The 6 Best Hotels in Auckland

Posted: 12/19/23 | December 19th, 2023 Nicknamed “The City of Sails” for its waterfront location and seafaring history, Auckland boasts scenic seaside views and ample water activities. New Zealand’s largest city (though contrary to popular belief, it’s not the capital), Auckland is home to almost 35% of the country’s population. The largest airport is also located here, so if you plan on traveling around New Zealand, you’ll probably be starting your trip here. In addition to all the water attractions, there’s an incredible food scene and insightful museums, as well as vibrant neighborhoods with verdant parks, third-wave coffee spots, and very welcoming locals. To help you plan your visit, here’s my list of the best hotels in Auckland: 1. The Albion Built in 1873, the Albion is a lovely, warm spot in Central, the heart of everything in Auckland. This hotel began as a “pub hotel,” meaning you could booze away downstairs before retiring in adjoining rooms. Today, there’s still a nice tavern in the hotel, with a working fireplace and billiards table. While it’s not open for breakfast, the restaurant does serve tasty pub food in the evenings. Rooms here are simple, but decently sized for such a central location. All rooms have very comfortable beds and pillows, great shower pressure, TVs, in-room tea and coffee. It’s an excellent value for the area. Book here!  2. Carnmore Takapuna Located on Auckland’s North Shore, this area is famed for its beaches, yet it’s still only 20 minutes (by public transportation) from the center of town. The hotel has a minimalist beachy aesthetic as well as free parking, a sauna, an outdoor pool, and a gym. Rooms are spacious and filled with natural light thanks to the impressive floor-to-ceiling windows. Some rooms even have balconies and jacuzzi baths (though even the bathrooms in standard rooms are giant). All rooms have a flat-screen TV, desk, fridge, electric tea kettle, and free Wi-Fi. While there’s no breakfast available at the property, you’re just steps away from the main street with several quaint cafes. As an added bonus, the beach is only a five-minute walk away. Book here!  3. Ascotia Off Queen Located in Karangahape Road (also known as K-Road), this is a good area if you want a non-touristy neighborhood that’s relatively close to downtown. This property has a simple design with pleasant earth tones. The amply sized rooms have a lot of natural light and come with a flat screen TV, fridge, and a tea/coffee maker. There are two-bedroom apartments for families or those traveling in groups too. There’s a complimentary continental breakfast, or you can upgrade to a hot breakfast buffet. Overall, I think it’s an excellent value for the location. Book here!  4. Park Hyatt Auckland Located in Britomart (named for the first British ship to navigate the harbor), this sophisticated five-star hotel is one of the poshest properties in the entire city. Here you’ll find several pools (including an impressive heated outdoor infinity pool), a sauna, hot tub, steam room, and a 24-hour fitness center. There are multiple restaurants on site too, one of which serves an excellent breakfast. Park Hyatt boasts spacious guest rooms that have floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the harbor and some even have balconies. All of the rooms have marble bathrooms and are equipped with a plus-sized flat-screen TV, a desk, plush robes, and Le Labo bath products. If you want to stay close to the water (and you have the budget for luxury), stay here. Book here!  5. The Grand by SkyCity This five-star property offers a spa area with two swimming pools, a state-of-the-art gym, and a whopping 14 restaurants and bars! (Two of the restaurants offer breakfast buffets.) Rooms here are elegantly designed with wooden accenting, adding a nice natural touch. All rooms are quite sizable and have modernly designed bathrooms with rainfall showers (that have excellent pressure). In-room amenities include comfy bathrobes, smart TVs, Nespresso machines, and desks. But my favorite room perk might be the view out of the floor-to-ceiling windows (see if you can get a room with a view of the harbor). Book here!  6. Cordis Comfortable and stately, Cordis is a sleekly designed property that’s one of the most luxurious hotels on K-Road. There’s a spectacular heated rooftop pool, spa area with a sauna and steam room, and a fitness center. All rooms have tea/coffee makers, desks, large flat screen TVs, and a pillow menu. Even the standard rooms are big so you’ll have a lot of space. Plus, some have lovely views of the Auckland skyline (including the iconic Sky Tower). The marble bathrooms are large too and have plush bathrobes as well as luxury products. There are several in-house eateries, one of which serves a tasty breakfast buffet in the mornings. Book here! *** Auckland is the starting destination of most travelers’ New Zealand adventures. Given that it’s usually quite a long trip to get here

The 6 Best Hotels in Auckland