Thought I would give this place a try after all the excellent reviews and booked an O'Connell suite.
I arrived late in the evening on a Friday and the surrounding streets are filled with young people hitting the bars and clubs on Queen St. Was warmly welcomed (I recommend the hotel car pick up too in a lovely 7 series BMW) and shown to the room across a maze of corridors and through any number of doors. On entry to the lobby you are met with warm wood and rich colours.
The room is a contrast to this with stark white and very bright colours, especially the carpet. The room to me did not ooze luxury and it felt very narrow and cramped. To me it also felt a bit like a child's playground. Downstairs is a sitting area with small dining table, TV and DVD player. The other thing that is odd is that the window on this room is faced with a concrete wall!
There is also a toilet on the ground floor. I did not discover this until late in the second day as I thought it was a door if you had adjoining rooms!!
I think they have tried too hard to be "boutique" and thrown as many decorative items in as possible. Sometimes less is more!
Upstairs the bedroom (queen bed) is pretty tight, again, the space felt cramped. Again, vibrant colours. The bathroom is a highlight with great tiling. I also suspect the toiletries are not replaced for each guest and are topped up. This seems to be a trend of hotels at the moment.
Continental breakfast is included in the rate and hot food is available at very reasonable prices. The breakfast area is light and area with a friendly attentive team.
I elected to order room service which comes from the hotel restaurant (Kitchen). Again it is all reasonably priced. Also ordered some wine and they were happy to deliver this before the meal as there would be a bit of a wait - very much appreciated. When the food arrived it was worth it. Sensational presentation and the taste was wonderful. It was a little tepid but that was its only fault.
I had a late evening flight and asked about a late checkout. Until 12:00 pm would be complimentary or until 2:00 pm would be half a day's rate. I elected the latter and was pleased to be able to do this as some reviews had indicated they had issue with this.
Over all it was a good stay but I would probably not go back. It is very well located and the double glazing on the windows keeps the noise at bay.
- 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:
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