We spent two nights in this quaint hotel. They have tried to keep true to style and manage this pretty well. The downstairs lounge has olde world furniture and high ceilings with heavy dark beams. The large old mantelpiece sits above an endless electric 'fire' and is guarded by two old Ejnglish bulldogs- a nice touch. Our room was clean and the bathroom modern. Although there's only an electric jug and tea/coffee making facilities in the room, these were replenished daily. The staff we extremely friendly and helpful, always with a smile on their faces. Breakfast in the dining room was buffet style and delicious. Only the coffee could have been better. The chef is an excellent baker as well, evidenced by melt-in-the-mouth cheese scones and a variety of muffins freshly baked each morning. Our room was upstairs and was very quiet and peaceful. There is a lift but only to the first floor and we had a second floor room. However the stairs are not difficult.
Handy to shops and a supermarket is a minute away. It's a pleasant stroll through to Ponsonby with its boutique shops and many eating places. Best of all it's very close to the zoo and Motat. We got an hour's free Wifi each day which was an unexpected bonus not advertised. The hotel provides free newspapers daily and the lady on the front desk kindly printed off walking plans on the computer for us. One day there two conferences were taking place in two different areas - and although the hotel was full, there was no feeling of being crowded or the staff being too busy to attend to our needs. There is a small indoor swimming pool and a gymnasium though the latter was closed for refurbishment when we were there late November 2013. We didn't want for anything and would definitely recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Surrey Hotel comprises of a hotel and motel complex offering a wide range of accommodation options for the budget conscious corporate or leisure traveler. The hotel complex houses The Surrey Pub, indoor pool, spa and gym. The unique English theme with it's charming decor, antiques and memorabilia as well as the informal kiwi style hospitality make for an enjoyable stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quality Inn Auckland
- Auckland Quality Inn
- The Surrey Hotel Auckland, New Zealand