Alex Catarinella

Hotel DeBrett

Auckland

by: Alex Catarinella

  • Why

    After a week of shows and after-parties at New Zealand Fashion Week, I decided to treat myself with a one-night R&R stay in a loft suite at the DeBrett.

  • When

    Late August.

  • Who

    Me.

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Highs + Lows

  • Everything about the hotel is beautiful. The lobby. The restaurant. The bar. The drawing room. The hallways, the staircases, the elevator, the light fixtures, the furniture. And, obviously, the rooms. I could rave about the hotel’s designs for ages…

  • I stayed in the two story loft suite complete with a spiral staircase carpeted in zany colorful stripes. Two bathrooms (one featuring a great standalone shower and great bath) with so many mirrors and great lighting. I love the zany bathroom tiles. The bed is heavenly -- goose down comforter, hand printed throws and pillows. The suite is decorated with great art and funky furniture from local artists and designers. The room made me feel so damn good! Especially when I threw on that velvet robe after a bubble bath with their ‘Sans’ New Zealand products.

  • You’ve gotta get room service -- the flat whites are a must. But I strongly suggest heading to the gorgeous restaurant. Extremely well-lit via natural lighting and high ceilings. There was a complimentary breakfast during my stay. They’ve got it all, but I also suggest the simple things. Like the delicious jams and scones, yogurt and granola, and fresh fruit -- FIGS!

  • I needed to do some work on my laptop after brunch, and wanted to get out of my room for a bit. I sat in the hotel guests only ‘Drawing Room’ -- cozy and super cute room featuring a well-stocked bookcase (and bar!) and a record player. Uh, they also have a MacBook…! WTF? Too great.

  • No complaints. Seriously. I wanna live here.

: 47/50
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Important Bits

  • Type

    Beautiful family-owned boutique hotel.

  • Vibe

    Hip and artsy but a very warm vibe.

  • Location

    Located on High Street, which boasts a slew of the greatest restaurants and shops -- lots of local fantastic Kiwi designers, too.

  • Rooms

    25

  • Music

    Not that I recall…maybe in the bar.

  • Year Opened

    2009

  • Designed By

    Apparently it’s a historic building that was remodeled to become this beautiful boutique hotel by owner Michelle Deery, in association with Stewart Harris of McIntosh Harris Design. It opened as the DeBrett in 2009. Lots of gorgeousness -- from the light fixtures, funky furniture, New Zealand art and photography, etc.

  • Pool/Gym

    There’s an off-site gym, apparently. And the hotel can arrange a yoga instructor and personal trainer.

  • Restaurant

    DeBretts Kitchen. Delicious.

  • Bar

    Cool, colorful bar called Cornerbar. Retro lighting and design and filled with cuties.

  • Minibar

    Your standard selection of snacks.

  • Wifi

    Fast and free.

  • Children

    Sure. You can prearrange a babysitter through the hotel, too.

  • Price

    Appropriate price for an A+ boutique hotel located in Auckland’s finest neighborhood.

In the Area

One of my favorite New Zealand womenswear designers. Really, really cute designs.

For the gals, go next door to Ruby

4 high street aukland

One of my favorite New Zealand womenswear designers. Really, really cute designs.

Where you can shop ’til you drop at many an Auckland designer’s shops. Check out Stolen Girlfriends Club and Zambesi. And you MUST get brunch at Dizengoff -- cute, hip, delicious. I went four times in one week. Make sure to get a side of the mushrooms.

Take a short and cheap cab ride to Ponsonby Road

ponsonby road

Where you can shop ’til you drop at many an Auckland designer’s shops. Check out Stolen Girlfriends Club and Zambesi. And you MUST get brunch at Dizengoff -- cute, hip, delicious. I went four times in one week. Make sure to get a side of the mushrooms.

If you wanna get your tourist on, take a short stroll here, basically the Empire State Building of Auckland. The views from the tower are perfection for many an Instagram photo.

Sky Tower

sky tower aukland

If you wanna get your tourist on, take a short stroll here, basically the Empire State Building of Auckland. The views from the tower are perfection for many an Instagram photo.

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Hotel DeBrett

2 High St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

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