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Great Ponsonby Arthotel
Ranked #5 of 59 Auckland B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Relaxing and welcoming”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

Minutes from very cool shopping and restaurants, the Great Ponsonby is a real find. Fantastic hosts, excellent breakfasts, quiet street with easy access to very convenient bus service, taxi support that is like having a personal limo service. The rooms are comfy but not flash. The beds are good, and the wifi is free and works well. Would certainly stay again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Mia P, Manager at Great Ponsonby Arthotel, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Thanks for the kind words, we really appreciate it.
So glad you enjoyed your stay and we will see you next time.
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Chicago Heights, Illinois
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

We stayed a week at the aptly named Great Ponsonby Arthotel and did our homework well before booking. We wanted a place with a good feel, to eat breakfast in a dining room with convivial travelers, a sitting room where we could swap stories with other travelers, parking for our rather large car and free wifi. Not much to ask for? Well we got it all and more besides. Gerry and Sally and their lovely staff could not have been more helpful. Their hospitality is marvellous. Some of our friends came and had breakfast with us (and what a breakfast), we were told of the best restaurants in the area, and there are many and where the music venues are. There was always music playing, usually jazz. I loved the art, the Pacific sculptures and feel. In our room we had beautiful Pacific patterns sandblasted on the glass doors and window.
We loved our stay and hope one day to come back and will certainly tell all our friends they must stay here.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mia P, Manager at Great Ponsonby Arthotel, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Thanks for your review Lucy.
So glad you enjoyed yourself. The Great Ponsonby is like a close little family and when guests stay we like them to feel apart of that. We were more than happy to have your friends for breakfast- the more the merrier.
We look forward to seeing you again
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

I can't imagine a better place to stay at. Is a 20 minute walk to Sky city, Ponsonby road 2 mins walk with every type of food for you (even late night if feeling peckish) plus the rooms are great ,all the staff are friendly and the breakfasts are a treat. Being a solo traveller going to see the mighty 'Sabbath' is just what was needed. Was only a 45 minute walk from the Vector Arena!

Can't recommend enough.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Multiple business trips to Auckland staying in soulless, identikit chain hotels, even the four and five star ones, leaves you disconnected and disoriented: you could be anywhere in the world. So, discovering the Great Ponsonby was a real treat.

It's got everything you need in the room for a good night's sleep and in the bathroom for a good morning's start, but it's also got everything you want to feel human: a wonderful home-cooked-to-order breakfast by great hosts that make you feel welcome in a classic Victorian Kiwi villa. It's just so friendly and so comfortable, you can actually relax rather than just rest.

This isn't a claustrophobic B&B with forced participation and no privacy, there's plenty of space to do your own thing; rooms with verandas and balconies; come and go as you please; but a friendly face and a chat if you want one. It feels like you've been given the run of someone's lovely house, right down to the honesty fridge full of drinks to help yourself. Oh, and did I mention that there was parking?

It's also in the heart of Ponsonby and a stroll down the street takes you past dozens of Auckland's best indie shops, bars, and restaurants which all have the same relaxed style as the hotel. I stayed in the basic villa room which was great. Some of the other rooms are quirky and stunning. You might never stay in an Auckland chain hotel again!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Sally J, Manager at Great Ponsonby Arthotel, responded to this review, June 8, 2013
We have done a lot of travelling ourselves, and we know how much nicer it is to stay in a place with a bit of character! We really appreciate your great review and we hope to see you again soon.
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Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2013

A fabulous hideaway in a quiet neighborhood, but just a short walk from funky and stylish Ponsonby Road with is great fashion shops, art galleries, restaurants, bars and vibe. You'll be greeted with lovely hospitality; and welcomed into the Victorian villa with its totally unexpected walls and doors painted blue, green, orange. Our garden cottage was perfect with all necessary accoutrements. Warning - don't eat much for dinner - Save yourself for the wonderful breakfast options at the "Great Ponsonby".

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Sally J, Manager at Great Ponsonby Arthotel, responded to this review, June 8, 2013
Thank you for your review. It's great that you recommend our breakfasts so highly and we are glad that you enjoyed the Ponsonby atmosphere! We hope to see you again.
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Quebec City, Canada
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

Yes, perfect. The accommodation, the food, the friendly proprietors and staff, the quiet presence of the Pacific Islands... I felt at home! And it was all so unexpected after the great cycle ride from Invercargill to Picton and then the fine train journey from Wellington to Auckland. I will urge all my friends planning to visit New Zealand to begin or end their trip with a stay at The Great Ponsonby Art Hotel.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Sally J, Manager at Great Ponsonby Arthotel, responded to this review, June 8, 2013
We are glad to have left you with a good last impression of New Zealand hospitality, and hope that the rest of your trip was just as enjoyable. Thank you for your review.
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

My partner and I stayed for a weekend. We were having trouble finding anywhere to stay. From the greeting and the excellent adivice on where to eat to the fabulous breakfasts and friendly atmosphere this is a gem.So much nicer than staying in a characterless hotel, close to the action on Ponsonby Road but still secluded and quiet, And when we did go to bed the bed was fabulously comfortable.

We will be sure to come back when next in Auckland.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sally J, Manager at Great Ponsonby Arthotel, responded to this review, June 8, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. It is good to know that you enjoyed the area and found the bed comfortable. You will have to come back and try some more of our breakfasts!
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Property: Great Ponsonby Arthotel
Address: 30 Ponsonby Terrace | Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 59 B&Bs / Inns in Auckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Great Ponsonby Arthotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax in a quiet, heritage, 1890's villa in the middle of cosmopolitan Auckland, just 2 minutes stroll to Ponsonby's vibrant cafes, restaurants and galleries. Fifteen minutes by eco bus, five minutes by taxi to the waterfront or a 30 minute amble through Ponsonby's interesting streets. Close to Eden Park, the Zoo and all main attractions. Qualmark 4 star+ and Enviro Gold. Breakfasts are legendary. They are cooked to order, not just left in your fridge the night before. This is a place to have fun & meet other guests.Free, unlimited wifi throughout hotel, ipod docks, all sky channels in your room. ... more   less 
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