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Hotel DeBrett
Ranked #1 of 67 Hotels in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
331 reviews
129 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
“Quirky Features”
Reviewed 13 February 2014 via mobile

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.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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PLEASANTON
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

The interior decor design is absolutely wonderful. The colors, shapes and placement of furnishings gives this hotel a special appeal. Great early evening cocktails in the drawing room. Excellent restaurant. Location is wonderful, right in the heart of downtown and just a short walk to the harbor. Another popular spot for restaurants and people watching, Vulcan Lane is less than 100 meters away. Loved our 3 night stay. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reeuwijk, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

We paid a lot of money for a very small room and bathroom. The furniture needs a renovation. The breakfast is very, very poor. If you want something on your bread, you have to pay again a lot of money. We are very disappointed.

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St Ives, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

Great location in the centre of Auckland but not in a noisy street.
I loved the art deco features which had been retained in some of the public areas, and the 1950s G plan pieces of furniture were wonderful.
Our room was split level, with a living room and cloakroom on the lower level and a spiral staircase led up to a big bedroom, with a luxurious bathroom . The only problem with this arrangement was that the wardrobe, clothes storage was located on the lower level, when really you want them close to the sleeping area.
The bathroom had no where to hang towels which was a design oversight, a bamboo frame leant against the wall by the bath but was too insecure to hang heavy towels. A very interesting wall light box in the toilet!
Staff were brilliant, really friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. A nice touch was the welcome drink in the library with the manager and other guests before dinner.
Breakfast in the restaurant was a lmited cold buffet which was fine. Hot options were avaialbe at extra cost.
I would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2014

Booked DeBrett because it was top of TA. And we weren't let down. Great location. No views, but then it is very well situated. Stay at the Sofitel at double the rate if you need to look over the harbour. Top rate service, thoughtful and attentive without being obsequious. Yes, breakfast is on the limited side, as mentioned by other travellers. The only negative was an element of lift noise in our room 2.2 but not intrusive enough to warrant a request to move. Arrived, having flown two 11 hour flights back to back from the UK so the bed could have been awful and we wouldn't have noticed. But day two proved it wasn't. Welcome drink with the proprietor was a nice touch each evening.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

I cannot fault our stay at Hotel DeBrett. We had pretty high expectations, having been recommended by friends, as a place to stay to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Everything about our stay was perfect – understated, efficient, friendly service, immaculately tidy rooms, incredible room service (bed fold back pleasantly surprised us). The décor is beautiful, rooms were incredibly comfortable as well as perfectly peaceful. I recommend to all and would LOVE to visit again in the future. We had an absolutely wonderful stay.

Room Tip: Room overlooking High St was wonderfully quiet
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Villahermosa, Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2014

This was our first stop on our honeymoon in NZ. The hotel is simply the best in town. The decor is fantastic , the rooms just divine. The restaurant OMG can't forget all the food also the bar is amazing. 100% guaranteed!!!!

Stayed October 2013, 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 Luxury Hotel in Auckland
#1 Romantic 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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