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“Best value out of 8 hotels stayed at in NZ”
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VR Takapuna
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bayswater
Maleny, Australia
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“Best value out of 8 hotels stayed at in NZ”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

We stayed here as we were returning to a city hotel a week later and wanted to spend a bit of time exploring Devonport area. So we got a late-booking discount, and for $125 for two for the night was wonderful value. This included breakfast, (not cooked type,) a welcome glass of wine for 2, and two free ferry tickets to the city, (worth $22 by itself). The room was the largest we had experienced, great night-time view across the harbour to the lights, bridge and Sky Tower, very comfortable bed, good shower, and plenty of room. No night-time noise.
We had a car so had no trouble going up the road for dinner, the hotel is down a long road from the nearest shops, but a public bus does go past. We caught the ferry over to the city and back, and as it was Saturday we had a bit of a tour to a few other ferry stops.
I did not notice the hangover from the building's earlier life as an aged care facility, and was not concerned by some mini-bar items on the kitchen bench,( some other reviewers complaints)
Someone did mention that most of the staff seem to be of Indian origin, that is a plus for me, better service and cleanliness, but the young man on the reception did have a very NZ accent, so there was no concern with communicating, not that we had any complaints.
All in all, a nice place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

Don't know about you, but I'm sure it doesn't count as a 2 bed suit if the only toilet is through someone else's bedroom. The receptionist apologetically explained "it's really more of a family room", but it's a bit late to find that out after you've arrived with your business colleague!

These guys need to get real about their descriptions. Really poor.

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Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for a night in May and it was fantastic. The view at night looking over to the harbour bridge is magical. Love the large rooms. Everything clean and tidy and the staff was super friendly and helpful. Slept great on a really good mattress. Highly recommend this hotel to everyone!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Stay in a modern and beautiful room for the same money of any other common motel in NZ.

And if you need to go to town walk 5min and catch the ferry! It sure beats any other transport.

Also free WiFi and parking.

  • Stayed May 2013
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

We have stayed here multiple times and loved it. It is hard to find a quality hotel in Auckland, especially the North Shore, as many are overpriced and old. So we felt lucky to find the Takapuna Oaks which is miles ahead of the others, very modern, and has a high standard of cleanliness. Room sizes are large and include all the amenities including a nice kitchen area, a washer/dryer combo and a heated floor in the bathroom. Also the views are great and the staff and manager were tremendous. Did I mention they also offer a free breakfast? I wish every hotel experience could be this nice. Plus the price is very affordable (based on my stays at other hotels the Takapuna Oaks could be charging double for what they offer). Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Large comfortable rooms with great views very clean and the best service i have seen in a hotel , The staff were very helpfull in recommending restaurants and assisting with directions, Will deinitely stay again if in Auckland

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

Picked this place because it was not in the middle of the city. Enjoyed the free return ferry ride to the city - took 10 minutes. The walk to the marina was 5 minutes. The advertised hotel shuttle never seemed to be there on leaving or arriving back at the hotel. Our harbour view apartment was great with nice views to the city. Breakfast was very basic & probably needs a bit more variety. The hotel shows signs of its previous life as an aged care home. Walking down the corridors reminded me of being in an aged care home; hand rails along both sides. Think they should get rid of those for a more modern look. The carpet on the third level showed signs of a large moisture spill. A couple of glaring omissions when compared to other properties of similar standard; no tissues and no pen and note paper. Staff were pleasant although all seemed to be Indian and at times had difficulty in communicating with them because of the language barrier. We would definitely stay here again. Can see that not having a vehicle would be a problem for some because it is a bit isolated and away from facilities but we managed to get our supplies while out each day.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: VR Takapuna
Address: 1 Beresford Street, Bayswater 0622, New Zealand (Formerly Auckland Takapuna Oaks)
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Bayswater
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bayswater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — VR Takapuna 4.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience 5 Star luxury by the sea in the newest Takapuna Hotel accommodation site. Situated oceanside between Takapuna and Bayswater, this new, fully serviced, boutique apartment hotel will exceed all your expectations. Auckland Takapuna Oaks offers fully self-contained 1 and 2-bedroom luxury apartments, just 10 minutes by complimentary ferry from Auckland City Center / VIADUCT HARBOUR. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property as well as continental breakfast per person. Lounge access with stunning views across Auckland Harbour is its true unique factor. All guests have complimentary gym usage and a Shuttle Service - to and from the Bayswater Ferry Terminal. Our property is truly something special in Auckland.Auckland Takapuna Oaks offers unique, spacious conference facilities. Offering flexibility and a range of accommodation and catering options to make your next event stand out from the rest. ... more   less 
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