If there’s one thing we’re taking away from Auckland’s influx of beautifully-appointed new hotels, it’s that our current inability to travel abroad doesn’t mean we should deny ourselves a luxurious escape. So, in the spirit of encouraging everyone to indulge in a sumptuous staycation, we have rounded up our favourite hotel suites around Auckland. Whether for a special occasion or just for the feeling of a break from the daily routine, these are the best rooms to book for a night or two (and you don’t even have to get on a plane).
Sofitel — Opera Suite
Having recently undergone a thorough revamp, the Sofitel Hotel in Viaduct Harbour should be high on any staycation list. Particularly now that it boasts an opulent new spa, which just happens to be the exclusive stockist of cult French skincare brand Biologique Recherche. In the Sofitel’s Opera Suite, floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular city views that allow guests to feel as involved in the action as they are away from it all. Here, contemporary design is entwined with delightful touches of luxury and considered objets d’art that deliver a modern, Parisian vibe. With a lounge and dining space separate to the bedroom as well as an oversized bathroom equipped with Hermès amenities, this suite makes for an escape like no other.
The Hotel Britomart — The Landing Suites
Nestled in the heart of Britomart, downtown’s newest hotel offers five exquisite suites designed to provide a calm respite from the bustle of the city. Our pick? The Rangihoua Suite — 65 square-metres of sumptuous, contemporary luxury on the top floor of the The Hotel Britomart, boasting north-facing views to the Waitematā Harbour as well as its own sprawling terrace and outdoor fireplace. With warm, modern interiors, a generous living space featuring a curated library, an ensuite bathroom complete with a deliciously deep bathtub in which to soak the day away, and the option of ordering room service from none other than Kingi, this suite will have you forgetting you’re in the middle of Auckland — if only for a night or two.
Park Hyatt — Presidential Suite
With an enviable waterfront position affording its guests’ unmatched views across the harbour, the Park Hyatt takes the idea of staycationing to new heights. Its Presidential Suite offers 245 square-metres of penthouse privacy, complete with separate living and dining areas, a fully-equipped kitchen, internal boardroom, private outdoor garden, personal gym and secure VIP access (if you’re feeling extra). If all that seems a bit much, the Chairman’s Suite and the Executive Suite both offer similar experiences with slightly smaller footprints. Oh and while you’re there, be sure to indulge in a meal or two at the Park Hyatt’s restaurant Onemata. We recommend the risotto.
The Convent — Superior Suite
Retreat to this cosy corner of Grey Lynn at beautifully-finished, boutique accommodation, The Convent. Once a community for nuns (hence the name), this petite hotel packs a punch on the design front, and its Superior Suite is the perfect place to spend a quiet night or two. Ornate ceilings meet arched windows in a space that feels at once luxurious and charmingly eccentric. With a plush king bed, a private balcony, a separate lounge area and all the expected trimmings one might expect from a hotel stay, but with a distinctly curated twist, The Convent feels like a home away from home. Any stay here should be accompanied by a dinner at The Convent’s lauded (and extremely popular) restaurant, Ada.
QT — Viaduct Balcony Suite
Few places make the outside world drift away as swiftly as a QT Hotel. The renowned chain, best known for its intriguing, modern fit-outs and undeniably ‘cool’ take on hotel luxury, has recently opened a brand new outpost in Viaduct Harbour, and it’s proving the ideal staycation spot. In QT’s impressive Viaduct Balcony Suite, guests can expect harbour views from a private balcony, a spacious, carefully-considered floorplan, warm, textural touches, a super luxurious Super King bed and a generous bathroom with a rainfall shower and standalone bath. Oh, and QT is also home to acclaimed chef Sean Connolly’s new venture Esther, as well as only a short walk to all the bars and restaurants Viaduct Harbour has to offer.