We lucked in with a May stay at Mercure in downtown Auckland paying $117 per night including buffet breakfast for two. Booking a repeat stay in June we’re not quite as lucky with B&B for $156.96. Still, for B&B in a four star hotel we think $156 is a decent deal.
However, there is a sting in the tail of any stay at Mercure requiring car parking – valet parking is $40 per night. Given it would’ve added $120 to our bill and we only needed night parking, we opted to park on the street and paid around $16 a night, leaving the change from $120 for dinner at nearby Mexico.
I was surprised to see so many average reviews for Mercure Auckland on Trip Advisor (update: in 2017 you should find all rooms refurbished). Personally we thought our room (city side) was fine, everything worked as it should, the room was in good condition, and it was clean. I didn’t bother photographing it given it was just a standard hotel room with no standout features, instead I photographed some of the aspects of the hotel that we particularly liked.
In our experience hotel buffet breakfasts often aren’t something to write home or blog about, however Mercure’s was better than average, and as a bonus you get a view of Auckland harbour. Attica Bar with its city scape view is a nice spot for a pre dinner drink.
Mercure Auckland is in a terrific location at 8 Customs Street East, it’s very close to Britomart, and a short walk from the Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter. It’s also close to the Ferry Terminal and Britomart Transport Station.
Our second stay is at the end of June, should we get a dodgy room this time round I’ll be back with the photographic evidence (or at least an update). Update: I wasn’t able to return to Mercure, but Mike was, his only complaint was a noisy air conditioner, given it was June he didn’t need to have it on for long so it wasn’t an issue.
Mike has since caved in to the somewhat aggressive Accor sales techniques and has purchased an Accor Advantage Plus Card for $300. We’ll be keeping track of the savings made and I’ll blog about that in future – Join Accor Plus for cool room upgrades, discounted stays & up to 50% off meals. So far we’ve booked a 3 night stay in July for $83 a night including breakfast which is an excellent deal, so far, so good.
PS. If you’re looking for a stylish boutique B&B hotel stay in downtown Auckland, we can recommend Hotel DeBrett.