The best luxury hotels in Auckland

From boutique chic to five star stunner, there’s a hotel in the City of Sails with your name on it.

By Chris Ashton, November 1 2022
The best luxury hotels in Auckland

Auckland is more just than New Zealand’s prime getaway, it’s the beating heart of the North Island. Not in a geographic sense, but the rhythmic pulse of its cultural scene; eclectic eateries and rooftops where cracking a bottle of pinot or sauv blanc is always a good idea.

As you can imagine, there’s no way you can truly experience all the city – originally known as Tamaki Makaurau, or ‘isthmus of a thousand lovers’ – has to offer in a single night or visit.

Take a bite out of Auckland's sensational dining scene.. Auckland Unlimited
Take a bite out of Auckland's sensational dining scene.
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After delving into Maori history at Auckland War Memorial Museum, perusing trendy Ponsonby or savouring the island wineries of nearby Waiheke – just a short ferry ride away – you’ll need somewhere to rest… before hitting the streets to discover more the following day.

With that in mind, and in no particular order, these are some of the best Auckland hotels for you to live it up in style.

 

Cordis Auckland

Part of the Langham Group, with sister properties in Sydney and the Gold Coast, Cordis Auckland is a traditional luxury hotel through and through. And that’s one of its many charms, with a sense of classic refinement enveloping you the moment you step inside.

Treat yourself to handcrafted sweets, savouries, and fluffy scones in the Chandelier Lounge.
Treat yourself to handcrafted sweets, savouries, and fluffy scones in the Chandelier Lounge.

High Tea beneath a sparkling chandelier, Kiwi-inspired cocktails under the stars, and Club Lounge benefits from breakfast to pre-dinner canapés, topped off with a day spa and heated rooftop pool, all combine to create a getaway worth checking into.

Wake up to views across the city skyline from your Executive Room.
Wake up to views across the city skyline from your Executive Room.

Among Cordis’ 640 rooms are the city-view Premier Skyline, the One Bedroom Suite with living and dining, and the brillant Pinnacle Tower Executive Suite, complete with access to the aforementioned Club Lounge. Family rooms are available too.

Fable Auckland, MGallery

Breathing new life into the former Hotel Grand Windsor, Fable Auckland is all about luxury with an Art Decor gleam. In a fitting homage to the building’s 1928 origin, the iconic art style spans all 79 of its guestrooms, in addition to Cooke’s Restaurant and public areas.

The Luxury Room lives up to its name, with a Sofitel My Bed, sustainable Marihi amenities and more.
The Luxury Room lives up to its name, with a Sofitel My Bed, sustainable Marihi amenities and more.

Plush bedheads, deep purple lounges and armchairs, and warm gold detailing set the mood, while welcome additions like Smart TVs, Bose speakers, T2 fine bone china and teas, and Nespresso machines tick all the boxes for a modern boutique hotel.

Cocktails with a splash of table side theatre at Cooke's Restaurant & Bar.
Cocktails with a splash of table side theatre at Cooke's Restaurant & Bar.

The intimate Cooke’s Restaurant & Bar plates up a la carte meals and tasty bar snacks, paired with a well-curated drinks menu. For something a little ‘extra’, you can also enjoy one of three bespoke cocktails mixed tableside by the bar’s mixologist.

The Grand by Skycity

Part of the SkyCity entertainment and dining complex, brimming with 14 inviting restaurants and bars, not to mention the SkyTower soaring high above the city, SkyCity Grand is one of those quintessential Auckland hotels. And it’s got a new sibling on the way too.

Hatted restaurant Gusto at The Grand is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Hatted restaurant Gusto at The Grand is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Opening in 2024, Horizon by SkyCity will feature 302-rooms, a restaurant and bar, with access to the exciting SkyCity complex in the form of an elevated glass walkway. In the meantime though, the Grand has more than enough to hold your attention.

Perched on levels 15-21, the Grand Deluxe Harbour View Suite enjoys a stunning outlook over Waitemata Harbour.
Perched on levels 15-21, the Grand Deluxe Harbour View Suite enjoys a stunning outlook over Waitemata Harbour.

When you’re not kicking back in one of its 312 rooms and suites, like the gorgeous Grand Deluxe Harbour View Suite, there’s the rejuvenating East Day Spa, along with a 25-metre lap pool, sauna and spa pool. There’s a stellar mix of regular events at the casino too.

The Hotel Britomart

A darling of the Auckland boutique hotel scene, The Hotel Britomart – New Zealand’s only five Green Star hotel – is one of the most exciting additions to the city in recent years. It’s also proof you can never have too much exposed brickwork.

On the top floor, The Rangihoua Suite comes with an outdoor fireplace and wraparound city views.
On the top floor, The Rangihoua Suite comes with an outdoor fireplace and wraparound city views.

Designed by Cheshire Architects, the 99-room hotel is striking in its simplicity, with an emphasis on natural finishes of timber and cotton. Its dining is a drawcard too: Kingi restaurant specialises in freshly caught seafood, complemented by a delicious selection of Kiwi wines.

The exterior of the hotel is clad 150,000 hand-made bricks.
The exterior of the hotel is clad 150,000 hand-made bricks.

Those with a taste for the suite life will find three ‘Landing Suites’ perched on the top floor, in addition to two more in a pavilion constructed on the roof of the adjacent century-old Buckland Building. Breakfast, non-alcoholic minibar and transfers are a few of included perks.

QT Auckland

QT Hotels are well-known for doing things a little differently, for pushing design limits and embracing the playful side of life. Its ultra-cool outposts in Sydney and Melbourne are perfect examples, but QT Auckland more than holds its own in the family.

