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“Beware Room 1.8”
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Hotel DeBrett
Ranked #1 of 67 Hotels in Auckland Central
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 February 2012

I've stayed at the DeBrett before, and really like it for both location, rooms and service....BUT this time I was put in the room they should close down permanently!! It's a superior room, so costs a third more than regular rooms.

The problem is it has no natural light or outside windows - it faces onto the interior atrium where the bar and restaurant are - and you have to keep the curtains closed all the time, as with a light on inside (which is sort of important in order to see), anyone sitting in the restaurant or bar can see straight into the room.

It really spoiled the stay for me, having to keep the curtains closed and not being able to open a window - and the fact that they charge a premium for the room and didn't give any sort of warning made the whole thing seem worse - even backpacking in the Greek islands years ago they had the decency to say the room had no outside window, so surely in this day and age it must be a legal obligation??

So, it's still a great hotel, but make sure they don't try and give you this room!!

Room Tip: Keep to room numbers below ".5" on each floor
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank David W
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Reviewed 14 February 2012

Great Stay. This lovely hotel has well appointed rooms with nice decorative accents. The staff were all very good and helpful. Definitely recommended.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

a very enjoyable to stay here, enjoying the design and comfort of the hotel and rooms
great location and excellent food !!

We stayed here on arrival in Auckland for our holiday across north island and again a few nights before our departure from auckland

the beds were a bit too soft for my liking... but it is personal

Room Tip: we had a room with windows towards the inside covered area used for drinks etc, so no noise issues...
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

For a little slice of New York chic with a twist of Kiwi stay here. This was about my 40th hotel room in 9 months, admittedly i was in here by chioce, but it was one of the best, Fantastic reception staff who helped in ever way and a great room with mucho comfy bed. The breakfast the next day which is included was fantastic with a great variety of fresh fruit, cerals, bread and real coffee, not percolated stuff but reall Coffee!! Also treated ourselves to dinner in the dining room truly amazing food. The location can't be faulted, and while the bars around the hotel can be noisy the rooms are double glazed so are very quiet and good aircon means they don't get stuffy. Whether its work or vaccation. Stay here!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

Excellent hotel in every respect. Great staff and a personal touch from the owners. Location couldn't be better!

  • Stayed: January 2012
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1  Thank Happydoingthis
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

Arriving jet-lagged and irritable after an over-night flight from Hong Kong, my first impression was that somebody had been over-generous in their liberal use of the palette when selecting a colour scheme for the hotel. It was a few hours later when I realised that the carpet matched my socks and the penny dropped that if not the handiwork of Paul Smith it was clearly inspired by him.

Similarly, it took a couple of nights really to appreciate fully the design of our room. Although it first appeared a little small, this was because a sliding door enabled one to divide the room into sleeping and living elements. In truth, there was ample room. The large bathroom similarly makes excellent use of the available space. This hotel was in a recent incarnation a backpackers' hostel and I suspect this bathroom could well have been then a very compact bedroom itself. It had both tub and shower and his'n'hers basins and tiles of a disorientating pattern, like Bridget Riley on speed.

There are some very endearing features to the B and B package here. The owner hosts a pre-dinner gathering where excellent local wines are poured, a large library of guidebooks and maps can be borrowed from the Drawing Room and there is a very good restaurant (Kitchen) in the same building so only a 20 second stagger from one's room. This is also where breakfast is served - a good selection of muesli, fruit, juice and pastries.

The hotel is centrally located - according to the Frommers guide in a slightly 'edgy' district but whoever wrote this has clearly never seen Leeds City Centre on a Saturday night - and within easy walking distance of the harbour and various parks. Staff are young and very personable; what they lack in terms of training and experience is more than compensated by their enthusiasm.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank LaDolceVita27
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

This is a very impressive hotel. Great style throughout with very comfortable rooms, fantastic service and excellent food.
My wife and I stayed there for 2 nights having arrived from the UK, jet lagged and weary. The staff could not have been more helpful and welcoming. The rooms were spacious (living area plus bedroom) with one of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in and fantastic linen, really high quality.
Dinner in the restaurant was very good, as was breakfast.
The location is ideal if you want to be in the centre of the city.
All in all, a great hotel and highly recommended.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Travellersgb
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Address: 2 High Street | CBD, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > Auckland Central
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 Luxury Hotel in Auckland Central
#1 Romantic Hotel in Auckland Central
#2 Business Hotel in Auckland Central
#6 Family Hotel in Auckland Central
Price Range: £148 - £400 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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