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A quirky boutique hotel in the heart of Auckland’s fashion and business precincts, with Art Deco architecture and design emanating 1920s glamour

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A luxury boutique hotel located on Auckland’s High Street, Hotel DeBrett is a glamorous and chic getaway which will transport you to the 1920s, with a prime location in the heart of the city.

The building’s architecture is a great example of the Art Deco style, blending in nicely with the fashionable neighbourhood of designer stores, bespoke tailors and high-class barbershops. Yet, the location is also one of convenience, as the Britomart, lower Queen Street and the waterfront are all walking distance away.

The architecture and style reflect the hotel’s enduring and colourful history. One of the city’s first hotels, the property was originally built in 1841 and named The Commercial Hotel. Two fires and two rebuilds later, the current structure was erected in 1925 and renamed in 1959 after DeBrett's Guide to Etiquette.

Passing through the hands of the Dominion Breweries and later operators in 1980s, who focused on food and drink, the hotel has long been known for its great atmosphere and culinary prowess, as well as for being the hippest meeting place in Auckland. The iconic Housebar is the heart and soul of the hotel, serving up delicious cocktails.

Today, the hotel is as lively as ever and somewhere to be seen around town. Hotel DeBrett holds awards from Trip Advisor and Conde Nast, as well as a Beef and Lamb Excellence Award for their high culinary standards at DeBrett’s Kitchen.

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The property

Each of Hotel DeBrett’s guest rooms and suites are designed with individual styles and moods in mind. Kick off your shoes and let your toes sink into the bespoke carpets, which are made from 100% hand-woven New Zealand wool and inspired by the mismatched woollen garments knitted by the owner’s mother! You can also customise your sleeping experience, by choosing from the pillow menu.

Upgrade to the Loft Suite for a two-floor lounge and bedroom set-up, which is great for families; or the resplendent deluxe suite, which offers the utmost in luxury, space and style. There’s also the option for the DeBrett’s Kid Package, which includes meals and in-house movies with popcorn, hot chocolate and cookies at turndown.


Hotel DeBrett also has gym facilities (personal trainer and yoga instructor available upon request), a laundry and dry-cleaning service, in-room beauty and massage treatments, as well as babysitting services for families.


The Art Deco detailing of Housebar provides an opulent and elegant setting for sampling the bar’s many original cocktails, while the more low-key Cornerbar is a retro joint serving local craft beers and boutique wines. DeBrett’s Kitchen is renowned for seasonal New Zealand cuisine and the restaurant’s glass-roofed atrium. The venue transforms into a jazz bar on the weekends.

Why Wayfairer

This family-run 1920s-themed hotel is focused on the building’s rich heritage as one of the first hotels to be built in the city. Restored to its former glory, a stay here is a quirky way to learn about the history of Auckland and a great alternative to a big chain hotel. Some rooms also feature works by local artists and craftspeople, which supports the local community.

Call us on +44 117 313 3300 to start planning your holiday, we’re looking forward to hearing from you


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