We arrived in Auckland late on a Saturday afternoon, having travelled from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, and then via Melbourne.
We were very tired when we arrived, but the check-in was very speedy and we were delighted with the accommodation. We were on a corner aspect with a view of the marina. If we had been staying longer than two nights (with one full day in Auckland) it might have been good to have upgraded to a suite with a full frontal view, but the suite we had suited us well enough.
The in suite facilities were very good, en suite bathroom with bath and separate shower, a washing machine, tumbler dryer (both with simple to understand instructions), iron and ironing board. The kitchenette was adequately equipped with all the basics needed for a short stay. It was all exceptionally clean and well presented.
The Sebel overlooks the marina, which is a very lively place, particularly on Saturday evenings. After a series of long flights I was glad to have earplugs (I am a light sleeper), although the room is very well insulated for sound. Sunday evenings are rather more peaceful. Very good views from the room.
We were very well situated with only a short distance from the door on the marina entrance of the hotel to a variety of restaurants, bars and cafes. We had breakfast at the Mecca restaurant which had a convenient arrangement to charge directly to our bill with Sebel. Alternatively one could have breakfast delivered to the bedroom, for an additional charge.
The Sebel is also very conveniently located for main street shopping in central Auckland, for ferry trips and harbour cruises, and for visiting Voyager, the home of New Zealand's superb maritime museum.
I was, however, rather disappointed with the charge for wifi access which I feel should be made freely available for anyone staying in a hotel
That said, the service and efficiency of the staff, and all the other facilities, made it an excellent choice for a stay in Auckland.
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