Hotel Rating

Features

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Valet parking (paid)
  • Indoor Pool
  • Air conditioning
  • Fitness centre
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Airport shuttle
  • Full service laundry
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Business centre
  • Kid-friendly
  • Smoke Free
  • Sea Views (some rooms)
  • No free breakfast
  • No hot tub
  • No pets
  • Not all inclusive

Location Rating

9.5/10

Location

Suitable for

Check in

  • Check in 2pm
  • Check out 12pm

SO/ Auckland Hotel Review

Overview

This is a brand new (November 2018) hotel 5 star hotel in Britomart district. It is a high quality offering most suited to couples but also good for families and business executives. Extremely high quality of interiors, with Auckland’s best hotel bathrooms. Sea views from harbour facing rooms on higher floors and one of Auckland’s coolest rooftop bars.

Location

The location is a 9.5/10 for tourists. SO/ Auckland Hotel is located in a rapidly gentrifying area near Auckland’s waterfront. It’s a short walk to anything on the waterfront and lower Queen Street. Because it’s right on the border of Britomart and the Fort Street nightclub area there are still a few strip clubs left nearby. But they are rapidly disappearing and being replaced with, hotels, restaurants, cool bars, gastro pubs, and high end retail.

As such this is a great location for younger couples who like the nightlife. It’s Auckland’s coolest area in 2019 with just the right balance of the old slightly seedy Fort Street and the new high end dining and retail of Britomart to make it a little bit edgy and interesting.

Restaurants & Bars

Harbour Society offers high end French cuisine with a view. Currently (2019) run by Chef Marc De Passorio former owner of Michelin-starred restaurant, L’Esprit de la Violette.

Java Lab cafe and patisserie is opening in the later half of 2019.

HI-SO is SO/ Auckland’s rooftop bar. This is one of Auckland’s best rooftop bars with incredible views and great cocktails.

MIXO lobby bar offers stylish lighting, music and drinks.

Accommodation Standard

The standard of accommodation offered at SO/ Auckland Hotel is a 10/10. It’s a brand new 5 star hotel, and was designed by the famous NZ design team at WORLD. With furniture and lighting designed by renowned dutch designers Moooi.

Negatives

  • The only slight negative for some people the area might not quite be gentrified enough yet. There are a few seedy bars and a strip club nearby. For others this will be a positive.

Outstanding Features

  • Interior Design
  • High standards throughout
  • Nice views (some rooms)
  • Great bathrooms
  • Great dining and bars.