I want to warn other travellers of this hotel. My BF booked it because the hotel's webpages gave a good impression and the map on said pages made the hotel's location look like it was close to the Sky Center bus station.
On arrival, the reception looked ok, but the room smelled strongly of solvent and was in awful condition. I complained about the smell and we got another room (stupidly we had already paid w/ credit card so getting refund would have been a big hassle).
The interiors and furnishings looked to be from about the 50s with no repairs made since. The first floor is currently being renovated, though I would suggest demolition as a better option.
There were stains on the carpet, dirty-looking curtains, scratches on furniture, the room smelled musty, and there were mould spots on the bathroom door. The linen and towels seemed to be clean but were very worn and faded. The bathroom was clean, apart from the mould. The general impression was one of neglect and disrepair.
To top it all off, the map on their webpage was distorted or somehow altered, when we compared it to a paper map, there were some streets missing -> this hotel was MUCH farther from the Sky center than it seemed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located on Auckland's Queen Street, we offer friendly & affordable accommodation in the heart of New Zealand's largest city. With free amenities such as wi-fi, luggage storage and 24/7 reception our hotel is ideal for both individual travelers and groups seeking location and value for money. All the city's major attractions are within walking distance and we are on the main bus stop routes for the Auckland City Link and Airport Skybus. With an onsite bar & restaurant and handy travel and information desk, the Kiwi International Hotel is perfect for the budget conscious traveler. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kiwi International Hotel Auckland, New Zealand