Trip Report: Two Weeks Down Under
Flight Review: Qantas B747-400 San Francisco – Sydney
Lounge Review: Qantas Business Class Lounge, Sydney
Flight Review: Qantas A330-300 Sydney – Auckland
Lodging Review: Holiday Inn Auckland Airport
Lodging Review: The Pavilions Hotel, Christchurch
Our Time in Christchurch
Lodging Review: Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Our Time in Queenstown including Doubtful Sound Tour
Lodging Review: Avani Metropolis, Auckland
Our Time in Auckland
Lodging Review: Oceans Mooloolaba
Our Time on the Sunshine Coast
Lodging Review: Brisbane Marriott
Flight Review: Qantas B787-9 Brisbane – Los Angeles
When searching for somewhere to stay in Auckland, we once again struggled to find a place that allowed us to use points and also had 3 beds. We eventually decided to pay cash for a stay at the Avani Metropolis Hotel in the CBD but I redeemed Barclays ArrivalPlus points to erase the charge.
The hotel is about a 30-minute drive from the airport – during times when there’s no traffic. It was probably around 2:30 PM when we arrived and our room wasn’t quite ready yet but we only had to wait about a half-hour (or less) before it was ready for us.
The hotel seems to be more apartment-style lodging than a “regular” hotel. We were given our card keys but were warned that if we lost one it was an $80 charge to replace it. I’ve never run into that before! The lobby is all marble (whether real or fake, I don’t know) with a carpet runner down the center. Staff members were friendly and recommended the Italian restaurant that’s on one of the lower floors of the building but is not affiliated with the hotel.
We took the very fast elevators up to our 2 bedroom unit. Seriously, we were on the 29th floor and the elevators were extremely quick! From the elevator lobby we were just a couple of doors down the hall. We stepped through the door into a fairly long entry hall.
The room had a kitchen with a bar, a living room and two bedrooms. The master was obviously larger and it was in this bedroom they’d split the king bed into 2 beds. Kudos for that! Each side had an electrical outlet, which was appreciated. There was a place for a small TV between the two wardrobe units but this particular condo did not have one. It didn’t matter to us but might to some people. The safe was located in this room.
The master bath was large and had a separate shower stall and soaking tub.
The second bedroom had a queen bed.
Its bathroom was quite small – like, cruise ship bathroom small – and was just inside the front door. It only had room for a shower stall.
The kitchen was fairly well stocked though did not have any paper towels on hand which seems like something obvious.
The living room also had a dining table but I liked the full-length windows.
The windows were fairly dirty but there had been a fair amount of rain recently and while we were there a massive fire had broken out at a nearby construction site so I’ll give facility management a pass on this one.
The sofa was not particularly comfortable.
We tried to connect our tablet to the TV to watch a movie but there didn’t seem to be a way to wirelessly connect, even though there were several cables meant to allow a laptop to connect.
Pool and Gym
The hotel does have an indoor pool with a couple of hot tubs. One of the hot tubs is outside but is under a cover. As it was occupied I don’t have a great photo.
There’s also a pretty decent gym that I didn’t use.
Parts of the CBD are pretty hilly and this hotel is on the side of a hill. If you’re mobility challenged it may be difficult getting back up to the hotel from the main part of the CBD (which also has hills). But we were in easy walking distance of a number of restaurants and shops, which was nice.
There are no restaurants inside the hotel itself, but on the lower levels there are external entrances to an Italian place (*very* small), a coffee shop and another shop or two.
In the end
This hotel worked well for us as we could get three beds and it was near the CBD. It’s not fancy but it provided what we wanted and that’s what was important.