If this year has derailed your overseas plans, indulge in the next best thing: a city staycay. Staycations let you escape the daily grind for a night or two, without the expense of offshore travel. From chic boutique hotels to luxurious refurbished heritage hotels, cosy up with your significant other, or round-up your squad for an urban getaway.
Below, we round-up our favourite hotels for a local staycation...
Seeking something a little bit different? Check into the funky, brand spanking new QT Hotel Auckland. This freshly opened boutique hotel’s most alluring feature is its rooftop bar, which boasts unparalleled views of the harbour. Following a couple of rooftop apéritifs, head to Esther Restaurant, which serves up a delightful Mediterranian flair offered by the most talented Chef - Sean Connolly. After all, a luxurious stay deserves an equally luxurious feed.
One of Auckland’s most luxurious boutique hotels, Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, reopened recently after an extensive makeover that reaffirms its French luxury and art-de-Vivre heritage with contemporary elegance. The hotel offers striking designed spaces, bespoke experiences, privacy, and a sense of discovery. On arrival, you’ll be greeted by modern french flair and style. The hotel’s new features also include the addition of Club Milésime, an elevated range of privileges, services and rituals for guests reserving the hotel’s luxury rooms and suites. Featuring a lounge retreat embellished in decorative art which is the setting for exclusive breakfasts, afternoon tea, evening drinks, and canapés.
Looking for a central staycay that’s close to town but not set amongst the hustle and bustle? Hotel Fitzroy is an idyllic and tranquil boutique hotel located in Grey Lynn with world-class eateries and fashion right on your doorstep, Hotel Fitzroy offers a staycation experience for all tastes... This restored landmark villa will take you back in time to an era of opulence and luxury. Here, you’ll be able to indulge in relaxation, sip on some bubbles on the sun-soaked balcony in the evening, relax in the library with hors d’oeuvres and bask in the sunshine with a continental or cooked in-room breakfast complete with fresh-pressed juice and barista coffee.
The perfect location if you want to be in the heart of Auckland city. Hotel Britomart is the new kid on the block and New Zealand’s first-ever Five Green Star hotel. The contemporary, industrial design features brick-lined exterior and timber detailing. Hotel Britomart is surrounded by 65 retailers, bars & restaurants of the Britomart neighbourhood just a few steps out the door. With rustic rooms to accommodate you and your loved one, you can celebrate life with a glass of champagne at the crown jewel of this hotel - Kingi. A beautiful restaurant only a corner away, experience some of the most exquisite seafood dishes they have on their menu.
In need of a European getaway that’s also rich in history? The new Convent Hotel. If being cultivated in some art wasn’t enough, head to The Convent’s newest restaurant Ada to experience its Italian-inspired fare. Head chefs Hayden Phiskie and Johnny Price place thoughtful emphasis on fresh, seasonal produce. A must-try: The smoked eggplant, tomato, and salted ricotta - delish! The hotel itself offers a range of different rooms full of quirky decor each with its own perks. Step into your own Spanish-styled balcony with a cup of tea and unwind! You’ll feel like you’re in a European escape in no time!
A hidden inner-city gem, just on the corner of High Street and Shortland Street, offers you a unique and luxurious experience. You’ll get to immerse yourself in an eclectic mix of furniture, local art and decor. Spoil yourself at their bars and restaurant. A place filled with style and fashion - the essence of High Street, Debrett’s Kitchen gives you relaxed vibes with their retrofit. If you’re an art connoisseur, Hotel DeBrett should be at the top of your bucket list for your staycation!
Seeking a place that has it all? Park Hyatt offers a range of different facilities - a restaurant, a fitness centre, a bar, and a garden, what more could you need? Park Hyatt Auckland is located on the water’s edge offering an expansive view across Wynyard Quarter’s waterfront out to the Waitemata Harbour. Got the kids? Splash around with the family at Park Hyatt’s 25-meter infinity pool! What better way to entertain the family in summer. It’ll be an unforgettable luxurious staycay.