January 1, 2018 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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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
The service was outstanding. We had Devonshire teas and lunch at the Esplanade Hotel on 5 December 2017. The scones were delicious with cream and strawberry jam. Tea was served in bone china cups and saucers and there was plenty for everyone. Lunch was served promptly and everything was first class. The Hotel has a really lovely atmosphere with a great outlook - we sat in the verandah on the front.
Bookworm2016 - Whangarei, New Zealand
The location of this hotel is excellent. Walking distance to cafes and restaurants, and the ferry terminal straight across the road. The harbour view room had lovely views, the bed was super comfortable, and the staff were very helpful.
Jodi_Shaun - Tauranga, New Zealand
Quaint older hotel in a great location across from the ferry building to Auckland. Easy walk to lots of good restaurants, etc. But, the place needs some upgrading--took two-three days for us to get two light bulbs replaced and we missed maid service one day for no reason. Breakfast service was slow and food uninspired.
lotabuck - Taos, New Mexico
After a working life staying in hotels I have to say that in my experience the Esplanade rates among the World's 'Top 10 Worst Hotels'. In short, the 'Fawlty Towers of NZ', but without the charm. I can only imagine that the owners and management have no personal experience of staying in hotels, or are completely ignorant of the basic standards of decoration, cleanliness and service which their guests may expect. On check in we were informed that we had been 'upgraded', in fact to the room over the entrance. The standards of decoration, furnishings and cleanliness were appalling, depressing and amateurish in the extreme; dust around the carpet edges (those parts not painted upon when the skirting boards had received a coat), dusty and torn curtains, not completely attached to their tracks, dust on the top of the headboard, stained grouting in the bathroom, a dirty and stained plastic shower curtain, dubious staining to the 'caulking' (I use the term loosely) at the base of the toilet bowl and an unserviceable light bulb. We had been told that there was a crack in the wash hand basin, but this had been 'filled'. The crack (or cracks) were a spiders web of rough caulking, not only within the basin, but, unbelievably, also in the undersurface. From a health and safety point of view this room should never have been offered to guests, let alone as an 'upgrade'. We had booked a room with breakfast included, and in any other establishment one would expect a choice of chilled juices, cereals and perhaps some fresh fruit and yoghurt, prior to ordering a cooked breakfast - NOT in the Esplanade. On enquiring if an orange juice was available we were told, "It is, but we will charge it to your room" .......we declined the generous offer. Tea and coffee are self serve from a hot water boiler, of the type one might expect in a cheap and cheerful transport cafe, placed on a side table.......and most of the cups and mugs were stained internally. In order to obtain any service, the waitress had to be located, in our case she was in the bar vacuuming and cleaning tables. The only other staff member present was seated at the front desk and appeared to be permanently on the telephone; she seemed, from her conversation to be harassed and unable to cope with whatever situation or problem she was having to contend, at one stage dropping the phone to rush off and tell the waitress/cleaner to stop vacuuming as she couldn't properly hear the other party on the line. A back office would have been a more appropriate case to conduct these negotiations, rather than in full view and hearing of guests. Our cooked breakfasts, you may order just one dish from the breakfast menu, remember no fruit juice or cereal is included, were edible but not presented in any manner or style befitting a hotel describing itself 'boutique', or any such term. My wife's request, that her fried eggs be cooked 'over easy', (a term internationally recognised in the catering trade), were presented totally solid, and were probably cooked sometime prior to their being ordered. There was no side plate, and we had to remind the 'waitress' to bring us some butter for our toast; no jam or marmalade was visible or offered - presumably that too would have been charged to our room. One hopes and assumes that the 'waitress' undertook some hygiene regime (i.e. hand washing) between her cleaning duties and serving breakfast to the hotel guests, but, as she constantly switched between duties, I suspect not. The Edwardian building was obviously an imposing structure when new, but, as others have noted, the outside is in a very poor decorative condition; this is echoed by the furnishing and decoration of the public areas, with chipped paint and peeling wallpaper. The lift too, is in a poor state, grubby and with a dirty and ill fitting carpet. All of this is very sad as the hotel occupies a prime position in Devonport and could be a major draw for the town and its traders, but until such time as is is closed down and completely refurbished, I would never recommend it to anyone or ever wish to stay here again. A card in the room invited our comments, such that the hotel could 'improve its service to its customers'; quite honestly, it wasn't large enough, and I think it only right that the comments of this particular customer are shared with a wider audience. Sadly, I think that these forthright comments will go completely unheeded by those who have the power to initiate change. To the owners, you have an iconic and historic building, both it and and your customers deserve better than that which is currently being offered. Someone previously mentioned the term 'penny pinching', which was denied in a management response on-line; be assured, at this hotel it is obvious to any visitor. You have been warned. As for, 'Number 1 out of 2 hotels in Devonport', I would suggest that visitors in stay in comfort in the city and catch the ferry for a day out in the town, but do not make the mistake of booking a room in the Esplanade.
SilverSKIERSurrey - Surrey
The location of this hotel could not be better. Wake up to a good breakfast overlooking the water across from Auckland. The staff is generally friendly and helpful, Walk along the waterfront. Dine at one of the local restaurants along the main street of Davenport, although most seem more oriented toward local residents. Catch the ferry to Auckland or Waiheke Island across the street from this hotel. The hotel needs investment in paint, updated and replaced light bulbs and new area rugs, etc. Rooms are generous in size. If you're planning to spend most of your time touring, this provides a great location for a start to multiple excursions across the North Island of New Zealand. The price is reasonable for the exceptional location.
The Infinity G - Eugene, OR