Free 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.
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.
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.
A ready supply of free cots and extra sofa-beds for under-12s, 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.
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.
Any age, but older kids will enjoy the buzzy urban location.
The O’Connell and Loft Suites are all designed with families in mind – the bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms and the living rooms come with double sofa-beds. The O’Connell Suites also have PlayStation 3s, with a range of games and DVDs.
Like all major cities, there's plenty to occupy kids of all ages, from Auckland Zoo (www.aucklandzoo.co.nz) to Potiki Adventures (www.potikiadventures.com), which offers tours that take in Maori history, culture and mythology. There are many great beaches around the city, as well as ferry tours to seaside Devonport on the North Shore or nearby islands such as Waiheke. Daily dolphin swimming tours leave from Viaduct Harbour, which older kids will love.
Children are welcome in the restaurant whenever it’s open and can choose from their own menu (the kitchen is also happy to cater to specific needs). High chairs are available.
Given 24 hours' notice, the hotel can arrange a babysitter for NZ$20 an hour.
No need to pack
The hotel can provide cots, baby monitors and toys at no charge. Any specific requests – a baby bath, nappy bins or a changing mat, for example – should be requested ahead of your stay.
Extra sofa-beds for children under 16 can be added to rooms for free; for over-16s there's a charge of US$50 a night.