Auckland, New Zealand

Hotel DeBrett

Rates from (inc tax)$165.12

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (NZD260.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Art deco goes Pop

Setting

High Street's fashion hub

With its bright pops of colour and vibrant décor, Hotel Debrett is an art deco outpost ideally situated near central Auckland's trendy shops and cutting-edge art galleries. This stylish retreat attracts locals with its sultry bar and sunny courtyard, while a sprinkling of native collectables gives the sassy city hideaway a distinguished Kiwi touch.

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A complimentary cocktail for two, after 3pm

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

25, including 15 suites.

Check–Out

10am, but flexible subject to a half-rate charge until 12pm (full rate after that). Check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $165.12 (NZD226), excluding tax at 15 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next {dayrange} days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (NZD260.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast, one free drink each in the Housebar, internet access and local phone calls.

Also

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.

At the hotel

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.

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.

Packing tips

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.

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.

Children

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.

Overview

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.

Best for

Any age, but older kids will enjoy the buzzy urban location.

Recommended rooms

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.

Activities

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.

Rates

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast, one free drink each in the Housebar, internet access and local phone calls.

Meals

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.

Babysitting

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.

Also

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.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

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 Mark Harman, the regular NZ-meets-European menu changes to reflect the best local, seasonal produce, with dishes such as snapper fillet and spiced lamb tagine.

At the bar

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.

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.

Location

Photos Hotel DeBrett – Auckland – New Zealand
Address
Hotel DeBrett
2 High St
1010
Auckland
New Zealand

Planes

Auckland Airport (www.aucklandairport.co.nz) is serviced by many major global airlines including Air New Zealand, Qantas, British Airways, Emirates, Pacific Blue, American Airlines and United Air Lines.

Trains

The Britomart Train Station is located just 200m from Hotel DeBrett, with services connecting Auckland and Wellington. Check out Rail New Zealand for trains to and from Auckland (www.railnewzealand.com) or for local travel options consult Auckland Regional Transport (www.maxx.co.nz).

Automobiles

The drive from Auckland Airport to the city centre takes approximately 45 minutes. A taxi will cost in the vicinity of NZ$70. There are also various shuttle services and the Airbus Express, which leaves the terminal every 15 minutes for the Auckland CBD.

Worth getting out of bed for

New Zealand finest fashion is well represented in the Britomart area, a two-minute walk away. International NZ names include Zambesi (+64 (0)9 303 1701), Karen Walker (+64 (0)9 309 6299), Kate Sylvester (+64 (0)9 307 3282) and World (+64 (0)9 373 3034), which has strikingly designed separate women's, men's and beauty stores. Lesser known but definitely worth visiting are Helen Cherry (+64 (0)9 524 6844), TK Store (+64 (0)9 368 4498), and Moochi (+64 (0)9 373 9823). There’s also a host of shops selling kooky clothes imported from Asia. Gentlemen are also serviced by Zambesi and outfitters including Crane Brothers (+64 (0)9 377 5333) and 3 Wise Men (+64 (0)9 524 4400), near the hotel. There are plenty of casual, streetwear options as well. Untouched World (+64 (0)9 303 1382) is loved by international travellers for its luxurious range of organic cotton and merino casual wear.

If you're in need of a good read Unity Books, at 19 High Street, is a sussed local store (+64 (0)9 307 0731), or for 'terrific Pacific' gifts, quirky Kiwiana and local crafts pieces, don't miss Pauanesia at 35 High Street (+64 (0)9 366 7282).

For its modest population, New Zealand has a considerable output of quality art. There’s a concentration of galleries within easy walking distance of the hotel – download the map to Auckland City Walk of Art from www.biglittlecity.co.nz. If you feel like window shopping only, visit the Auckland Art Gallery (+64 (0)9 379 1349), which includes a small but stylish café.

Fancy some fresh air? You're just a short stroll from Auckland Harbour, hub for ferry rides to nearby islands including vineyard-strewn Waiheke and volcano-toting Rangitoto. Take in the view from the city's iconic Sky Tower (+64 800 759 2489), also a quick hop from the hotel.

 

Local restaurants

Just across the road, O’Connell Street Bistro at 3 O’Connell Street (+64 (0)9 377 1884) is a local dining institution and has won awards for good reason – it delivers smart dining every time. The Grove, on Saint Patrick’s Square, Wyndham Street (+64 (0)9 368 5129), a former winner of the Audi Metro Restaurant awards, is a 10-minute walk away. Owner/sommelier Michael Dearth is a perfectionist who will talk you through selections to match Benjamin Bayly’s very contemporary cuisine. Masu’s flawless Japanese food earned the restaurant the Metro’s top spot in 2014: station yourself at the robata grill and order some barbecued deliciousness (along with sea-fresh sashimi , punchy dumplings and whisper-light tempura) to see why. The restaurant is at 90 Federal Street, housed in the SkyCity casino complex (+64 (0)9 363 6278). 

Local cafés

Mezze Bar at 9 Durham Street East (+64 (0)9 307 2029) occupies an appealing space in an old building (there aren’t many left in Auckland) with generous windows. It’s the kind of place you can drop into for a drink, dessert, coffee or a meal. For heartfelt Mediterranean food at any time of day, visit Ima & Ibn at 57 Fort Street (+64 (0)9 370 7272), where the menu revolves around dishes from the owner/chef’s homeland of Israel.

Local bars

Like dumplings? Like cocktails? You'll love Xuxu (+64 (0)9 309 5529), on Galway Street & Commerce Street, Britomart.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Kirsten Marx, Marketing maven

Albert Einstein said, ‘things should be made simpler, but not simple’. The new owners of the historic Hotel DeBrett have taken Einstein’s wise words and applied them to this revamped art deco haven in downtown Auckland’s glitziest shopping quarter.

