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Great Ponsonby Arthotel
Ranked #5 of 58 Auckland B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Whangarei, New Zealand
1 review
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“Unbeatable”
Reviewed 10 December 2013

Very engaging environment from the welcome at the door, the bright and cheerful hallway, leading to the lounge filled with comfortable leather lounges, books and artwork. Always a cheerful and courteous introduction to an amazing array (over the years) of interesting fellow travellers followed by the offer of a complimentary beverage. Sally and Gerry are so connected to the heart of Ponsonby, there is always something new to catch up with. Off to one of the many fine restaurants and back to the B&B for a nightcap and often an engaging chat with another traveller enjoying the lounge area. You can stay at other places and get elements of the above but only the Great Ponsonby B&B delivers the full package, a character filled establishment, often filled with fine characters. Sally, Gerry and their team set the standard for those that prefer an engaging and relaxed experience when staying away.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Great Ponsonby Arthotel. Ponsonby is a cool happening place with lots of good restaurants and interesting shops. It's an easy bus ride to the center of town. The hotel itself is in a Victorian house on a quiet side street. You can't go wrong here.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

There really is no reason to add to the many sterling reviews on Tripadvisor -- Sally and Gerry have long since established an enviable reputation for their wonderful hotel.

Let me make a few observations about why I liked this so much
1) its in a great neighborhood. Ponsonby is fun, alive with stellar food (I had a spectacular meal at Bistro 222), yet its quiet . . . this is a neat trick. Set back a hundred yards or so from Ponsonby, its quiet, even on when the high street is crowded and noisy.

2) the rooms are cozy and well equipped -- free fast internet is greatly appreciated in New Zealand, where it tends to be slow and expensive. And its got parking . . . free parking at that, not easy to find in this neighborhood.

3) Sally and Gerry are real people, real hosts and they make the experience much more than "just a place you stay"-- without being intrusive. There were folks hanging about chatting and sipping coffee, and business types working away on their laptops -- all felt comfortable. Its as much a salon as a B&B . . . a great and unique atmosphere.

I'll be back next time in Auckland -- downtown CBD hotels are more expensive, less interesting, and less convenient. The Great Ponsonby Arthotel is easy to recommend.

Room Tip: I stayed in the Yellow room . . . can recommend it. Can't see any reason not to go for one of h...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Sally J, Owner at Great Ponsonby Arthotel, responded to this review, 5 December 2013
Alex, what a wonderful review. We loved having you to stay and especially the fun evening when you called in on your way south. Hope we see you again and hope you enjoyed the rest of the country. Cheers
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

The Great Ponsonby Art Hotel is a secluded oasis just five minutes stroll from fashionable Ponsonby. It is full of charm and character, just like the owners! Sally and Gerry are welcoming hosts, making the place far more than just somewhere to stay. Would definitely recommend this place to others!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

I am a busy filmmaker so I need where I stay to accommodate more than just me. I need an understanding and proactive friendly team around, because my requests are often unusual as are the hours I keep. The Great Ponsonby has seen me through the good times and the lean times for many years. I always feel like I am the most important guest there, yet I have noticed that Gerrard and Sally have the knack of making every single client feel like that. Long may the Great Ponsonby prevail. And the sunsets are amazing.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

Have just completed a 5 day stay at the Great Ponsonby Arthotel and am delighted I selected this accommodation.

A convenient 5 minute stroll off Ponsonby Road and the Inner Link bus to the Auckland CBD everything was top notch from the friendly staff, lovely room and common areas and the fantastic cooked breakfasts.

I was upgraded to the Penthouse room which was a very spacious open plan studio flat with small kitchen. Everything was exceptionally clean and well kept and I can't fault a thing.

The only negative was that my schedule precluded me from staying even longer.:-)

Bravo Sally and Gerry! I wouldn't think of staying anywhere else whilst in Auckland..

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Sally J, Owner at Great Ponsonby Arthotel, responded to this review, 24 November 2013
Kia ora Geoff

We really enjoyed having you to stay so thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review.
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

What a great place in a great location. Everything you want and some extras. Really appreciated the dressing gowns. Gerrard was abundant with knowledge and advice. Holly looked after our meals and other items. Clean, quiet, well kept in a reviving neighbourhood easy walk to restaurants and not that far from CBD though the innerlink bus is 5 min walk. Parking available thankfully but so is easy street parking. Meeting room packed with tour books in many languages. Garden is a nice place to relax with some kiwi wine. Great breakfast choices.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Great Ponsonby Arthotel
Address: 30 Ponsonby Terrace | Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 58 B&Bs / Inns in Auckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Great Ponsonby Arthotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax in a quiet, heritage, 1890's villa in the middle of cosmopolitan Auckland, just 2 minutes stroll to Ponsonby's vibrant cafes, restaurants and galleries. Fifteen minutes by eco bus, five minutes by taxi to the waterfront or a 30 minute amble through Ponsonby's interesting streets. Close to Eden Park, the Zoo and all main attractions. Qualmark 4 star+ and Enviro Gold. Breakfasts are legendary. They are cooked to order, not just left in your fridge the night before. This is a place to have fun & meet other guests.Free, unlimited wifi throughout hotel, ipod docks, all sky channels in your room. ... more   less 
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