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1 Oct

Rendezvous Hotel Auckland


Tales From The Desk From Leanne Kennedy

Greeted politely by the porter at the door and walked into the amazingly huge lobby which was full of marble and granite walls, so much space and pounding natural light. This was my first time to view the hotel which is situated in the heart of Auckland City, close to Aotea Square, Auckland Town Hall and the Viaduct.

Lead in rooms have been recently renovated in dark woods, with new linen and furniture which makes them look modern and homely. The best part about the rooms – the bathrooms! They are huge, separate bath and shower and a decent area for you to get ready before that meeting ... or that night out! Unfortunately, due to it being ‘RWC’ season – I was unable to view any of the suites of the club lounge – but from what I have heard.. They sound luxurious and amazing!

Next we went down to the pool/gym area which is now famous due to the scene shot from Shortland Street where TK and Roimata were at a pool on their ‘honeymoon in the bay of islands’. Being a Shorthand street fan myself I loved it and could see why the picturesque venue was used. The gym was very impressive, with new looking equipment and a nice big area. The ‘sun deck’ looked like something from a resort and many sun loungers and table and chairs to soak up the sun on those hot summer days! I am told that there is to be a shade sale to be put in as well.

The conference facilities are great, there are 15 conference rooms that cater for all different types of conferences along with their elegant ball room that can hold 1000 cocktail and 700 sitting. The chandeliers and high ceilings make the place absolutely gorgeous. The pre area seems like a modern place to hold a mix and mingle with all the facilities needed.

This is the biggest hotel in Auckland – with a whopping 12 floors and 452 rooms it even has 3 wings – it seems confusing but the signage around the hotel keeps you on the right track!

The hotel boasts 3 restaurants, one which happens to be my favourite – Japanese! Cannot wait to try it. The other two are the Pacific Restaurant and the Atrium Bar.

All in all, the hotel offers a lot for both corporate and leisure. The rooms being spacious and comfy, the dining facilities the service with a smile and the feel about the place has turned me into a fan. When your booking your next stay in Auckland, don’t go past the Rendezvous!