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Econo Lodge City Central
Ranked #51 of 66 Hotels in Auckland Central
Reviewed 21 July 2014

I have stayed here several times at the start of a New Zealand trip. Easy to get to the hotel and the airport taxis know it. You can spend a LOT more and not get as worthwhile a place just to get over the travel shock.
Central enough, you stretch your legs nicely to get to the ferry building and see the harbour. Sky tower is just around the corner.
The rooms are clean and functional, worth splashing out for the better floors. It's a little bit dated, don't expect the Ritz. Or Sky Tower for that matter but if you did then you would not be booking here.
There are plenty of good car rentals around for the pick up the next day…


Steaks next door in the Steak House are great; just don't buy the Chilean wine as NZ is best!

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

The room was tiny, but clean. Bed was a bit average. Shower was terrible, the shower head was so low on the wall that I had to bend to get underneath it, and I'm not tall. The continental breakfast was much better than expected. The hotel is central and everything in the CBD is pretty much walking distance. If you are going to be spending a lot of time in your room, book somewhere else, bit if you are just going to be there for sleeping its more than adequate. There was a bit of street noise, but not enough to bother us.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

Unfortunately this hotel started off on a sour note for me. The Choice website has a best online rate guarantee, however they refused to honour the cheaper price offered by Agoda ($50 less for three nights). This may have been because the Agoda price was sans breakfast and the Choice was not. However there was no offer to give me the discounted rate with the same conditions and instead I was emailed a blanket denial of the clearly lower rate advertised elsewhere. It's not terrible surprising (it would have cost them $50 and a free night) but offering something and then refusing to deliver is simply not good business. The worse thing though was that this dishonesty tainted the stay from the onset. I nonetheless tried to tackle my time at the Econolodge positively and disregarded the corporate ring around.

Check in was quick and efficient, though the staff weren't particularly polite or welcoming. However, the next day, when we were seeking directions to the zoo, the man on reception couldn't have been kinder or more helpful. All subsequent staff I came into contact with were likewise friendly, talkative and kind.

The room we stayed in (a double) was clean but very basic, dated and dreary. For $63 a night, however, it was hardly the worst budget room I've ever stayed in. It had most of things you expect to find: a small tv with free to air channels, a reasonably comfortable bed, tea and coffee facilities and a very basic, dated and clinical bathroom. It was lacking free wi-fi, which is always an annoyance in today's internet reliant world. I dislike having to pay exorbitant prices for basis access ($10 per day) so I used the local Starbucks instead.

The location is without fault. Right in the centre of the CBD, just off Queens Street, with everything you could want or need just a quick walk away. This central spot made touring the highlights of Auckland a breeze.

Unfortunately this is also a bit of a negative. The walls and windows are paper thin. Anything happening outside reverberates as though occurring next door. And if you're unlucky enough to have night owl neighbours, as we did, prepare to be awoken at 3am by the sound of them doing anything and everything in their attached rooms.

Overall a very mixed bag. Definitely not great but not terrible either. If all you're after is very basic (just a notch above typical hostel style fare) then this place is for you. If not, seek alternate accommodation.

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

Location and convenience are two big factors for staying here; it's right next to Sky City and as low as $79 for a room. The lobby is decent and reception is friendly. The room feels like a hostel; the queen bed takes up nearly the entire room. Clean enough though. If you just need a place to crash its perfect.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

It depends what you want as to whether this hotel will suit you. The location is great next door to sky tower but the room was very noisy.The hotel is a great price but fairly basic. The room was very clean but very small. Some staff were helpful and some were not. On balance I would stay again.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Stayed in a spacious balcony room with a sofa.

This place is in a great location that's walking distance to the major shopping districts/streets in Auckland.

The bed was two single's pushed together which was a bit annoying - however manageable.

Parking is across the road at the Atrium carpark at Crowne Plaza which was convenient.

Didn't try their food or anything - there's plenty of restaurants/fast food for choice anyway.

For the price you pay you shouldn't expect the latest and greatest, the decor is a little dated but if you don't care for that stuff and just want a central place to stay that isn't a backpackers you should definitely give this place a go.

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Thank aaronactive
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

Perfect. In fact better. I was attending a conference; I could have afforded 5 star. But location, and to use my Flybuys, persuaded me. Well next time forget 5 star, if I am on my own, without wife, I will be back. Room: small (of course), but spotless. Restaurant for breakfast, perfect, cannot be faulted. Parking arrangement with Crowne Plaza, brilliant. But as usual, the staff are most important. They get 12 out of 10. Hey I have no connection to this place; but I scored top top staff, even the housekeeping guy in the lift at 8am, and then the Indian gentleman who doubled as an IT specialist on my laptop. Take a bow everyone and I will be recommending you big time. Thank you. Ed Franklin Harcourts Real Estate

Room Tip: Room was spotless but I can't get the dots to activate
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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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 #51 of 66 Hotels in Auckland Central
Price Range: £44 - £103 (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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