Photo courtesy of Mollies
Built in 1870 as the family home of the first mayor of Auckland, Archibald Clark, Mollies was occupied for a short time by nuns before being turned into a hotel by entrepreneur Mollie Wilson in the 1950s. Today, the design of the boutique hotel stays true to the building’s Victorian heritage, but modern art, plush furnishings, and high-tech amenities like Bluetooth sound systems cater to 21st-century travelers. Each of the 12 suites features unique treasures as well as panoramic vistas of either gardens, the city, or St. Marys Bay, just a few blocks away. The decor is sophisticated without feeling stuffy; dark wood furniture and brass light fixtures contrast against distressed white walls, funky bedspreads and curtains, and soft cushions. The Premier Suites are the showpieces here, boasting antique furniture, fireplaces, Persian rugs, and French doors that open onto private balconies. Mollies is like an inspiring home with the addition of a glass-enclosed restaurant and a top-floor spa. Reception, meals, wellness, and mixology are each the domain of a different employee. From the moment guests are handed a cocktail, New Zealand wine, or flute of French champagne upon arrival, they’re treated like part of the Auckland family.
By Serena Renner, AFAR Contributor
6 Tweed St, Herne Bay, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
+64 9-376 3489