We spent two, very LONG nights at the Scenic Hotel in downtown Auckland. Had we not prepaid through a travel site, we likely would have gone somewhere else. The rooms themselves are very clean, modern and comfortable. Big, updated bathroom with fantastic water pressure. Overall, our room was very nice. It was the most comfortable hotel bed I've experienced in a while. Internet is a bit expensive though. Great view of the Sky Tower, easy walking to all the touristy spots.
However, the real shame is that you can't sleep much with all the street noise. Kind of defeats the purpose of a hotel.
From the looks of the windows, they might be original to the building itself. They're drafty, thin, and it's obvious the hotel knows it, because they've installed super thick insulated drapes. Sirens and honking horns happen, but across Queen Street is a bar which seems to let out around 330-4am. I know, because I was awake for it. We could hear yelling, live music, hoots and hollers like we were right there with them. If the hotel were to update the windows, the noise issue would be gone and this would be a super fabulous hotel to stay in.
As an aside, I was underwhelmed by the staff: At check in (we were late from the airport) I had to call the main hotel number to get a hold of someone to check us in. There was no one manning the front desk. Upon checking out, when asked about my stay, I noted the nice room, but mentioned the noise issue to clerk, and was told: "Aww, yeah. Queen Street on a Friday night is something to be experienced." Not exactly the response I was hoping for. A "sorry about that" would have been appreciated.
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- Also Known As:
- Auckland Scenic Hotel
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