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“A hip Auckland stay located right in the heart of the city. The contemporary design has been styled by renowned fashion-house WORLD. High-end cuisine is served by a Michelin-starred chef while the lively rooftop bar is where the young and trendy tend to congregate.”

“A hip Auckland stay located right in the heart of the city. The contemporary design has been styled by renowned fashion-house WORLD. High-end cuisine is served by a Michelin-starred chef while the lively rooftop bar is where the young and trendy tend to congregate.”

Hotel Review

Every hotel has some design elements, someone decided to place a chair just so, and this is definitely the case at the 17 storey SO/Auckland,located in the heart of Auckland. Every aspect has been deliberated upon by Benny Castles, Design Director of the NZ fashion brand WORLD and Space Studio, the interior design specialists: upended sofas in the lobby, giant floor to ceiling chandeliers, ‘volcanic’ wall tiles in the bedrooms and design even stretches to the staff attire, it’s all so playful, creative and fashion led. No detail was too small for this team but at no point has the design been allowed to interfere with the main purpose - the guests comfort and enjoyment of staying in a luxury hotel. You may not like all of it but it works and is definitely a hit in Auckland both with those who are staying and the locals. The Harbour Society Restaurant with its panoramic views is under the supervision of renowned award winning French chef Marc de Passorio and is popular for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this really is a destination restaurant that is frequented for all kinds of special occasions. Hi-SO the buzzing roof top bar comes to life around 6 and certainly seemed to be the cool place to be, right into the early hours. Extremely comfortable bedrooms enjoy great views of the city and harbour and although the bathrooms are open plan, not to everyone’s taste, they are neatly tucked away behind the bed and like everything, well designed and pleasing. SO/Auckland is up to date, contemporary and undoubtedly a trailblazer.

Recommended for
  • Local exploring
  • Set right in the heart of Auckland with shops, restaurants and major sights nearby
  • City Style
  • Join the hip crowd at the rooftop bar and enjoy the fashion-inspired design
 

Written by Hugh Graham-Watson

Recommended For

  • Local exploring
  • Set right in the heart of Auckland with shops, restaurants and major sights nearby
  • City Style
  • Join the hip crowd at the rooftop bar and enjoy the fashion-inspired design
  • Designer Shopping
  • Prada, Tiffany and Karen Walker are just a stroll away amongst other designer outlets
  • Other Activities
  • For the brave, head to the top of the Sky Tower and bungy jump back down
  • Great walks
  • Walk up One Tree Hill and enjoy the views from the top
  • Spa
  • SO/Spa offers a wide range of treatments including Himalayan Detox therapies, urban detox facials...
  • Restaurant
  • Harbour Society offers high-end French cuisine from Michelin Starred chef, Marc de Passorio.
  • Lively
  • Family Suites
  • Designer
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Luxury
  • Chic
  • Gym
  • Quirky
  • Child friendly
  • Disabled access
  • Contemporary
  • Full of character

Facilities

  • Spa
  • SO/Spa offers a wide range of treatments including Himalayan Detox therapies, urban detox facials...
  • Restaurant
  • Harbour Society offers high-end French cuisine from Michelin Starred chef, Marc de Passorio.
  • Bar
  • HI-SO is Auckland's hippest rooftop bar.
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi in the wellness area
  • Swimming Pool
  • 20m indoor heated lap pool
  • Sauna/Steam
  • Finnish sauna in the spa
  • Family Suites
  • Massage
  • No pets
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Parking
  • Child friendly
  • Room service
  • Disabled access
  • Gym
  • Wifi
  • Air conditioning

Activities

  • Designer Shopping
  • Prada, Tiffany and Karen Walker are just a stroll away amongst other designer outlets
  • Other Activities
  • For the brave, head to the top of the Sky Tower and bungy jump back down
  • Great walks
  • Walk up One Tree Hill and enjoy the views from the top

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Why do people love staying in your hotel? Centrally located, great views of the Waitemata Harbour, on the doorstep of downtown Auckland’s Britomart hub – shopping, entertainment and lifestyle. NEW boutique lifestyle urban hotel


What is there to do in the area? Shopping, entertainment and lifestyle


What kind of breakfast do you offer? Buffet continental and a selection of a la carte hot dishes.


Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally? Restaurant Harbour Society which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant has a strong loyal, local following due to its outstanding reputation for fine cuisine.


Which are your most popular room types, and why? SO Suite is our most desired room type. This premium room type offers a private balcony, harbour views and access to our Club Signature Lounge with evening drinks and canapés, and an outdoor terrace.


What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers? SO/ Auckland is a new 5-star hotel and New Zealand’s only lifestyle property with an ideal location in the heart of Auckland city.

Other Reviews

SO/Auckland

This avant-garde hotel, designed in collaboration with renowned New Zealand fashion house WORLD, is extravagantly and divisively bold, but the views from the top across Auckland's Waitemata Harbour couldn't be better. In the early evening, join a party crowd for sunset cocktails at the 16th-floor HI-SO bar.

Originally published by The Telegraph (view article)

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