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The Esplanade Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Devonport
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
40 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Good position, bit rundown and overpriced”
Reviewed 15 March 2014

Booked Standard Harbour view room mid January for stay end of Feb for my husbands birthday.; No Harbourview, back of houses. Told no other room available.
Left standing outside front door at 10.45pm no sign of anyone to let us in, no sign on door or bell, security man finally appeared after 15mins of banging on door. Big room, no fans, hot and stuffy with a rattling window all night. Breakfast included in tariff, very good and worth the money. Wouldn't stay there again at $174 per night.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 March 2014 via mobile

The Esplanade is in a fabulous spot in the best suburb of Auckland. Devonport is great beachside town, only a short ferry ride from the CBD. The hotel is a bit tired, but the character and the location more than make up for it. Well worth a visit.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

My husband and I stayed here for 1 night, the room we had over looked the park area and the sea. The room was clean and the furnishings were of good standard. The bed was really comfortable and had a good sleep. I have 1 complaint about the room, although we had a large walk in wardrobe which had a bout 7 good cloths hangers there were no draws of any kind to of put cloth's in,if you are stopping for more than 1 night I really think you do need some sort of draw other than the desk draw or bedside draw to put clothing in. The hotel is old and has some nice touches to it. Breakfast, although you don't have a big choice what we had was really good. I would stay here again and also recommend it. Devonport itself is a lovely place and the 15 mins ferry ride to Auckland is a must.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 221 which had a good out look, but if you are a light sleeper you may be woke up b...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Auckland
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

We stayed here for a special birthday weekend and weren't disappointed. The room was charming, and the position and view superb. We had dinner and breakfast as part of a package and the food was excellent. Would definitely stay again for a city treat.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Katikati, New Zealand
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

Just spent the weekend here with friends to celebrate combined wedding anniversary. Although we booked ages ago we were rung the day before to say they were over booked and we could have the penthouse suite for the 4 of us as it supposedly had 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Well when we arrived we found that one of the rooms was at the back of the hotel looking over the roof and had a double bed not queen or king, no wardrobe and not at all worth $250 a night. When I asked the receptionist if we could have a second room that was better than that she was very pleasant and obliging and gave us a lovely suite called the Blake Suite which was great and very spacious, well worth the money, had a balcony out front looking over to Auckland ( though alas the Devonport Council have put a huge car park along the water front which seems an awful waste of a gorgeous location - not at all the fault of the hotel). We had 2 breakfasts in the adjoining cafe Mecca which were excellent with great service. With a little more attention to detail this could be a five star hotel. There were little things they could have done better, like the penthouse had a nespresso machine but although we asked several times for some nespresso capsules they said they would send someone out to buy some but they never eventuated. Why have the machine at all one has to ask?? There was no tea towel in the kitchen in the penthouse and when asked for one we were given a hand towel. In the Blake Suite you had put the electric jug on the floor which could easily have been remedied by putting the tea & coffee making on the other side of the room. They towel were very thin and not at all luxurious. The place was very clean and tidy and very comfortable and I would happily stay there again and the staff very nice. The restaurant was good though the yellow fin tuna tasteless. The scallops I had as an entree were delicious. We took advantage of a weekend special which included 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts and a 3 course dinner which was $500 all up per couple. It was excellent value for money just a shame about some of the little things. With a little bit of tweaking this could be fanstastic. I certainly recommend it. Very handy to Auckland and the ferry.

Room Tip: The Bake Suite was awesome, the Penthouse would be great but only either for a couple or a couple wi...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

I stayed at the Esplanade while on a business trip to a nearby location. The location is far enough away from the CBD of Auckland to be quiet and the ferry that links Devonport and Auckland makes the hotel only 15 minutes away from Auckland City. The Room was very good, tidy and the Decor was amazing.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

We had a night here as we had a function up the road. The room and hotel are lovely and the food in the restaurant was divine for all of us (5). The service was fantastic, friendly and helpful. However a couple of negative points. The minor one of these was we had a room for 3 people but there was only tea service and bathroom bits for two which meant having to ask each time. But the biggy was the noise both in middle of night (party) and early morning traffic ( at 6am on a sunday!)

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: The Esplanade Hotel
Address: 1 Victoria Road, Devonport 0624, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Devonport
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Devonport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Esplanade Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Esplanade Hotel offers Auckland boutique hotel accommodation, right on the waterfront in Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand. Nestled in the heart of Devonport village, just across the harbour from the heart of Auckland City, The Esplanade Hotel dominates the Devonport foreshore and enjoys unrivalled harbour and city views. This boutique hotel was built in 1903, has been elegantly restored and has a character and charm all of its own.It is only a ten-minute ferry ride to downtown Auckland, without the hassle of the inner city. After a busy day sight-seeing or on business, The Esplanade Hotel is a haven to escape to at the end of the day…sit back and relax in the bar or restaurants and watch the Auckland city lights and harbour activity. The Esplanade Hotel has seventeen rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, including the luxurious Blake Suite and the two bedroom ... more   less 
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