Rooftop at QT is your go-to for drinks with a view.
Rooftop at QT is your go-to for drinks with a view.

Charcoal-black walls and neon lighting; sculptures of rio and glass set the mood, making it clear this is no ordinary hotel. While things take a more sophisticated turn in its 150 rooms, there’s still personality in spaces, from cool metal lockers to Dali-esque mirrors.

Enjoy room to move and space to relax in the Junior Suite.
Enjoy room to move and space to relax in the Junior Suite.

European-style bistro Esther takes diners on a cruise around the Med, incorporating foods and flavours from Italy to France and Morocco. Rooftop at QT bar continues the theme, though with a more sundrenched tapas-style menu and emphasis on killer cocktails.

Park Hyatt Auckland

Boasting prime position overlooking Wynyard Quarter’s Lighter Basin, Park Hyatt Auckland is a 195-room powerhouse housing four fabulous restaurants and bars, a sleek 25-metre infinity pool and day spa, plus plenty of nods to the country’s rich cultural heritage.

Traditional woven textiles are featured throughout the hotel's rooms and public spaces.
Traditional woven textiles are featured throughout the hotel's rooms and public spaces.

Beautifully-woven rugs and Tukutuku panels – an intricate Maori latticework traditionally used to decorate meeting houses – adorn its public spaces and guest rooms, in addition to those contemporary fixtures you’d expect of a modern five star hotel.

Park Hyatt Auckland enjoys an impressive outlook over Wynyard Quarter's Lighter Basin to the harbour beyond.
Park Hyatt Auckland enjoys an impressive outlook over Wynyard Quarter's Lighter Basin to the harbour beyond.

Dining is just as impressive, taking the form of Onemata steak and seafood restaurant, all-day eatery in The Living Room, and the Captain’s Bar, servin tapas-style eats and cocktails. You can also pick up grab-and-go bites at The Pantry Café.

SO/ Auckland

SO/ Auckland is a five star hotel with a passion for fashion and flair. Each of its 130 spacious guest rooms, available in five themes with different layouts and decor, includes bold colours, highly-textured finishes and magnificent views.

The Wine Cellar private dining room is a perfect spot for intimate dinners with up to 8 guests.
The Wine Cellar private dining room is a perfect spot for intimate dinners with up to 8 guests.

On the dining front, there’s Harbour Society, which puts a Kiwi spin on Asian flavours, and Javalab patisserie, where you can pick up sweet treats or caffeinate on the go. When it’s time to hydrate, head up to HI-SO cocktail lounge and enjoy signature cocktails like the J.A.F.E Martini or Tour de Otago.

The exquisite SO/ Lofty room boasts an open plan living, dining and bar area.
The exquisite SO/ Lofty room boasts an open plan living, dining and bar area.

SO/ Spa is ready to help you find your zen with a mix of facial, body and beauty treatments. Or, if you prefer to get the heartrate up, the ‘Soaked’ 20-metre lap pool and SO/ Fit gym – equipped with the latest Life Fitness equipment – will help you stay fit and healthy on the road.

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Another equally enchanting stay is the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, perched overlooking the shimmering waters of Waitemata Harbour. Though already one of the city’s finest luxury hotels, an extensive 2020 refurb took its glamour up to 11.

Settle in for a drink at the Sofitel Auckland's elegant Lobby Bar.
Settle in for a drink at the Sofitel Auckland's elegant Lobby Bar.

The rooms? They deliver in all the right ways too. The Opera Suite is arguably the hotel’s pièce de résistance, yet all 172 boast welcome features such as deep soaking tubs and rain showers, romantic Juliet balconies, Chromecast televisions and espresso machine.

The Opera Suite affords enviable views across the city.
The Opera Suite affords enviable views across the city.

Restaurant La Marée – French for ‘the tide’ – and Sabrage Champagne Bar will quickly become your go-tos for taste bud-pleasing delights and bottles of bubbly, although Club Millésime executive lounge is also at hand for eligible guests.

voco Auckland City Centre

Opened in May 2022, voco Auckland City Centre is the brand’s first foray into New Zealand – and it’s certainly made a big splash. Not only does it have a playful style throughout its 201 rooms, but it’s also home to the country’s highest rooftop bar: Bar Albert.

Perched amid the hotel's upper floors, this Harbour View King offers all you need for a relaxed stay.
Perched amid the hotel's upper floors, this Harbour View King offers all you need for a relaxed stay.

Furnished in a moody palette of deep blues and charcoal greys, plus liberal splashes of yellow, the room also boasts a 55” smart TV with Chromecast, cushy sustainable bedding, and a marble bathroom fitted with a rain shower and ‘Antipodes’ organic amenities.

Bar Albert is tailor-made for embracing the view.
Bar Albert is tailor-made for embracing the view.

Located on the 38th floor, the aforementioned bar is a perfect spot to enjoy a smooth single malt or cocktail, particularly in the evenings when the sky blaze into shades of orange and purple. After the sun sets, Mozzarella & Co Italian trattoria should be next on your to-do list.

Of course, once you’ve ticked off Auckland’s highlights, there’s a good chance you’ll want to explore more of Aotearoa. From the tip of the North Island to bottom of the South, these are some of the best New Zealand luxury hotels and lodges for your hit list.

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I haven't been to Auckland in over 15 years and enjoyed reading here how the hotel scene there has really developed.  I used to stay at the Hilton frequently and it was one of the better options but noticed it's not on your list. Times change!   


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