My daughter and I stayed at the Duxton for 5nights. Our room was on the 9th floor and consisted of a King bed, kitchenette and balcony. The balcony view looked out to the city. Apart from the coffee/tea facilities, we only used the stove once when we dined in. The kitchen items were all in working order and appeared hardly used but most importantly, clean. My daughter used the spotlessly clean microwave most of the time. The washing machine/dryer combination was not the best invention and did not function as you would expect from a conventional washing machine and dryer. I had to drape our clothes around the room to be properly dried. I would suggest installing a separate washing machine and dryer.
The bed was comfortable and there was plenty of spare pillows and blankets. The tv was old and could do with a makeover. The room was spotlessly cleaned daily. The bathroom was clean and the complimentary toiletries (used by my daughter) were replaced daily.
The carpets could do with a bit of steam clean but it did not matter as we were hardly in the room during our stay. My main gripe with the property would have to be the noisy and outdated air-con unit in the room! Having the unit on is very noisy but the room can get uncomfortably hot and stuffy if the unit is not turned on (and this was winter in NZ). Fortunately, we were on the higher floor so we could open our curtains to let some air in. On the last day, as I checked the room before leaving, I found that a pipe (located behind the curtains) which runs from the air-con unit which pump/expel air (from inside) outside, had fallen off from what appeared to be an ineffective masking tape job (attaching the pipe to the air-con unit), from the air-con unit. I'm not sure how long the pipe had been detached from the air-con unit as its placement (behind curtains) is not visible and would not be seen unless you're on floor level looking for something. The noisy air-con unit and masked tape pipe is hardly something you'd expect from a hotel which rates itself as a 5star hotel!
During our stay, the swimming pool was out of order and is very very small (the pictures on the site made it look a lot bigger). The fitness centre is also very small and the machines are outdated although in reasonably working order. As the hotel is situated on a hill, we got our exercise from walking up the hiill to the hotel. We did not have a problem with using the hotel's carpark although the parking bays can be a bit tight for larger vehicles. There are also public car parks around the vicinity.
There is a park next to the hotel which is useful for those with young children and is relatively safe for use during the day.
We did not have a problem with the staff. We would stay at the hotel again if they replace the noisy air-con units.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Amora Hotel Auckland welcomes you to our oasis of calm in central Auckland. Tranquil views above peaceful Myers Park, tree-lined Greys Avenue and out over the city are yours when you stay at our luxury boutique hotel. Offering all the features and services that you would expect in a much larger hotel, the hotel focuses on the attention to detail that serves to differentiate the Amora. The Amora Hotel Auckland is ideally positioned amongst magnificent park surroundings and overlooks Myers Park in central Auckland. With its central location close to the main business district, the hotel is also ideally located within strolling distance to major shopping and entertainment areas, Sky City, New Market and Ponsonby. The Amora Hotel Auckland offers a range of rooms from Deluxe to Penthouse Suites. Classically styled and tastefully decorated, some have views over lush Myers Park and others to the city and beyond. All rooms offer a fully equipped kitchen and a private balcony. Many also feature decadent spa baths with wooden louvre shutter that open out onto the main room.Enjoy high quality, seasonally fresh New Zealand cuisine in elegant surroundings at The Grill or choose to dine al fresco on the terrace by the pool. Come to The Amora Hotel Auckland to relax and unwind, take a dip in the heated outdoor swimming pool ideally situated on the terrace overlooking Myers Park. For the more active, a workout in the hotel gymnasium might be in order, or take the advantage of the local jogging tracks in Myers Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Auckland Duxton Hotel
- Duxton Auckland
- Amora Hotel Auckland New Zealand