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“Classy, elegant, trendy in a great location”
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Hotel DeBrett
Ranked #2 of 67 Hotels in Auckland
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London
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“Classy, elegant, trendy in a great location”
Reviewed 2 May 2011

With 2 days in Auckland we wanted to stay centrally and we wanted to be comfortable. What we found at Hotel Debrett exceeded our requirements and left us feeling refreshed between long flights.
The room we stayed in was quiet, beautifully decorated, with a bed that facilitated a great night's sleep. The bathroom was clean and well laid out, with good products available. The staff were able to help out with a range of queries, including some business needs, and recommended a very impressive restaurant.
The hotel breakfast is well worth getting up for.
Overall, this hotel is a beautiful place to stay, ideally located in central Auckland - I could not fault it.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 May 2011

Gorgeous boutique hotel situated in the nuggety High St precinct of Auckland CBD. Service is faultless, the appointment of my room was wonderfully sophisticated. The restaurant is a design treat with a menu to match. In my next life, I'm going to live there.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled on business
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Dublin
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Reviewed 1 May 2011

The use of space and colour in the rooms is a brilliant example of how to design a modern boutique hotel. I was fortunate enough to get a room on floor one, which was right beside the restaurant; I came in late without a booking and had one of the most astonishing fish on a type of bean / rice dish that I've ever eaten - wasn't rushed either. Free WiFi in the rooms, an adaptor provided at front desk with very good extra socket points for charging / re-charging; this is a small, but niggly detail that a lot of hotels miss and you end up having to unplug a lamp or something beside the bed...very comfortable sleep; very quiet. Staff helpful and friendly. One small noticeable thing: you can see wear and tear creeping into the richly coloured carpets, walkways etc - it's hardly a complaint, but it's worth keeping an eye on. All in all 'tho, the best value hotel I've stayed in for many a year..great feel off the place. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Auckland after this experience (can see why it ranks No. 1) - and the hotels in NZ are generally of a good standard.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled on business
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New York City, New York, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2011

This hotel is walking distance from the wharf and is surrounded by pubs and restaurants.
One of NZ oldest pubs is across the street. The hotel was renovated a year or two ago so everything is new and an eclectic retro art deco feel.
Rooms are large, super restaurant, good breakfast and happy hour as well.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2011

This hotel is ideally situated, very comfortable and tastefully decorated has a good restaurant and attentive staff. It is small and has a personal touch. It is a little gem.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2011

It's really nice when you go to a hotel that sets itself apart from the big, characterless 5 star hotels, but still keeps all the nice little luxuries. Hotel DeBrett does this - and oozes charm, style and funky sophistication.

DeBrett does its best to feature NZ products and produce, and for a good reason - NZ has some of the best of it on offer. This doesn't come cheap, of course, and it feels as though DeBrett hasn't spared any expense. The beds and linens are particularly amazing. Happily, this doesn't reflect in the price, which is certainly reasonable for 5-star big city standards.

Service is great, with a young, energetic staff. Forget stuffiness (you're in NZ after all), this is a place where the casual friendliness is matched with warm smiles and an eagerness to help (again, very typical of NZ). Particular credit must go to DeBrett's new food and beverage manager - very knowledgeable about all the yummy things NZ has to offer.

Location could not be beaten - it's located on a very cool street with plenty of interesting and high-end boutiques. If you're wanting something more mass-market, it's one street up from the main Queen St mall. And if you have business in Auckland, it is located right in the middle of the business area.

All in all, I love this hotel. I stay here often. Don't let Aucklanders' old perceptions (from the 60s and 70s when it was a rowdy bar) of DeBrett guide you - this place is cool, sophisticated NZ luxury.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled on business
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Harker Heights, Texas
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Reviewed 27 April 2011

I stayed here with my fiancé on the tail-end of our R and R leave from the United States Army. It was a wonderful way to end our leave! The hotel is in the best location if you like being in the middle of all the action. We were within walking distance to many great restaurants and the best shopping in Auckland. If you want a quiet stay- the streets and bars are a little loud outside of your window so just be cognizant of that.

The decor was modern and trendy, looked just like the website pictures. The hotel staff is knowledgeable about the area and very friendly- they recommended some great local restaurants even though they have an award-winning restaurant in their hotel. The bed was by far the most comfortable bed we had slept in in a long time. The hotel offers a very nice complimentary continental breakfast with a great spread of pastries, fruit and yogurt. There is also complimentary drinks served from 6:30-7:00 every night for guests. A wonderful hotel in a wonderful location.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel DeBrett
Address: 2 High Street | CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Auckland
#1 Luxury Hotel in Auckland
#2 Business Hotel in Auckland
#6 Family Hotel in Auckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel DeBrett 5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A vibrant boutique hotel experience in the heart of Auckland City's fashion and business precincts. Hotel DeBrett's iconic building features 25 individually designed rooms and suites, with luxurious beds and lavish bathrooms with divinely deep baths, granite floors and underfloor heating. Dine in award winning "DeBretts Kitchen" restaurant, unwind in the warm inviting spaces and enjoy personal service. ... more   less 
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