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“The best start!”
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Ponsonby House
Ranked #16 of 60 Auckland B&B and Inns
Colchester, United Kingdom
1 review
“The best start!”
Reviewed 9 January 2013

A stay with Bernadette and Jonathon at Ponsonby House was the best start to a blissful 4weeks in NZ. Nothing was too much trouble and we were made to feel right at home from the moment we stepped through the front door. Our room was delightful. Beautifully decorated, light, airy and spacious. Breakfast was lovely served in our room at a time to suit us. Bernadette and Jonathon always had time for their guests and are always ready to offer help and advice when needed. The accomodation is a comfortable walk from the city centre but for those with poorer mobility there is a regular bus that runs close by. There are also a number of nice restaurants within a 5 to 10 min walk. If we are ever in Auckland again, you will find us at Ponsonby House.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

Ponsonby House exceeded our already high expectations. Bernadette and Jonathon are wonderful hosts who provide the warmest welcome. Our accommodation was superb in a large light filled and airy bed/sitting room overlooking the garden with the most comfortable king size bed and an equally luxurious en suite with every amenity. Quality linen, breakfasts to die for, refreshments, fresh fruit in our room, chocolates, a perfect location - what more could you ask for in a B&B? We wish we could have stayed longer.

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 January 2013

We stayed in three separate places during our time in Auckland (in between arrival and trips to others parts of NZ) and this was by far and away the best.
Firstly the rooms are beautifully furnished, clean and the one we stayed in had a great view over the rooftops of Auckland to the sea.
Secondly, Jonathan and Bernadette were great hosts. They were friendly and welcoming.
Finally, of the various neighbourhoods in Auckland, we felt Ponsonby was by far the most interesting with the best selection of cafes, restaurants, bars and boutique shops.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 5 December 2012

Bernadette and Jonathan were incredibly friendly and helpful before and during our stay. Helped us arrange transport to and from airport, and even dropped us in CBD on their way to a meeting. Felt so much at home, and would have loved more time to explore AKL and to enjoy them! Great hip area with lots of shops and restaurants -- very walkable. Hope to return some day!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 November 2012

We stayed 3 nights in the Earl Grey room in this pretty restored house - a brilliant start to our NZ holiday. Feeling dazed and jetlagged, this was the perfect place to get acclimatised, as the hosts were so very kind and understanding. We immediately felt at home with the warm welcome from Bernadette and Jonathan (best scones EVER, by the way). They had the knack of making us feel like old friends without being intrusive, and went the extra mile. The room was spacious with nice bathroom, comfy bed and calm colour scheme. Breakfast arrived outside the door, a delicious mix of simple ingredients to start the day. Good location very near the inner ring bus service as well as some fun restaurants.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Basel, Switzerland
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Reviewed 20 November 2012 via mobile

it was just perfect. We arrived late in AKL and still Bernadette & Jonathan welcomed us friendly. Great facilities and above all super friendly, interested and caring hosts. Location is great aswell with a bunch of cool restaurants just nextby on Ponsonby Road. we loved it and want to come back when in New Zealand again.

Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Olympia Washington
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Reviewed 11 November 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed staying at and can highly recommend the Ponsonby House with its warm and personable hosts Bernadette and Jonathan. Their beautifully restored home in a quiet neighborhood retains all of its original charm yet is located just steps from delightful Ponsonby Road and its wide array of interesting shops and restaurants. We like to walk a lot, and we found the location to be very good for our strolls downtown to the central business district surrounding the Skytower and along the beautiful waterfront and marina areas.

Bernadette provides an nice light breakfast served in the room, including wonderful fresh croissants, slices of meat and cheese, muesli, fresh fruit, fresh squeezed juice, tea and good french press (plunger) coffee. She was exceptionally considerate and accommodating as well, having our room (with its hugely comfortable bed and quality linens) ready and waiting for our arrival on a 5:30 am international flight. It was like coming home for us and the few hours of peaceful rest we got on our arrival made it somehow seem like we actually had an extra day in this great city.

A couple of other notes you might find useful; Bernadette can arrange a discounted rate on a taxi from the airport for about $60 (cash or credit card), but if we were going to explore the country by car anyway, next time we’d just get a car at the airport. There’s a wide array of local and international rental companies to choose from. We found basic cars from local companies to be surprisingly inexpensive in Auckland at about $25/day unlimited mileage. Check some of the local tourist publications at the airport for current specials. If it’s your first time in New Zealand, we’d suggest getting a GPS along with the car. Ours added another $10/day to the cost of the car but took a lot of the adventure out of driving on the left for the first time. If you’re in need of cash, there’s a Westpac ATM just around the corner from the Ponsonby House and good espresso (always important to us) can be widely found. If you’re at all interested in local real estate, look no further than Jonathan who is intimately familiar with the local market and who can also provide a really excellent overview of the ins and outs of buying property in beautiful Auckland or anywhere else in New Zealand for that matter.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ponsonby House
Address: 8 Douglas Street | Ponsonby, Auckland 1021, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 60 B&Bs / Inns in Auckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You'll love coming home to Ponsonby House, boutique bed and breakfast. Enjoy the old-world charm of the house which is located in the heart of the thriving inner-city suburb of Ponsonby, only minutes from the centre of Auckland city. Enjoy the luxurious en-suited rooms and relax in the sumptuous, super-comfortable beds and Egyptian cotton sheets. With the cafes, restaurants, bars and boutiques on Ponsonby Rd only a minute’s walk away, everything is on your doorstep. ... more   less 
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