‘Boutique’ is an understatement for this hotel. Hotel de Brett in Auckland’s CBD has the special sort of charm that makes you feel loved. Complete with retro furnishings, open fireplace, three separate bar areas, and an award-winning restaurant – oh, did I mention a Juliet balcony from your bedroom overseeing the eating and drinking atrium? I won’t even get into the private library that only guests can access or the live jazz on Sunday nights…
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A Personable Auckland Boutique Hotel
At the end of a recent adventure trip through New Zealand, I hung my hat for a night (and aired out my hiking boots) at this vibrant boutique hotel. It was just what I was looking for.
The DeBrett is smack in the middle of downtown, and it's not just travelers that are passing through. Busy Aucklanders populate the place, whether they’re having dinner at the well-regarded Kitchen restaurant or downing Bluff oysters and Kiwi craft brews in the clubby Housebar. I found plenty of convenient stuff mere steps away, including the hotel’s (fairly rudimentary) off-site gym and Shaky Isles, a nice café in Britomart that’s also a perfect place to get some work done.
It’s a design-conscious hotel. Much of the look is mid-century modern, for a dash of a "Mad Men" flavor—the owners have snapped up some awfully nice vintage furniture at auction—but with extra pops of color and some cool Art Deco details.
I crashed in a Loft Suite, where I had the luxury of two bathrooms. I didn’t have time to borrow a DVD from the guests-only library, but I did grab a complimentary evening drink there. (Another fun touch.) All in all, I'd say, a hospitable headquarters for anyone exploring New Zealand's only metropolis.