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Esplanade Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand
Builders broke ground on the Esplanade Hotel at the turn of the 20th century with plans modeled after the great seaside resort hotels in Brighton and Blackpool, England. These days, Devonport is an idyllic beach locale in its own right: Nearby Cheltenham Beach is considered one of Auckland’s best, and the shopping strip along Victoria Road hosts an eclectic mix of restaurants, boutiques and art galleries. Esplanade Hotel’s 17 rooms and suites are characterized by their Edwardian architecture – think high ceilings and sash windows – and its newly revamped dining venue attracts a steady stream of locals.
Start the day with a seaside brunch – homemade granola with vanilla heilala yogurt, the richest grade made in the Asia-Pacific region. Pick up a picnic on the way out. After a round of tennis and a walk along the beach, feast on potato-parmesan beignets and goat cheese salad under the shade of a Pohutakawa tree in Windsor Reserve, watching boats arrive in the harbor. Take the ferry into downtown Auckland for a night on the town.
Location of Esplanade Hotel
Nearest Airport: AKL
Amenities for Esplanade Hotel
- 17 Rooms
- Complimentary 24-hour Public Parking
- Conference Facilities
- Afternoon & High Teas
Reviews for Esplanade Hotel
Stopped in for lunch on Sunday and while the food was good the service was poor. It took nearly 1.5hrs to receive our meals and even took 25mins to receive our drinks. It didn't seem that busy so that is no excuse
We had done the bus tours around Auckland and got the ferry return thrown in so went thinking we would pass a couple of hours in devonport. We got off the boat and fancied and bite to eat and a drink so being Brits we went into the first pub we see. Got a table on the pavement outside ordered drinks and sat and people watched. Great food God pints,you can't go wrong with pints of peroni,and sat there for four hours I the sunshine. Service was fast and efficient . Historical gents toilet . A great afternoon had by all.
tonyc - london.,england
Straight off the ferry, great location to watch the world go by. Great welcome the waiter was very friendly and helpful. Had the chefs platter, just what we needed, great selection of cheeses, cold meats, fries and fish goujons. lovely food! Yum!
We spent a week staying in the Espladade Hotel and although the hotel is not in perfect condition, it didn't matter at all. It was very comfortable, clean and the staff were absolutely marvellous. The meals were great too. A home away from home. The only problem was the hotel did not have their own car park and we had to try to find a a park in the tightly contested council car parking system, as most of the parks were taken in the early morning by ferry passengers traveling to Auckland. But we got buy.
After a wonderfull wander through the streets of Devonport, full of quaint shops and eating places, with stunning properties, mainly wooden built with iron filigree features, in the residential areas, we stopped off at the Esplanade for afternoon tea. We chose to sit al fresco on the pavement, warmed by the late afternoon sun, and took tea and muffins, gently served warm with butter. Lush! The hotel's interior is fascinating, with many original features still evident. The staff, mainly overseas students on their gap year, are perfectly charming and speak beautifully accented English, sometimes not always understanding the local accented speech.You must go and enjoy.
jollyrobert - Cardiff, Wales