We've been wanting to visit this apartment hotel for some time as it is a unique newish, Deco style building on an otherwise bland Auckland skyline. If you've read anything else I've reviewed you'll know that going to different hotels is a hobby for me. We booked through a company who appear to rent several apartments in the block not the hotel itself so this was a private apartment rented out when not in use.
You enter the hotel from the rear (opposite Albert park) and walk along an enormous cream marble foyer / hallway to the lifts. This sets the elegant tone of this building. The lifts themselves are beautiful! Our room was 2306 on the 23rd floor facing towards Auckland harbour. There is no restaurant in the building but there are two cafe / restaurants at the base of the building and several a short distance away. There is a rather nice spa/pool/sauna/gym on floor 8.
This 1 bedroom apartment consists of three compartments rather than rooms. You enter through a kitchen and bathroom area, pass through into a lounge and dining area and then into the bedroom area with the only large floor to ceiling window opening to a small balcony. The only division between these compartments are some glassed sliding doors betwen the lounge-dining and the bedroom, but why you would ever close them is a mystery as you would shut off the only window.
The kitchen has a reddish-orange granite worktop and teak veneer kitchen doors. Someone had cleaned the worktop rather unsuccessfully as the water had filled the cutlery tray beneath it! They had also missed some reddish brown pieces of mince above it which I discovered when mopping up the water and trying to work out where it had come from!! Water on the floor suggested the clean might have been recent and rushed.
The bathroom is half tiled with a beige cream well veined marble. There is a separate bath and shower. Beware the evil shower head on the bath! Turn the dial on the bath to the wrong mysterious symbol and your pants get soaked!! This was not the source of the water mentioned above in case you might think this.
The overall feel of the apartment is good but on closer inspection I noticed that the oval coffee table hadn't been dusted for a very long time, surprising considering it is the most prominent item in the centre of the room. The switch for the bedroom light in the lounge behind the TV had vanished into the housing, luckily there was another switch in the bedroom itself. The hem on the curtains to the left was hanging down. Whether this was due to dry cleaning them and this curtain had not been restitched I don't know, but a shame that this spolied the luxurious appearence. The beige seating was clean and pleasant but the wooden furniture looked battered. There was a repair to the smoke detector above the bed which had prominent scratch marks around it that had not been repainted. A hatch in the ceiling in the kitchen area was covered in dirty fingerprints.
The apartment may have double glazing but we don't think it is hush glass as even 23 floors up the noise from screaming bars, loud revving engines and louder police sirens woke me several times on the Friday and Saturday nights we were there. The other hotel I have reviewed on the same road did not suffer from this noise so it is more a "feature" of the building than the area.
We were only staying a couple of nights and so we didn't say anything but we hope that the owner will wonder why the service only appeared to include a quick vacuum and changing the sheets and towels.
There's always a "but" in most of my reviews because I am actually looking for faults in the hope that the business will pick up their game BUT in this case overall I would say that we would come here again. BUT next time we will book through the hotel itself so that if there are any issues we can complain directly to them.
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- Also Known As:
- Metropolis Hotel Auckland Central
- Ascott Hotel Auckland
- Metropolis Auckland, New Zealand