We have stayed at the Celestion Waldorf on and off over a period of 3 months so feel we are in a good position to judge the quality of this accommodation. Having stayed at other places in Auckland we feel this is definitely the best in its price bracket.
We have travelled quite a lot around New Zealand and believe Celestion Waldorf has just the right balance - combining excellent value for money, large well equipped apartments and friendly and helpful concierge.
We would like to draw particular attention to two members of staff - Ardeena and Davy who often went out of their way to help us. Ardeena was particularly helpful regarding a DVD I left in my room and arranged for it to be posted back to me, and was just generally very helpful, polite and friendly. It felt like nothing was too much trouble for her and she was always there to help, providing excellent customer service to us and the other customers.
The apartments themselves are a great size. We stayed in a one bedroom executive so benefitted from an extra room which acted as an office. The sofas are large and comfortable, creating a nice cosy living room area. There is a dining table and chairs, along with a full kitchen (although there is not a 'proper oven' as such, just an all in one microwave/grill/oven). The bathroom is a good size, with nice towels and other amenities. The bedroom itself although a little small is functional, with a huge bed and decent sized wardrobe and safe. We were lucky to have a large balcony, with a view through to the harbour. We would recommend that you ask for a room on a high floor if possible - and facing Anzac avenue, as this looks towards the harbour (although don't expect unrestricted views). There is guest laundry that costs $3 per token (so $6 per wash for the washer and dryer) on a separate level. The location of the apartments is ideal, as they are within 5 minutes walking distance from Queens street, and very close to the Britomart transport station. There is also a 24 hour Countdown supermarket just a 5 minute walk away.
If you are heading to the airport after your stay then be sure to ask reception about their discount taxi fare they offer - just $35 with Discount Taxis, which is at least half the price it should cost. Just ask at reception and they can book one for you at your required time - and they are reliable as we used them twice with no problems.
This was the first place we stayed when we arrived in Auckland and is always the place we return to when we find ourselves back in Auckland either for a few days or passing through for a flight. We would wholeheartedly recommend this to visitors to Auckland and will definitely be back should we return to Auckland in future!
- Also Known As:
- Waldorf Celestion Apartment Hotel Auckland, New Zealand
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Waldorf Celestion Hotel Apartments is perfectly positioned to take advantage of city living at its best. Nestled in a peaceful retreat yet only a few minute’s walk from Auckland’s waterfront & the hustle & bustle of the central city.Spacious one & two bedroom apartments over eighteen levels offer breathtaking views over Auckland city & out to the Hauraki Gulf. This 4.5-star stylish urban designed hotel apartment opened in May 2010 & provides luxurious accommodation from one night upwards with serviced & un-serviced options available.We are located near the corner of Anzac Ave & Beach Road, close to some of Auckland’s major commercial & entertainment areas. Situated on a strategic central Auckland site, Celestion Apartments Hotel is located just minutes from Auckland’s new 12,000 seat indoor Vector Arena stadium & 5 minute walk from Queen Street the heart of Auckland’s CBD. Just around the corner from Celestion is the 24 hour Countdown Supermarket. Just to the west of this is the new Britomart precinct & Auckland’s Transport Centre. Celestion has great secure parking facilities to offer guest with Wilson’s, Arena & Britomart car parks nearby. The choice is the guests’. The Hotel's central location and its proximity to most of Auckland's attractions and business activities make it suitable for those looking for short term or extended stays. ... more less
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