The Hotel Britomart is the new kid on the block in downtown Auckland, yet it fits so seamlessly into the area that you might question if it’s been there all along.
We spent the night to see if New Zealand’s first 5 Green Star hotel lived up to the hype around its recent launch.
It’s a brand new 10-storey building in the heart of Britomart, with 99 guest rooms and five incredible landing suites complete with outdoor terraces.
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The ground floor is home to not only the lounge-like lobby, but also kingi restaurant.
First impressions were great and somewhat earthy. Every detail of the lobby felt meticulously thought out, and there was a tale about most of the features within the space.
There are door handles crafted from Northland driftwood and dipped in brass, 150,000 hand-made bricks lining the walls, and a feature wall made from Muriwai black sand.
5 Green Stars don’t come easily – refillable toiletries, compostable slippers, organic bed linen and a recycling plan for the beds just scratch the surface on the thought behind the rooms alone.
The guest rooms are admittedly small, at 22 square metres, but still manage to fit a custom couch, desk and large basin.
There’s a real sense that the space has been designed to introduce travellers to New Zealand. There are local books, a large Tui wallpaper hidden away, and strictly local treats in the minibar.
The electric blackout blinds, and marshmallowy bed and massive pillows, all made for a deep night’s sleep.
Because of the location in the heart of Britomart, there is no real need for extensive facilities. You won’t find a gym or swimming pool here, but if you’re that way inclined, there are options in the city close by.
The supplied bikes to pedal around town would help with that.
Tucked down a leafy laneway on the ground floor is kingi, an all-day eatery that specialises in sustainable seafood. With some of the city’s best restaurants within walking distance, it’s easy to understand why they enlisted the brains behind Orphans Kitchen to take the lead on this one.
While the seafood was delicious, the burrata and wood-fired flatbreads were a stand out for us. A carafe of the in-house Pinot Gris on tap made for the perfect pairing. For breakfast, the oat hotcakes with walnut and raspberry were divine, we’ve already agreed to go back for brunch again soon.
Worth Stepping Out For
Everything. Britomart is central to all your heart’s desires – there are designer shops