The Hilton Hotel, one of the best hotels in Auckland.Hilton Hotel

Princes Wharf, Auckland cbd

The Hilton is an empire of luxury and class around the world and Auckland is no exception. The Hilton doesn’t only provide sleek, stylish rooms and suites but its location is what makes it truly magical. Located on Princes Wharf, it showcases breath-taking views of Auckland’s stunning waterfront. Along with the idyllic location, The Hilton is the prime place to be when it comes to exploring some of the top eateries in Auckland, with restaurants such as Botswana Butchery, FISH, White + Wongs a stone’s throw away. In fact, Bellini Bar is known as one of the best bars in Auckland and guests of the Hilton are lucky to have this gem right in the lush lobby. With amenities that include an outdoor heated swimming pool, gym and modern meeting rooms as well as a range of packages to elevate your experience. Whether it’s a weekend getaway or family holiday, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Hilton.

A view of a gorgeous split level room at Hotel DeBrett, one of the best hotels in Auckland.Hotel DeBrett

High Street, Auckland CBD

Hotel DeBrett is a luxury boutique hotel that embraces its smaller scale. Nestled on High Street it has a perfect set up of eclectic furniture and stylish decorative details which exude Wes Andersen vibes. Hotel DeBrett provides the comfort and intimacy that makes you feel like you’re at home but the attentive service such as complimentary breakfast, that makes you feel extra special. The relaxed environment also has DeBrett’s Kitchen and DeBrett Housebar which offer a similar vibe of quality over quantity. The quirkiness and charming aura of the DeBrett Empire has become an attraction for many locals in Auckland and is recognised as one of the best hotels in Auckland.

A room at The Grand By SkyCity Hotel showing a comfortable living area with a luxury bedroom in the background.The Grand By SkyCity Hotel

Federal Street, Auckland CBD

In the heart of Auckland City, you’ll find the glamourous Grand By SkyCity Hotel. Starting from the luxurious lobby and spacious rooms, it’s clear that the Grand Hotel prioritises providing an upscale experience for their guests while keeping them constantly entertained. Top sight-seeing spots such as the Sky Tower are just seconds away from the hotel which makes it a favourite for tourists. Guests will always have something to do, whether it’s dining at one of the nearby restaurants that have been consistently noted as the best this city (Depot, MASU, Fed Deli and 1947 are all on the same street) or trying their luck at the SKYCITY Casino. Located in the middle of the CBD, their rooms are both sleek and provide a killer view of Auckland City.

A gorgeous looking room at the Hotel Grand Windsor with plush furnishings and stylish decor.Hotel Grand Windsor

Queen Street, Auckland CBD

With its enviable position nestled right next door to Gucci and Louis Vuitton it's clear you'll be getting the ultimate dose of luxury vibes at Auckland's hidden gem, Hotel Grand Windsor. Within easy walking distance to many of Auckland's top eateries and bars (think Cassia and Cafe Hanoi and a short stroll to Amano and Ebisu), you're ideally placed for the ultimate staycation right here in Auckland. Plush carpets, first-class service and dreamy rooms that outshine many of the world's best, no wonder it's known as one of the best hotels in Auckland.  Cooke’s Restaurant and Bar exudes the same style and elegance present throughout this five-star hotel, and if you're keen to really up the ante, a champagne high tea here will take your luxe experience to the next level.


Customs Street East, Auckland CBD

One of Auckland's newest hotels, The SO/Auckland Hotel in Britomart is for those who want a spot of high fashion and whimsy in their urban home away from home. Where else in Auckland would you find a sofa on its side in the foyer? Every detail from the avant-garde high quality furnishings to the giant lions straddling the entrance screams over the top luxury. Ideally situated within staggering distance of top Auckland eateries including Cafe Hanoi, Amano, Ebisu and Giapo for that naughty treat, Caretaker is also just across the road. If you fancy staying in, put on your best threads for a visit to rooftop bar HI-SO where you can enjoy magnificent views of the harbour as you watch the sun go down, and that's when the party really starts.

The penthouse suite at the Pullman Auckland shows a spacious room with views of Rangitoto in the background.Pullman Auckland Hotel

Princes Street, Auckland CBD

If you're looking for a home away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, The luxurious Pullman Hotel is the one for you. The moment you approach the impressive lobby you'll be treated like royalty. With modern and chic rooms, five-star service and amenities no wonder this is one of Auckland's best hotels. If you really want to go all out, consider a stay at the seriously impressive penthouse suite (pictured above), where you'll be treated to champagne and chocolate on arrival, a drool-worthy fruit platter and they'll even throw in $200 to spend how you like at the hotel. We also need to mention the dreamy Spa at the Pullman where the stresses and strains of the day will melt away at the hands of their talented massage therapists or with a dip in their indoor heated pool, sauna and spa. If you're looking for food options outside of the in-house Tapestry restaurant and bar, you're minutes away from Ima Cuisine, Mexico, Vivace and Giapo for dessert. Winning.

