Style Art deco goes Pop
Setting High Street's fashion hub
In the heart of Auckland’s CBD, deluxe Hotel DeBrett is delightfully art deco, imparting the solidity of the era but with an abundance of warmth, vibrant modern design, pampering touches and a smattering of Kiwi-kitsch collectables. With a seductive bar and fashion- and art-filled laneways to explore nearby, it's a sexy sensory indulgence.
Need to know
- Rooms 25, including 15 suites.
Double rooms from $192.33 (NZD239), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency (NZD239) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates include breakfast, pre-dinner drink, internet access and local phone calls.
- Facilities Complimentary WiFi throughout, drawing room, private dining and meeting rooms, DVD and book library, off-site gym. In rooms: flatscreen TV and DVD player, minibar stocked with local products, Sans bath products by Lucy Vincent-Marr.
- Check-out 10am, but flexible subject to a half-rate charge until 1pm and full rate after 1pm. Check-in, 2pm.
- Children A ready supply of free cots and extra sofa-beds for under-16s, baby monitors, toys, PS3s and a kids’ menu mean children are very welcome here. A babysitter can be arranged for NZ$20 an hour, with a day's notice. More...
- Also Just off the restaurant, the 24-hour guests-only Drawing Room is a laid-back spot to read, retrieve emails (there’s a laptop for guests’ use) or relax while enjoying a drink from the honesty bar.
Food and drink at Hotel DeBrett
L-shaped ground-floor restaurant DeBretts Kitchen shares space with the lounge in the light-filled Atrium and the kitchen itself, which is more casual with a banquette and tables. The atrium space features an inviting fireplace and pendulous chandeliers by artist Judy Darragh dripping with vintage lamps. The kitchen dining area includes a wall decorated with old lights from the hotel, a collection of retro plates and vibrant orange glass vases lining a window ledge. The domain of creative chef Alan Micks, the regular NZ-meets-European menu changes to reflect the best local, seasonal produce, with dishes such as snapper fillet and spiced lamb tagine.
- Dress code When staying in High Street, wear something from this fashion precinct – a charming number from Karen Walker or Kate Sylvester, perhaps, or a vintage dress from Tango.
- Top table For maximum romantic glam, book the table beneath the chandelier. Private dining can be arranged in one of the atrium suites for groups of six to 10.
- Last orders The kitchen closes at 10pm.
- Room service Contemporary cuisine and updated classics, such as hand-cut fries with aioli and champagne ham and cheddar toasted sandwiches, are available 24 hours a day.
During its big-hair Eighties heyday, small but sassy Housebar became a local icon. It has since dropped the shoulder pads and red lipstick and is now dressed in slick, cool-blue hues – and it’s still smoking as the city’s best. The wine list is a superb compilation of some of the country finest accessible drops. For aromatics lovers, the Johanneshof Gewurztraminer from Marlborough is a must. Beer lovers should try the Moa fermented-in-the-bottle range from Blenheim. For guests, there's also a 24-hour honesty bar in the Drawing Room.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More...
Hotel DeBrett 2 High St, Auckland, New Zealand, 1010
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Our favourite rooms
Each room has its own configuration as well as artworks, antiques, collectables, retro and custom-made furniture, and Kiwi kitsch to guarantee individuality. For even more unique appeal, O’Connell Room 2.17 has an intimate mid-century bar – quite the conversation starter for a drinks gathering. Loft rooms 2.3 and 2.4 sport spiral staircases just begging for a flirty cocktail dress and heels to swish down them. Room 1.7, flanking the atrium, is sexy and snug for young, party-going couples.
If your wardrobe is in need of a makeover, bring an extra bag for the fashion booty you’ll be buying in the surrounding streets and laneways. Some of NZ's most cutting-edge labels are yours for the taking.
If you feel inspired by the art and collectables around you, pick up your own to take home from the Lobby Gallery, which features artists such as Christine Cathie. Or consider a Judy Darragh chandelier or a silk throw by Frontroom Fabrics.
From the Guestbook…
What a surprise we loved this hotel, especially the retro fit-out. So much detail and it was immaculate, the staff were hip and very professional. We also loved the proximity to ba...more