The O’Sullivan suite at Ohtel Auckland on Market Place. Photo / Stephen A’Court, provided
Juliette Wright enjoys a stay in style at Ohtel, in central Auckland.
Site: Marketplace in Auckland CBD; a jump, a jump and hardly a jump from the viaduct.
Style: Mid-century design hotel, luxury boutique.
Perfect for: Free time or a couple’s getaway to enjoy Auckland’s nightlife and food scene.
First impressions: An eclectic and artistic hotel with excellent personalized service. Think bold mid-century color palettes of orange, blue, and gold to match woods, soft curves, and contemporary artwork. The lobby is sleek and compact, but spacious enough for a few tables and chairs next to the bar. Ohtel has been in Wellington for many years, but the Auckland hotel was new in 2021. After long shutdowns for Auckland closures, it reopened in late December, with guests now required to present a vaccination card.
Room: I stayed in the O’Sullivan suite, the penthouse suite on the top floor. They’ve done a great job separating the bedroom from the living room while keeping it spacious and open-plan, thanks to the clever design and positioning of a wood slatted wall divider.
One of the pleasures of this room is the mint green Crosley vinyl player, with a selection of records for your listening pleasure including Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Bobby Ryddell and Chubby Checker, Spandau Ballet and Sting. Despite the retro vibes of vinyl, the room has modern technology, built-in USB ports, and a lighting system that can be controlled via a tablet in the room. But the real star of the show is the autonomous bath …
Bathroom: The freestanding tub sits on a hardwood floor less than 2m from the sofa, which means you can bathe while enjoying a glass of wine in hand and watching TV.
The bathroom is somewhat open-plan – meaning a sliding frosted glass door to the toilet and shower is all that separates you from an alcove with a sink and vanity, which has no partition or wall. door to the rest of the suite. It adds a modern and spacious feel, and it’s good if you know the person you’re staying with closely, but it might be a bit too private for those who prefer more privacy in the bathroom.
Food and drink: Ohtel Pantry offers brunch and a handful of dinner and snack options, all of which can be delivered to your room or eaten in the lobby. Due to the hotel’s proximity to the Viaduct and the Wynyard area, there was little incentive to create an extensive hotel restaurant menu and compete with other established restaurants in the area.
Installations: There is a large gym and sauna as well as an outdoor pool and spa which are shared with other residences in the neighboring building. Parking is available for $ 32 a night, but you’ll need to go to the front desk first to get a key to the basement parking lot, next to the entrance.
In the neighborhood: Many cafes, bars and restaurants on your doorstep. The ASB Waterfront Theater is a 10-minute walk away.
Friendly and family: Best to leave the kids behind – they won’t appreciate the art anyway.
Accessibility: Access to the reception is via a ramp, with a lift to all accommodation levels. There are three accessible bedrooms which have a wet bathroom, open plan and with slightly wider doors for wheelchair access. However, the outdoor area of the pool and gym has steps.
Durability: Ohtel has an environmental action plan that includes monthly monitoring of electricity and gas consumption, with consumption reduction targets. The toiletries are made from 100% recycled milk bottles and they only use products and suppliers that meet their green standards.
Price: Deluxe rooms starting at $ 314, penthouse suite starting at $ 514.
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