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The Esplanade Hotel, Bar & Restaurant

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1 Victoria Road, Devonport, Auckland 0624 New Zealand
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The Esplanade Hotel offers heritage hotel accommodation and dining, right on the waterfront in Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand. Nestled in the heart of Devonport village, just across the harbour from the heart of Auckland City, The Esplanade Hotel dominates Devonport's foreshore and enjoys unrivalled harbour and city views. This boutique hotel was built in 1903 and has a character and charm all of its own. It is only a twelve minute ferry ride to downtown Auckland, without the hassle of the inner city. After a busy day sight seeing or on business, The Esplanade Hotel is a haven to escape to at the end of the day…sit back and relax in the bar or restaurants and watch the Auckland city lights and harbour activity. The Esplanade Hotel has seventeen rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, including the luxurious Victoria Suite and the two bedroom Penthouse with stunning harbour views.
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Bridget wrote a review 2 May
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Room was unclean asked for a refund was told we could not have one. He said he would give us a bigger room and i explained it wasn't the size of the room although it was very small it was the fact it was dirty. He said there was no chance of a refund and gave us the keys for the room next to the original room. As he had said the room was bigger but just as dirty. The guy at receptions said they didn't have a housekeeper and were looking for one and i suggested he should clean the rooms or not rent them out. The bed was the most uncomfortable every and very old with springs poking through. Paint was peeling off the ceiling and the curtains were torn. The floors had not been vacuumed and the bathroom floor was sticky and the shower dirty. I actually wrote the date in the dust on the windowsill and on top of the bin.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: Best room would be in another place or stay home
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Gillian P wrote a review Dec 2021
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We booked a table for 4 for xmas lunch. Our steak was served medium rare, we asked or well done. We were supposed to have smooth mashed potatoes..... only one of us got potatoes with the meal and they were not mashed, just dry lumps. The roast veggies were raw. As were the green beans and broccoli. One of the desserts was Pavlova (debatable) with kiwi fruit which was served as half a kiwi fruit on the side and no sign of the berry compote! The waitress forgot to bring another glass of wine as ordered and the service was painfully slow. There was very little xmas spirit or decorating bar one xmas tree in the corner of the room. Very disappointed with the whole event. It is a beautiful Hotel with stunning views but the service and quality of food was very below par. Will not be returning again.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Room Tip: We didnt stay at the hotel. We dined there for xmas lunch
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researchnurse_10 wrote a review Aug 2021
Auckland, New Zealand43 contributions8 helpful votes
Totally disgusted at the dreadful service from this hotel. Had booked to stay for my birthday , went into level 4 lockdown, despite multiple attempts to contact with no response, we were charged for the nights stay we never had. No chance to rebook. Highly recommend you never stay here. It needn’t be like this, we would have happily rebooked. I see we arent the only ones to have had this experience
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: Avoid this place like the plague especially with Covid lockdowns still occurring
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ranch100 wrote a review Aug 2021
Melbourne, Australia131 contributions76 helpful votes
This was our last stop on our trip around New Zealand. We took the ferry to Devonport and had brunch at the Esplande before going to the airport. We made allowance for the staff who were clearly busy trying to set up for the day but our group of four loved everything about it. We are easy going customers so it did not matter if the service was a bit slow, we were quite contented to sit in the window seats and watch the world go by. Brunch came and was fantastic. It was the best way to wind up our travels and we would certain go there again
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Sherpa7565570 wrote a review Aug 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand8 contributions3 helpful votes
We were looking forward to going for dinner. What a shambles this once iconic place has become. Everything is old and dirty. The staff need training and a lesson on what to wear. A raincoat is not appropiate uniform for the waitress to serve food in. Toilets stink, food is below standard. Waste of money!!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Althea L wrote a review Jul 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand15 contributions4 helpful votes
We had been here several years ago and loved it. This time very disappointed. Room was overcrowded with cooking facilities that are no longer used. The bath had little paint on it and the bathroom tiles full of mould. The Venetian blinds in the bathroom broken, and the curtains in the bedroom not hanging properly. The TV needed a degree in technology to work. Could only be turned off with a secret button at the back on day one, and day two no control over the volume. While the service was lovely, the bed comfortable and the room warm, the general air of decay both in the rooms and lounge bar was grounds for crossing off this once grand place.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Alison R wrote a review Jul 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand4 contributions1 helpful vote
How sad that it was such a bad experience. Four of us...booked the Penthouse...no gas in the fire so the apartment was freezing. There were cheap plastic fans dotted around. The dishwasher had the previous guests dishes unwashed. No tea in the container. The pot plants in the master ensuite had seen better days. The second bedroom had an ironing board, iron, heater and air con unit cluttering the room. As if this wasn't bad enough sadly the staff weren't interested.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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FionaCD wrote a review Jul 2021
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Don’t know why other people are complaining.. this is a stunning building and my room was beautiful. Harbor views in two different directions from separate windows, immaculate modern bathroom and period style brand new seating area to enjoy the views from. Fridge, electric blankets, free standing full length mirror, original fireplace. fabulous value compared to a regular motel or CBD hotel. Friendly and helpful hotelier. Great bar area. Can’t believe my luck value-wise.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Room Tip: Harbour view room.
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Amanda M wrote a review May 2021
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This is no experience in revelling in the history of what was once a fine and grand hotel. It's shabby, tired and currently disrepected. The service seems chaotic and it had all the hallmarks of a Fawlty Towers episode. The room was tired and sad. Curtains were faded, paint was peeling, the fridge had been left off so was leaking and the bathroom had some weird wiring experiment going on with NO lights above the mirror. It's a beautiful that needs to be cherished and nurtured. It certainly isn't getting that treatment now and the rate we paid $175 (!) was certainly a rip off.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Room Tip: We had the balcony room that could be surperb if they looked after it.
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Ella wrote a review May 2021
34 contributions8 helpful votes
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At weekend at faulty towers...on checking in the receptionist had no record of our booking, insisted on photo ID and even suggested we had booked under a different name? I was given the pile of check in information to see if I could see our names among the people already booked into the hotel, so much for privacy? The room and bed was very substandard, we had to request the floor be vacuumed as there was hair all through it. The smoke alarm went off at 4 am the first night in the room next door and continued for one hour! Room service does not include clean towels or washed cups.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled
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$76 - $149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Esplanade Hotel, Bar & Restaurant
Which popular attractions are close to The Esplanade Hotel, Bar & Restaurant?
Nearby attractions include Devonport (0.4 km), Devonport Chocolates (0.1 km), and Miller Road Fragrance Studio (0.06 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Esplanade Hotel, Bar & Restaurant?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Esplanade Hotel, Bar & Restaurant?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to The Esplanade Hotel, Bar & Restaurant?
Conveniently located restaurants include Corelli's, Manuka Restaurant, and The Patriot.
Is The Esplanade Hotel, Bar & Restaurant located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Devonport.
Does The Esplanade Hotel, Bar & Restaurant offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to The Esplanade Hotel, Bar & Restaurant?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Parnell (2.2 km), Eden Garden (5.6 km), and Auckland Town Hall (3.7 km).
Does The Esplanade Hotel, Bar & Restaurant have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.