We booked a two-bedroom apartment. It has a room with two single beds and a room with a queen bed. Nice views on 15th floor (our unit 15J's balcony is facing the cemetery but we couldn't see the graveyards when we looked out as the trees are tall and leafy). But one of the rooms is facing the helipad of a hospital so it was very bright at night and we can hear helicopter noises in the night (especially when we opened the window to get some ventilation).
Things I like about the hotel: it provides shower cap. make-up remover, small packets of laundry powder and dishwashing detergent, and lots of towels. There is also a washing machine in the bathroom and a foldable hanging rack for the clothes. The bathroom floor is non-slippery and made of a material which is not cold when you step on it.
Things I don't like: there is no safe and hair dryer; WIFI for a fee; there is only one hook in the bathroom to (i.e. not enough to hang the clothing and towels); there is no bedside table, and the bedroom and bathroom doors in the apartment cannot be locked (and one of the bedroom door cannot be closed properly). The hotel has narrow corridors between apartments. Also, there is no ventilation in the corridor which means that your apartment door will rattle when your neighbours open and close their doors. There is also something wrong with the phones in the apartment. Our friend tried to call us but she always get the busy signal although no one is using any of the two phones in the apartment.
We checked out before 10 am and stored our luggage with the hotel while we went to collect our rental car. The hotel allowed us to store our luggage at a room at the back which is locked and can only be opened by the staff with a key. The guests have to bear the risk that other guests will not take the wrong bags as the guests have to store and take the bags themselves.
Hotel is located on an area which is slightly elevated to the city centre. We spent some time walking around the city centre and Devonport in the day hence the uphill walk back to the hotel from the city centre became quite tiring.
Another thing that irritated me was that, when we booked the room on Booking.com, we noted on the website that: (a) there is a 2% charge when you pay with a credit card; and (b) a deposit will be charged to the credit card and will be refunded on check-out if there are no outstanding charges or damages. Then there is also a fine line that states that the hotel will charge 100% of the first night on day of booking which is easily overlooked as you have to cursor over the free cancellation term for this term. As we only booked for one night, we had no choice but to pay via credit card and bear the credit card charges. Nevertheless, it is still quite good value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Waldorf St. Martins offers 4.5 Star self-contained apartments on the border of Auckland's Upper Central Business District and Grafton, close to Auckland's two largest tertiary institutions, Auckland City Hospital and Starship Children's Health. Close to Auckland City and Newmarket, Waldorf St. Martins offers high quality secure accommodation at competitive rates. Self-cater in our fully equipped kitchens or dine at one of Auckland's many nearby restaurants and cafes. Nearby are two central Auckland parks, Albert Park with its beautifully manicured gardens and Auckland Domain, home to the Auckland War Memorial Museum and Wintergarden. Easily accessible by car or bus from Waldorf St. Martins are the eclectic suburbs of Newmarket, Ponsonby, Mt. Eden and Kingsland - all popular dining and shopping destinations. ... more less
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