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“A lovely stay”
Review of Ponsonby House

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Ponsonby House
Ranked #16 of 60 Auckland B&B and Inns
Ottawa
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5 reviews
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“A lovely stay”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

We arrived early in the morning after nearly 24 hours in transit and were delighted to discover that Bernadette had fully anticipated our early arrival. Our beautifully decorated room was ready and waiting for us! So we got off to a tremendous start and were never disappointed thereafter. Ponsonby House is perfectly situated and Bernadette & Jonathan were wonderfully friendly and offered much helpful advice about things to do, getting around town, places to eat etc. Our stay was short but very sweet indeed.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

I've just had the pleasure of staying at Ponsonby House for 3 nights. Bernadette and Jonathan were so welcoming, nothing was a problem and I was left feeling incredibly safe, warm and comfortable in his friendly, homely environment. The balance between caring, personal attention and respect for my own space was perfectly achieved.

The location is wonderful. Rocket Kitchen on Ponsonby Road served up delicious takeaway lunches, Coffee Supreme 2mins walk down Douglas Street had great coffee in a funky warehouse-like café environment, and Blue Breeze Inn was an exciting place for dinner with top quality Chinese-styled cuisine.

I would definitely recommend Ponsonby House and hope I can visit again.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Bologna
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

We loved our stay at the Ponsonby house.

We arrived during afternoon rush hour, there was a lot of traffic driving into Auckland and the area was very busy because there are a lot of restaurants, still there was a parking space for us right in front of the lovely Victorian house. The B&B is literally a few steps off the main road, on a very quiet side road with trees and a view over the harbour.

We had the Darjeeling room, which is large, very pleasant, with a comfortable king size bed, sunset view, tv, desk, fridge and a newly appointed tiled bathroom. Wi-fi is free and fast.

Bernadette and Jonathan are very welcoming, they offered us refreshments, we had a nice chat, they recommended a couple of great restaurants in the area and took care of us with kindness and grace.

Breakfast was pain au chocolat, juice, tees and coffees and fruit, waiting for us right outside the room on a tray. There's plenty of space in the room to have breakfast comfortably.

Our room was upstairs, while Bernadette and Jonathan live downstairs. There are two lovely cats living in the house, we were very happy about that but if you don't like cats or are allergic don't worry, they keep to their own rooms or the porch.

Room Tip: The Darjeeling room is very bright and relaxing
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 3 March 2013

The warm welcome of Bernadette and Jonathan began even already before we arrived. Bernadette kindly reached out to us by email with an offer to help us on arrival and provide suggestions. Although we arrived on our own, the welcome was so warm and friendly. The rooms are very tastefully decorated and in outstanding condition. Our hosts were so kind as to share more about the history of the house and the neighbourhood and provided us with maps and local suggestions for eating, sightseeing and shopping. The breakfast is served in the room and beautifully presented. This was the perfect place to begin our vacation in New Zealand!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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sydney
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

When we knew that we were visiting Auckland again we had no hesitations in booking a second stay at Ponsonby House. It was like visiting old friends as we were welcomed "Home" by Jonathan and Bernadette and shown up to our wonderful room. This time we stayed for two nights and felt so relaxed in the bright, spacious and homely surroundings of the Jasmine Room. I can't really top my last review from 2012 (great bed, deep bath, delicious breakfast, complementary wifi, perfect nights sleep etc etc etc) but I must say that Ponsonby House really is a truly perfect place to stay. I will also quote a friend who visited us and was staying in a hotel nearby. As we showed her around our room she said "I wish I had stayed here". I promptly gave her the details! Thank you Jonathan and Bernadette, you know we will be back again!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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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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Additional Information about Ponsonby House

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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