Country: New Zealand
Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton
Room: Superior King Bedroom
Online:Four Points by Sheraton
Centrally located in Queen St, Four Points by Sheraton is one of Auckland’s newest hotels, offering comfort and convenience and contemporary accommodation. Featuring all of the services you’d expect from a premium hotel, it’s ideal for business travellers, with it’s on-site facilities and features.
Situated in the heart of Auckland, at 396 Queen St, the main entrance to the hotel is off Mayoral Drive, with easy pick-up and drop-off, and on-site parking. The hotel is just 300 metres from Auckland Town Hall and 400 metres from Auckland Art Gallery.
A taxi ride from Auckland airport costs approx AU$60.00-$75.00 depending on the time of the day. An Uber ride costs around $40 to $45, on-average.
The repurposed glassy office tower has been comprehensively refreshed with a light-filled, high-ceiling entrance and lobby, adorned with elegant artworks and convivial seating configurations. Front of house staff are whip-smart, outgoing and warmly welcoming.
From its lofty position on Queen Street, this 20-storey hotel boasts over 255 rooms and suites, in a variety of configurations, spanning superior rooms with one extra-large double bed to two double-bedded rooms and two-bedroom suites.
I opted for a Superior King Bedroom with City View, featuring an extra-large double bed. Needless to say, the views are to die for.
Bedding is cloud-comfortable with high thread-count cotton sheeting and a selection of pillows to suit your preferences. My room also comprised SKY television, with the full slate of movie, news and sports channels, and an excellent business desk, well-equipped for work on the go.
Complimentary bottled water, plunger coffee and a great range of teas are also on offer in-room.
The elegantly designed bathroom features a superb shower with powerful shower-head and high-end toiletries.
Generously equipped with a copious quantity of towels, I’ve got a soft-spot for quality toilet amenities and this hotels handsomely delivers on that score, with its Activ range.
My room was equipped with complimentary high-speed internet, across all devices. The well-designed work desk was studded with easy to reach desk-level power and USB outlets for power-hungry devices.
Once logged in with my name and room number, the lightening-fast WiFi was available not just in the room but across the hotel.
My bedroom did not feature any kitchen facilities, or a microwave, although there is an extensive in-room dining menu that you can order from.
The fridge is stocked with some mini-bar items, including some lovely canned wines from Crafters Union, although you can have you mini-bar fully stocked to your personal preferences.
Situated on the ground floor just past the lobby, the Queen’s Head Bar & Eatery is a delightful venue for drinking and around-the-clock dining.
For dinner, I plumped for freshly schucked Bluff Oysters, which were the Chef’s Special and very reasonably priced. The full menu caters to all palates and preferences.
Service was sparkling and super-efficient. The breakfast buffet is also a stand-out, with artfully presented hot and cold offerings, from freshly-baked pastries and fruits to the full-cooked breakfasts including waffles and pancakes. Adjoining the eatery is a cosy little outside terrace, affording prime views of the CBD.
Four Points by Sheraton Auckland is a welcome addition to the Queen City’s hotel landscape. It is a slickly-run property, ticking all the boxes that business travellers consider.
The full-service hotel offers includes concierge service, tour desk, currency exchange, express check-in/check-out and 24-hour front desk. The business centre and fitness centre are also top-rate. Marriott’s new loyalty programme Bonvoy now spreads over 6,700 hotels in the chain offering over 120,000 unique experiences across 1,000 destinations globally. Bonvoy doesn’t simply focus on discounts or offers but truly brings about unique experiences for loyal guests. For a limited time business travellers can take advantage of Double Take – an offer to earn double points on the Bonvoy programme across the Marriott chain.
If you’re in Auckland for business or leisure, and seeking a new roost in the heart of the city, you’ll be suitably impressed.