I’m immediately struck by a stripy custom-made carpet that is as colourful as a candy bar, yet is toned down by its minimalist surroundings. A spectacular and inventive chandelier crowning the central atrium is fashioned from vintage light fittings recycled from the DeBrett’s previous incarnations and sums up the hotel’s bold old-meets-new aesthetic.

Climb two flights of stairs, or take the copper-domed lift if you prefer, and the designer touches continue as we’re swiped into room 2.7, as if accessing a safe in a sci-fi movie. As we enter our top-tier Loft Suite it occurs to me that it’s bigger than our former London apartment. I am taken aback by the glamorous wardrobes – his and hers – panelled on four sides with antique glass. Mr Smith, on the other hand, is much more impressed by the two televisions, one in the dining area and the other in the bedroom. All his Christmases have come at once. While the lamp-lit bedroom and its wrinkle-free bed are inviting, hunger takes over and within minutes we change from work to dinner attire with a relieved sigh, as heels convert to flats and the weekend begins.

Cool yet cosy, the Kitchen Restaurant is a winning feature of Hotel DeBrett. Its L-shaped eating area consumes a New York loft-style atrium with a rustic, brick interior, an open kitchen and an inviting fireplace in an adjoining sofa-strewn space (ideal for an apéritif). At an affordable NZ$15, why not start with a glass of Moët on a Friday night? A striking Russian waitress pours our bubbly, before a friendly Spanish waiter interrupts our appreciative murmurs to take our food order. As a vegetarian, usually it’s an uninspiring choice between risotto or ravioli. But the DeBrett’s seasonal menu seduces with shiitake mushroom custard surrounded by lemon gnocchi, artichokes and caramelised chestnuts: a mouth-watering flavour to savour.

Feeling slightly oversized and very much in need of a lie down, our prayers are answered when we discover the guests-only Drawing Room. I laze on a 1970s two-seater, pop an old vinyl LP onto the retro record player, pour a drink from the honesty bar and use the free Apple computer to do some research for tomorrow’s adventures.

The DeBrett boasts an enviable location in the heart of Auckland. You might think that being so central the noise would be chronic but no, sirens outside are merely mute flashing lights. A stone’s throw from the waters of Waitemata Harbour, the theatre is only a minute’s walk away and the hotel nestles among chic cafés, galleries and fashion shops (including Kiwi stars Karen Walker and Kate Sylvester).

So, predictably, tomorrow brings a whole lot of trouble: one too many shopping bags, a few too many flat white coffees, and a whole lot less left in the pocket. ‘What else can a girl do when surrounded by such designer talent?’ I ask Mr Smith, who diplomatically doesn’t attempt an answer. We top off the day with a cocktail in the DeBrett’s intimate, wood-lined Housebar, another spot we love, before Mr Smith and I retire to the bedroom to explore the theory of relativity.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hotel DeBrett’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Great location and great vibe at DeBretts. Luxuriously quirky. Friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommend the cocktail bar too.

Rating

Stayed on 6 Jul 2016

We loved

The friendly obliging staff in every area of the hotel. The great location in buzzy Auckland. The cool, classy interior well curated with deco vibe.

Don’t expect

Easy Parking. Valet service is worth it.

Rating

Stayed on 26 Apr 2016

We loved

Location, service, beautifully appointed rooms. Can't think what else you could possibly want.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Jan 2016

We loved

The central location minutes from Auckland's Waterfront, the nearness to other restaurants, the closeness to the shopping streets like Queens, the bright and cool decor, the cocktails of the House Bar, and the friendly staff.

Don’t expect

Total peace and quiet, as most rooms do look onto the hotel's inner courtyard where it has its restaurant: despite double-glazing, noise does waft up – but if you like it hype, then you'll feel right at home!

Rating

Stayed on 11 Dec 2015

We loved

The stylish décor, huge bath and the delicious cocktails included as the Mr and Mrs Smith gift.

Don’t expect

Free valet parking - there is a charge for this that is not always mentioned automatically.

Rating

Stayed on 18 Nov 2015

We loved

The service, the hotel's central location and fabulous modern/Art Deco style. The food in the restaurant was great also.

Don’t expect

A room with a view. Our room's window look inward into the restaurant.

Rating

Stayed on 6 Nov 2015

We loved

Nicely positioned on high street. Can't fault staff service! Clean hotel and newly refurbished - everything was pretty much new.

Don’t expect

Breaky menu was disappointing to me, both hot and cold foods. I thought it seemed a very pricey hotel for what you get. I thought I would be automatically upgraded to suite, this was not the case.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Oct 2015

We loved

This is a terrific boutique hotel right in the centre of Auckland. The old building has been creatively and imaginatively renovated to provide a number of spacious and very comfortable rooms, with lively and colourful décor and well appointed bathrooms. Intimate lounge for guests beside the busy bar and excellent restaurant. Staff are attentive and very personable.

Don’t expect

Watch out for checkout time - it's 10 am and they are quite strict

Rating

Stayed on 30 Jul 2015

We loved

The staff! Always helpful, attentive and super friendly plus the upgrade to a suite with the best balcony ever due to some noisy neighbours disturbing our sleep three nights in a row at 3.00am.

Don’t expect

Coffee and tea in the rooms

Rating

Stayed on 12 Apr 2015

We loved

The decor, restaurant and customer service.

Rating

Stayed on 7 Jan 2015

We loved

The room was a good size and had an excellent large double bed, which was comfortable and soft. There was also a second bathroom, separate from the main bathroom – such a good idea – ask for room 1.1. There's a meeting room attached, so I suppose the room is only available when the meeting room is not in use.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Dec 2014

We loved

Cool, fun, hip, funky. Perfect for adult getaways.

Rating

Stayed on 15 Sep 2014

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