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“Old world charm in a great location.”

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The Esplanade Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Devonport
Certificate of Excellence
Waitakere city
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37 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Old world charm in a great location.”
Reviewed January 8, 2012

The Esplanade has a great location on the Devonport waterfront with sweeping city views. The rooms are comfortable and well appointed. With two bedrooms and a big lounge and full kitchen the penthouse suite is excellent for families. The ferries to downtown Auckland leave from across the road so while it is out of the hustle and bustle of the city it is convenient and expiring Devonport is fun.
The worst feature is the breakfasts. Poaching an egg was about the limit of the "chef's" ability. Ask for a discount and forgo the hotel breakfast for one of the pleasant cafes nearby. Another minor irritant was toilet seats that didn't stay up making life difficult for men!

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

Esplanade has a great location to offer and this is it. The staff is friendly but helpless, the Victorian atmosphere is synonymous with austerity, uncomfort and need of refurbishment. The breakfast is nice provided you have patience towait and tolerance for having your order mixed up... Overall, could do much better or much cheaper.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Perpignan, France
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

We were visiting Auckland and some friends took us to this restaurant/hotel on the seafront in Devonport for dinner.

The meal was good, but the venue was excellent. The new owners have created, or re-created, a lovely environment redolent of the best of Victorian New Zealand.

We only saw the downstairs, which consists of a bar and several interesting niches where you can eat from the small, but good, menu.

The wine and beer selection pleased all four diners - good beer for the men, wine for the women.

Service excellent in the friendly New Zealand style.

Overall a place to recommend highly, and a great escape from the rush of Auckland city.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 8, 2011

We stayed for just one romantic night wihout the kids, at the end of a business trip.
Whilst the room was clean and very comfortable, the hotel is showing everybit of its age. We dined in the restaurant which was a great disappointment. It didn't take long to work out why the place was almost empty.

The Esplanade probably suits those keen to remember a bye-gone era. It has loads of character, and a certain arrogance about it which probably is appropriate for its time.

It just didn't really suit us. I've stayed in much nicer places with much nicer restaurants, which only cost half as much. If nothing else, at least now I appreciate my usual stops a little bit more.

Room Tip: Nice view from the
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

We were pampered and felt like royalty. The customer service was superb. It's obvious that the hotel is under great management!

  • Stayed August 2011
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed August 28, 2011

Totally enjoyable stay (Under new kiwi ownership and you can tell with great selection of Kiwi craft beers on tap and kiwi wines friendly staff , rooms well detailed to a great standerd and well worth the price , really enjoyed the little unexpected touches during our stay Best hotel views of Auckland
Chistine & Mark - Sydney

Room Tip: ask for harbour view
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Auckland
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Reviewed August 27, 2011

Stayed here last night, what a hidden gem! Wonderful room with a great view of the Harbour, great bed and very chic bar downstairs. Breakfast was included with the room.

A very enjoyable 10 min ferry ride to town.

Better value than Auckland city with old world charm.

Room Tip: The have a penthouse which is stunning.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Esplanade Hotel
Address: 1 Victoria Road, Devonport 0624, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Devonport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Devonport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Esplanade Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Esplanade Hotel offers Auckland boutique hotel accommodation, 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 the Devonport foreshore and enjoys unrivalled harbour and city views. This boutique hotel was built in 1903, has been elegantly restored and has a character and charm all of its own.It is only a ten-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 Blake Suite and the two bedroom ... more   less 
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