Stayed in a Luxury Room for 3 nights. First impressions of the hotel were good - it's a low-rise hotel which provides a boutique hotel feel. The lobby is beautiful and the courtyard water feature is stunning - particularly when lit up in the evenings.
There was a small delay in checking in however a complimentary coffee and regular updates by staff was appreciated.
The room was a decent size in a "L" shaped layout. The shorter part of the L was a sitting area, wardrobe, bar fridge and sink (and a coffee machine that was far too advanced for me to operate - boy did i make a mess trying to froth the milk!!). At the other end of the L was the bed (large, very comfortable and difficult to get out of - in a good way!). The bathroom was a good size with Hermes products.
The room was surrounded by glass which made the view of the viaduct really pleasant. There are narrow balconies on two sides - large enough to stand but not really wide enough for a chair. Given the layout of the hotel (U-shaped) you can see into other rooms - but you would really have to be "looking" for it to be a problem.
There is a small exercise room (to call it a gym is a stretch) and a lap pool (i think around 10 metres long) with great views. No outdoor area so no relaxing on sun loungers is possible.
The staff a great - given the size of the hotel you get to remember faces and they remember you - a nice touch in this age of super-sized 5 star properties. They were able to provide good recommendations for things to do and see.
The hotel is about 15 minutes walk from central Auckland, but given its location on the harbour, it's a really nice walk along the marinas (and some beautiful boats to drool over) and just a short stroll to a vast choice of restaurants - which really are targeted at tourists (given some of the prices) but do offer something for everyone.
A restaurant recommendation I would make is Lava at the hotel. Not cheap, but the food is amazingly good presenting the best of local produce and wines - and the wines are very good. It looks perhaps too trendy but I can assure you the food triumphs over the design. Try it.
The hotel is in a nice quiet location, easy to get around and well worth spending a long weekend there. I would stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by New Zealand's landscape and culture and boasting panoramic views of Waitemata Harbour, this beautifully designed hotel is a true landmark destination. Superbly located on the waterfront in the heart of the Viaduct, Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour harmoniously blends French spirit with the best of New Zealand culture. Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour offers 172 chic and luxurious rooms all with juliette balconies and floor to ceiling windows. Oversized bathrooms feature separate rain showers and deep soaking bathtubs. Each guest room also offers Sofitel's famous 'My Bed', LCD televisions and Bose sound systems. Services include valet car parking, dedicated Concierge team, luxury airport transfers, Guest Relations Manager and 24 hour in-room dining. Sofitel's luxury day spa, So SPA offers seven private rooms with a wide range of beauty and wellness treatments. Guests can also make use of a sauna and steam room, and adjacent gymnasium. A 20-metre heated indoor lap pool and spa pool are also available. Lava Dining delivers flavour & flair with an innovative menu, tastefully blending the best local produce with a refined French touch. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner, visit Lava Dining for an intimate dining experience & breathtaking views. A bright & casual eatery, 21 Viaduct Cafe offers waterside seating to allow guests the chance to enjoy the Marina vistas. Savour expertly made espresso, French pastries, and a daily selection of healthy choices filled with fresh, local ingredients. In an unofficial toast to Sofitel's fine French origins, Sabrage invites guests to revisit the art of 'sabrage'. A sophisticated bar serving the finest Champagnes, signature cocktails, local and international wines and beers. ... more less
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