I chose this hotel based on TripAdvisor reviews, and it lived up to hopes and expectations. I needed to balance lower cost with location and comfort, and this delivered on all three. Location is 5 minutes walk to the Skytower, a little further to the harbour, and a couple of minutes from Queen St, the Aotea Centre, and the theatre precinct, so is ideally situated for anyone attending an event in central Auckland.
My room was modern, large, fresh and clean, comfortable, with quality linens and fittings. The gym was adequately equipped, and the pool and sauna looked nice although I didn't use them. All staff were friendly and helpful.
My only suggestion to make this hotel absolutely perfect would be to drop the 3hr limit on free wifi access in rooms: while the access was fast, the 3 hr is continuous from the moment you first connect, eg if you connect at 8am to check tourist info, then wish to check email at 9pm, you theoretically need to pay, since you only get one continuous 3hr connection per 24hr. Reception will provide a code free of charge to reconnect anyway, so the system is easy to get around, but just would be easier if the access was unlimited in the first place!
Apart from this minor quibble, the Rendezvous Grand was excellent, especially at the price, and even more so if you book early through one of the major hotel and travel booking sites. I would definitely stay again, and happily recommend it as a very high standard hotel at a budget price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Zealand's largest hotel located in the heart of cosmopolitan and provides impeccable service and coupled with superb facilities, such as an indoor pool, saunas, gymnasium and award-winning restaurants and bars. The hotel features 452 elegantly appointed oversized guest rooms and suites that will ensure comfort and convenience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Auckland Rendezvous Hotel
- Grand Millennium Auckland New Zealand