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Great Ponsonby Arthotel
Ranked #5 of 58 Auckland B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Havelock North, New Zealand
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19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Very Quaint Hotel”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

This Hotel is a Hotel but not your normal Hotel. Lovely properties set in amongst mediterranean gardens, all units cleverly separated for extra privacy. Extremely comfortable, with tables and chairs outside each unit. Large spacious rooms. The exrtra's available make this place amazing. Full size bottles of eco friendly shampoo and conditioner, the fridge is really well stocked with all types of drinks, at a reasonable charge, there's complimentary fruit and chocolates. Full sky digital TV along with ipod docker and a small stereo system. There's even a complimentary large umbrella to use if need be outside each unit / room. And if some bugs are about, they even supply bug spray to apply, there's one on each table outside your unit. Amazing...... There's a lovely lounge where breakfast is served, and it also has a full bar, where you can mix your own drinks, this is done on an honesty basis, you just write down what you have made yourself. It's situated in a quiet street, just around the corner from great Restaurants and Cafes, along with plenty of shopping along Ponsonby Road.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Sally J, Owner at Great Ponsonby Arthotel, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Kia ora Nat-NZ,
Thank you for such an awesome review, your words could be an advertisement for us! We are pleased that you had such a wonderful time here. We hope you bought some great things from along Ponsonby Road. Please stay again sometime soon.
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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48 reviews
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

We just spent two wonderful nights at the Great Ponsonby Arthotel. Highly recommended on all counts. We had a lovely room, tastefully decorated with all the facilities we could have wished for. As we had our dog with us, the massive park which backs onto the property, was also a nice bonus. Excellent breakfast choices, lovely accommodating staff. First rate!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sally J, Owner at Great Ponsonby Arthotel, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Kia ora Dave,
Thank you for posting such a great review. We’re glad that you, Sarah and your gorgeous little dog had a wonderful stay. Please come and visit sometime soon.
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Picton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

I've just had a marvellous time at the above-great food,excellent company,and wonderful ambience.As always,hosts Gerry and Sally were in superb form- entertaining and informative,considerate and amusing.
I wholeheartedly recommend this establishment to all.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Sally J, Owner at Great Ponsonby Arthotel, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Kia ora Soundzy,
Thank you for your kind words and recommendations. We are pleased that you enjoyed our food, and that you had a great stay with us. Please give us a ring if you need accommodation in Auckland in the future.
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

Lovely hotel with a New Zealand feel. The hosts have thought of everything for the comfort of their guests. Located in a quiet cul de sac but only a short walk to the cafes and shops of Ponsonby, There are also good bus routes into the city nearby but if you prefer to walk it is only a 15 to 20 minute walk to the CBD. There are plenty of nice sunny spots to sit outside if you prefer a relaxed day at the hotel rather than sightseeing. The owners and staff are very welcoming, the rooms comfortable and this all adds up to a pleasant relaxed atmosphere in a hotel you won't want to leave.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sally J, Owner at Great Ponsonby Arthotel, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Kia ora Lea,
Thank you for such a positive review. We’re glad that you found our advice helpful, and that you made good use of our great location. Please come stay again sometime soon.
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Kerrville, Texas
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

This was our first stop in New Zealand. It really set the bar high for future B & B's on our trip. The breakfasts were varied, cooked to order, and very tasty. I loved Gerry's omelets with blue cheese! Gerry and Ann were consummate hosts, helping with sightseeing plans. They even drove us to a couple of areas when it was convenient. We stayed there at the beginning and end of our trip. Both times, we had rooms in the Courtyard. Both the rooms were very comfortable, quaint and well appointed. We would highly recommend this hotel to other B & B lovers. The location is excellent for dining and shopping.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sally J, Manager at Great Ponsonby Arthotel, responded to this review, 15 April 2014
Kia ora Cowgirl,

Thank you for your positive review. Gerry’s omelette is often a hit with our guests, we’re very glad you enjoyed it. We pride ourselves on our location, and it’s great that you were able to make the most of it.

Cheers,

The crew at the Great Ponsonby Arthotel
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

It is so exciting when you find a place to stay that fits your needs perfectly. My daughter and I stayed there along with my dog for one night. I needed to be at the airport early Saturday morning to collect my husband. It is a challenge to find somewhere that will allow dogs to stay with you. We were in a cabin that backed onto a dog friendly park, so convenient. The décor was colourful and refreshing, the cabin was impeccably clean, water pressure was amazing. Location is the best. We enjoyed breakfast on the verandah after collecting my husband, we paid extra for him to have breakfast there. Breakfast selection was great and well presented. The staff were great and friendly. Just fantastic to have found this welcoming place to stay for the future.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Sally J, Manager at Great Ponsonby Arthotel, responded to this review, 15 April 2014
Kia ora WhangareiSioux,

Thank you for your kind words. We enjoy being able to accommodate our guests’ furry friends, and love the fact that we have such easy access to one of Ponsonby’s fantastic parks. Please come back sometime soon.

Cheers,

The crew at the Great Ponsonby Arthotel
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

I had a wonderful stay at the Great Ponsonby Arthotel. Gerry, Sally and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Gerry gave me directions to the interesting historical places in the neighbourhood and showed me a nice walk to get to the waterfront. The Red Room, where I stayed, was spacious and airy, well-equipped too, so it was possible to make tea in the evening and relax after a day in the city. Breakfast was tasty and provided an occasion to chat with Sally and Gerry.

The Great Ponsonby Arthotel is a place that makes you feel at home.

thanh-van from France

Room Tip: The Red Room is comfortable and gets nice sunlight.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Sally J, Manager at Great Ponsonby Arthotel, responded to this review, 15 April 2014
Kia ora thanh_van2014

Thank you for your positive comments. Breakfast is one of our favourite times of the day, as we enjoy finding out more about the interesting lives of our guests. We’re glad that you enjoyed our walking recommendations. Please come back and visit us soon.

Cheers

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Additional Information about Great Ponsonby Arthotel

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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