Now that Australia and New Zealand have entered into a travel bubble, it’d be wise to get across the best hotels in Auckland before crossing that Tasman.
Considering this is New Zealand’s biggest and most populous city, there’s a surprising lack of options, but thankfully just enough to give you a few options on where to stay, whether that’s going old-school at Hotel Grand Windsor, living it up at the ritzy Cordis, or dipping into the more eccentric fashions of SO/ and QT.
We’ve already taken you through the best new restaurants in Auckland, and broadened the scope with the best New Zealand lodges for luxury and adventure. Now let’s just focus on where you’ll want to rest your head in the big city.
Where Are The Best Hotels In Auckland?
Cordis Auckland by Langham
Cordis one of the most sought luxury hotels in Auckland – easily one of the country’s best known. Although it was formerly The Langham, Cordis is still part of the same famously upscale brand, maintaining much of what makes the renowned hotel group so coveted in cities like Chicago, Melbourne, and Sydney. The Upper Queen Street location certainly helps with the demand, positioning guests right in the middle of Auckland CBD’s best restaurants, cafes, and bars. It’s hard to look past the Chan Spa as well, which offers treatments based on the five phases of wuxing, a guiding Chinese philosophy based on five elements; that goes double for new restaurant Our Land Is Alive, which tells the story of Aotearoa’s landscapes through local produce.
Address: 83 Symonds Street, Grafton, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Contact: +64 9379 5132
Park Hyatt Auckland
As New Zealand’s very first 195-room Park Hyatt hotel, this property marks the return of the Hyatt brand to the country’s biggest city. Having opened in 2020, it’s also one of the newer hotels in Auckland, featuring 195 tastefully appointed rooms including a 245 square metre Presidential Suite with its own internal garden and an additional 125 square metre terrace with views that scan the harbour.
Address: 99 Halsey Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Contact: +64 9366 1234
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Unsurprisingly, Sofitel have carved out an enviable presence amongst Auckland’s hotel industry. The elegant French brand has blended seamlessly with the city, offering up slick contemporary design set against those immense floor-to-ceiling views of Waitemata Harbour, the Viaduct precinct, and the well-spaced cityscape. Art and fashion define the hotel’s smaller touches, best seen in the high-end 127 square meter Opera Suite, where a grand sofa is perfectly placed to maximise those views, and an 8-seater wooden dining table is ideal for entertaining.
Address: 21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Contact: +64 9909 9000
QT Hotels & Resorts made the jump across the ditch a few years ago, first opening QT Wellington and QT Queenstown. Now, the quirky luxury hotel brand is adding the 150-room QT Auckland to its impressive Kiwi roster. And that same sense of theatrical style, boutique-minded approach, and personality-led design can be found here, alongside Mediterranean restaurant Esther, helmed by Sean Connolly. It’s also part of QT’s “Pup Yeah” program, so its not only one of the best hotels in Auckland now, it’s one of the best dog friendly hotels in Auckland.
Address: 4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Westhaven, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Contact: +64 9379 9123
Hilton Hotel Auckland
The stalwart Hilton Hotel Auckland is an five-star property located on the tip of Princess Wharf so the views of Auckland’s waterfront are incredible. Located right next to Viaduct Harbour, as many of the best hotels in Auckland are, its a lavish base for all the drinking and dining you could possibly want in the city. Plus, it’s a short walk to Auckland’s CBD, central Bitromart station, the Maritime Museum, and the ferry terminal for when that inevitable wine crawl across Waiheke Island is calling your name.
Address: 147 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Contact: +64 9978 2000
Ever since the SO/ brand started in Bangkok, it has become one of Accor’s most exciting new titles in the hotel industry. As it does in the eternally vibrant Thai capital, SO/ Auckland takes the elegant of its parent brand, Sofitel, and adds a more youthful, conceptual spin to the design. Located in the very convenient Britomart area, the chic 130-room hotel loosely translates Auckland’s volcanic history with an eccentric approach, led by Kiwi fashion designer Benny Castles.
