Hilton Auckland – Not your Grandmother’s Hilton

Hilton ExteriorHilton Auckland

Went to Auckland on the pretense of putting a small incentive group into another hotel here. Ultimately, that hotel was not up to scratch, so back to square one. Looked at a few properties – truth be told, there are no 5-star properties in Auckland – and was delightfully surprised by the Hilton. The location at the end of a pier in the buzzy viaduct area of Auckland – is worth its weight in gold. There’s so much going on around – all within walking distance. Plus, you’ve got Britomart and even Sky City if you want to walk 10 minutes. Easy peezy. What I really liked though, was the design. The property is contemporary and WHITE – very clean and cool with big windows facing right onto the water. The restaurant FISH is the only restaurant on site but who cares – the bar is relaxing and hip and opens onto that view again. Food was very good in the restaurant. And so many choices within walking distance, all good.


Cool pool

Cool pool

King Hilton Bow Suite

Bow Suite

I looked at several rooms – if you can swing a harborview room – those are the ones to take. If you can swing a harborview plus room – grab it. And if you really have some money, absolutely grab the bow suite – shaped like a boat – this is the penultimate view. Rooms have a modern, spare feel.


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