What are the best luxury hotels in Auckland?

We’ve found all of the best luxury hotels in Auckland and sorted them by location. So you can find the perfect 5 Star Hotel in Auckland to make your stay truly memorable.

See which luxury Auckland accommodation will suit you best, and most importantly, have the time of your life in the “City of Sails.”

5 Star Hotels in Auckland CBD

Romantic Marina View Room Sofitel Viaduct Harbour 5 star luxury hotel room

This is the most luxurious hotel in Auckland. Its lobby and shared spaces are incredible, as are the rooms. This is the best hotel in Auckland for a romantic weekend. Because of this, it’s also an amazing wedding venue. Sofitel is also the perfect place for an executive business retreat.

The location is impeccable. It’s in the Viaduct Harbour, a short walk from everything Auckland has to offer. Still, it’s nice and quiet because it’s a bit further away from the bars than other Viaduct hotels.

Because it boasts a fantastic day spa and first-class restaurants, it’s an experience not to be missed. There are spectacular views from the marina view rooms, and all rooms in this incredible hotel have a balcony.

It’s a close walk to many of Auckland’s best restaurants; make sure you don’t miss Baduzzi in Wynyard Quarter which is superb.

InterContinental Auckland

Taking bookings from February 5 2024. InterContinental Auckland is a brand new and very luxurious 5 star hotel in one of the best locations in Auckland. Situated at 1 Queen Street above Comercial Bay, next to the ferry building and Britomart station. It’s right where you want to be in Auckland’s CBD. Offering spacious rooms and suites, some with magnificent harbour views, it is sure to be a hit with tourists, couples, and business travellers. 

Park Hyatt Auckland 5 star hotel in Auckland

The most expensive 5 star hotel ever constructed in New Zealand is now open. Park Hyatt is the place to stay in Auckland. This is an incredible location, and no expense has been spared. It’s a huge site, but the Park Hyatt is about quality, not quantity, so while it has 4 restaurants, it only has 195 rooms. It is great to see a hotel prioritise guests’ space and comfort over short-term profits.

This will be the best place to be during the America’s Cup in 2021. It’s right next to Team New Zealand’s base in the heart of Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour.

SO Auckland 5 star CBD Hotel 2019 Britomart

Clearly one of the best hotels in Auckland. Located in Auckland’s Britomart district SO/ Auckland Hotel is one of Auckland’s newest 5 star hotels. Its hip modern decor sets it apart from other Auckland Hotels. Also, because its location is so central, the Viaduct Harbour and Queen Street are an easy walk away.

This is an excellent location for younger couples and business travelers who like the nightlife. In addition, it’s close to Auckland’s main concert venue, Spark Arena, so it’s great for New Zealanders visiting Auckland for a concert.

Hilton Hotel Viaduct Harbour Auckland

Auckland is known as the City of Sails, and a stay at the Hilton literally puts you out on the harbour amongst the yachts. This upscale hotel is located on the tip of Princess wharf, so the views of Auckland’s waterfront are incredible. This is one of Auckland’s top hotels.

The Hilton hotel is located next to Viaduct Harbour, which is a must-do location to visit, with more restaurant choices than you’ll be able to try during your stay. It’s a short walk to Auckland’s central business district, Britomart train station, and the Maritime Museum. Also close by is the ferry terminal.

As you’d expect from the Hilton, the rooms are generously sized and luxuriously furnished. The heated outdoor pool offers incredible views across to Devonport.

Because of these factors, the Hilton is perfect for executive business travelers, romantic couples getaways, or family holidays. This 5 star hotel isn’t cheap, but it’s an experience you will never forget.

Skycity Grand Hotel

SkyCity Grand is consistently among the best hotels in Auckland. Thanks to its location in the middle of Auckland’s central business district, with many of Auckland’s best restaurants literally on the doorstep. This genuine 5 star hotel has everything you need for a holiday or a business trip. It’s part of the SkyCity complex, which includes the SkyTower, SkyCity theatre, and the SkyCity Casino. So even if you don’t stay here, it’s still a must-visit location while in Auckland.

One of the top hotels in Auckland, The Grand, has spacious, well-appointed rooms that are impeccably maintained. In addition, it has all of the facilities you could hope for in a hotel, including valet parking, a gym, and a spa.

Ohtel Auckland 5 Star luxury hotel

Ohtel Auckland is new in 2021. This 5-star hotel was once a luxury apartment building. Ohtel offers very stylish rooms in an excellent location; it’s quiet and built around a communal courtyard that gives it a calm, peaceful feeling which is impressive given its central location in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. Despite its unimposing looks from the street, this is one of the best new hotels in Auckland. Ohtel is an excellent spot for couples looking for romance or well-heeled business travelers.

