Hotel Rating


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking (Paid – nearby)
  • Air conditioning
  • Bar (closed for renovations until Jan 2020)
  • Restaurant (cafe – closed for renovations until Jan 2020))
  • Full service laundry
  • Smoke Free Property
  • No free breakfast
  • No hot tub
  • No pool
  • No Fitness Centre
  • No pets
  • Not all inclusive
  • No Spa
  • Temporary – No Restaurant or Bar

Location Rating



Suitable for

Check in

  • Check in 2pm
  • Check out 10am

Scenic Hotel Auckland Review


The Scenic Hotel Auckland is in a really nice heritage building in a great location on Queen Street. It’s a 4 star hotel best for couples. It’s currently undergoing Major renovations with full and partial closures likely to continue until January 2020. After which it should be awesome, but for now the reviews are full of complaint about noise and closures. They do flag this VERY clearly on their website before you book, and the prices do reflect the disruptions. The hotel has a long list of things it doesn’t have but what it does have is nice rooms in a nice building in a great location.


The location is a 8/10 for tourists. It’s perfect if your reason to visit is the see a show at the Town Hall, Civic Theatre or the Aotea Centre.

If your just here to enjoy Auckland as a whole it’s still great just not quite as great as other locations like the Viaduct, Britomart or SkyCity. You can walk anywhere from here and no where’s very far.

Restaurants & Bars

We’ll review this in 2020 after the renovation is complete.

Accommodation Standard

The standard of accommodation offered at CityLife is a 7/10. The rooms are actually better than that but the lack of other facilities hold s the hotel back. The pricing is great during the renovation and reviews from guests who’ve enjoyed a renovated room are generally excellent. This will be a really good 4 star hotel in 2020. Check the renovations will be finished before booking.


  • It’s a construction zone and will stay that way until January 2020.

Outstanding Features

  • A good central location
  • Nicely renovated rooms
  • Heritage building