I’ve never slept in an airport, I should have in Prague when flight delays meant I arrived in an unfamiliar city late at night with no accommodation booked. Lesson learned, ever since I’ve pre-booked a bed for my first night. Curiously there’s a website devoted to Sleeping in Airports, Auckland Airport comes out on top for the South Pacific.
Personally I need a decent sleep so I’m not wrecked for my next day of travel. To bypass traffic and to make an early start not quite so early we stayed at ibis budget hotel, Auckland Airport.
We lucked out on a really cheap sleep and paid $89. The rooms are compact as you would expect but perfectly adequate for a good sleep. I did however assume if you’ve stayed in one ibis you’ve stayed in them all. Wrong, there are three types – ibis budget, ibis styles and plain old ibis which isn’t plain at all, but the best of the bunch.
Staying in ibis budget meant we had no in-room tea and coffee making facilities or fridge. Given one of us mainlines cold water and the other tea, you could say we were t’d off. However we now know what to expect at ibis budget – thirst.
Seriously, you can make hot drinks downstairs in the breakfast area for around $3 (or head to the fast food joint across the road). A very basic continental buffet breakfast is $10pp. (You do get your own bathroom just incase you’re wondering, there are no shampoo sachets or hair dryer, but soap is provided).
If the weather permits and you can wheel your luggage, it’s an easy 10 minute walk to the international and domestic terminals. Alternatively there’s an airport transfer bus that services hotels surrounding the airport. The bus runs approximately every 30 minutes, buy your $5 ticket from the machine at ibis budget reception.
Car parking is free for the length of your hotel stay.
A 24 hour Countdown supermarket is across the road, in the same complex are fast food options and The Warehouse (sells almost everything). Szimpla Gastro Bar is next door.
The Jamaica Blue cafe behind the hotel reputedly offers free wi-fi with purchase although it was closed the Sunday afternoon we visited.
If you’re happy to pay upwards of $200 per night check out the highly rated Novotel Auckland Airport located a couple of minutes walk from the international terminal.