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Shakespeare Tavern & Hotel
Ranked #30 of 67 Hotels in Auckland
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10 reviews
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“Cosy little hotel”
Reviewed January 20, 2009

We stayed in this hotel after a 4 week trip through New Zealand. We had a room at the top floor, it's a small room, but with a good bed. We could step outside to a small balcony. Beware of the pidgeons! The cleanliness of the bathroom could be better.
The hotelrooms are part of the shakespeare pub. The pub is open 24/7 but that didn't bother us, it wasn't very busy and we didn't hear any noise. The staff is friendly.
The great thing is, it's only 2 minutes walk to Queens street and 10 minutes to the harbour. The taxi arranged by the hotel took us in 20 minutes to the airport for only 35 nzd. (The bus is 30 nzd for 2 persons). The cheapest and fastest internet we have seen in NZ just around the corner in a supermarket, open till 9pm.

  • Stayed December 2008
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Reviewed January 15, 2009

My wife and I spent three nights in the Shakespeare hotel in early January. It is a joint brewery and hotel, executing both quite poorly. The rooms and bathrooms themselves were relatively clean but somewhat cramped. We were on the top floor which involved climbing three flights of stairs (there is no elevator) which can be challenging for those with heavy luggage. There is no ‘front desk’ but rather bartenders to ‘help’. When arriving the manager gave us a hard time for being Americans . . . I am from a very warm climate and I can say that the uppermost level of the hotel is very warm in the summer. After entering the hot room we asked for a fan but were told there were none by the bartended. We slept with the windows open for cool air but the trade-off meant lots and lots of mosquitoes. We revisited the issue with the manager after a long hot night the manager begrudgingly gave us a fan, sharing that fans are initially withheld because the owner doesn’t like to use extra electricity. The kitchen may offer great food but because they were understaffed, we were never allowed to order anything, never mind try it. While we waited to order, two other couples came in, sat down, and left because service took so long. Outside of the rooms, do not expect any amenities or services that would normally come with a hotel. Location and ‘quaintness’ seem to be the selling points of this hotel. Another bonus is that the hotel is a two block walk downhill to catch the AirBus. We would likely not stay here again.

Stayed January 2009
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Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed November 28, 2008

T.V. received only 4 channels and none clearly - I was told by staff that I was lucky the T.V. in my room received anything at all.
No central A/C or heat.
Food was miserable to acceptable, incredibly over-priced, and was only available during limited, inconsistent hours.
Drinks were over-priced, although the home-brew beer was good.
No elevator.
Phone in room didn't dial out.
No laundry facilities for guests.
No real security - drunken, or drug addict locals made their way up the stairs into the private room areas (despite the cameras no one was watching) a couple times and there are only doorknob locks & flimsy chains on the room doors.
Rooms are cramped - particularly the bathrooms, but the rooms on the top floor have these really cool two-person makeshift 'balconies'.
Building does have a very charming second story balcony for relaxing and drinking.
Great location in CBD, but an innocent father was stabbed to death by a thug as he left work right down the street for no reason while I was there. (The police station and courthouse are only a block away from the spot he was murdered.)
Old building that shakes when a large truck goes by, and God help you if there is a fire, because the fire escapes are as old as the building - and this is a real concern, as while I was there, a member of the staff left the deep-fryer on all night after the kitchen (on the second story) was closed, which could have easily burned the whole building down as the guests slept (in the head chef's own words), as even though there is one bartender on duty all night on the first floor, the individual on duty was usually more drunk (among other things . . .) than sober, even though New Zealand law strictly prohibits this.
If that wasn't bad enough, I discovered from the staff that one of the hot water heaters in the building was faulty, and that even though, as I informed him, hot water heaters were nothing to play with as they have a tendency to EXPLODE VIOLENTLY when defective in the right way, it was not replaced for a couple WEEKS. I was told this was due to the owner's negligence and unwillingness to spend any money on the building.
The tile in front of the downstairs bar was in pieces for weeks, and I in fact witnessed several intoxicated individuals (including yours truly) narrowly avoid a nasty spill as a result.
Didn't seem to bother the owner too much though, as in New Zealand you can't sue for punitive damages . . . in the US, this establishment would be a personal injury attorney's wet dream.
Unique, warm, 24hr pub atmosphere downstairs though, that lends itself to getting silly drunk to the point where you can focus on the great tasting beer and carefree, jovial, and often belligerent, drunkenness of the patrons until the wee hours - or until the alcoholism that infects NZ culture becomes apparent in the staff and they start behaving more irresponsibly than the patrons, get paranoid about the fact that if the cops chose to stop by, the fact that they have over-served practically everyone in the bar (including themselves), would get the manager on duty a $10,000 fine and in true alcoholic fashion start projecting their own faults onto the customers and begin biting the hands that feed them . . .
Don't bother tipping - the service will never be better than average (by US standards), and frequently lapses to non-existent no matter how much money you spend or throw at the staff. This is the symptom of a welfare state that makes it practically impossible to fire someone, and a business owner that refuses to spend money on quality, competent, professional employees, IMHO.

