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So after drinks and a quick Dome dash we finally boarded the plane for Auckland. The flight went well and we arrived on time. We went straight to the hotel but had heaps of energy so decided to look around town. I lasted a block before I started to fall asleep so I went back to the room and had some organic oats and grapes, Ellis had some sushi for …
Very early wake up call at 4am but flight from Melbourne to Auckland was uneventful. Walking boots inspected by customs but due to being forewarned by Andrew and Michelle about this requirement, we were complimented on making the effort to clean them and protect the environment by the custom inspector.
Airport bus very efficient but short …
De Québec à Philadelphie, de Philadelphie à Los Angeles, de Los Angeles à Auckland : environ 30 heures de porte à porte et 18 heures de décalage horaire. Partis le 30 janvier, arrivés le lendemain... 1er février, en escamotant totalement le 31 janvier pour cause de traversée du méridien 180, la ligne de changement de date.
Voyage très fatiguant …
Today we spent most of the day in the car, driving along the Twin Coast discovery highway. The road is windy and narrow. I have yet to take a photo of the many one way bridges around and the signposted 100km/h road signs on windy roads that you would have trouble getting to 60km on. Back home, I think they would be signposted 50-60 km.... Even …
Finally here following trip from Dubai (18 hours) and Sydney. Emirates flights (A380) were excellent and we've caught up with all of the latest films! Off for dinner at the harbour - delicious King Fish with hollandaise and asparagus (it's spring here!) washed down by Hauraki Pinot noir. Looking forward to shopping at Britomart/Queens St in the morning.
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Okay for a night
Staff do need some training in customer service. I would rate this as basic but central. My husband was offered "services" by a lady outside the hotel, staff seemed aware off her presence but done nothing to remove her and she continued bothering other gentlemen. Very much a business hotel and, yes, she most likely did do business there!
We found the bedroom ok, the staff was quite friendly, but we did hate the bathroom. It was quite large, but had one of these walk-in showers, so when you have a shower, the whole floor gets flooded. Plus there was absolutely nowhere to put our stuff. No shelves or anything like that. Nowhere to put a brush or a cosmetic bag.
Would not return to this hotel
I just returned from New Zealand and stayed in the Rydges Auckland first for one night and then again for 2 nights. The people were less than helpful or friendly. The location was great. The rooms were OK nothing special. I stayed my last night in Auckland at another hotel that was wonderful, helpful and friendly and much more comfortable.
Okay Hotel- Poor Customer Service
I stayed here for 3 nights and it was an average expreience. The room is good. Whilst the bedding seemed to be a bit tatty and the housekeeping was average to say the least (the bed was not made very nicely- the sheets were still very crinkled, and one night I came back to find one of the facewashers I used simply hung over the shower rod and not replaced), the rest of the room was very spacious, and had a great view of the skytower.
I could put up with all of this, though the customer service was appaling. The girl at reception (with name begining with 'H'- avoid her if you can) was very abrupt, and did not manage to crack a smile upon check-in. This was ok, I thought, after working in customer service, I understand that we all have bad days, but she served me again upon check-out, she was just as rude, if not she seemed ruder! I asked to have my luggage stored for a few hours and she simply thrust a couple of pieces of paper at me and said 'Put this on it', and went to serve the next customer.
This place is ok if you are simply looking for a bed for a night.
We stayed with two small children in the Rydges and we loved it. A good location, very friendly staff, very clean room and good breakfast and dining. We had a nice room with a beautiful view. It was a very pleasant stay!
Great location. Good hotel.
Stayed at Rydges for 3 nights in April. Superb location and an excellent base from which to explore the city but if you want to spend a lot of time staying in the hotel soaking up the ambiance......this isint for you.
Staff were friendly. Room was clean spacious, modern and well maintained. The real winner for me was the restaurant. Wonderful friendly staff, superb food and a comprehensive wine list meant that we took quite a while to eat dinner in the evenings. The Rydges is all that it says it is......no more...no less. I would stay here again.
This is nothing special
We stayed one night and found the location to be reasonably central (very convenient for the Sky Tower), but the hotel is a little bland. Most rooms had no worthwhile views and ours was rather compact, with 2 double beds, desk, mini-bar / fridge, television and 2 chairs.
We didn't use the restaurant, preferring to eat out.
The service was very good and we were given an extended check out on request. The staff were helpful & friendly.
I suspect there are better hotels to stay at, but this is adequate if not special.
Great for work not so good for romance
My boyfriend and I stayed in the Rydges for one night and I was disappointed with the hotel.
Let me start by giving you their two redeeming features - clean and has a great location.
Auckland is a small city already but the Rydges is located one tiny block from the Sky City and seconds away from the city centre.
If you need to spend one night in Auckland for business, this hotel is perfect. Whilst we were there it already gets a lot of business from professionals seeking a night accommodation. You get what you pay for - a clean room, a restaurant and it is only moments away from CBD.
What I found troublesome is that the Rydges has no heart. I believe that there are other hotels which will give you better value for money, decor and service.
On holiday, and bearing in mind, the Rydges promotes itself as a 4 star hotel, I am expecting some type of porter service. You don't get this at the Rydges, you are expected to take carry your own luggage, with no offered assistance.
The rooms are basic - clean but very basic. The rooms have no warmth. Put it this way, whilst some hotels, want you to feel that their hotel is a home away from home, this hotel certainly wants to remind you, that you have your own house!
We stayed last weekend at Rydges to go to a show in Auckland, being two blocks back from Queen Street, there was no traffic noise. Good sized room, we had a queen and double bed in ours with views of the harbour, the other side has views of the Sky Tower. The service was excellent and the staff all very hlepful and friendly, you cant go past Rydges for a great place to stay in Central Auckland
Great value hotel
Excellant, good value hotel. Perfect for Aucklands sights and restaurants and shopping!