We asked friends to recommend a hotel near the viaduct because we only had one night in Auckland before we flew back to Oz. They suggested the Copthorne with the proviso that it's due for an upgrade but it's in a great spot. I got a WOTIF deal for $99 which included free cocktail for 2, 20 min free wifi, king bed & harbour views. We paid $24 for parking but considering the price being charged by surrounding hotels that was fine.
Yes the Copthorne is a bit tired and could do with a facelift, yes there's no lift from the garage so leave your bags in the reception area, yes you have to use a key instead of a swipe card, yes the aircondititioning was struggling with the heat (there was a note in the room explaining this).
But... we were on the 11th floor with a fabulous view of the harbour - we walked directly across the road to explore the viaduct for dinner that night. In the morning it was 3min up the road to Vulcan Lane for a great breakfast & some upmarket souvenir shopping at the Vault. The shower was fantastic after a two weeks at bachs on tank water, the bed was big, the cocktails were ok (note: you won't get a choice, there's just one everyone gets but you could have wine or beer) and the price was BUDGET for that part of Auckland. We also drove straight out of the hotel and were on the road heading to the airport which is great for map retarded travellers.
We'd stay again.
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