The Convent Hotel
The exterior of St Josephs Convent, Great North Road in November 1922. (From the Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 1-W451)

An iconic Grey Lynn building is reinvented as a stunning new boutique hotel

A new hotel on the city fringe has emerged within a building that has a colourful history indeed. Aptly named The Convent, the boutique accommodation has settled into what was at one time in its life a former nunnery on Great North Road.

The impressive, Spanish mission-style building was built in 1922 and was home to St Joseph’s Convent until 1993. In recent years the building fell into disrepair, until being purchased by developer Andy Davies (of Ponsonby Central fame), who has lovingly restored the building, in another glowing example of the magic a well-intentioned developer can bestow on the city.

Now with 22 rustic yet contemporary rooms, every detail of The Convent has been impeccably chosen for a comfortable and memorable getaway — or staycation. The main aspect that has us considering the latter is the room rates, which are extremely reasonable, making it a special experience without the price tag.

With its ‘live like a local’ feel, thanks to the Grey Lynn location, and unique sensibility, The Convent is sure to provide a welcome home away from home.


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