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Scenic Hotel Auckland
Ranked #22 of 67 Hotels in Auckland
Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
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“Good Middle-of-the-Road Hotel”
Reviewed 9 March 2012

I’ve stayed here about six or seven times over the last four years and overall found it a nice enough hotel. On my first visit they spoiled me rotten, as I was upgraded to a penthouse – which was a bit much for one person, but I appreciated the gesture.

Since then I’ve developed a better overall picture of the place, as I’ve now stayed in a series of nice enough, but very standard (various-sized) rooms.

The beds I’ve found to be very comfortable, although the rooms can be a bit too small and not very charming (perhaps a tad drab or bleak might be better terms). However, they’ve always been very clean, functional and with a decent enough fit-out – and the toiletry products provided are very good for a hotel of this type.

The gym is pretty weak, though. More of an afterthought, really. Whilst the bar doesn’t pass muster, either: I had to explain to a bartender how to make a martini. Perhaps it was just her first day on the job out of school – I hope so, anyway.

More seriously, though, staff members are always exceptionally pleasant and courteous.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

We had a very good experience here. Upon check-in, we were given a free upgrade to a penthouse. This was a 2-level unit with full kitchen, laundry and living room and balcony/seating area on the first level and bedroom and bath on the second level. The room was clean and updated. The location is good being a 10-15 minute walk away from the harbour (there are also bus stops right outside the hotel and across the street. The only negative that we could see is that there is a construction site right next door, but, they were only working during the day and we were out sightseeing at that time, so it was a non-issue.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2012

We were pleasantly surprised by the service, location and facilities here. Rooms are large, with kitchenettes -- even a stocked mini-bar! For the money, this hotel is excellent value and even the restaurant had wonderful food. Very helpful staff

  • Stayed February 2012
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

Stayed here for just one night. Firstly, they were very accommodating when we arrived at 8.00 am. from a cruise ship, and they let us into our room straight away, which was great. Large room with a well equipped kitchen area and a small but adequate shower room. Apart from probably the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in, the room was a bit bleak and cheerless, not helped by the very large bare window which had just a roman blind, which was obviously either up, and as the room was very overlooked, was not good, or down and the room was pitch black. A voile curtain would have been nice, giving privacy and light.

Good location and just minutes from the main street. Breakfast however was very poor. It was almost as if they just couldnt really be bothered. Very little choice, no customer service whatever, reminded me of a motorway service station restaurant.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Loudon
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

You know, I read all the reviews before booking here, and although none were raving in flavor of this property, none were completely disappointed either. And that is exactly how I feel...it was clean which is very important, and the staff was lovely, which is helpful. The location was good for a couple of reasons... First, it was central. Which means that you ane not close to the Harbour, but the bus is close by and for $.50, you can get there in ten minutes. It is also two minutes away from the Aotea Center, if you are planning a movie or an event there. Secondly, the Airport Express stops literally at the from door, which is helpful if you are messing with luggage.
A Couple of things happened during our stay. The A/C went out, so it was very hot one night. When they got it fixed, there was an awful humming noise that made it difficult to sleep. BUT, the staff did get the problem fixed in short order. Then there is a (potential) problem with construction noise from next door. It started about 7:30 in the morning. But, since we are early to bed and early to rise, it was not much of a factor for us. If we had wanted to sleep in, this would have been a problem.
I heard others say that the rooms are large. I would think this is subjective, and depends on your frame of reference. The room size is adequate. The bathroom IS spacious, and in my opinion, they should have made the shower large enough to bend down to pick up the soap bar when you drop it.
You would think that after all I have said, I would not recommend this hotel, but, actually, I would stay here again. Major city hotels are a matter of trade offs. How much are you willing to spend for what you want. For me, clean takes precedence over anything else. The room and lobby furnishings are a little tired, but everything was clean. The bed was only a double for the two of us, but it was clean and comfortable.
Bottom line is that we were not willing to spend another $100 a night for posh surroundings or $200 or more for a Harbour location.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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171 reviews
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

Hotel is in great location.

Our room 611 had kitchenettes with microwave, toaster, plates, cutlery etc. Double bedroom plus single bed in lounge/kitchen area.

Laundry room with slot payment which is first we have found travelling around the world.

Wifi in room on iPad $5 24 hrs so cheap.

Staff brilliant.

Would recommend it.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

Wasnt sure what to expect when I booked two room for NYE as a last minute deal. Friendly staff, one of the rooms we had was very compact, however the second room was awesome! It was on the corner of the building with separate spacious rooms for the same price. Had great view of Aotea square. Traffic noise was high, but the kitchens in both rooms were unexpected. No baths. I will be staying here again.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Property: Scenic Hotel Auckland
Address: 380 Queen Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Business Hotel in Auckland
#21 Luxury Hotel in Auckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Scenic Hotel Auckland 4*
Number of rooms: 100
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