36 St. Stephens Ave., Auckland, New Zealand
$80 to $125
While the accommodations in this sprawling guest house are comfortable,
space and character have been sacrificed to provide rooms with private
bathrooms at a reasonable price. The room with the attached sunroom at
the back of the house is small but pleasant. The house stands on a relatively
busy street, within easy walking distance of the shops and nightlife of
Parnell Village. Smoking is not permitted inside. www.ascotparnell.com.
9 rooms. AE, MC, V. Full breakfast.
ASCOTT METROPOLIS HOTEL
1 Courthouse La., Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland's old magistrate's court house has been converted to provide
an elegant lobby, restaurant, and bar for this all-suite hotel. The guest
rooms are all in a new tower built just behind the court. Though most
rooms have decent views, the best sea views are available higher up on
the east side of the hotel. On a clear day you'll be able to see right
across the harbor to the Coromandel Peninsula. Units are either one- or
two-bedroom; most have balconies, and all come with a kitchenette and
washing machine and dryer. www.theascott.com. 315 suites. Restaurant,
kitchenettes, indoor pool, health club, 2 hot tubs, sauna, bar. AE, DC,
AUCKLAND CENTRAL BACKPACKERS
229 Queen St., Auckland, New Zealand
The best-equipped budget place in town, this hostel manages to keep the
lid on its rates despite a Queen Street locale. Opened in 2002, it includes
features such as air-conditioning and a security system that you would
normally expect to pay a lot more for. Accommodation varies from a six-bed
bunk room to family rooms with bath. The lounge and Internet-café
area act as the hostel's social hub, where you'll also find a travel center
and even a New Zealand job-search service should you be looking for temporary
work. www.acb.co.nz. 71 rooms, 23 with bath. Restaurant, café,
kitchen, bar, laundry facilities, travel services. AE, DC, MC, V.
AUCKLAND CITY YHA
City Rd. at Liverpool St., Auckland, New Zealand
Hotels with much higher room rates must envy this hostel's location just
behind upper Queen Street. It's a few minutes' walk to the lively area
of Karangahape Road and close to the bus circuit. Most rooms have a view
over Auckland toward the harbor, but the best outlook is from the sun
deck and common room. All share bathrooms. You can arrange for meals at
the in-house restaurant; luggage storage and tour booking are available.
www.yha.org.nz. 160 beds. Restaurant, travel services; no a/c. AE, MC,
Mayoral Dr. and Vincent St., Auckland, New Zealand
Its proximity to the Aotea Centre performance venue and downtown makes
the Carlton a favorite with business travelers. Guest rooms are spacious
and elegantly furnished, with particularly well-equipped bathrooms. The
best views are from the rooms that overlook the parklands and the harbor
to the east. Polished granite and warm, earthy tones have been used liberally
throughout the building. The hotel's restaurants have occasional food
festivals and cooking classes. www.carlton-auckland.co.nz. 455 rooms,
14 suites. 2 restaurants, coffee shop, minibars, in-room data ports, tennis
court, 2 bars. AE, DC, MC, V.
128 Albert St., Auckland, New Zealand
$125 to $200
Rooms at this city landmark equal those in just about any of Auckland's
leading hotels, but cutting down on facilities and glossy public areas
has reduced prices substantially. Accommodations begin on the 16th floor.
The suites on the 28th floor have great views and bigger bathrooms for
just a slightly higher price. Service is keen and professional. www.crowneplaza.co.nz.
252 rooms. Restaurant, gym, bar. AE, DC, MC, V.
35 Hobson St., Auckland, New Zealand
Transforming one of Auckland's landmark buildings, the Farmers Department
Store, this hotel opened in 1998 and quickly earned a reputation as one
of the finest in the city. Since then it has added a tower wing, making
it New Zealand's largest hotel as well. The size hasn't detracted from
its character -- the main building has retained its original 1920s Art
Deco design, including high ceilings, large jarrah-wood columns, and native
timber floors. The tower wing is more contemporary and includes New Zealand
art especially commissioned for the rooms and public areas. Ask for a
harbor-view room. www.heritagehotels.co.nz. 224 rooms, 243 suites. 2 restaurants,
in-room safes, minibars, in-room data ports, tennis court, indoor pool,
pool, health club, sauna, spa, 2 bars, meeting rooms. AE, DC, MC, V.
Albert St. and Swanson St., Auckland, New Zealand
Constant upgrades, noteworthy service, and attention to detail keep this
mid-city hotel at the top of its game. Standard rooms are large and furnished
extensively with natural fabrics and native woods in an updated art deco
style. The best rooms are on the harbor side -- the higher the better.
Make sure you check out the rooftop area, with its expansive views over
Auckland's harbor, or, on a rainy day, take high tea in the lobby. If
you've got something to celebrate, head to the Yanrepé champagne
bar. www.stamford.com.au. 332 rooms. 2 restaurants, in-room safes, minibars,
in-room data ports, pool, bar. AE, DC, MC, V.