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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour New Zealand