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The Esplanade Hotel, Bar & Restaurant

1 Victoria Road, Devonport, Auckland 0624 New Zealand
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#1 of 2 hotels in Devonport
The Esplanade Hotel offers heritage hotel accommodation and dining, right on the waterfront in Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand. Nestled in the heart of Devonport village, just across the harbour from the heart of Auckland City, The Esplanade Hotel dominates Devonport's foreshore and enjoys unrivalled harbour and city views. This boutique hotel was built in 1903 and has a character and charm all of its own. It is only a twelve minute ferry ride to downtown Auckland, without the hassle of the inner city. After a busy day sight seeing or on business, The Esplanade Hotel is a haven to escape to at the end of the day…sit back and relax in the bar or restaurants and watch the Auckland city lights and harbour activity. The Esplanade Hotel has seventeen rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, including the luxurious Victoria Suite and the two bedroom Penthouse with stunning harbour views.
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Ella wrote a review Yesterday
30 contributions8 helpful votes
At weekend at faulty towers...on checking in the receptionist had no record of our booking, insisted on photo ID and even suggested we had booked under a different name? I was given the pile of check in information to see if I could see our names among the people already booked into the hotel, so much for privacy? The room and bed was very substandard, we had to request the floor be vacuumed as there was hair all through it. The smoke alarm went off at 4 am the first night in the room next door and continued for one hour! Room service does not include clean towels or washed cups.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
KiwiKerry53 wrote a review Feb 2021
Wellington, New Zealand4284 contributions610 helpful votes
We took the ferry over to Devonport to have an afternoon away from the buzz of Auckland . We explored on foot and popped into the Esplanade for a drink before heading back across the water. It wouldn't have taken much for us to decide to stay for dinner, but it wasn't to be. While we were there entertainment arrived with his guitar and played a few numbers before we left. Shall we say he put his own take on the songs and we weren't inspired to stay, so moved on relatively quickly.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Avril Warren wrote a review Nov 2020
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We were told that we had booked superior room. We decided that we would make the most of the Harbour Sun Room and booked an extra night. We were disappointed, and appalled at the state of the room:- There was a discarded used paper towel left on the sunroom floor. The sunroom seemed to be used as a storeroom, 2 heaters and a fan, furniture and cushions in disarray. The venetian blinds did not work. The curtains were hanging from their hooks. The carpets in the room had not been vacuumed properly for some time, anything put on the floor was covered in dust. The glass surfaces, tables and mirror, had not been cleaned properly The breakfast provided was substandard, when we asked for fruit juice we were told that it would be extra!! We can understand that in these times the cost of maintenance can be challenging, but shabby does not need to be unclean. A pre requisite of hospitality are clean, well presented rooms and a simple well prepared and well presented breakfast.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Room Tip: The Harbour Sun room could be lovely, though noisy, vast improvement needed on maintenance and...
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Cynthia B wrote a review Jun 2020
Hastings, New Zealand35 contributions33 helpful votes
We spent 2 nights at Esplanade & are disappointed as we love heritage buildings & were looking forward to the stay. Our room was musty & decor very dated. Service was not professional and the breakfast was also disappointing. Try bacon & eggs on cold plates, not nice. The Esplanade is in a stunning location and it is a grand old building however I wouldnt recommend it as a place to stay & we wont be back unless it is shown significant TLC and investment.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Missouri wrote a review Mar 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand2 contributions3 helpful votes
We came over from the Auckland cbd for a nice breakfast for our grandmas 84th birthday and it was highly disappointing so, if your looking for a disgusting breakfast with a frustrating experience with a short wait of 40 minutes to spear for a coffee then this is the place for you! My sister ordered a salmon bagel which came raw/slimy and tasting nothing like salmon- after asking for a different piece of salmon they returned it with a better piece of cooked salmon but with a raw/chewy bagel- not toasted. We waited about 45 minutes for some tea/hot chocolate it was ridiculous- hot chocolate came luke warm. I ordered tomato, toast and a hash brown (seemingly simple order) came with 2 poached eggs swimming in liquid and I’m vegan so that wasn’t acceptable- they took the plate away and added the 2 wet eggs to my grandfathers plate where he already had 2 over cooked crunchy fried eggs. Toast was horrible- my sister dropped a piece of biscuit on the floor as she ended up having to eat the food in her purse instead of what was on her plate and within 2 minutes there was a swarm of what looked like termites or ants over it- they were the only other diners in the establishment. My grandfather was so disturbed by his breakfast he even took the gamble to order another coffee just to wash the filth away.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Esplanade Hotel, Bar & Restaurant
Which popular attractions are close to The Esplanade Hotel, Bar & Restaurant?
Nearby attractions include Devonport (0.3 miles), Devonport Chocolates (0.08 miles), and Miller Road Fragrance Studio (0.04 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Esplanade Hotel, Bar & Restaurant?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Esplanade Hotel, Bar & Restaurant?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to The Esplanade Hotel, Bar & Restaurant?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hemingway's Devonport, Corelli's, and Manuka Restaurant.
Is The Esplanade Hotel, Bar & Restaurant located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.10 miles away from the center of Devonport.
Does The Esplanade Hotel, Bar & Restaurant offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to The Esplanade Hotel, Bar & Restaurant?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Parnell (1.4 miles), Auckland Town Hall (2.3 miles), and Highwic (3.0 miles).
Does The Esplanade Hotel, Bar & Restaurant have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.