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“Not a B&B: Really half a house!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Consulate Luxury Bed and Breakfast

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The Consulate Luxury Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #16 of 54 Auckland B&B and Inns
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
292 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Not a B&B: Really half a house!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2013

This was the residence of the US Consul in Auckland. David and Averill owned it and when the Yanks moved out they moved in. The bedrooms are huge with a view over the grass tennis court but not the swimming pool.The bathrooms is even bigger with a heated floor (essential in Auckland) and you have your own living room downstairs. Breakfast is served in a formal dining room and make sure you order one of David's bagels.
The house is athe bottom of a steep drive so well away from the noise. St Helliers is like the Beverly Hills of Auckland but with a beautiful bay and beaches.
If you are commuting during peak hour to Auckland then you would be better staying in the city but other than that the consulate is only about 15 minutes from the city and about 30 form the airport

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Connolly47
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David A, Manager at The Consulate Luxury Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 18 June 2013
John.
It was great having you stay with us.
Auckland is a great place to live and visit.
I hope you will come again.
Thank -you very much for taking the time to give a review for our B&B.
Stay in touch and stay again.
Many Thanks
David & Averill Archer @ "The Consulate Luxury B&B Auckland"
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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177 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2013

Our holiday started in Auckland and we chose to stay at a beautiful place called St Helliers. It is a beautiful suburb and not too far out of Auckland. On arrival to The Consulate we were warmly welcomed and shown to the most beautiful room we have ever stayed in. A king size bed that still gave you plenty of space, a very large bathroom with double shower. David and Averill are the perfect hosts and we enjoyed sitting down with a glass of champagne and cheese on arrival. This B & B has everything you could imagine and we were treated to 4 very special nights. The local restaurants are all exceptional and we would definitely go back. If you want to relax and read in the large sitting rooms, play tennis or swim in the pool you can do it all here. We were treated like very special guests and it was a real privilege to stay at The Consulate. Sincere thanks to David and Averill.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank DebRed_10
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2013

I only stayed one night due to no hotel availability in Auckland centre. After staying at the Consulate I'm so happy I didn't end up with boring sterile hotel with corporate fake character.

The Consulate is absolutely lovely accommodation, very tastefully decorated and furnished with more of a home from home feel. David and Averill are a lovely couple who manage the place perfectly.

Well received warm greeting from Averill and David and was made to feel very welcome.

Large Bedroom very comfortable. Best sleep of my entire trip.
Large Living room with comfy furnishings and huge TV and refreshments.
Large Shower room.
Beautiful Dining room.
Breakfast was amazing!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Dimsum77
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David A, Owner at The Consulate Luxury Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 14 March 2013
Thank-you so much for your wonderful review.
David & Averill Archer @ "The Consulate Luxury B& B Auckland"
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Bavaria
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2013

This is a lovely house with great living spaces for guests and terrific beds and bathrooms. But what really sets it apart is the extraordinary hospitality of the hosts. When we found we had to stay on an extra night, being a night on which this B&B (along with the rest of Auckland) was booked out, these wonderful people moved out of their own room so that we could stay on. How special is that? They let us take over the dining room so that we could work through the night, and taxied us to the local restaurants so we would get some dinner before the kitchens closed. We had a great time with them and their other guests. We highly recommend it.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank RosieBavaria
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Banchory, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
49 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2013

Quiet retreat with every luxury away from the busy city streets. David and Averill are fantastic hosts who provide a warm welcome with a super breakfast in beautiful surroundings. The suite of rooms is superb and so comfortable with spacious bedroom, luxury bathroom with walk in shower, separate toilet,huge lounge, basement room with table tennis which leads to a tiered outside area which includes a small private pool, sun terrace and tennis court. The added extras of home made biscuits, sherry, fruit, tea, coffee sweeties, champagne and a great cheeseboard add to the feeling that you are with friends who are leaving you wanting for nothing. We are just a short taxi ride from the centre of town and the harbour area and only a short walk downhill to the lovely beach area of StHelier with its restaurants and bars.. Averill and David have given us a fantastic welcome to New Zealand and we are looking forward to being with them again at the end of our trip. The luxury B&B far exceeds my expectations and provides far more than Hotel ever could.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JOAN M
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OzBrit SE Australia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2013

Regretfully, only a one night stay in this gracious, tranquil and spotless house. Averill and David have clearly aimed for excellence in both the environment that they have created for guests and in the service that they offer - and they have certainly succeeded in achieving it!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Sunupper
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2012

A place of unsurpassed tranquillity amidst the chaos of Auckland. Peaceful and Luxurious. From the personal welcome, complete with Bubbles and nibbles, to the fond farewell you will not find more Amazing Hosts - David and Averill. A restful pleasant escape from reality.

A scrumptious breakfast cooked and served by a man not afraid to show off his pinny ;) and/or fresh and fabulous continental style prepared by the Lady of the Manor.
Excellent restaurants nearby, thanks for the great advice on dinner arrangements.
Will definitely return when next able to escape.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SeanandSueNZ
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, Manager at The Consulate Luxury Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 12 July 2012
Sean and Sue.
Thank -you for your review which we very much appreciate.
It was also a wonderful time for us to have your company and have you stay.
Averill and I do hope we will see you again.
Many Thanks.
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Additional Information about The Consulate Luxury Bed and Breakfast

Property: The Consulate Luxury Bed and Breakfast
Address: 259B St Heliers Bay Road | St Heliers, Auckland 1071, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 54 B&Bs / Inns in Auckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Consulate Luxury Bed and Breakfast 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This multimillion dollar palatial home in one of Auckland's finest suburbs has been occupied in the past six years by the Consul General of America to New Zealand. An opportunity now exists to stay where Presidents and Prime Ministers have visited,and where American Ambassadors have slept. Stay and enjoy the luxury, and relax both inside and outside of this lavish home in uncompromising style. Play tennis, swim in the pool, enjoy the games room or just collapse in front of the fire and large screen TV. Discover Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand with almost one and a half million residents. Enjoy the near by famous beaches and restaurants of St Heliers and Mission Bay. Take a cruise to Waiheke Island. See Kelly Tarlton's underwater world. Take the Explorer bus to see Big 14 Attractions.Plus many more exciting adventures. Don't delay. See you soon at The Consulate Luxury B&B Auckland. ... more   less 
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