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Hotel DeBrett

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Hotel DeBrett


 
 
 
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Settled in downtown Auckland, Hotel DeBrett links two unique precincts – High Street’s hip fashion and Shortland Street’s tailored commerce. Hotel DeBrett’s iconic building has been stylishly reinterpreted into a 25-room luxury boutique hotel. Every room is individually designed and complemented with eclectic furniture, New Zealand art and photography.

The famous Housebar has been meticulously restored as Auckland’s premier meeting place. A private drawing room has been created for exclusive use by hotel guests – while a glass roofed atrium and courtyard form the central focal point for guests and diners at DeBretts Kitchen. At street level the colourful Cornerbar, with a touch of NZ retro has an emphasis on local craft beers and boutique wines. Enjoy an array of delicious sweets, savouries and fine teas for our weekend high tea.



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Overview



Hotel DeBrett's iconic building has been stylishly reinterpreted into a 25-room luxury boutique hotel. Every room is individually designed and complemented with eclectic furniture, New Zealand art and photography.

The famous Housebar has been meticulously restored as Auckland's premier meeting place. A private drawing room has been created for exclusive use by hotel guests - while a glass roofed atrium and courtyard form the central focal point for guests, diners at Kitchen Restaurant and locals to mingle.

our story

The hotel has a long and colorful history. Built as The Commercial Hotel in 1841 as one of Auckland’s first hotels. It survived two fires, and two rebuilds, before the current building was erected in 1925.Dominion Breweries acquired the hotel in 1959, and after a major renovation it was renamed Hotel DeBrett, and soon established itself as the hotel of choice for sophisticated travellers.In 1984 new operators Don Fletcher and Maurice Crosby gave it yet another make-over, with an emphasis on the bars and restaurants. Through the mid eighties it was the hippest meeting place for Aucklander’s, with particular appeal to the fashion and media set.

An icon re-imagined
When John Courtney and Michelle Deery bought the building in 2007 the defunct backpackers was home to a flock of pigeons. It took almost two years to transform the near ruin into the highly awarded hotel you see today. Michelle worked with a team of architects, designers and artists to create 25 rooms and suites, and at the heart of the hotel, a soaring glass roofed atrium, which now houses debretts kitchen.Our aim was to create a warm, welcoming environment, where our guests felt at home, but with a quirky, unpredictable décor. Always with an emphasis on offering a New Zealand experience, from the contents of the minibar, the art on the walls, and the genuine, friendly but professional service.

Google Reviews



About Google Reviews: recently Google has converted their review system to require reviewers to have a proper, identifiable Google+ profile. This is a good thing, as it tends to cut down on bad reviews, both from people unwilling to stand behind their comments and fake positive reviews from the businesses themselves. Old, pre-Google+ reviews are still in the system, and will appear below as written by "A Google User". More info from Google is here.


Review date:   December 9, 2017 11:42PM
 
Review:   A fun boutique hotel. Great location, walking distance to what seemed like all the big tourist attractions and some great restaurants. Desk staff was friendly and helpful. Would stay here again for sure!
 
Author:   Michael Hart
 
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Review date:   November 18, 2017 11:05PM
 
Review:   I didn't stay at DeBrett, but was over there a couple of times for breakfast and drinks. The food was good and the staff friendly. It is also located in a nice neighbourhood. Great place to catch up with friends and colleagues.
 
Author:   Sucharitha Somasundaram
 
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Review date:   September 29, 2017 12:55PM
 
Review:   Cozy and clean rooms. Great location. Friendly and helpful staff. Note that rooms don't seem to have iron in them, which might be a larger inconvenience for those on a business trip.
 
Author:   Stan Grinberg
 
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Review date:   December 1, 2017 8:59AM
 
Review:   My go to hotel in Auckland, and I go a lot! It’s small and very quirky, retro even, but always spotless and comfortable. The staff always go out of their way when I have a special request. The restaurant/bar is nice and often frequented by others besides those in residence. It is quite centrally located in the CBD and easily accessible to the Britomart, Queens Wharf, SkyCity bus terminal, and Sparks Arena. Shopping and restaurants abound in the area.
 
Author:   Abbey O'Shaughnassey
 
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Review date:   September 10, 2017 2:51AM
 
Review:   Great little hotel in a good location with helpful friendly staff. The restaurant is very good too, had a lovely dinner there (the pork belly starter and slow cooked lamb are excellent) the night we stayed. Will definitely be stopping here again if passing through Auckland.
 
Author:   Gary Elsworth
 
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