Address: Corner Of Customs St E&, Gore Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Contact: +64 9379 1860
It doesn’t get any more boutique than a 10-room luxury villa that’s been beautifully restored in the hip Auckland suburb of Ponsonby. This is where you’ll find some of the city’s trendier restaurants and bars, so being able to lap up some five-star service from a suburb that’s severely lacking in accommodation options is more than enough to make this one of the best hotels in Auckland. Plus, it’s got that pristine, picturesque façade that makes you feel as if you’re staying in a high-end Airbnb property while still maintaining the level of service and attention boutique hotels are known for.
Address: 43 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021, New Zealand
Contact: +64 9558 1955
The Hotel Britomart
Opened in 2020, The Hotel Britomart is an excellent addition to Auckland with a strong commitment to being positioned as New Zealand’s greenest and most environmentally friendly city hotel. The five-star New Zealand Green Building Council rating is well-earned, placing the 99-room hotel at the top of the sustainability scale with great efforts taken to use appropriate materials, minimise wastage, ensure energy efficiency, and source organic skincare products. The fact that they can manage all that and still offer one of the best luxury hotel experiences in Auckland is impressive to say the least.
Address: 29 Galway Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Contact: +64 9300 9595
Hotel Grand Windsor
Furthering Accor’s firm grip on Auckland’s hotel scene, the Hotel Grand Windsor is an MGallery by Sofitel property and is easily one of the most luxurious in the city. Set in an art deco heritage skyscraper dating back to 1936, the staunchly traditionalist hotel has that air of old world glamour that contrasts against the more modern tastes of competing Auckland luxury hotels. It’s a testament to the timeless of old world charm and classic hospitality, hinged mainly on its conceptual connection to the personal jewellery collection of the Duchess of Windsor – clearly expressed in the vibrant tones of each of the hotel’s 79 rooms and suites.
Address: 58 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
Contact: +64 9309 9979
Although the colourful interiors may be over-dramatised, Hotel DeBrett is a reliable choice when looking for the best hotels in the heart of Auckland CBD. Frequented by locals and guests for their high tea offering, the vibrant boutique 25-room hotel is easily one of the family-friendly properties in the city. The flexible room designs and attentive service make this a favourite for larger groups travelling together.
Address: 2 High Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Contact: +64 9925 9000
The Grand by Skycity
Connected to the Sky City precinct via an air bridge, The Grand is one of two hotels offered by the casino – the other being a 4-star property. You’ll be right next to some of Auckland’s favourite restaurants here, so even if punting isn’t your thing, you’re well-placed to explore Auckland from classic five-star comforts. While more modern hotels have opened since, there’s little denying that The Grand stays true to its name, with an admirably old-school approach to hospitality framed by all the standards you’d expect from a casino’s higher-end accommodation.
Address: 90 Federal Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Contact: +64 9363 6000
While most of the best hotels in Auckland are packed into the city, Warblers Retreat, a five-star eco getaway, is coasts closer to the enormous Riverhead Forest. Nodding to its natural surrounds, this property is regarded as the city’s most romantic getaway – certainly the most private. The focus here is on a restorative stay, as most of the best and most remote luxury accommodations are. This includes forest-bathing spa baths, and access to some top-notch garden and nature walks.
Address: 8/361 Paremoremo Road, Albany, Auckland 0632, New Zealand
Contact: +64 9414 4503
Located on Auckland’s famous Waiheke Island, Delamore Lodge is clearly a shoo-in for lovers of fine New Zealand wine. The island is dotted with some of the best and most internationally renowned wineries you can find on the North Island, so the commanding cliffside lodge is obviously going to be swimming with some of the best drops around.
The hook-shaped, first-class lodge makes full use of its enviable location sweeping across Auckland’s visually rich Hauraki Gulf for the ideal backdrop to all that wining and dining.
Address: 83 Delamore Drive, Oneroa, Auckland 1081, New Zealand
Contact: +64 9 372 7372
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Best Hotels in Auckland – Frequently Asked Questions
What are the best hotels near Auckland Central?
The best luxury hotels around Auckland Central include Cordis, Hotel DeBrett, and The Grand by Skycity.
What is the most fashionable hotel in Auckland?
For guests who like their hotels young and trendy, both the QT Auckland and SO/ Auckland are the top choices.
What is the best hotel at Auckland airport?
If you need to stay close to Auckland airport, the best hotels are Novotel Auckland Airport, and Naumi Hotel Auckland Airport.