Arrival/Check-In: I arrived in Auckland early in the morning, around 7 a.m. The hotel had my flight itinerary and kindly offered an early check-in so I could freshen up from my long flight and get settled. I found this exceptional and extremely thoughtful. Check-in took about 10 minutes, and the front desk provided excellent service and directions to my room and other facilities on the property.
Guest Quarters: The Heritage Auckland has two wings: the Hotel and the Tower. I stayed in the Hotel Wing’s deluxe family suite which included two queen-sized beds separated by a dividing door for added privacy at night. The high ceiling, original jarrah wood columns and native timber floors captured the charm and character of the original 1920s building. A kitchenette, large writing desk and in-room safe were convenient. The modern and convenient bathroom offered a separate bath and shower; I especially enjoyed the Manuka Spa toiletries. The comfortable bed and bedding provided me a great sleep my first night in New Zealand.
Services/Amenities: Heritage Auckland is known for its resort-like facilities, including a recently refurbished rooftop pool overlooking the harbor, two well-equipped health clubs, an all-weather lap pool, a Jacuzzi, a sauna and a tennis court. A restored Art Deco ballroom, eight conference rooms, café, bar, signature restaurant, hair salon and gift shop complete the on-site facilities.
Dinner at the on-site Hector’s Restaurant, which caters to vegan and vegetarian diets and is located in the hotel’s lobby level, was divine, and the breakfast buffet the following morning proved equally delicious.
The Experience: I had a wonderful experience at the Heritage Auckland and would absolutely stay at the property again. The hotel offers all the amenities a business or leisure traveler could possibly want.
The rooftop pool deck and gym were exactly what I needed during my stay. I was up early from jet lag and got in a great workout in the morning. Exercising outside (in the great weather) with the sweeping views of the city and harbor offered a perfect way to start my holiday in New Zealand.
Heritage Hotel Auckland
35 Hobson St.
Auckland, New Zealand
el 64 9 379 8553
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