I stayed in a studio suite at the Sebel for three nights. Everything about the room was fine, just the decor was a bit tired and beige and uninspiring.
The room had some nice features such as a CD and DVD player, huge flat-screen TV and a clock radio with Ipod dock. The TV was set on a turntable so that you could view it from various points around the room. There were blinds as well as thick curtains ensuring almost total darkness at night, although annoyingly the smoke detector had two red LEDs that blinked away just in the corner of my eyesight all night. There was a balcony, but it was very narrow, no room for a table or chair where you could sit out. Inside the room there were two easy-chairs and a small coffee table. I would have liked to have had a desk as well as the small round dining table provided so that I could leave my laptop out and still have somewhere to eat.
The Sebel provides wired high-speed broadband internet which I got for free as I'd booked a special rate through Hotel Club but otherwise it's pricey at $25NZ per day. The mini bar was also pricey but there's a convenience store just down the street to buy snacks and basic groceries. I didn't notice if it had liquor.
As well as basic kitchen facilities, a washing machine (top loader) and seperate dryer were provided, both very quick and very efficient. Clothes came out of the dryer with barely a crease.
The bathroom was okay, only a half-size bath though. Shower pressure was fine. Towels were a bit overused and scratchy, but there were two fluffy dressing-gowns provided.
I ordered from the room service menu twice, lunch on the first day and breakfast on the second, and both times the food arrived promptly but lukewarm. The lamb I got for lunch was fatty, overcooked and tasteless, sitting in some sort of watery tomato sauce that tasted like it had sugar added, yuck!
The location of the Sebel suites on Viaduct Harbour is fantastic, I'd probably stay again for that reason alone. If you had a harbour view room (unfortunately I didn't snag one) I imagine the outlook would be lovely. My view on the other side was of the city and Skytower. I noticed the noise from the bars and restaurants below but with the windows closed it was very quiet. I couldn't hear any noise from any of the other suites.
There are several restaurants literally on the doorstep when you step out the back door, I particularly liked "Soul" where I enjoyed two fantastic and reasonably priced meals. The hotel is a short walk from Auckland's main attractions and shopping and about 10 minutes walk from the Britomart transit centre. It was about 25 minutes in a taxi from the airport.
The hotel doesn't have its own fitness centre but it's only $8NZ to use the facilities at the Tepid Baths across the street. Unfortunately the Baths will be closed for six months after May 2010 for renovations.
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