A piece of Auckland: the city’s 7 favourite hotels

By Lachlan Probyn,

Auckland is one of those cities which boasts it all. A little like a patchwork quilt, this kiwi metropolis threads together a mix of distinct neighbourhoods, meaning you’re certain to find that ideal patch which is just right for you. Whether you’re a classy inner-city dweller who’d enjoy frequenting the elegance of Parnell village, or you’d rather get out of the big smoke and soak up some coastal tranquility in Devonport, you’re bound to fall in love with at least one piece of Auckland.

Along with its ensemble of suburbs, Auckland also flaunts a cool line-up of hotels. Here we’ve rounded up our seven favourites across the city, so whether you’re hip, class, or chill, we can assure you these findings will leave you wanting to pack ASAP!

Hotel DeBrett

2 High St, CBD, Auckland, 1010

Eclectic, quirky, edgy – we must be referring to Auckland’s hippest haunt, Hotel DeBrett. For those craving a seriously cool stay in the City of Sails, this 25-room boutique hotel is certain to exceed all your accommodation expectations – and it gives cool a new definition. Opened in 2007 by John Courtney and Michelle Deery, Hotel DeBrett treats guests to a full hotel experience from start to finish. Rooms are blessed with colourful artwork and all boast the DeBrett signature carpet –with bright candy stripes, handwoven into 100% New Zealand wool.

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Even though the rooms make a pretty bold statement alone, the glass-roofed atrium crowning DeBretts Kitchen is pretty hard to top. To appreciate the glory, settle in for either breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even just a cocktail and simply look up! Adhering to the changing seasons, the menu reflects local, seasonal produce, and certainly succeeds in delivering quality dishes. If you’re a high tea lover you can also sample lemonade scones and Honeybush chai tea to your heart’s content every Saturday and Sunday between 3pm – 5pm.hotel debrett bedroom 2DeBrett bathroom

The Esplanade Hotel

1 Victoria Rd, Devonport, Auckland 0624

For travellers seeking a relaxed sojourn in Auckland, head to the scenic suburb of Devonport across the harbour bridge. Here you’ll find one of Auckland’s finest boutique hotels, The Esplanade Hotel. Set in a majestic 1901 Edwardian villa, guests are treated to charming period features throughout including a grand staircase, open fireplaces and large windows overlooking the scenic Waitemata Harbour. The nearby North Head expands upon this and a short walk from the hotel rewards you with a nearly 360 degree view over the city, harbour and northern suburbs.Esplanade Hotel exterior

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If you’re ready to go all out for your Auckland holiday, book the Harbourview room which comes with a king-sized bed and sweeping panoramic vistas. To complete the hotel’s grandeur the in-house restaurant also delivers a menu of hearty, reliable fare. And the best part? You don’t need to travel far to roll back into bed!

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Quality Hotel Parnell

10-20 Gladstone Rd, Parnell, Auckland 1052

Are you the type of traveller who enjoys the finer things in life? If so, a stay at the Quality Hotel Parnell is likely to leave you smiling. Located in the chic, inner-city suburb of Parnell, the hotel is set amidst tree-lined grounds, making it a relaxing accommodation option. The hotel offers a total of 105 different rooms, which are modern in design and feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and scenic views of either the harbour or Auckland skyline.Parnell bedroom edit

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To soak up a drop of Auckland opulence, head to historical Parnell village. The quaint district boasts a fine collection of high-end boutiques, sophisticated restaurants, and various independent galleries to encourage your inner posh.
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Auckland Takapuna Oaks

1 Beresford St, Bayswater, Auckland 0622

Located just a short ferry ride across the harbour from Auckland’s CBD, Takupuna Oaks is a great option for those looking to get away from the downtown hustle and bustle. The apartments are contemporary in design with modern facilities including LCD TVs and iPod docking stations. If you’re lucky, you might even score yourself a private balcony overlooking the harbour! All that’s left to organise is a bottle of champers, and your evening is complete.

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For some evening tucker, head downstairs and make use of the outdoor BBQ facilities. Unleash your inner chef and prepare some hearty fare in the scenic surrounds. If holiday cooking is not your thing, Oaks Takapuna also offers a free return ferry trip per person, per stay to the Auckland CBD. Sounds pretty ideal!Auckland-Takapuna-Oaks bedroomOaks Takapuna lounge

Heritage Hotel Auckland

35 Hobson St, CBD, Auckland 6001

Ever thought about spending a night in a department store? At Heritage Hotel, you can do just that – well kind of! Once the original Farmers department store in the 1920s, this elegant building is now home to one of the city’s finest hotels, Heritage Hotel. Located only a four-minute walk from Auckland’s distinctive Sky Tower and the vibrant restaurants of Viaduct Harbour, this hotel is ideal for all those CBD squatters craving convenience above all else!Heritage hotel outside

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Rooms located in the original hotel wing characteristically reflect the building’s 1920s charm, featuring high ceilings and jarrah columns. While eating out can be fun, the hotel’s restaurant Hectors makes for a unique experience. Set in an impressive seven-storey atrium, you can sample tasty dishes under a canopy of palms.Heritage hotel dining roomHeritage hotel bedroom

Waitakere Estate

573 Scenic Dr, Waitakere Ranges, Auckland 0612

Are you a not-so-guilty nature fanatic? If so, skip the CBD and head to the idyllic Waitakere Ranges Heritage Park. Although it’s only a 40-minute drive from Auckland’s buzzing downtown, Waitakere feels like a completely different world – think native rainforests, natural falls, and stunning coastlines.Waitakere Estate bedroom

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Auckland’s Waitakere Estate is set amidst these rolling green hills and provides a truly tranquil experience. At Waitakere Estate luxury is key, with the hotel offering a range of different rooms and apartments that all bestow spectacular panoramic vistas. For an blissful experience, spend a night in the garden spa view apartment, which comes with scenic floor-to-ceiling windows and an inviting corner spa which we consider to be the perfect accompaniment to a toasty night in. For a true gastronomic experience, Waitakere Estate’s restaurant won’t disappoint thanks to its rich and varied menu that offers fresh and local New Zealand produce.

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Hotel Metropolis

1 Courthouse Lne, CBD, Auckland 1010

If you’re hoping to score a scenic bird’s eye view of Auckland, book a night at Hotel Metropolis. Set in a grand high-rise building, this five-star hotel gleefully stands above the Auckland skyline and offers guests panoramic views of either the city or Hauraki Gulf. If your eye is on some 20:20 kind of views, go for the one-bedroom executive suites as they offer private double balconies, giving you the best seats in the house.Metropolis BathroomMetropolis lobby

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All rooms are furnished with timber, stone and marble and come with a fully equipped kitchen and home entertainment system. Why would you ever feel the need to leave? If you’d rather venture downtown, Hotel Metropolis is within easy reach of the city’s vibrant Harbour, Viaduct. Here you’ll find a great mix of world renowned restaurants and bars to keep the evening revelry alive.

For all those gourmet eating travellers, check out our Auckland foodies guide!