We spent 3 nights in Rydges and had the best room possible. we were very fortunate because only a very few had both the view of the Waitamata Harbor AND Sky Tower for the New Year's fireworks. We really lucked out here. Bathroom was clean, had a shower and tub and plenty of dressing room. Enough towels for the 2 of us. Terrence was our concierge and he was a wealth of knowledge about Auckland and New Zealand on the whole. He showed us around our room and shared the views of Auckland while explaining about it. That was quite nice of him. Great Scottish man, ex teacher who moved to NZ years ago. Ask for him.. great guy. We were given a code for internet that we could use throughout our stay but we would have to keep logging on. No problem there.. it was free and you'll find that's a rarity with large hotel chains. Service in STK for New Year's Eve dinner started out very nicely but they fouled up the order, ended up giving us a free appetizer but as the night wore on, they got EXTREMELY busy and it took a long while for us to get a bill. They just seemed overwhelmed as if there wasn't enough staff that night. We were in no hurry so it wasn't a problem but we actually had to get up to get their attention. The food was outstanding and the wine pairing was near perfect. Both the lamb and the steak was spectacular and the saffron shrimp risotto with scallop was to die for!!! You can watch the sky walkers and jumpers all day long if you like ( from this room) and yes you can see the apts. next door but just close the sheers and no problem. It's a city so you get people around you. It didn't take away from our experience at all. We just waved at them and smiled. Heck, they don't want us looking in at them either and they live there. Some nearby restaurants that we suggest highly are My Mother's Cafe for great breakfast or lunch. Lovely Chinese woman, very friendly and makes great tasting food with perfect portion size, very good prices and is very entertaining. Also the Mexican Cafe is a second floor restaurant with very good food, generous portions and wonderful drinks. Both are on Victoria St about 2 blocks from the hotel.
Be advised to double check your bill when checking out. We were charged for a movie we didn't watch but we didn't fight it. Probably should have but we thought maybe we hit a button by accident. After thinking about it, we realized it would have double asked us if we wanted to purchase it... oh well.. it was only $20 NZD. We did use their valet parking but you can probably check into local car parks as well. The elevators are great in this hotel except for the one to the far right which is also for staff. that one is a bit jumpy and if you're bothered by movement then avoid this one. Just use the other two. My husband is a little motion sensitive and we learned this the hard way. Oh... Sky Tower seems to change color each night. At least it did while we were there. It's a nice change. We had a phenomenal.. read PHENOMENAL view of the fireworks and couldn't back up enough to take pictures. ITS THAT CLOSE. only one block away but people let me tell you that if you want to see fireworks up close> this is the room. It is higher than the rooftop lounge by 3 floors and has way nicer views. Having said that, if you don't have a corner room at the top of this hotel, go to the rooftop venue for new year's eve. We just didn't have to that's all. We really liked this hotel and everyone in it. Highly recommend it. I hope the pictures help some.
We were far from the elevators so the room was fairly remote. The two elevators on the left side of...
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Wow, it certainly sounds like you had a fantastic stay with us at Rydges Auckland over New Years Eve! I loved reading your review and how happy you were with your room and other services in the hotel. Yes we did get quite busy in the restaurant that evening which slowed us down a bit, I apologise for that, but I am so happy you loved all the food and wine pairing, our restaurant staff sure know how to put a meal together.
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I will most definitely pass on your wonderful words to all the staff, they will be pleased they made such a great impact on your stay.
We all look forward to welcoming you both back to Rdyges Auckland again very soon.
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