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New Zealand is on many travelers' destination wishlists, and Auckland, its third largest city is an attractive draw for tourists. It’s really no wonder, consistently voted one of the world's most livable cities, Auckland is a vibrant and energetic place with a stunning natural backdrop. World class restaurants, top shopping brands, and an exciting nightlife scene are all yours to discover. You’re also never more than 30 minutes away from beautiful beaches, dramatic landscapes and all the adventure sports you can handle. Check out our picks for the best hotels in Auckland.
Best Overall: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Auckland is known as the city of sails and at the Sofitel Viaduct Harbour, you’ll be able to enjoy panoramic views across the Waitemata harbor. All rooms and suites here have Juliet balconies, which further highlight the fabulous waterfront setting. Floor-to-ceiling windows make these rooms light and airy. Expect to find Bose sound systems, espresso machines, and oversize bathrooms. Supper can be enjoyed at Lava dining, which injects French flair into locally sourced ingredients, like the wild venison tartare.
Best Budget: Botany Motor Inn
The compromise for this value motel is that it is out of town about 20 kilometers from Auckland’s Central Business District (CBD.) However, it is close to the restaurants, shops and bars of the suburb of Botany. Rooms here are very simple, yet still come with a separate lounge, corner baths in the bathrooms and high-speed wireless Internet. Take a dip in the motel’s pool or relax around the deck. For supper, head just three minutes into the town center and check out Raja’s Indian restaurant where vegetarians, in particular, will be well catered to.
Best Boutique: Hotel DeBrett
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Auckland, Hotel DeBrett is a luxury boutique residence that features bespoke carpeting that is custom made from 100 percent New Zealand wool.
Typical inclusions like free breakfast, a welcome drink and Wi-Fi will make you feel right at home, but you can also expect to find velvet bathrobes, LCD TVs and a pillow menu. Be sure to check out the House bar on the first floor, which has been lovingly recreated respecting the buildings Art Deco origins. Then head to DeBrett’s Kitchen, where the whiskey and brown sugar cured kingfish is sure to delight.
Best for Families: AVANI Metropolis Auckland Residences
This century-old courthouse has been reimagined as a hotel featuring one- and two-bedroom suites that are perfect for families. In fact, Avani takes catering to its smallest guests very seriously and provides kids with a slew of services, including providing cribs, children's size cutlery and crockery, as well as free kids' movies. Once the kids are busy being entertained, borrow a yoga mat and guided workout from Reception and practice your Asanas.
Located in the center of town next to Albert park each room has city or harbor views. Parents will appreciate the suite’s full-size kitchen and laundry facilities that make caring for little ones just a little bit easier. If you feel like the night off from cooking, book a table at Depot Eatery, the hotel's restaurant and Oyster bar.
Best Romance: SKYCITY Grand Hotel
The five-star Skycity Grand hotel is a sexy, upscale hotel that knows how to help couples relax and recharge. Take your sweetheart for a dip in the 25-meter indoor swimming pool or visit East Day Spa located in the hotel, named New Zealand’s Best Hotel Spa’ two years in a row. Choose from a variety of treatment options, including detoxifying full body wraps, massages and cleansing baths. Rooms here feature plush comfortable bedding, individual featured artwork, 50-inch plasma TVs, free Wi-Fi and rain head showers. Reserve a table for two at Orbit 360 dining room, which is located at the top of the SkyCity tower. Here, you'll be treated to amazing skyline views and New Zealand lamb. To finish off a night of romance, try your luck at the casino before enjoying a nightcap at Aces bar.
Best Luxury: Heritage Collection Waitakere Estate
You’ve never seen anything like this one of a kind hotel before. Auckland’s city rainforest retreat is an expansive family owned and operated estate. The grounds feature stunning waterfalls, forest hikes and a 20-meter swimming pool where you can relax and enjoy a cocktail in a breathtaking setting. The Kauri lounge is decorated in blush tones and a mezzanine can be reached by way of a gold spiral staircase.
Deluxe rooms and garden apartments are furnished in contemporary designs and come with mini fridges, LCD TVs, as well as underfloor heating in the bathrooms and rain showers. The dining room here overlooks the rainforest and serves award-winning cuisine. For a truly unique luxury experience, book the Heli-dining option where you can enjoy a helicopter ride, champagne toast and a three-course meal and transfer by luxury limousine.
Best Nightlife/Best for Singles: VR Queen Street
Modern, sleek rooms await you at the VR located right on trendy Queen-street, the major thoroughfare in the CBD. Compact queen rooms are specially designed for single travelers and come complete with kitchenettes and contemporary furnishings. Start the night at Latitude 36 restaurant and bar before hitting many of the local bars or nightclubs in the area, like nearby Club Kong. Start the next day on the right foot by enjoying the included buffet breakfast before walking to the Sky Tower or harbor which are just a few minutes away as are many cafes, shops and tourist attractions.
Best Business: The Sebel Quay West Auckland
Corporate travelers will find the central business district location of The Sebel Quay to be particularly convenient. The 50 apartment-style rooms give you the extra space to separate business and leisure. Featuring full kitchens, dining areas, and living spaces, and balconies with harbor views. Nearby Queen street will provide you with plenty of shopping options and along the harborside, you can enjoy a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars.
You can choose to catch up with the office at the self-service business center or take the night off and relax in the heated indoor pool, which has kitsch murals of Roman baths complete with columns and a hot tub.
Best B&B: Eden Park Bed & Breakfast
Close to its namesake Eden Park, this B&B offers four rooms and all with unique furnishings, including fireplaces or antique furniture. Expect to find Egyptian cotton sheets, fluffy bathrobes and LCD flat-screen TVs. Special touches include fresh cut flowers and heated bathroom mirrors (so you never have to wait for the steam to clear to see your reflection). Breakfast each morning is a classy affair with linens, china and silver cutlery and consists of a surprise hot dish, as well as fruits, yogurt, juices and coffee. The guest lounge has a Wi-Fi hotspot for your convenience. You’ll find lots of restaurants, cafes and bars easily within walking distance.