The Hotel Britomart

The Hotel Britomart is a 5 star boutique hotel that opened 1st of October 2020. With 99 beautifully designed rooms and 5 romantic suites located in the heart of Britomart, this is one of Auckland’s best luxury hotels. In addition to it being one of Auckland’s top upscale hotels, it’s also got the best green credentials. So, if you’re looking for guilt-free luxury, then this is the place. You can indulge, smug in the belief that you are not causing any harm to the earth.

QT Auckland Hotel Rooftop Bar

QT Auckland Hotel is a 5 Star Design Hotel in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. With a cool, almost whimsical design in a great location, this is be a perfect hotel for couples. There’s a range of room sizes; the standard room is a little smaller than you might like, but there are plenty of more generous options available as well. QT Hotel comes with a restaurant and bar downstairs and one of the best rooftop bars in Auckland.

The 5 star Cordis Auckland Hotel is one of the best hotels in central Auckland.

This is a beautiful, well-appointed hotel that has been recently renovated. The heated rooftop pool is one of Auckland’s best hotel pools. Eight restaurant offers eight different kitchens, each offering its own cuisine. So they really do cater to every taste.

Located at the top end of town, this 5 star hotel is a long walk from the Viaduct Harbour and Auckland’s waterfront attractions. 

Cordis is close to the Auckland Domain, Auckland Hospital, and the famous French Cafe. It’s great for couples, business travelers, and families. And, in regards to price, it is good value compared to other 5 Star hotels in Auckland.

Grand Mercure 5 Star Hotel in Britomart Auckland CBD

Recent renovations and a rebrand make Britomart’s upscale Movenpick Hotel (formerly Grand Mercure Auckland Hotel) one of Auckland’s top 5 star hotels. Located in the heart of Britomart, on Customs Street East at the foot of Queen Street in the Auckland CBD.

Britomart is a very central location and handy to everything on the Auckland waterfront. So why not take a ferry to Waiheke Island, or stroll to the Viaduct Harbour. Shop Auckland’s CBD or take a train to Newmarket, Auckland’s best shopping district.

Movenpick is a 5 star Auckland hotel with clean, modern, well-decorated rooms in a central Britomart location, great for couples or business travelers.

voco Auckland City Centre view

Brand new in May 2022 voco Auckland City is a fantastic new luxury hotel from IHG. It’s billed as a sustainable option, but that doesn’t mean any reduction in luxury. It’s got the highest rooftop bar in New Zealand which should be magnificent on a summer evening. For a true luxury experience book a suite.

The location is excellent, a short walk from Queen Street, Britomart, The Viaduct and Sky City. It’s an excellent central location. The rooms on the upper floors have great views.

The 5 star Pullman Hotel in Auckland's CBD is near Auckland University and is regarded as one of Auckland's best hotels.

Pullman Auckland is a 5 star hotel located on the corner of Princess Street and Waterloo Quadrant. Close to Auckland University, Old Government House, and Albert Park. It’s a short walk through Albert Park to the fabulous Auckland Art Gallery and a 20 minute walk to the Viaduct Harbour.

This is one of Auckland’s older 5 star hotels but has been renovated and is of a high standard. It’s great for business travelers, older couples, and families.

Stamford Plaza Room Interior, now JW Marriott Auckland

JW Marriott (formerly Stamford Plaza) is a 5 star hotel with some very luxurious suites. This large hotel has 283 rooms and 3 restaurants. It’s located on Albert Street, a central city location roughly halfway between Skycity and the Viaduct Harbour. Most of Auckland’s attractions are within easy walking distance, but none are on the doorstep either.

Don’t miss The Grove Restaurant, located a few minutes walk away, and consistently voted one of Auckland’s best restaurants. This is an excellent hotel for business travelers.

The 5 star Hotel DeBrett is one of Auckland's best Boutique Hotel in Auckland CBD light up at night.

Hotel DeBrett is a beautifully restored and renovated Art Deco building. This 5 star Boutique Hotel is located on High Street in the heart of Auckland City. Its proximity to Shortland Street makes it perfect for business people who need to be in the city centre.

DeBrett’s has plenty of character and history, and because there are only 25 rooms, you know you will be well looked after. This is a very central location. As such, it’s an easy walk to Britomart and the Viaduct Harbour.

If you’re staying here, don’t miss dining at the nearby Cassia restaurant, it’s one of Auckland’s best.

5 star boutique hotel Grand Windsor on Queen Street in Auckland CBD

Voted the best new hotel in the world 2018 Fable Auckland (formerly Hotel Grand Windsor) oozes old-world style and luxury. It’s a 5 star hotel located at the bottom end of Queenstreet in a historic building. This is a prime location next to the best shopping in the CBD and only a short walk to one of Auckland’s best restaurants, Cassia. Only a stone’s throw from Britomart and 5 minutes walk from Viaduct Harbour. This hotel has location and style. So it’s great for local couples on a romantic weekend or couples visiting Auckland for a holiday.

