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Econo Lodge City Central
Ranked #50 of 67 Hotels in Auckland Central
Reviewed 9 April 2013

Stayed for business and I wouldnt go back! ever!
I have stayed in the ibis styles and that was nicer.
Staff aint very friendly upon check in or check out.. Cheap and basic, lifts are a bit shonkey , And the rooms are tiny. You have no room to open a small suitcase! I stayed 2 nights and it was tiny!
No Mini fridge, no nothing. Wouldn't ever stay there again and wouldnt recommend it.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

I booked this hotel for 3 nights in end March and came out very impressed. The best part is the location. Just 50 meters from Sky City. All eateries and shops were walking distance. We had booked a corporate room which had more than adequate space, big bathroom, fridge, writing desk, 2 sofa chairs and an ironing table.. Check-in and check-out was in a matter of seconds. They have a special deal with a taxi company for the airport drop which is approx 70% cheaper than the regular fare. Would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: The corporate room is as good as a high end hotel and they face the street.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mohit1970
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Reviewed 5 April 2013

This hotel was booked for me by our companies travel agent as my preferred options were not available.
The room rate for it's location is very fair but would only recommend it if you were only intending to use the room to sleep!
There was no room to sit back and relax. One very small room. No comfy chair to sit on (no room for one). A small TV on the wall had no sky sports coverage.
It was clean enough but certainly did not have a "welcoming feel".

Room Tip: Not sure if there are better rooms!
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Buller48
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

Stayed at this hotel for four nights in March 2013. It is central in Auckland city and is one of the lowest priced true hotels in town when booked online, however the reason for that is obviously the tiny rooms and basic fit-out. If other hotels would split their rooms in three or four they could probably ask similar lower prices.

Overall a good experience for the price paid in central Auckland. Due to the size of the rooms there is not enough floor space to put down a normal sized suitcase and open it, so you have to swing it onto the bed every time you need something, which is a bit of a nuisance.

However the hotel is in good shape and appears well maintained, the room was clean and tidy. Bathroom was clean but the taps are old-fashioned ones, where there's a separate hot and cold tap over the (small) sink. The shower head is fixed to the wall in old-fashioned Kiwi style, at a level below my shoulder height; I'm just above average height. I guess people were shorter in the era when it was built. Yet it appears all well maintained.

One downside is that there is no aircon, New Zealanders do not seem to mind humidity which is a "feature" of the local climate. Many cheaper hotels as well as most houses and apartments have no aircon for some reason. You may not need the aircon to cool, but to de-humidify. I live in Chiang Mai (Thailand) where it was 35-37 degrees every day when I left last week, but the air is dry. In humid Auckland it was 22 degrees and I sweated more than in Chiang Mai, including in the hotel. Go figure.

The bed was very soft which I don't like, but I live in Asia so am used to firm beds. There's a small desk fan and a small heater in the cupboard, an iron and ironing board (behind the bathroom door). Coffee and tea-making facilities also provided, as is an alarm clock.

See the photos for further detail.

The door lock is old fashioned with a standard key which is a bit of a no-no for me. Time to replace these locks with a card-key system like everyone else has (including the cheaper Ibis Styles).

There is a laundry on the 3rd floor (consisting of two top-loading washing machines and two dryers), it costs $10 per wash which you can buy from reception (one token for washer, one for dryer, and a small bag of laundry powder). Just put the laundry in, and set your phone alarm for 45 minutes (approx. length of washing cycle) and similar for the dryer depending on volume of clothes you're drying.

The hotel offers breakfast but there's many coffee places, restaurants and stores in the downtown area so there's not much point paying the inflated price - just walk the downtown area until you find a breakfast place to your liking.

To summarize here my list of pros and cons for this place:

Pros:
- Room clean and tidy throughout; tidy hotel
- Central location
- Opening windows for ventilation
- Complete room with small working desk, cupboard to hang clothes, fan, heater, hairdryer, alarm clock, iron and ironing board (on back of bathroom door), phone, tea & coffee making equipment, small wall-mounted LCD TV.

Cons:
- Tiny room (need to put suitcase on bed to open)
- Very soft bed
- No aircon so the air can get humid particularly on rainy days
- Ancient style taps in bathroom sink (separate hot and cold water)
- Wall-mounted shower head made for lilliputs (below my shoulder height)
- No fridge (so you can't keep any food/drinks that requires cold storage)
- Very basic door locks (they should get modernized; card-locks would be good).

