After a week traipsing around some of the rugged little islands out from Auckland, I was welcomed to my suite at CityLife Auckland A Heritage Hotel with a lovely bottle of Central Otago pinot, fine NZ chocolates and a fabulous set of Manuka Spa toiletries with which to wash away the working week. The king size bed promised the best sleep I would have in a week as well.
But first some local exploring. Central as it is in Auckland’s CBD, CityLife Auckland A Heritage Hotel made for easy access to the city’s sights, nightlife, shopping, the beautiful Auckland Art Gallery and adjoining greenspace of Albert Park. It’s a short wander down to Auckland’s harbour precinct where you are spoilt for sundowners and a meal to suit any taste. Café Hanoi hit the spot with a fabulous fresh and tasty Vietnamese meal, where the ambiance was stylish and lively, with excellent service.
Come morning, CityLife Auckland A Heritage Hotel’s Zest Restaurant made for the perfect perch at breakfast, nestled as it is on the first floor overlooking Queen Street. Lovely morning sun warms through the floor-to-ceiling windows over the corner table from which to watch the city streets come to life and enjoy a fresh start to the day with the full complement of the breakfast buffet servings. My next must-do was to check out the hotel’s indoor heated pool, perfect for stretching out with some peaceful laps.
After spying some local activity in the laneway from the pool windows, I headed out and found the cutest little coffee house, Moin Moin, tucked away as a stylish hole in the wall in a refurbished terrace, but obviously well-known to locals and perfect for my mid-morning coffee. Further wandering quickly found a couple of venues to be sought out in the evening, the Bluestone Room, a historic stone building repurposed into a bar for a refreshing ale, and the Ding Dong Lounge for a cool cocktail later on.
Back at my suite, I’m saddened to be staying so briefly. The suite is spacious, comfortable and airy, with a kitchenette, separate bedroom, lounge and dining areas which would be perfect for a longer stay. For those not afraid of heights, you can slide open the balcony windows for open air views out over the rooftops and city streets from up on high. You’re in the centre of the cityscape here at CityLife Auckland A Heritage Hotel, but the suite was quiet enough overnight for a restful sleep.
I was impressed with the hotel’s enviro-care efforts, from encouraging recycling and energy saving in-house, to the wonderful ‘Goodie Bag’ CityLife Auckland A Heritage Hotel supplies so guests can take the remaining Manuka Spa toiletries home with them. A lovely touch from a hotel that has one of the best locations in Auckland.