Tried & Tested

Hotel check: Rendezvous Hotel Auckland

30 Sep 2007 by business traveller

WHAT’S IT LIKE? A favourite with Japanese royalties and rock groups, including U2.

WHERE IS IT? It is walking distance to the Auckland Convention Centre and Viaduct, while an underground tunnel links it to Aotea Centre and Queen’s Street, the city’s main shopping precinct.

HOW MANY ROOMS? 452 guestrooms and suites (the Balcony Suite pictured), some of which are the city’s biggest.

ROOM FACILITIES: High-speed internet access, cable TV and large bathrooms.

RESTAURANTS: Katsura, the Japanese fine-dining restaurant, offers authentic fare that attracts high-profile guests like the country’s tourism minister. The Pacific Restaurant, known for its beef and lamb dishes, serves breakfast, lunch and a special dinner menu for theatre goers.

BARS: The Atrium Lounge and the Aucklander Bar.

BUSINESS FACILITIES: A 24-hour business centre and 15 function rooms.

LEISURE FACILITIES: A fully equipped gym, a heated indoor swimming pool and separate saunas for men and women.

PRICE: Special corporate package, based on one adult, goes for NZ$170 (US$124) nightly until January 31, 2008, including free broadband.

VERDICT: Value for money for those looking for good space and comfort.

CONTACT: Mayoral Drive and Vincent Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand, tel 64 9 366 3000, www.rendezvoushotels.com

Wong Yee Fong

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