- Style Art deco goes Pop
- Setting High Street's fashion hub
With its bright pops of colour and vibrant décor, Hotel Debrett is an art deco outpost ideally situated near central Auckland's trendy shops and cutting-edge art galleries. This stylish retreat attracts locals with its sultry bar and sunny courtyard, while a sprinkling of native collectables gives the sassy city hideaway a distinguished Kiwi touch.
Need to know
- Rooms 25, including 15 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $216.08 (NZD261), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast, pre-dinner drink, internet access and local phone calls.
- Facilities Complimentary WiFi throughout, drawing room, private dining and meeting rooms, DVD and book library, off-site gym. In rooms: flatscreen TV and DVD player, minibar stocked with local products, Sans bath products by Lucy Vincent-Marr.
- Check–out 10am, but flexible subject to a half-rate charge until 1pm and full rate after 1pm. Check-in, 2pm.
Children A ready supply of free cots and extra sofa-beds for under-16s, baby monitors, toys, PS3s and a kids’ menu mean children are very welcome here. A babysitter can be arranged for NZ$20 an hour, with a day's notice.
- Also Just off the restaurant, the 24-hour guests-only Drawing Room is a laid-back spot to read, retrieve emails (there’s a laptop for guests’ use) or relax while enjoying a drink from the honesty bar.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Each room has its own configuration as well as artworks, antiques, collectables, retro and custom-made furniture, and Kiwi kitsch to guarantee individuality. For even more unique appeal, O’Connell Room 2.17 has an intimate mid-century bar – quite the conversation starter for a drinks gathering. Loft rooms 2.3 and 2.4 sport spiral staircases just begging for a flirty cocktail dress and heels to swish down them. Room 1.7, flanking the atrium, is sexy and snug for young, party-going couples.
- Packing tips If your wardrobe is in need of a makeover, bring an extra bag for the fashion booty you’ll be buying in the surrounding streets and laneways. Some of NZ's most cutting-edge labels are yours for the taking.
- Also If you feel inspired by the art and collectables around you, pick up your own to take home from the Lobby Gallery, which features artists such as Christine Cathie. Or consider a Judy Darragh chandelier or a silk throw by Frontroom Fabrics.
Food and drink at Hotel DeBrett
- Hotel restaurant L-shaped ground-floor restaurant DeBretts Kitchen shares space with the lounge in the light-filled Atrium and the kitchen itself, which is more casual with a banquette and tables. The atrium space features an inviting fireplace and pendulous chandeliers by artist Judy Darragh dripping with vintage lamps. The kitchen dining area includes a wall decorated with old lights from the hotel, a collection of retro plates and vibrant orange glass vases lining a window ledge. The domain of creative chef Alan Micks, the regular NZ-meets-European menu changes to reflect the best local, seasonal produce, with dishes such as snapper fillet and spiced lamb tagine.
- Dress code When staying in High Street, wear something from this fashion precinct – a charming number from Karen Walker or Kate Sylvester, perhaps, or a vintage dress from Tango.
- Top table For maximum romantic glam, book the table beneath the chandelier. Private dining can be arranged in one of the atrium suites for groups of six to 10.
- Last orders The kitchen closes at 10pm.
- Room service Contemporary cuisine and updated classics, such as hand-cut fries with aioli and champagne ham and cheddar toasted sandwiches, are available 24 hours a day.
- Hotel bar During its big-hair Eighties heyday, small but sassy Housebar became a local icon. It has since dropped the shoulder pads and red lipstick and is now dressed in slick, cool-blue hues – and it’s still smoking as the city’s best. The wine list is a superb compilation of some of the country finest accessible drops. For aromatics lovers, the Johanneshof Gewurztraminer from Marlborough is a must. Beer lovers should try the Moa fermented-in-the-bottle range from Blenheim. For guests, there's also a 24-hour honesty bar in the Drawing Room.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details