Let's start with the breakfast which seems to have irritated many. There appears to be a cultural rift. For Europeans the term bed and breakfast implies both cold choices AND the choice of a cooked option. This does not hold sway at the DeBrett which only includes a continental choice in its tariff. This is reasonable with an excellent homemade Bircher muesli, yoghurt, fresh fruit, a dried fruit compote together with toast, croissants, muffins and Danish pastries. There is no choice of ham or cheese. The cooked breakfast comes at an extra price. I would suggest upping the b&b price and include the cooked option to deflect disappointment and/or irritation or disappointment.
With that stated and returning to the hotel, it was excellent. Central, clean and with an excellent staff it had its eclectic points with Art Deco features and other quirks. Entering the hotel there is a series of lights with old lampshades. Drinks at 6.30pm are held in the drawing room which is restricted to hotel guests only. It provides an opportunity to meet the other guests. This room also provides an oasis of calm throughout the day and has an honour bar system.
Bathroom was more than adequate with separate walk-in shower, large bath and twin sinks. Bed was extremely comfortable. Despite the central location it was very quiet.
- 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