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Waldorf Bankside Serviced Apartments
Ranked #56 of 108 Specialty Lodging in Auckland
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Good location, but basic”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2009

Stayed at the Waldorf for 3 days in december. Its located in a pretty good location, within walkind distance to the city center. Rooms are a little basic though, and service is a little slow.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2009

We booked 2 nights at these apartments but only stayed the first night. We could draw a line in the dust on the tv table; there were bits of leftover food in the dishwasher and greasy fingerprints on the kitchen cupboard doors - all of which could be overlooked had the air con worked properly. The room was very warm so we turned on the aircon when sleeping but every 2 hours it switched off of its own accord. When we complained in the morning to the caretaker she said "I forgot to tell you, because it is on an economical setting you have to get up every 2 hours to turn it back on". When asked if it was possible to override this to stop it happening, she said it wasn't. As we had a 19 hour flight the following day, we checked out and booked into a proper hotel. It is certainly inexpensive but in this case you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2009

I used Tripadvisor to find the Waldorf Bankside Apartments. They are right in the city center and for the location and the price you cannot beat this accommodation. You are expected to clean up after yourself and empty the trash like you would in a regular apartment but I did not have a problem with this. Since these are actual apartments, you will be disappointed if you expect hotel services. However, I knew exactly what to expect so the overall experience went well.

  • Liked — the location
  • Disliked — taking out the trash to avoid the cleaning surcharge
  • Stayed February 2009, traveled solo
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2009

Stayed at the Waldorf on Bankside for four nights nights as a stopover from Australia to North America. The price was quite cheap, and well spent.

I had requested a studio room, because other travellers here had noted that the room was the same size whether you got a studio or a one-bedroom, just that a one bed had a buffer up that blocks the light. On my arrival I was given a one-bedroom, and that certainly was the case. Still I wasn't there enough for it to be a worry. Also, if you stay there, request a high level room. Mine was on the 6th floor with a wonderful view of the parking garage across the way. Boring. Higher level ones would have given a much better view of the city.

The room was basic, but clean and it had a full kitchen, including a dishwasher and washing machine. Very convenient!

It is located just up a very steep hill from Queen Street. Here is a trick: if you are coming back up during the day, instead of coming up the hill, walk a block over to Fort street then down Fort to the Lumley Plaza parking garage. Take elevator to 9th floor, then walk out to Shortland street. Bankside is just across the street and you are a few steps to home! Keep in mind this only works during office hours.

The management is very helpful, and obviously care deeply about the property. I did find the gentleman a bit more brusque than the lady, but both were quite helpful.

  • Liked — Location was great (though the hill is steep!)
  • Disliked — The guy in next room who smoked on his balcony.
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled solo
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Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2008

My husband and I stayed at the Waldorf on Bankside for two nights as a stopover from Australia to the USA. We got accommodation for $100 a night on wotif and it was well worth the money. It is basic, but very clean and has everything you need (dishwasher, washing machine, oven, microwave etc)
The managers of the apartments go out of their way to help you and give you directions to wherever you might want to go.
It is just up the hill from Queen street (a steep hill) so very close to everything you need.
A MUST for dinner is the mussels at the Occidental in Vulcan Lane. I have never seen mussels that size in my life.
We also took the airbus from the airport which was only $22 return each, which is much cheaper than a taxi and was very efficient.
All in all, a very good, cheap and conveniently located apartment.
We will not hesitate return.

  • Liked — clean, affordable
  • Disliked — the hill leading uo to it
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2008

I stayed at this hotel for three weeks and it was completely trouble-free. Room was clean, well equipped, and amenities were as promised/advertised. Kit and Jeanette (the building managers) were very helpful, available, and kept the building in spotless order. You can pay a lot more for a lot less in Auckland - give the Waldorf Bankside a try, you won't be disappointed.

  • Liked — Simple, easy, clean, neat, and accessible, competent management
  • Disliked — It wasn't free!
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2008

We stayed 2 nights at the Waldorf and were very happy with our stay.

After reading many reviews for hotels from backpackers to 5 star resorts with terrible reviews, we were relieved to read the consistent good reviews for the Waldorf.

It has a very convenient location , 5 mins up a fairly steep hill from Queen street in central Auckland.

The building has no reception, you phone through the security system and get buzzed in. We quickly received our keys and made it to our room.

The room was clean, functional and spacious. There was a double bed, work desk, kitchen with washing machine and cooking facilities, living area with tv and sofa. Dining table.

The bathroom was spotless with a great power shower.

At 90 dollars a night on Wotif, you cannot fault these apartments and we would definutley stay here again.

The photos on the website and from fellow travellers are spot on, you get exactly what you see, clean, functional, does the job

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  • Liked — price, location
  • Disliked — slightly steep hill
  • Stayed October 2008
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Additional Information about Waldorf Bankside Serviced Apartments

Property: Waldorf Bankside Serviced Apartments
Address: Waldorf 8 Bankside Street | PO Box 3791, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #56 of 108 Specialty Lodging in Auckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Waldorf Bankside Serviced Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waldorf Bankside are affordable serviced apartments located in central Auckland City. A short walk to High Street and Chancery shopping quarters, as well as Queen Street and recently upgraded Fort Street areas. With apartments on 18 levels, spectacular city and harbour views can be enjoyed from Deluxe rooms situated on top floors. All of Auckland CDB's main attractions are easily accessible from Waldorf Bankside's central city location. Fully self-contained, Waldorf Banksides in room kitchenettes allow residents to cook for themselves as cutlery and cooking equipment provided in room. Residents can purchase groceries from a major Supermarket 10 minutes walk away or enjoy some of the great fine or casual dining options available throughout Auckland City. ... more   less 
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Bankside Waldorf Serviced Apartments Hotel Auckland Central
Bankside Waldorf Serviced Apartments Auckland
Waldorf Bankside Serviced Apartments Auckland, New Zealand

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