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Kiwi International Hotel
Ranked #32 of 67 Hotels in Auckland
Singapore, Singapore
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“Within walking distance to the central area”
Reviewed 21 December 2012

Had a pleasant stay here for 1 night in a standard double room. The location of the hotel is centralised and it is about 10 - 20 min walk away from the sky tower / shopping district / jetty. We took the airport bus and walked for about 10 min along a slope before reaching the hotel.

The room and shared bathrooms are clean and there's a small basin attached in the room for simple wash-up. There are plenty of food eateries (asian & western cuisines) located within walking distance. We never had problems finding food after 5pm because many of them open till around 10pm.

There's also free WIFI provided with a limit, but enough for a night stay there.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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kiwi_mark411, Owner at Kiwi International Hotel, responded to this review, 23 December 2012
Thanks for the review and pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. It sounds as though you got off at the wrong bus stop as the airport bus stops right outside - although it's important to take the right one. Yes - lots of good value Asian style eateries nearby and of course we have typical Kiwi food in our restaurant.
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Ohakune, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 December 2012

The location for cost is amazing. Top of Queen St with easy walk to Train, Buses and Ferry. Not five star but just been done up with anything you may need. Will defineately stay there again and would recommend. Staff were also helpful. Little hard to find, driving up Qeen St cant turn right into it as traffice island in road, go past and turn into drive beside, back out and turn left into hotel.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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kiwi_mark411, Owner at Kiwi International Hotel, responded to this review, 19 December 2012
Thanks for your enthusiastic review. Good things can be a little harder to find at times. The advantage is that being set back from Queen St (overlooking Myers Park) it is quieter than you would expect for such a central location.
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 16 December 2012

Since it's a budget hotel, something has to look budget- in this case, it was the stained carpets (room 226). Otherwise, all good! FREE parking was a plus! By 5pm on a Thursday, lot was full except for some *very* challenging spots. I wouldn't recommend driving out to dinner- chances of having a spot when you come back are probably thin.

Our room had an *awesome* view of the Sky Tower. There's a bus stop close by, and it's roughly a 25-minute walk to the ferry terminal. This is *not* a party hotel, and there are warnings at reception letting you know that you get one warning, then you get the boot.

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Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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kiwi_mark411, Owner at Kiwi International Hotel, responded to this review, 19 December 2012
Thanks for your positive review. We checked out the carpet after your comments. There is some minor discoloration but you need good eyesight to pick that up! Glad you enjoyed your stay and we agree - it is a nice view of the Sky tower.
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Reviewed 14 December 2012

Coming from Auckland Airport, this hotel is easy to find if you are on the airport bus and with loads of luggage. Get on the bus which goes via 'Dominion Road' and alight on the first stop along Queen Street. Ask the driver if in doubt, who will be glad to announce the arrival at the correct stop. The drivers are very friendly and know most of the hotels in central Auckland. Walk down the slope a little and turn left towards the hotel.

The 4-storey building indeed is old, but seems to have been repainted and refurbished recently. The receptionist was friendly as were the housekeeping staff.There seemed to be two wings; You know you're in the old wing as the hallways seem like wood and creak as you walk along, You know you're in the new wing as the floor suddenly feels soild and the creaking is gone.

Single economy rooms, with shared bathrooms are located in the old wing. These carpeted rooms are small, perhaps 15ftX8ft. The bed appears to be a 'super single' and was comfortable to sleep in. A small writing desk and chair is provided with a rack to hang your clothes above. Importantly, a small sink with hot/cold water and mirror is also provided in the room. The shared bathroom is located at the far end for males and near the lift lobby for females. The bathrooms get rather dirty in the mornings, until housekeeping cleans them. Apart from the thin and flimsy windows, this room would be a good choice for solo travellers on a budget.

Double/Twin 'deluxe' and the apartments are located in the new wing. The deluxe room is also small,but functional with an ensuite bathroom. A wardrobe, writing desk and chair, telephone and television are part of the amenities provided. Unlike the economy rooms, tea/coffee sachets and electric kettle are included in the rooms. The ensuite bathroom is small and larger-sized guests may find it a squeeze to use the shower.

Breakfast was not included in the rate; the cafe near the lobby advertised a limited range of breakfast items. Otherwise, there are many eateries located along Queen Street and Kawanghape Road which cater to different tastes (Western, Asian, Muslim, etc).

Free parking is available at the hotel but lots are very limited. Illegal parking seems to be taken very seriously tow trucks do not hesitate to remove your vehicle, which would be a big headache in you vacation.

There are pricier hotels further down Queen Street which would suit those with a bigger budget. For travellers on a tighter budget or just need a place to sleep at night, the Kiwi International Hotel provides a clean and comfortable stay in Auckland.

Room Tip: Spend a little more and get the deluxe instead of economy rooms.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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kiwi_mark411, Owner at Kiwi International Hotel, responded to this review, 17 December 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write such an informative review. We're sure other travellers will find this a useful guide and some helpful tips.
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Hayward, California
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Reviewed 13 December 2012

This is a very basic hotel, but it was clean and extremely reasonable. The room and the bathroom were both small but adequate for our needs. A plus is the direct local bus service to and from the airport as well as access to bus service around the city. Several local restaurants are close by. Our upper floor room overlooking a park was quiet. Since we were out and about most of the time, Kiwi International was perfect for us.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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kiwi_mark411, Owner at Kiwi International Hotel, responded to this review, 17 December 2012
Thanks for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and appreciated the value and location we offer.
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Sungai Petani, Malaysia
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Reviewed 9 December 2012

I stayed here for one night and I would say this hotel is very convenient for its price and location. Although it is situated in the city, it offers free parking, which is a big deal in Auckland. Just park your car at the hotel and travel by foot to the city center which is just 10~15 minutes walk from the hotel. The rooms are basic but very clean. All in all it is perfect for any budget traveler.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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kiwi_mark411, Owner at Kiwi International Hotel, responded to this review, 11 December 2012
Thank you for you complimentary review.
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Mssunshine12
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Reviewed 30 November 2012

I stayed one night in a single ensuite and although the decor was rather bland and basic, it was quite pleasant overall.

The hotel is situated at the top of Queen St near to K Road. This made for a bit of a gruellng walk up with my luggage in tow so I suggest you take a bus/taxi if coming from downtown. Check-in was quick but in order to get to the 3rd floor, you have to take one lift to 2nd and another to get to 3rd. It was a bit 'maze like' so ask for a 1st or 2nd floor room to avoid lift insanity.

My room was fairly big, clean with a comfortable bed, well stocked tea/coffee making facilities, nice flat screen and the bathroom was decent too. Had a great sleep too, no noise outside. Only negatives is the shower wasn't powerful so water kind of dribbled out and there is nowhere to hang your clothes. Otherwise, its probably the best value in the city.

Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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kiwi_mark411, Owner at Kiwi International Hotel, responded to this review, 5 December 2012
Thanks for your positive review. We agree that the 3rd floor can be a bit frustrating to get to as that wing was added later and the showers there are not strong like the others but the rooms are quiet and have nice view over the park.
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Property: Kiwi International Hotel
Address: 411 Queen Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Auckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Kiwi International Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 122
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 
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