As I normally use a 2degrees wireless broadband stick when in NZ (look at 2degreesmobile dot co dot nz for info) I did not use any internet facilities at the hotel. However when switching on the wifi on my phone I noticed a few commercial wifi services with good signal strength, which presumably will be available to guests - but likely you will have to buy some kind of access package online, which in many cases is expensive compared to 2degrees.

As the hotel is in Auckland CBD there are numerous restaurants of all kinds and pricing levels, as well as pubs in the close vicinity (walking distance; there are restaurants starting virtually next door all the way down the street). Convenience stores are also nearby and a liquor store is opposite.

The Sky Tower and Skycity casino complex are walking distance (between 5 - 10 minutes), the waterfront/Viaduct precinct where many more restaurants can be found is a bit further but can also be walked (estimate around 15 minutes). Queen Street (the main road through downtown Auckland) is 5 minutes walk - that's also where the fastfood restaurants are (McDonalds, Wendy's, Burger King, Subway, Nando's and others).

Overall a good experience for the money paid. I normally stay at Ibis Styles (formerly All Seasons and before that Formule1) when in Auckland, however that has been shut down for renovations, so I chose the City Central Hotel this time. I may be back at City Central in future, depending on how Ibis Styles pans out after their renovation completes (what their rooms look like and cost; one advantage of Ibis Styles was that it had a small kitchen in each room, however not sure if this will survive their current extensive renovation).

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the street (less noise).
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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Thank sergio2008
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Reviewed 17 March 2013 via mobile

I booked this hotel last minute due to a work trip where the original accommodation didn't work out. There were very few choices by that time, so it was either $450 a night or a backpackers - or here. The location was perfect for central city working at unsociable hours, being very close to shops, Sky City and eateries.
The positives: friendly staff, cost (dble standard room for $77 a night) efficient housekeeping, cheap brekkie, and as said, the location.
The negatives: you get what you pay for. Tiny room (apparently refurbished, wouldn't like to have seen it before), no fridge - not good for a long stay - and noise. I accept outside noise in the middle of the city (double glazed would be awesome but not expected for that price) but the worst was the noise from other guests. 3 nights in a row a drunk (I hope!) tried to get into my room in the middle of the night, sometimes trying next door too. Other nights I was woken by people talking in the corridor, having nice 3am chats, or talking on their mobiles. The door might as well not be there for the sound protection it gives.
Overall, I wouldn't stay again, unless it was for one night and I was only going to sleep in it and shower - especially if I was paying for it myself. But it does a job. The larger rooms must surely be much better - spend a bit more to avoid agoraphobia!

  • Stayed: March 2013
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1  Thank Helenoma
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

We booked a double room through wotif.com at the City Central Hotel in central Dunedin. The price was $139.00 which is a little higher than what we had paid at the Grand Chancellor and two other really nice hotels as we were on business in Auckland for 3 weeks so had to move around a bit due to availability of reasonably priced rooms. The room was so tiny it barely fit the bed, the decor and fittings were old and tired, there was no aircon and only two small opening windows high up so you had to stand on the bed to access them. Trouble was if you did that to get some air you had to put up with the loud traffic and drunks that were there all night long. The noise was constant and loud all night even with the windows shut. The bathroom was tiny, the shower curtain didn't stop the whole room flooding when the shower was turned on. If you want to go outside along the old stained carpet halls you have to hand in your key to the reception and collect it on your return which made us feel as if we couldn't be trusted with it, not a biggie but a bit weird. After a hot, noisy, sleepless night we checked out and paid $9 to reception for our overnight parking. As it was 10am when we checked out it was just a few minutes after this when we put our validated parking ticket in the machine to discover we had to pay another $20, so in all paid $29 for the car and $139 for ourselves. Overall incredibly poor value, would not return and would strongly advise others not to either.

Room Tip: If you are forced to stay at this third rate place ensure you don't stay in a double room if the...
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Mandy H
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Reviewed 16 January 2013

Stayed here just before Christmas for one night in the Balcony King Room. The room had everything you needed - air conditioning (forgot how humid Auckland is..) a fridge to keep drinks cool, an AMAZING shower (higher the pressure the better), and a balcony over looking Albert Street and SkyCity.

Location wise, can't be faulted. Within 5-10 minutes walk of everything you'd want to see in Auckland.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Todd_82
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Address: 37 Wellesley Street | Corner Wellesley & Albert Streets, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand (Formerly City Central Hotel)
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > Auckland Central
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Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #50 of 67 Hotels in Auckland Central
Price Range: £51 - £99 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Econo Lodge City Central 3*
Number of rooms: 105
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