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Hotel DeBrett
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2 High Street | CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand   |  
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Free breakfast with your stay
Ranked #2 of 77 Hotels in Auckland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“What a special find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

We were booked at this hotel by our travel agent. This small ,very well appointed Hotel was a special treat. It is located near the cruiseship docks and central Auckland. The restaurant breakfast was excellent and is a destination for Auckland businessmen for lunch .....I was impressed by all of the waitstaff , but most notable was the detail and preservation of the original wood construction mixed with funky floor covering and bright Art Deco furnishings.....I met the very pleasant owner by chance and she is rightfully very proud of her establishment...would only stay at the De Brett when I return to Auckland.....boofus36. Michigan

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Poole, United Kingdom
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228 reviews 228 reviews
43 hotel reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

This is a small, very good hotel, well-located close to the waterfront in Auckland. The decor is very pleasant, and reflects the warm, vibrant nature of the place. We were greeted with a smile and the staff at all times were really welcoming, in a way that came over as totally sincere. A complimentary welcome drink allows time to meet and chat with the owner and other guests, and this was a lovely touch. Very comfortable bed too, and a good location close to the water.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

The rooms are wonderful with such unique, purchasable, decor. The location was good and the staff were so welcoming and friendly. They could not do enough. A must when staying in Auckland. Everything was suburb, right down to their toiletries.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

This was my second time staying at this hotel. It is centrally located, it's an old building which has been completely remodeled with imagination, warmth, great style, and attention to detail. 1970's Scandinavian furniture uphostered in warm autum color fabrics dominates the public area. We stayed here for three nights which included celebrating New Year's Eve at their restaurant. It was a five course meal..the service was outstanding and we had complimentary moet & chandon. The decor is modern/funky/artsy decor. Staff is friendly and helpful with local things-to-do and reservations. Free internet and continential breakfast a big plus.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

My wife and went to a fashion show at DeBretts Auckland last Saturday. It was part of the Auckland Festival. We had a lovely lunch as we watched the fashion show. My wife is a vegan and when we booked our tickets, I checked that she could have a vegan lunch. The chef was happy to oblige. Her lunch was delicious, as was mine. The service from bar staff and waiters was exemplary, attentive and made us feel very welcome.

We got to have a look at some of the suites ands rooms at the DeBrett Auckland, they were a wonderful mix of luxury, retro and funky.

Thanks again, we had a wonderful time, and will return soon.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Apparently back in the 80s this was one of the THE places to go drinking in central Auckland. In the 90s it became a real dodgy hangout. Now it’s out to be the city’s best hotel. (Note: some locals didn’t realise it had become this uber-chic hotel and still talked of it being a “dive” which this hotel certainly isn't).

Extremely well-appointed, very stylish, modern rooms sit alongside a more traditionally laid-out reception. Parts of the bar area look as if they were once in an outside courtyard which has since been covered.... that may be just for effect though and did remind me ever so slightly of a hotel in Las Vegas, but in a good way - honest!
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The room was great: we spent three nights in one of the “basic” classic rooms which was plenty big enough for us: a big, very comfortable bed, plenty of closet space, a seating area and a bathroom which included a walk-in shower, twin sinks and one of the biggest baths you’ve ever seen!

Each evening between 6.30 and 7, guests are invited to partake of a drink in the Drawing Room. You can choose to keep to yourself but, if you’re going to bother to indulge, it’s far easier to join in and share sight-seeing experiences with the other guests.

The staff are very friendly and efficient (with one exception outlined below).

Valet parking was NZ$20 per night which is well worth paying given the hotel’s location.

Continental breakfast is included in the price (NZ$ 300 per night if you're wondering) and was the cause of one of two gripes I have. On a Sunday morning we arrived well before the end of service and several of the tables remained uncleared. The selection of bread, butter and jam was also severely depleted and it seemed to take a long time for the staff to get sorted (despite being asked). This did only happen on one day out of three but it was the cause of some irritation.

The other gripe I have is around wi-fi access whereby each room is given its own username and password. This means only one person can access the internet at a time: when one person is using it, the other person (or, I guess, people if there’s more than two of you sharing a room) can't. Towards the end of our stay we became aware of a guest who’d requested (and obtained) a second username but this wasn’t given as an option at check-in. Not a major problem but, in a hotel which is obviously aiming to be classed as one of the best in Auckland, I'd call it a bit of an inconvenience.

In the end though, despite these couple of reservations, I would definitely recommended Debrett as a very well-located, friendly and comfortable place to stay in Central Auckland.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We stayed for one night and the reception staff we most obliging as we arrived very early (before 8.30am) into Auckland after our long flight from London. We were able to book in and were offered use of the lounge until our room was ready. As the other reviews mention, the wifi was excellent. We only had to wait an hour or so for our room which was quite good considering that most hotels don't allow you to check in until much later in the day. The room was absolutely beautiful with very quirky with retro furniture. The bed was sumptuous. We also looked onto the restaurant so felt it necessary to keep the blinds closed most of the time. Service and breakfast good, cleanliness excellent

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2 High Street | CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Auckland
#2 Luxury Hotel in Auckland
#2 Romantic Hotel in Auckland
#4 Family Hotel in Auckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel DeBrett 5*
Number of rooms: 25
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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