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Great Ponsonby Arthotel
Ranked #5 of 58 Auckland B&B and Inns
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Reviewed May 18, 2005

We spent our first night in New Zealand at the Great Ponsonby. Less than an hour from the airport, even in rush hour traffic, and a good location to enjoy an evening stroll down the hill to the harbour.

Just off Ponsonby Rd meaning that there is plenty of choice of places to eat and drink. Room was small but clean and freshly decorated. Staff were very friendly and offered us advice on alternative routes to take down the North Island to Rotorua.

Would recommend.

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Reviewed April 10, 2005

I travel light, I travel often and more often than not, I travell alone. Other solo venturers will relate to the, at times, dismal reception we get. You know, the smallest room at the back overlooking the car park or worse, the table for one tucked far away from the fun.
However, not so at The Great Ponsonby!
Imagine my delight to be greeted by name, shown to an immaculatley appointed room and was soon sipping a cold local beer on the veranda of this beautiful Villa!
It got better.
The charming young staff were a joy. Time was taken to orient me to the Ponsonby area with a clear map and a suggested stroll marked out.
Far from feeling 'all at sea' after the long haul flight from London and arriving in a strange place, I felt welcome and, above all, safe.
The house itself is an amazing Victorian Villa, beautifully decorated and with original artworks and artifacts that had me drooling!
Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and hosts. I overheard Gerry successfully organise onward accommodation for a family heading for The Bay of Islands...no mean feat considering that it was the weekend of the Waitangi celebrations.
Then there was the breakfast!!!
The only blot on the landscape was the fact that I was only staying for one night. During my my 5 week tour of New Zealand I was privilleged to stay in some wonderful places. The Great Ponsonby is right up there in my top 3!

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Reviewed February 16, 2005

This is an absolutely wonderful B&B. Only a block or so from Ponsonby Road, it is within walking distance of lots of wonderful restuarants and shops. The local bus (i-link) can be picked up, and provides quick and cheap connections ($1.20 NZD) to the downtown area. For a nice vigorous 20-30 min walk, you can reach the downtown area on your own, and visit Sky City and experience Queen Street's shopping district. The home cooked breakfast was wonderful and friendly, and they even provide free Internet access during the day by using their laptop. The rooms were quiet and charming. You can't go wrong with this place!

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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
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 58 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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