If you’re looking for a stylish stay in downtown Auckland, Hotel DeBrett ticks the box.
There are 25 individually styled rooms and suites, we spent the night in a Classic Room. I loved the colour bursts of orange in our room, especially in contrast with the classic black and white ensuite. There was plenty of natural light and we looked out over High and Shortland Streets, double glazing kept the city sounds away.
You stand on 100% New Zealand striped wool carpet throughout the hotel, but it was the goose down mattress topper that was even more dreamy than George Clooney. It’s the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in.
It was good to see New Zealand products like Epic pale ale and Schoc chocolate in the mini-bar. The little tins of tea included Darjeeling green tea, labelled as ‘The Champagne of Green Teas’.
Between 6.30pm and 7pm guests are invited to have a complimentary pre dinner drink in the Drawing Room. We were hosted by the lovely Rachael who was happy to recommend dining* options and generally made everyone feel welcome. An honesty bar operates in the Drawing Room at other times, there’s also a library of DVDs, magazines, board games and travel books.
You can also have a drink in the Housebar which includes the glass roofed atrium area adjoining DeBretts Kitchen, and a smaller, more intimate bar where we had coffee and delicious churros later in the evening.
There’s also Cornerbar located outside the hotel on the corner of Shortland and High Street. The Cornerbar is a good option if you find the Housebar is particularly busy early evening as we did.
A good continental buffet breakfast is included in the tariff, hot breakfast dishes can be ordered as an optional extra. Breakfast is served in DeBretts Kitchen, our photos are effected by light but give an idea of the interior.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Hotel DeBrett, it’s not often we stay in boutique hotels, or spend in the vicinity of $300 for a room. However it’s a unique property and has set the bar high for future boutique hotel stays.
*Located at 2 High Street, Hotel DeBrett is walking distance to Viaduct Harbour and close to the Britomart precinct if you’d like to dine in some of Auckland’s most popular restaurants, or dine in-house.