We were lucky to stay at Hotel DeBrett as guests of a wedding held at the hotel. It was the perfect venue as the couple only wanted a small space for immdediate family at the ceremony and dinner, followed by a larger cocktail party for friends and extended family.
The hotel is very central, but once inside you don't feel like you are in the centre of the city as the hotel is a different world altogether. There are beautiful design touches everywhere, and the rooms are very stylish with a huge bathroom and rainhead shower with separate bath. Bed was very comfortable.
We enjoyed a wonderful degustation menu - food and wine were delicious and the service was superb. Special mention must be made of the restaurant manager who was excellent, especially for keeping us on time for the night's proceedings.
After dinner around 80 guests enjoyed a cocktail party and DJ. Hopefully all the rooms overlooking the central function/restaurant area were for wedding guests as our music was suitably loud, but the rooms are not totaly sound-proof. I imagine there would be no problems on a normal night, but may be worth checking if there is an event on if you get a courtyard room.
Continental Breakfast next morning was included and fairly basic although much more than just toast and cereal. Cooked breakfast was available for additional charge.
Only negatives were minor: I asked twice for an iron/ironing board to press a shirt before the wedding and they didn't arrive. Somewhat stressful when you are getting ready for a wedding. Also, there is no milk for tea/coffee. I appreciate you can ring down for some fresh milk, but sometimes you can't be bothered waiting (and I couldn't be certain we'd even get some). Also there is very limited drop off area for valet car parking as the entrance is literally on the High street footpath, but we were lucky to get a temporary park after 3 circuits of the hotel. That said, the valet parked and retrieved our park very quickly.
My wife and I agreed we'd love to stay again so we could have more time to enjoy the hotel and downtown Auckland.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A vibrant boutique hotel experience in the heart of Auckland City's fashion and business precincts. Hotel DeBrett’s iconic building features 25 individually designed rooms and suites, with luxurious beds and lavish bathrooms with divinely deep baths, granite floors and underfloor heating. Dine in award winning “Kitchen” restaurant, unwind in the warm inviting spaces and enjoy personal service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Debrett Hotel Auckland
- Hotel DeBrett Auckland, New Zealand