The hotel is located at 90 Federal Street in central city. It is opposite the Sky Casino and next to the Crown Plaza Hotel. Do not confuse this hotel with the older Sky City Hotel. Access to Queen Street (2 blocks) can be achieved through the Crown Plaza if it is wet. It is an easy downhill walk to the Viaduct Basin (10 min) where there is no shortage of food outlets and large yachts moored to view. One of the most import things about a hotels first impression, I think, is the entrance and the reception from staff. The Grand did not disappoint. Our car was whisked away for safe parking (NZ$30/2 days) and we had a trouble free check in with friendly staff. The room #1625 (NZ$160/night) was OK, nothing special and looked straight into the Crown Plaza. We did have a small sideways water view of the harbour. The room sported a TV, fridge (full of drink and snacks) a King sized bed, a double settee, coffee table and a desk. The bed was soft, sheets, not a duvet and 4 pillows. The bathroom was roomy and fresh with bath, separate shower and a toilet. No bath robes and no expel air. The Air conditioning was quiet and effective. The room was very quiet. As you will see from our travel bio we have stayed at many 5 star hotels. This room just and only just makes 5 star in our view. If you look closely at the room there are signs of aging and lack of maintanence especially in the bathroom around the shower door. The reason for the ‘just’ is the carpet, it was badly stained and the lack of little finishes like bath robes, real paintings on the wall (not very basic photographs) and NO FREE WATER! The tap water was OK. The internet cost NZ$15 for 10 minutes. Each local phone call was NZ$1.25. We did not eat at the Restaurants (3) but we have been told the Peter Gordon is very good. There are lots of eating places close by. Overall....well located, handy to the casino if that’s your scene, close to Queen Street, great staff and apart from the carpet, new, clean and fresh. Oh...forgot... a free daily newspaper which was nice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover an oasis of luxury in the heart of Auckland’s vibrant city. Beautifully appointed, modern and spacious rooms are just the start of this 5-star experience. Stunning views, award-winning dining, the iconic Sky Tower and the tranquil East Day Spa await you. Wi-Fi is complimentary. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sky City Hotel
- Skycity Grand Auckland
- Hotel Skycity Grand
- SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland, New Zealand