Pros

  • In central Auckland, a four-minute walk to the Sky Tower
  • Spacious apartment-style rooms, with efficiency kitchenettes or kitchens
  • Some rooms have Sky Tower views
  • Continental and a la carte breakfasts available (for a fee)
  • Small meeting room available
  • Free compact fitness center with modern equipment
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
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Cons

  • Decor is simple, verging on dated in some places
  • Some rooms lack windows and air-conditioning
  • Street noise might be an issue in some rooms
  • No lunch or dinner restaurant, or bar on-site
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Bottom Line

The Best Western President is a three-pearl, 105-room hotel that makes a spacious central base for travelers looking to explore Auckland’s most popular attractions. The hotel is a four-minute walk from the Sky Tower, which has panoramic city views. Rooms are simply decorated and austere, but include efficiency kitchenettes or kitchens, plus flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Keep in mind that some lack air-conditioning and windows. A continental buffet or a la carte breakfast is available (for a fee) and there's a compact fitness room with modern equipment. Travelers looking for a similar city-center hotel with a full-service restaurant might compare rates with the Auckland City Hotel-Hobson St. instead. 

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet

Things You Should Know About President Hotel Auckland

Also Known As

  • BEST WESTERN President Hotel Auckland

Address

27-35 Victoria Street West, Auckland Central 1010, New Zealand

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President Hotel Auckland

Scene

Functional hotel with spacious apartment-style rooms, near popular tourist attractions

Situated beside the Sky Tower, this hotel’s greatest selling point is its city-center location. With Auckland’s most popular attractions nearby, most visitors treat The President as an handy base to explore the city. As such, don't expect much of a hang-out-and-socialize atmosphere here. The hotel’s stone tower-block facade is unremarkable, as is the dated lobby area. A collection of tired leather sofas are positioned beside a large flat-screen TV, and three elevators. The area feels like a shopping center concourse, with a tour booking desk and a convenience store beside the main entrance. This hotel is a no-fuss mid-range option that's mostly popular with couples, but occasionally chosen by families and groups of friends.

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Location

In Downtown Auckland, a four-minute walk from the Sky Tower

Located in central Auckland, this hotel is an ideal base for exploring the city’s major attractions. Auckland’s highest building, the Sky Tower, is a four-minute walk away, with a panoramic observation deck, and a base-jump platform for daredevils. The Auckland Art Gallery is an eight-minute walk from the hotel, and has a large collection of Maori and Pacific Island art. The Waitemata Harbour area, with its ferry terminals and the New Zealand Maritime Museum, is a six-minute drive or a 15-minute bus journey away. The Museum of Transport and Technology is a 15-minute drive and Auckland Zoo is 20 minutes away by car. The volcanic 182-meter-high One Tree Hill, is a 25-minute drive away for those looking to commune with Auckland's natural (and spiritual) side. Auckland Airport is a 40-minute drive, depending on traffic, or about an hour on the airport bus.

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Rooms

Spacious rooms with efficiency kitchenettes or kitchens, some with multiple bedrooms and separate living rooms

Rooms at the Best Western President are remarkably spacious for a hotel in downtown Auckland. However, the decor is uninspiring and looks tired in places, consisting of dorm-like furniture and basic floral wall art. Standard Studios have double beds with fresh white linens, functional wood-veneer desks, and bedside tables. One-Bedroom Suites feature separate living rooms with sofas, armchairs, and flat-screen TVs. Two-Bedroom Apartments have double and twin beds, and open-plan living areas. All rooms have efficiency kitchenettes or kitchens -- the former only include microwaves, sinks, mini-fridges, and simple utensils. A washing machine and tumble dryer are welcome additions in premium rooms, and higher categories also add stovetops. Other standard features include air-conditioning, electronic safes, flat-screen TVs, irons, and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms overlook the Sky Tower, but the hotel's central location means street noise might be an issue. It's worth noting that some rooms lack windows and air-conditioning. Large en-suite bathrooms are bright and clean, with shower/tub combos or stall showers. Hairdryers, towels, and toiletries are provided. 

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Features

Spacious breakfast restaurant, plus fitness center and laundry rooms

This city-center property has decent range of facilities, though it's somewhat limited by its bustling location. The functional restaurant area has a corporate feel with leather seating, and an overflow area doubling as a meeting room. Breakfast includes buffet and a la carte options (for a fee), and lunch and dinner aren't available. The fitness room is compact and modern, with a simple selection of cardio machines and weights. Two small self-service laundry rooms with coin-operated machines are available as well. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel and limited underground parking is available.

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Babysitting Services

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Full Kitchen

  • Gameroom / Arcade

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Swim-Up Bar

  • Tennis Court

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