A view of the opulent lobby at the Sofitel Hotel in the Viaduct harbour showing chairs looking out over the pool.Sofitel Hotel

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland cbd

Fine dining restaurants, high-tea, continental breakfasts, relaxing spa with the finest massage therapists and luxurious rooms—Sofitel Hotel has it all. Offering a range of packages to ensure you get the best out of your Sofitel experience, this hotel makes it hard to find a reason to leave this sanctuary. The range of rooms begin at Superior and go all the way up to the Prestige suite. Although these different forms of accommodation offer a little something different, they all have a consistent theme of elegance which creates an ambience of sophistication. Better yet, it’s all complimented with a view of the waterfront. The attentive staff don’t let their guests go hungry as they have an all-day eatery called Lava Dining, which cooks up French-inspired dishes. And, they take their wine as seriously as their food. If you’re not a fan of wine, there’s more for you to choose from at Sabrage Bar where they whip up creative cocktails and artisan cheese boards and the freshest oysters.

Stamford Plaza Hotel

Albert Street, Auckland CBD

With one of the largest and most impressive lobbies of all the five-star hotels in Auckland, The Stamford Plaza Hotel is definitely a worthy addition to this list. From superior rooms right up to the Governor's Suite you're sure to find the perfect room for you. Based right in the centre of town, you're within easy reach of quality shops, bars and restaurants (Mo's Bar is always a goodie for a late-night drink). A visit to their Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant Kabuki is recommended, with a sake list as long as your arm and your food cooked right in front of you by the chefs in a highly entertaining manner. You'll be besties with the people around the table by the night's end. Stamford Plaza also offer a mean high tea in one of their fairytale ballrooms which is the only place in town where you'll be served a Dilmah high tea. Add to this plush rooms, an indoor heated pool, whirlpool spa and state of the art gym and you'd be forgiven for not wanting to leave the hotel at all.

A room at the luxurious M Social hotel, one of Auckland's finest.M Social

Quay Street, Auckland Cbd

Staying true to its name, M Social is for people who want to be a part of the social hubs of Auckland City. It’s nestled right by Auckland’s Viaduct, you’ll find many of the hot bars and restaurants of the City of Sails. Enjoy some seafood at Soul Bar, go bowling at Dr. Rudi’s (yep, they have a bowling alley) or just take a walk and soak in the vibe. Back at M Social, Instagramming and updating your followers about your midnight mischiefs won’t be a problem as there’s complimentary Wi-Fi, so you’re connected at all times. They also have an app to enhance the convenience of your stay in the hotel which is just shows how modern and with the times M Social is. Comfort isn’t the only benefit you get from staying at this hotel as their rooms are decked out with a modern interior design to give a chic vibe. The endless surroundings of eateries and bars don’t stop M Social from serving up absolute goodness under their own roof. Beast & Butterflies is a restaurant with a menu that consists of Asian and Pasifika and is truly one of a kind.

A corner room at the Four Points By Sheraton showing the Sky Tower in the distance and plush furnishings.Four Points By Sheraton Auckland

Queen Street, Auckland CBD

Towering midway up Queen Street stands the modern Four Points By Sheraton Auckland. Built in 2017 this top range hotel boasts rooms and suites with large bathrooms, complimentary wi-fi and exceptional service. Being just across the road from Kura Sake bar, Aotea Square, Auckland Art Gallery and The Civic there's something to entertain everyone. Dine at the Queen's Head Bar and Eatery or head up to The Churchill—Auckland's highest rooftop bar for dazzling views of Auckland city. A gin bar named for Winston Churchill who was known as a bit of a gin connoisseur they serve up a dizzying 170+ kinds of gin where you can relax amongst the high quality furnishings and end (or start) your night with a bang.

A view of the Vue restaurant showing lush furnishings at the Grand Mercure Auckland.Grand Mercure Auckland

Customs Street East, Auckland cbd

Auckland is a unique city with a special combination of city lights and scenic views of nature like the waterfront and the Grand Mercure showcases them all. Overlooking the peaceful Viaduct Harbour and busy streets awaiting you right outside your doorstep, The Grand Mercure shows the best of both worlds. Rooms range from cosy and comfortable to a more spacious upgrade to the Superior room which means anyone and everyone is welcome at the Grand Mercure. Head to the spacious Vue restaurant (pictured above) for some world-class cuisine whilst enjoying Auckland harbour views. Being so close to the ferry terminal, The Grand Mercure is loved by tourists who want to take a day trip to the many famous destinations such as Rangitoto or Waiheke Island. Not to mention, surrounding this hotel are restaurants, dessert parlours and cafes that you need to get amongst. Some of many include Amano, Miann and The Store, trust us and thank us later.

Start your evening off right with a visit to one of Auckland's Best Restaurants.

Image credit: Cordis Auckland, Hilton Hotel Auckland, Hotel Debrett, The Grand By SkyCity, Hotel Grand Windsor, Pullman Auckland, Sofitel Hotel, M Social, Four Points by Sheraton, Grand Mercure Hotel

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