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The Esplanade Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Victoria Road, Devonport 744, New Zealand   |  
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“Loved this hotel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2008

We stayed here at the end of a ten day trip to the North Island (just got back last week) and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had been cycling and "off the beaten path" so while Devonport is admittedly quieter than Auckland, we liked having the opportunity to relax there or take the short and convenient ferry ride over to Auckland.

We loved the hotel - nice view, large room, and very friendly and accomodating staff. My husband and I often choose "boutique" hotels if your definition of boutique is small, non-corproate, non-chain, and unique. We find the friendly laid back attitude welcoming rather than "substandard" but if that is not what you are looking for you have to weigh that into your decision.

We also enjoyed the food in the hotel's restaurant and the outoddr patio for a happy hour cocktail. We would welcome the opportunity to return to the Esplanade any time!

  • Liked — Ambience
  • Disliked — Cost
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2006

My wife and I stayed at the Esplanade on the first leg of our recent trip to NZ. From the outside the Hotel looks very promising, lovely Victorian building, not unlike an old fashion English sea side hotel.

Our room was very average, no wardrobe to hang our cloths in and had a very tired look about it. The staff were very pleasant but did not seem very well trained. Perhaps we had been spoilt coming over in Asia. They seemed to employ a lot of students who were rather to laid back.

We were questioned one night when we arrived back at the Hotel for a night cap and had to prove we were resident by producing our room key. Bar staff again bored and uninterested.

The Esplanade calls its self a boutique hotel, this rings alarm bells with me, boutique seems to mean over-hyped. Sadly it does not live up to its reputation.

Another word of advice, Devonport is very pleasant during the day and early evening but dies a death after 8pm. All the local restaurants stop serving food after 8.30pm and this is in the hight of the summer season.

My advice, steer clear of Auckland (this is no Sydney)Wellington and Christchurch have far more to offer the traveller

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2006

My husband and I stayed at the Esplanade for the last few nights of our honeymoon and couldn't have been happier. The location is fabulous (as long as you realize it is in Devenport...not Auckland...but just a very short and often running ferry ride away), the ambience is impeccable, and the management couldn't have been more accomodating.

  • Stayed November 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Victoria Road, Devonport 744, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Devonport
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Devonport
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Hotel Class:4 star — The Esplanade Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Esplanade Hotel offers Auckland boutique hotel accommodation, right on the waterfront in Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand. Nestled in the heart of Devonport village, just across the harbour from the heart of Auckland City, The Esplanade Hotel dominates the Devonport foreshore and enjoys unrivalled harbour and city views. This boutique hotel was built in 1903, has been elegantly restored and has a character and charm all of its own.It is only a ten-minute ferry ride to downtown Auckland, without the hassle of the inner city. After a busy day sight-seeing or on business, The Esplanade Hotel is a haven to escape to at the end of the day…sit back and relax in the bar or restaurants and watch the Auckland city lights and harbour activity. The Esplanade Hotel has seventeen rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, including the luxurious Blake Suite and the two bedroom ... more   less 
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