I lived in Devonport for two years then had to return to the US, and spent my last two nights at the Esplanade after vacating my house. It's a very nice hotel, and the people who work there are lovely and very helpful. The room - speaking of my room which was the only one I saw - was large, the bed was comfortable and it nicely furnished. I gave the location only a 4 because there is some traffic noise though almost none late at night. Overall a 4 because it isn't plush like some resort sor 5 star hotels, but it's very nice. Breakfast is at the restaurant next door (Mecca) and you have the run of the regular menu. A great deal for an included breakfast. The best thing is that it is Devonport which is a tourist destination in itself and everything is at a premium there. (Ask me about house prices!) So you're paying for that, but Devonport is wonderful: galleries, shops, restaurants, pubs, cafes, etc. You can get to downtown Auckland by ferry which is a one minute walk from the hotel, and there are parks and waterfront walks right out your door. I highly recommend a visit to Devonport and staying here is a great way to immerse yourself. (Re: Eats. I recommend Sigdi, which is an Indian restaurant, and the Manuka Cafe, as well as Mecca.) PS: I'm planning to stay here again next month.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Esplanade Hotel Auckland
- The Esplanade Hotel Devonport, New Zealand - Auckland