I didn't love at. And at $300 plus per night, I want to love it. The public areas of the hotel are great, nicely designed, the carpeting is awesome. Where it really falls down is the rooms. We stayed in two different rooms, a standard room and a suite. Neither one had any windows that opened so the rooms tended to get a bit stuffy. Also, the suite only had interior windows, looking onto other parts of the hotel. Specifically, the bar was right outside the windows of the suite's living room. So you basically had a choice of whether the room felt like a fishbowl or a cave. We chose the cave and kept the curtains drawn the entire time. The bathrooms, however, were fantastic.
Also, the hotel is in a charming section of downtown Auckland with narrow streets and about as much character as Auckland can scrape together. The result is that the rooms in the hotel get very little sunlight. And in a city with a fantastic harbour and lots of natural beauty it is a bit of a shame to seem pretty claustrophobic.
In the end it kind of feels like a super premium priced hotel that doesn't really quite work.
One note on the service. On their web site they talk about a manager's get together in the evening with a complimentary cocktail. I noticed we were actually charged for it on our bill.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Debrett Hotel Auckland
- Hotel DeBrett Auckland, New Zealand