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Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Ranked #3 of 67 Hotels in Auckland
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“The best hotel I've stayed in in Auckland”
Reviewed 25 January 2014

We stayed here for a work function in early December, and I was blown away.
The ambience of the entire hotel is light, airy and gracious. The interior design is amazing and very well done. After a while, I just stopped analysing and just enjoyed it.
We didn't have one of the harbour-view rooms, but rather one that looked on the internal courtyard and across to the other rooms - but I was blown away at how well this was done! The placement of shutters and curtains meant you could have privacy as well as feel open to the communal areas and the beautiful weather.
As for the pool. Wow! It's right on the water, warm and spacious. This might be my favourite hotel pool ever!
The duvet and the pillows were a sheer joy and I just did not want to get up the next day.

We had a dinner catered downstairs in the waterfront area, and this was also amazing. Great food, great wine, great service, and it was bliss being able to just go upstairs when you were done with the evening.
One niggle was breakfast: The dining restaurant (with the usual astronomically-priced breakfast buffet) had a very long wait for seating, and was unable to accommodate not just us but many others. However, we had a very acceptable quick breakfast at a cafe in the hotel which was also accessible to the sidewalk.
I would find it hard to stay in any other Auckland hotel from now on, knowing that bliss such as this exists.

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Reviewed 25 January 2014

Stayed in Auckland for 3 days , went to a concert and enjoyed the sun ! Liked Auckland when I came two years ago , had a great time again Warm friendly welcome on arrival , service maybe a little more formal than the boutique hotels I usually patronise , but didnt take long to adapt ! Helpful friendly service , huge room , very well equipped , balcony with view over internal pool Nice touches included a coffee maker that didnt need a PhD in electrical engineering to operate, good ground coffee pods provided and a kettle if your favoured tipple is a cuppa Even got some free wifi as an Accor rewards member , only 100Mb a day but turned out to be enough as I was out and about a lot The Sofitel is really close to Viaduct Harbour and five or ten minutes walk from the centre of town , lots of eating places nearby , including breakfast options if you cant drag yourself out of the Sofitel's excellent beds All in all highly recommended

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

This hotel was great. Stayed there one night prior to catching a flight home after a cruise.. The hotel is within walking distance of the harbor and all of the must see sights in Auckland. A quick taxi to the airport took about 30 minutes. Room huge and spotless. Definitely would stay again.

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Property: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Address: 21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland 1010, New Zealand (Formerly Lighter Quay Hotel)
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Auckland
#1 Spa Hotel in Auckland
#2 Luxury Hotel in Auckland
#2 Romantic Hotel in Auckland
#3 Green Hotel in Auckland
#6 Business Hotel in Auckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour 5*
Number of rooms: 172
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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