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Hotel DeBrett
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2 High Street | CBD, Auckland Central 1010, New Zealand   |  
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“Can't stop raving!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

Hotel DeBrett was an absolutely perfect start to our Honeymoon!! My husband described it as my personality in the form of a hotel. It's funky, colourful, clean, comfortable and has amazing service! Every single inch of the room was tidy, clean and detailed!! The furniture completed the rooms mod feel with the striped carpet, completely tiled bathroom and amazing bed head also contributing to the mod theme.
BUT, I must say that the absolute best thing about our room was the bed!!! OMG - it was like being swallowed by a cloud and my husband and I never wanted to get up!!!
The service was fantastic and I would recommend paying the $20 a day valet service if you have a car as the streets are so narrow and would be a pain to try and find parks and navigate through.
The elevator is completed tiled with mirrors and was a huge surprise when the cooper doors of the old fashioned looking lift opened!!
I would 100% recommend this too ALL my family and friends and we will definitely be returning to Hotel DeBrett!!

Thank you to the great team at Hotel DeBrett

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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51 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

This is a modernistic, well maintained boutique style hotel about ten minutes walk from the harbour front and restaurants. Our room was reasonably sized and comfortable, with a big bed, but sadly with a view to abandoned shops and offices just over the road.

The welcome was friendly and the staff were helpful. The hotel is small enough not to feel busy and to allow personal attention. Guests are invited for complimentary pre-dinner drinks in a private library each evening (whether eating in the hotel or not).

Our chip and pin credit card was rejected at check in. In fact this was simply reception staff error, but it caused us some concern on our first day in NZ until we successfully used it in a harbour front restaurant.

The continental breakfast included in our rate was good quality, but rather limited in choice. There is no on-site parking, other than for 5 minutes on the street for loading.

Overall this is an acceptable hotel for a couple of days in Auckland.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Northampton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We stayed for 4 nights here in February and absolutely loved this hotel. The decor is quirky - a brilliant and quite unique mix of different styles and eras which works perfectly. Our room was spacious and bright and and I would dearly have loved to have been able to take home the great white wrap-round leather chair in the corner. The bed was huge and very comfortable and the bathroom amazing. Breakfast was included, which was a bonus. We specially appreciated the evening drinks hour for guests in the library which enabled us to mix with other guests and swap travellers tales. The staff were charming and very helpful. They managed to get us a reservation for The French Cafe on our first night in Auckland - an experience not to be missed.

We were there on Valentine's night and booked for their special Valentine dinner. It was excellent with live music in the background.

The hotel is in a great location only 5/10 minutes walk from the waterfront and shops and other attractions such as the Auckland Tower.

It is no surprise that this is the Trip Adisor No 1 hotel in Auckland. It is a boutique hotel in the true sense and a million miles from the standard big chain offerings. If we return to Auckland we wouldn't consider staying anywhere else. It was such a great start to our stay in New Zealand and set the tone for the rest of our trip.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

The fit-out of this smart boutique hotel has been designed with such creative flair that it may make you want to go home and do a complete makeover! I have to start with the bathrooms - you will love the bathrooms! There are tiny black mosaic tiles, marble, divine lighting and the owner's selection of beautiful local bath products, that give such a feeling of unashamed luxe that you could be forgiven for spending much of your time in the bath! Then there are other little touches, like the salon quality hairdryers that the owner told me she had her hairdresser pick out especially for the hotel. So you can see the attention to detail here. The rooms are fun, comfortable and again luxurious - carpet that was individually designed, and again, just those little touches that make all the difference, scented oils, heavenly hotel clouds on the mattresses (even on the sofa bed mattresses made up at night, which was quite impressive). Another really nice thing about this hotel is the complimentary drinks hour that happens every evening. This is where the hotel transforms itself into a lovely lodge, for which New Zealand is so famous. You go into a warmly decorated room, hosted, and have a glass of local wine with a genial and knowledgeable staff member, often one of the owner's sons, who are happy to leave you alone to chat, or will chat with you, if you feel so inclined, nothing is too much trouble at this hotel. The reception staff were equally wonderful, and booked us a day trip and hire care for Waiheke Island, giving us great tips on which wineries to visit, where to have lunch and even mapped out walks along the beach for us all. The hotel's location is within walking distance of most of the places you will want to see in Auckland, and is also well located for a number of good restaurants, which were recommended and booked by the hotel with no problems, Prego in Ponsonby, and District Dining were both wonderful choices. We would definitely recommend Hotel de Brett. Their number one place on tripadvisor is more than well deserved.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Antonio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

A small hotel two blocks from waterfront. Staff were always helpful and informative. The design of the hotel very unique and modern. Our room looked into a created glass covered atrium and restraurant. A drawing room offerred wine and beer before diner and a chance to socialize with other guests. Breakfast was nice

  • Stayed March 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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Poole, United Kingdom
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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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Also Known As:
Debrett Hotel Auckland
Hotel DeBrett Auckland, New Zealand
Address: 2 High Street | CBD, Auckland Central 1010, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Auckland Central
#2 Business Hotel in Auckland Central
#3 Romantic Hotel in Auckland Central
#4 Family Hotel in Auckland Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel DeBrett 5*
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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