5 star Crowne Plaza Hotel Auckland Spa Suite

Winner of Auckland Best Business Hotel 3 years in a row (2017-2019). This 5 star hotel is superbly located in the heart of Auckland CBD. Large executive rooms at very reasonable rates combined with an excellent restaurant and a central location make a firm favorite for business travelers.

Crowne Plaza Auckland is close to Aotea Square, 10 pin bowling, movies, restaurants, the Sky Tower, and all that Auckland has to offer. There is a mall downstairs, and it’s a 2 minute walk to Queen Street and 10 minutes to the Viaduct.

Horizon Hotel Auckland at SkyCity

Horizon Hotel Auckland is the newest offering from SkyCity. This 5 star hotel is clearly aimed at the convention market. It’s location next to the New Zealand Convention Centre and next to SkyCity Casino should ensure that it’s occupancy remains high. The hotel offers harbour views from many rooms and the location is excellent.

Waiheke Island Luxury Hotels

Delamore Lodge, 5 star hotel, Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand

Delamore Lodge is the best 5 Star Hotel on Waiheke Island. It’s in an absolutely stunning location so take a ferry or a helicopter from Auckland and stay in this playground for the rich and famous. The views of the Hauraki Gulf are unsurpassed, and the infinity pool is an Instagrammers dream.

Delamore Lodges’ food and wine list is an assortment of the best New Zealand has to offer. Delamore’s day spa is also top-notch, so why not pamper yourself and the one you love while you’re there. After all, this is an authentic luxury experience, so you want to try everything on offer.

5 Star Hotels near Auckland Airport

Pullman Auckland Airport

Located a 30 second walk from the International Terminal the 5 Pullman Auckland Airport is the most luxurious hotel near Auckland Airport. Pullman offers a top floor restaurant with views of the runways and Manukau Heads. Rooms are luxurious and well furnished. If you need to stay near the airport this is the best available hotel.

luxurious 5 star hotel room with pink bed at Naumi Hotel Auckland Airport

Distinctive decor is a hallmark of the 5 star Naumi Hotel Auckland Airport. The eccentric yet luxurious design is something different from any other hotel on offer close to Auckland Airport. Great for art lovers, Naumi boasts a sizeable collection of original artworks displayed throughout the hotel. The restaurant is open 6am to 10pm, and room service is available 24/7. They’re located only a 5 minute drive from Auckland Airport, and they offer a free airport shuttle service. This is the only 5 star hotel close to Auckland Airport.

Doubletree by Hilton Karaka

DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka is not actually a 5 star hotel, but it makes our list because it is so much more luxurious than any other hotel in South Auckland. Located next to the thoroughbred sale yards just off the motorway in Karaka. Offering a great restaurant, fabulous pool and luxurious rooms Doubletree by Hilton is new in 2022 and a welcome addition to to Auckland’s luxury hotel stocks.

What to Expect From a 5 Star Hotel in Auckland

Luxury. A true 5 star hotel should feel luxurious, a place you want to spend time in. This should carry through every aspect of the hotel, from your room to the lobby and lounges. As well as the restaurants, bars and pool.

Service. You should expect the highest levels of customer service in all of your interactions with staff. Ideally, they should anticipate your needs and be right there to fill that water or provide that extra towel. After all, these are the best hotels in Auckland.

Great food. The restaurants and bars should offer exceptional food and service. A great cocktail list should also be expected.

Facilities to expect in a 5 Star Hotel in New Zealand

Wifi. You should expect high-speed wifi in your room and throughout the hotel. It should still be fast even if the hotel is full and all the lonely business travelers are streaming porn at once.

Laundry Service. You should expect a full Laundry service in any 5 star hotel, including dry cleaning and shoe shining.

Spa. With a few exceptions, most of these 5 star hotels have a luxurious day spa. Those who don’t really should.

Pool. Unless it’s a small boutique hotel, you really should expect a pool in any 5 star hotel in Auckland. It should be heated, and be a feature of the hotel, not an unloved afterthought jammed into a basement just to say the hotel has a pool.

Hot Tub. Every 5 star hotel in Auckland should have a hot tub. No matter how small the hotel.

Quality Mattress and Linen. If you’re staying in a 5 star hotel and the bed isn’t up to scratch, demand a new room. If they can’t provide one, find another hotel. There’s no excuse for a lumpy mattress in a luxury hotel.

Room Service. Breakfast in bed or a late-night snack. Nothing should be too much trouble.

Valet Parking. All 5 star hotels should offer valet parking.

Fitness Centre. You should expect to see a fitness centre in any 5 star hotel.

Concierge service. All 5 star hotels in Auckland should offer a concierge.

What separates the best luxury Five Star Hotels from the rest?

New Zealand’s very best 5 star hotels will combine exceptional rooms, service, food, and facilities with excellent architectural design and a location to die for. They should also have a regular refurbishment plan to keep the rooms in tip-top condition.

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