Editors' Picks

Sofitel Auckland

Harbor-facing, contemporary, corporate

21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue

(64) 9-909 9000

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At a Glance

Overlooking the Viaduct Harbor, the Sofitel is a solid choice for travelers spending a couple of days in the city.

Indagare Loves

  • The floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Viaduct Harbour
  • The location in walking distance to many recommended restaurants
  • That all rooms have small balconies
  • The local scene at Sabrage Bar in the evening


Surprisingly, New Zealand’s largest city doesn’t have a real winner in the luxury hotel scene (where is the Eichardt’s of Auckland?). Currently, the Sofitel, located at the entrance of the Viaduct Harbour and in walking distance to most major sights, jostles for the top position with the Hilton (the Langham is tired and in dire need of a make over). The French-run hotel has a lot going for it – redone entirely in 2012, it feels fresh and modern, with its 172 rooms and suites done in a chocolate-beige-white color scheme, with comfortable king-sized beds, floor-to-ceiling windows and large bathrooms, with separate tubs and showers.

You yearn for a little more personality in the somewhat confusingly laid-out common spaces, including a lobby lounge that overlooks interior pools and courtyards but doesn’t really come together in the Zen way the architect presumably had in mind. The staff, however, including a plugged-in and speedy concierge team, is extremely friendly and works hard to keep guests – many of who are passing through town on business – happy. In the evening, the property’s Sabrage Bar on the ground floor has a surprisingly good mix of locals and visitors and a nice menu of local wines. It’s a nice spot for a cocktail or glass of wine before heading out to the trendy Wynyard Quarter to dinner. The fact that many Auckland sights and restaurants are within walking distance is the property’s greatest draw.

Who Should Stay

Families and couples passing through Auckland en route to or from the rest of their New Zealand itinerary. It’s one of the city’s only top choices.

Written by Simone Girner

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