The Sebel was full and so for another business trip, I get to stay in another business class league hotel, without hurting even a cent of my wallet.
The Copthorne Harbour City is actually just 5 minutes walking distance from The Sebel and this time, I had the view of the harbour, courtesy of a room on the 9th floor.
The building is older than The Sebel...as it looked a tad jaded. The flat rectangular facade and the tired room design looked 70s and certainly didn't have a spanking new glean to it. There is a small gym and sauna rooms on the 3rd floor and a restaurant on the 1st but aside from that, there are few facilities. Folks expecting a pool....be disappointed. I supposed the Harbour is just across the street then.
Aside from the bed sheet cover smelling a tad "chemical", maybe from overdose of detergents, the room was clean, the bed comfortable and all the amenities required for a good night sleep were there and so hey, I'm living up, what's to complain really?
Unique Quality: The Hotel is popular with the Asian crowd...noticed there were many Korean and Chinese guests.
Down on the harbour front is the Copthorne Hotel. Prime location for the harbour views as well as city shopping and restaurants. All of their appointed rooms offer a north facing panoramic harbour view and all rooms have tea & coffee making facilities, minibar, iron and ironing board, sky TV, hair dryer and direct dial telephones. There is a guest laundry and dry cleaning and safety deposit boxes available at reception.
Their restaurant is called Tactics Brasserie and there is also a bar
Unique Quality: Great views of the Harbour and close to the Viaduct Basin where you will find all the Pubs, cafes and restaurants and right downtown near to the ferry building where you can catch the ferry to the other islands.
Directions: Viaduct area
We chose to stay here (freebie thanks to a Rewards Program) because of the location.
Boy oh boy ...what a mistake that was.
This hotel looked like it was going to perfect for us and on arrival we were most impressed.
Located right on the waterfront, a short walk to the city and across the road from all the cafes, bars,restaurants of Princes Wharf area.
The room was great ... large picture window, sunny, spacious, clean and smart. Comfy kingsize bed, crispy clean bedding etc.
It all started to unravel as the night kicked in though. The soundproofing was non existent and , as the hotel is located in the party area, sleeping was impossible between the hours of 10pm - 5 am.
This is unacceptable really.
Unique Quality: Great buffet breakfast was included in the deal but parking was $15 a night.
Directions: Party district, noisy traffic, loud drunks and noisy buses and taxis hitting the horn all through the night.
90 Federal St, P.O. Box 90643, Auckland
Mayoral Dr & Vincent St (formerly Carlton Hotel Auckland), Auckland
147 Quay St, Princes Wharf, Auckland
83 Symonds Street, (formerly Sheraton Auckland), Auckland
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Address: 196-200 Quay Street, PO Box 459, Auckland, North Island, 1000, New Zealand