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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:   July 23, 2018 8:27AM
 
Review:   Love staying here. Small boutique hotel with art-deco theme. Gotta say I was a little miffed by the lack of iron/ironing board in the room but the under floor heating in the bathroom made up for that. Whether for business or a staging point in Auckland before you go see the real New Zealand its in a great spot.
 
Author:   Justin Van Emmerik
 
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Review date:   August 16, 2018 11:45AM
 
Review:   Fantastic place to stay if exploring Auckland, convenient to great shops and The Viaduct for restaurants / bars. Hotel has awesome rooms and the most comfortable beds and pillows I ever had in my international travels.
 
Author:   Darryl Buchanan
 
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Review date:   June 28, 2018 8:43PM
 
Review:   As a local I love this gracious boutique hotel for a quiet coffee, wine or weekend brunch. Also a romantic weekend in the heart of the city. The staff are so friendly yet polite and discrete. The decoris like you're in a hidden- European inspired setting. Keep up the great work DeBretts.
 
Author:   liz lyons
 
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Review date:   May 10, 2018 3:25AM
 
Review:   Tasty food and excellent service. An interesting atmosphere that blends heritage elements with modern minimalist aesthetics. Only weak point was that the food seemed a bit pricey for what is was compared to some other restaurants that offer similar quality.
 
Author:   Patrick Cummuskey
 
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Review date:   June 22, 2018 7:59AM
 
Review:   If you're looking for a great variety of the best wines New Zealand has to offer, intimate space for meeting up with friends and excellent service, then this is the place.
 
Author:   Lynette Van Rooyen
 
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