I've stayed in Auckland many times for business, including at the SkyCity Hotel and this most recent stay has been the best yet.
Since I'm there mostly there on business, internet connectivity, quiet and meals after hours are most important to me - all of which where great. And I love the location. Close enough to Queen St and other conveniences if I need to go buy something, but quiet inside the room so I can get a goon night's sleep.
Booking online was easy.
Valet drop-off is often crowded by buses but just find a space, park, lock and drop your keys off at concierge. Valet pick-up is prompt. I must have called them at least 6 times in the two days I was there and my vehicle was always ready and the valet attendants were super helpful, loading and unloading my luggage, asking if I needed directions, etc. (all the staff at Concierge were great).
I booked in Wed-Thu and was pleasantly surprised to find I'd received an upgrade. Because of its central location and the casino on premises, SkyCity is often booked out during weekends and holidays so it definitely makes a difference visiting mid-week if you can (I got my reservation the day before I was due to arrive).
Check-in and check-out was the quickest I'd ever had. I just called ahead and the bill was ready at the counter when I left. When I arrived, I was about seven hours early but the very friendly woman offered some helpful suggestions for me to pass the time and called me on my cell when my room was ready (ahead of time).
My room was clean and well ordered (as per usual) and a wee note and chocolates welcoming me back as a guest, including the next day's weather forecast and the option of a takeaway breakfast in the morning.
Even when I overlapped the housekeeping staff, I was pleasantly surprised to meet a very polite and cheerful woman who seemed to enjoy her work.
Most of my meetings were held in Rebo, the lobby cafe. I definitely like the food. Some of the younger servers could do with a bit more experience to help tighten up food service time but overall I was happy with the food and friendliness there.
So yes, my stay at SkyCity was fantastic. It made my business trip run very smoothly. I would definitely recommend it to anyone else and look forward to staying there next time, too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located, SKYCITY Hotel facilities are top-class, rooms are spacious and the iconic Sky Tower is right on your doorstep. Choose to dine in style at one of 20 plus restaurants, café and bars and experience the thrill of the world-class Casino. Wi-Fi is complimentary. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- SKYCITY Hotel Auckland, New Zealand