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 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, this city is treated to some of the best accommodation that provides a world-class experience with their premium service and facilities. Without further ado, here are the best hotels in Auckland.
The Hilton is an empire of luxury and class around the entire world and Auckland is no exception. The Hilton doesn’t only provide sleek, stylish rooms and suites but its location is what really the magic! Located on the 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 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.
If food is in your top priorities when it comes to accommodation, you need to get yourself to the Cordis. 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, Moustache Cookies & Milk Bar 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 stretchy pants. We also can’t forget to mention their chocolate fountain and endless dessert option for all the sweet tooth’s out there. 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 while getting pampered like royalty.
Although not as grand as the hotels previously mentioned, Hotel DeBrett is a luxury boutique hotel that embraces its smaller scale. It has a perfect set out 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 that 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 to many locals in Auckland and is recognised as one of the best hotels in Auckland.
SKYCITY Grand Hotel
In the heart of Auckland City, you’ll find the glamourous SKYCITY Grand Hotel. Starting from the luxurious lobby and spacious rooms, it’s clear that the SKYCITY Grand Hotel prioritise 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 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.
Grand Mercure Auckland
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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. 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 Island 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.
Located in the most historic buildings in Auckland, Heritage Hotel is known as a home away from home as it provides absolute relaxation and comfort for their guests. The Heritage Hotel is a beautiful combination of old and new with their timeless lobby but modern rooms. This hotel is treated to a swimming pool, gym and tennis court so guests will never find themselves lost on things to do. The ones looking for some time to unwind even get the chance to choose a pillow from a menu to cater to their sleepy needs. The Heritage Hotel have a restaurant called Hectors Restaurant and has become highly well-known for their super attentive guests who will always accommodate to any dietary requirement, perfect for picky guests!
Fine dining restaurants, high-tea, continental breakfasts, relaxing spa with the finest masseuses 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.
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.
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