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Great Ponsonby Arthotel
Ranked #5 of 53 Auckland B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
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81 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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“Lovely neighbourhood B&B”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

We stayed here 4 nights in one of the front rooms with a tiny terrace which was lovely. The room was simple, but clean and well equipped with a comfortable queen bed. The owners and staff are very helpful and friendly, and they serve a very nice full breakfast. The location in Ponsonby is excellent: lots of excellent restaurants and bars within easy walking distance, easy and short bus ride into dowtown/waterfront, and some nice local shops. We loved Prego for dinner (always crowded, but worth the wait). The back yard has a few tables and chairs where we enjoyed pre-dinner evening cocktails (they have an honour bar). They have lots of used guide books in the sitting room and all sorts of brochures that are available to use or take. They also have a discount taxi service to the airport. We felt very comfortable here and will definitely return when we next visit Auckland.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

We had two nights at this B&B in mid February. Our room was spacious, clean and comfortable. The property is within easy walking distance of restaurants for evening meals and the breakfast choice was good. The staff were welcoming and helpful.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

Had a couple of nights here after arriving from UK via LAX. felt welcome immediately, good comfortable studio apartment well equipped. Great breakfast, very helpful staff. Good location: excellent choice of eateries close by in a lively neighbourhood. Close to Link bus service taking you around town cheaply.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

My partner and I have been already twice in the Great Ponsonby Arthotel (once in summer and once in winter) and both experiences have been absolutely fantastic! 100% recommended: excellent service, rooms are clean, nice and cosy, location is great, easy to get to the city, and delicious breakfast! Plus good music, good movies and good books - what else can you ask for?

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

This place is unique in my experience. It has a special atmosphere that is all its own. Auckland is somewhat devoid of cosy welcoming accomodation close to the city. You can normally opt for a sterile lifeless hotel, an appartment that could be anywhere or a run down motel last updated in the early eighties. Ponsonby - a popular village close to the city centre is particularly badly served. The Great Ponsonby Art Hotel stands out like a beacon and not just because of its arresting title. It is great - it is fun. Jerry and Sally hold welcoming court for all shapes and sizes.

I stayed here for some weeks after returning to Auckland after a year overseas with my two little boys whilst we looked for a home. I and they were made to feel so very welcome. The place is staffed by what grows to feel like one large family - an atmosphere of trust and informality reigns supreme - typified by the honesty bar. All staff we found to be lovely - they seemed happy to be there and their enthusiasm is genuine - nice people all. If you are a family with children - the hotel backs onto a delightful park - my kids were off there every day at every opportunity.

Breakfast every day is like watching an elaborate cabaret as Sally, Jerry - Keir too knowledgeably and entertainingly point clueless visitors in all the right directions for their upcoming travels. Their local knowledge is extensive and they are Kiwi to the hilt. More importantly perhaps they and their staff are warm and welcoming - amusing too - Jerry laughs a lot - you can always hear when he is around.

The Hotel itself is really a rather upmarket B&B with considerable frills - is close to Ponsonby's dining strip and shops and just a stone's throw from central Auckland. If you are just starting a trip round New Zealand or wishing to stay for longer I recommend that the minute you get out of the clutches of Auckland Airport you set your satnav to The Great Ponsonby Art Hotel and make haste there as quickly as you can. The rooms are homely and individual, the breakfast great, the staff delightful and we liked the dog too!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Great Ponsonby Arthotel

Property: Great Ponsonby Arthotel
Address: 30 Ponsonby Terrace | Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Auckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Great Ponsonby Arthotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax in a quiet, heritage, 1890's villa in the middle of cosmopolitan Auckland, just 2 minutes stroll to Ponsonby's vibrant cafes, restaurants and galleries. Fifteen minutes by eco bus, five minutes by taxi to the waterfront or a 30 minute amble through Ponsonby's interesting streets. Close to Eden Park, the Zoo and all main attractions. Qualmark 4 star+ and Enviro Gold. Breakfasts are legendary. They are cooked to order, not just left in your fridge the night before. This is a place to have fun & meet other guests.Free, unlimited wifi throughout hotel, ipod docks, all sky channels in your room. ... more   less 
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