We stayed three nights and chose the Shakespeare for its central location. We'd been warned about the shortfalls e.g... no lifts, small rooms, infrequent cleaning (despite putting out the make up our room sign for two days) ... hello, we too experienced the 'nuisance' factors however - the landlord (ex Kaitaia boy) was lovely and we managed to scab a free drink each plus a special deal on the first night for the rest of the evening. The homebrew was ready on the Sunday but we missed it as that was the day we left.
We landed in the corner room top floor. My calves and heart had a great workout for three days. I also squeezed out of the B/R window and the views were spectacular. The room was clean, the signage good however hubby kept banging his head on the eves and he is shorter than me (most of the time)! It was disconcerting to know that the blocks around us (two windows) could see in if we left the curtains open. Bed was comfortable and good supply of refreshments.
The night-time noise was more than bearable however the early morning revelry (usually at 3.00 am and the roadside cleaning crews at 5am) made sleeping difficult. TV was appalling - please at least get free view, the kiddies programmes eventually got on our wicks!
We loved being centrally located but struggled with the cost and veracity of everything. Having left NZ for 2 years it was a shock! A pint and a half of stienlager cost $18. Still trying to get over it!
If you need an escape from the city centre, try Devonport. I dragged poor suffering hubby around North Head. Worth the ferry trip and the stop off at the Masonic Arms for a cider or two.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 1898 was the birth of the Shakespeare Hotel and ever since then it has been serving New Zealanders and travelers from around the globe with warm hospitality and wonderful flavours in food being New Zealand's first Brewpub, with our own crafted beer, handcrafted from one of New Zealand's award winning Brewers and a mix of local NZ beers. The Location of the Hotel is excellent bang in the middle of Auckland City so close to all transport with buses, ferrys etc within a few hundred meters. The accommodation consists of 10 rooms which are basic with an en-suite and the beds are comfortable. This is not your typical boring hotel. The Shakespeare oozes character and if you are afraid of walking up a few stairs then probably not the place to stay. Each room is different and the rooms on the top floor are more modern than the lower floor. The Terrace Restaurant offers a great mix of cuisine, live music out on the al fresco dining deck overlooking the city every Friday. We are not 5 star in terms of accommodation but we are definitely 5 stars in a good quality Kiwi experience...we look forward to having you as our guests.... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shakespeare Tavern And Hotel
- Shakespeare Tavern Hotel Auckland Central
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