The first red flag was raised when I asked the Airport Express bus driver where we should alight that was convenient to "Kiwi International Hotel." "You mean the backpackers?" he asked. I had read about backpackers accommodations, as we were traveling on a budget, but I was assuming I was about to check into a hotel. Turns out Kiwi International is a bit of a mix of budget hotel and decent hostel. As our flight arrived around 6 am, we reached the hotel well before check-in. While waiting for the next available clerk, we overheard the staff haggling with a guest who was asking for additional (ubiquitous) instant coffee for his room. The staff happily stored our luggage gratis... in a hostel-style walk-in closet filled with luggage. The lobby is a big drab, internet is not free, and the bar is not worth visiting. Our room and bathroom were small and not air-conditioned. I would describe the room as uncomfortable, but adequate. The location was also a mixed bag. While certainly not in the middle of the Auckland action, we were able to walk everywhere. Not the best value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quiet yet centrally located and of a size to provide the facilities that modern travellers expect while retaining a sense of comfort & friendliness. We offer friendly & affordable accommodation in the heart of New Zealand's largest city - free wi-fi, free baggage storage, no surcharge credit card payment and friendly 24/7 reception & service. Some parking is available on a "first come first serve" basis. Spaces are not guaranteed and cannot be reserved. Ideal for travellers and groups seeking quality, value and location. All the city's major attractions are within walking distance - Skytower, Skycity, Aotea Square, Viaduct Basin, the central business district, 'K' Road, theatres, restaurants, universities & tertiary institutions. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Agoda, Ebookers, Booking.com, Odigeo, Traveltool, S.L.U., TripOnline SA, Evoline ltd and HotelQuickly so you can book your Kiwi International Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Kiwi International Hotel Auckland, New Zealand