  • Liked — Great Location, charming heritage building, home-brew beer
  • Disliked — Horrendous service, incredibly weak amenities, no value for money
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled solo
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Huntington Beach, California
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Reviewed November 22, 2008

Located 5 min walk from bus to airport, and 9 min downhill from train station. Hauled luggage up many stairways to our room under the eves. Then down again to the tavern with its reasonably priced pub food and great choice of beers.

Room was a work in progress. Shower had new fixtures but lacked a soap dish. No hair dryer. Spanking new TV wasn't connected to cable.

Cheers from three floors below told us they were watching the rugby in the pub below long after we'd gone to bed.

  • Liked — Friendly atmosphere, convenient to train station
  • Disliked — small room with sloping roof
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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houston, TX
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Reviewed June 10, 2008

The Shakespeare Hotel was nestled in the heart of downtown. Location was great for easy access to buses and sights. Rooms were adequately furnished and clean. Bathrooms were modern but small. Appliances in room all worked. Hotel, despite being a pub, was quiet during the weekend. A small hotel, we felt like we had the place to ourselves, except for occasionally bumping into staff, owner, etc. Don’t expect all the luxuries of a large hotel, but just local hospitality and the needed necessities. Great value for your dollar! Food and beverages in pub were fabulous! Even if you don’t stay at the hotel, try their food! Expect a light crowd during the work week and a smaller crowd on weekend. It’s definitely a quieter pub, so don’t think you are going to be up all night if you stay there. I wouldn’t recommend this hotel to those that have problems climbing stairs since there is no lift/elevator. All in all, Shakespeare Hotel is a fabulous find in our book and a great value.

  • Liked — Hip and trendy
  • Disliked — Staff not accessible 24 hours a day
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Shakespeare Tavern & Hotel
Address: 61 Albert Street | Corner of Wyndam & Albert Streets, Auckland 1062, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Auckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Shakespeare Tavern & Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
1898 was the birth of the Shakespeare Hotel and ever since then it has been serving New Zealanders and travelers from around the globe with warm hospitality and wonderful flavours in food being New Zealand's first Brewpub, with our own crafted beer, handcrafted from one of New Zealand's award winning Brewers and a mix of local NZ beers. The Location of the Hotel is excellent bang in the middle of Auckland City so close to all transport with buses, ferrys etc within a few hundred meters. The accommodation consists of 10 rooms which are basic with an en-suite and the beds are comfortable. This is not your typical boring hotel. The Shakespeare oozes character and if you are afraid of walking up a few stairs then probably not the place to stay. Each room is different and the rooms on the top floor are more modern than the lower floor. The Terrace Restaurant offers a great mix of cuisine, live music out on the al fresco dining deck overlooking the city every Friday. We are not 5 star in terms of accommodation but we are definitely 5 stars in a good quality Kiwi experience...we look forward to having you as our guests.... ... more   less 
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