With the hotel being a five-minute walk from work, my wife and I thought that we’d spoil ourselves with a Sunday night stay, and a luxurious start to our week.
Research & Booking
The Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is one of three Sofitel properties in New Zealand, with the others being located in Queenstown and Wellington. The Auckland Sofitel is ranked #2 out of 66 hotels in Auckland Central on TripAdvisor.
The hotel is an AccorHotels property, meaning that the points required for a redemption will be based on the cost of the room. A standard room on the night of our stay cost us $268, the equivalent of 8,000 Rewards points.
I booked with AccorHotels directly and paid for the stay, as opposed to using points. My Accor Plus Platinum status provides two complimentary drink vouchers, the possibility of a room upgrade, free breakfast, and an in-room welcome amenity.
I also earned Rewards points and an additional night towards Le Club status renewal on my stay.
Luxury King Room, Marina View
We scored a great room upgrade on checking in, from a standard room, to one of their marina view rooms, with a balcony. This room would have cost $445 had I booked it on the day of our stay. The view towards the Auckland skyline was lovely.
The bathroom was well-appointed, with a separate rain shower, and bath. The hotel offers Lanvin amenities, which are made in France.
There is a fancy in-room pillow menu.
The in-room welcome amenity is quite generous.
Two bottles of water and small Valrhona chocolates are provided as part of the complimentary turndown service.
The room has a universal plug if you’re visiting from outside the region.
The Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
The Sofitel is located in the Viaduct Harbour Precinct, a short 10-minute walk from the Auckland CBD. It is in a quiet location and is close to the many office buildings located in the west part of the city centre.
There is some complimentary kiwi fruit juice to the west of the check-in desks.
The Sofitel Viaduct Harbour Auckland has a fitness centre with pool, gym, jacuzzi, and sauna, which guests have complimentary access to between 6am to 10pm, 7 days a week. The swimming pool is designed as a lap pool however so is not well-suited for families. It was busy when I visited so I didn’t take photos, those shown below are from the hotel website.
There is a So Sofitel Spa, which we unfortunately didn’t visit.
There is also a small area with computers adjacent the lifts on the east side of the building, on the ground floor.
Lava Dining is the main dining area for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We had a full breakfast here, which includes an à la carte selection, coffee, and continental options.
Continental breakfast selection
The Sabrage Bar is open from 3pm and serves a range of alcoholic drinks, including French Champagne, wines, cocktails, and beer. If you have status with the Le Club AccorHotels program, you’ll receive at least two complimentary drink vouchers than can be used here. While my wife had a sleep, I came down to enjoy a few glasses of red.
21 Viaduct Café
There is a small café on the eastern side of the building. Being on the edge of the marina, it seemed like it would be a nice place to grab a drink, weather providing.
Around the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
The hotel is a short walk from the city centre, along the marina walkway. It is a pleasant stroll, though not so much during inclement weather, where I would recommend catching a taxi.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants a short walk away in Wynyard Quarter, and this area will be up and coming in the future, with plenty of new development occurring around the site. The hotel will be the perfect place to stay for the next America’s Cup.
Summing up – The Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
We had a nice stay at this hotel. Staff were friendly, and all Le Club AccorHotels status benefits were proactively offered, without any prompting.
While not in the heart of the city centre, it is only a short walk away, and most will find the location pleasant during nice weather. The hotel is well suited to those on holiday, or those travelling for business and needing to be close to the corporate offices in the west part of the city.
Supplementary images courtesy of Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour