Our tour arrived late-AM from LAX - plus a 5-hour flight for us before that - really needing to refresh and hoping not to waste our first day in Auckland. Skycity's staff did not disappoint us! Although the rooms weren't ready, our hosts suggested that we stash our luggage and enjoy a shower in their spa. Just a small accommodation, really, but one that meant a very great deal, that moved us from "enduring jet lag and waiting for a hotel room to open" to "refreshed and headed to the waterfront and downtown to see our first city in New Zealand!"
When we got back from our tour on foot, the rooms were ready, the bags had been brought up to our rooms, and we got back to find that Skycity is more than a hotel - There's a casino, a popular street level bar that opens out to the Skytower a short block away, easy auto access to parking and elevator/escalator service from the downhill side of the hotel in Auckland's retail and restaurant districts.
Skycity was a great place to begin a tour, and we could see that it would also be ideal as a business-related venue. It's a very well planned and implemented hospitality center.More