The Pullman Auckland is one of soon to be three luxury options of Accorhotels in the biggest city in New Zealand. In this review, I’ll explain whether it is worth staying at the Pullman or whether you are better of with a stay at the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour.
The hotel market in Auckland is quite interesting. There are a few chain hotels, including a Sofitel and a Hilton, but overall not many luxury options.
The Pullman is one of the upscale hotels, but has two powerhouses of the own brand as competitors. Accorhotels currently offers the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, which I liked very much, and soon the So Sofitel Auckland.
As a Le Club Accorhotels Gold member I got an upgrade to a Superior Room at the Pullman Auckland.
So basically come with a better view on a higher floor, but are similiar to other rooms despite that. While the hotel makes a rather modern first impression, the rooms are actually a little worn. While there seem to have been some renovations here and there, you can see the old substance.
The Superior Room basically comes with a comfortable King Bed, two night stands, an armchair in the corner, a working desk with a comfortable, yet not especially ergonomic chair and a flat-screen television.
While there is not really anything bad to say about the room at the Pullman Auckland, I wouldn’t describe it as great either. Basically, the rooms are what you would expect at a upscale city hotel. The views are nothing to write home about as well, yet the rooms at least are bright.
You can spot the actual age of the rooms at the Pullman Auckland very well when looking at the bathrooms. Those are extremely small, but must have been partly renovated lately.
There’s a modern sink with some storage space, a modern toilet and a modern shower head. At the same time, the bathtub (which doubles as a shower) looks rather old.
Toiletries at the Pullman Auckland are provided by C.O. Bigelow and are of decent quality.
As I booked a rate including breakfast, I had the chance to check out the spread in the morning. Once again, I wasn’t terribly impressed and actually liked breakfast at the Sofitel way more.
The Pullman Auckland offers a decent spread with breads, rolls, cold cuts, cheeses, fruits, yoghurts, mueslis as well as several hot options. Especially the latter were quite nice and surprisingly many.
Additionally, you can order hot options of your choice, including omelettes and pancakes.
You may also prepare yourself freshly squeezed orange juice on the buffet. Additionally, you can prepare your own coffee on a big Nespresso machine.
All in all, breakfast at the Pullman is totally fine, but nothing to write home about, neither in terms of quality nor choice.
Something that speaks for the Pullman Auckland are the pool and gym, which both are open to outside members as well. The gym feels a little cramped and tends to be crowded in the mornings, but comes with modern equipment of all kinds.
It’s a good place for both, cardio and strenght training. Additonally, the gym has a lovely outdoor terrace, which I loved. The pool has a great size as well and is ideal for swimming laps.
Additionally, there’s a spacious jacuzzi right next to the hotel. You can also find a sauna and a steam bath in the relaxation area.
All in all, the pool and the gym are some of the main arguments for staying at the Pullman Auckland.
My stay at the Pullman Auckland was decent overall. The rooms are a little generic and not up to the modern standards, but totally fine if you are not spending too much time in the room. The breakfast is good, but not great. The same is true for the service and other offerings. What’s outstanding about the Pullman are the great pool & gym. All in all, I’d stay at the Pullman Auckland again. Yet, if you are looking for a real luxury experience, the Sofitel Viaduct Harbour is a better choice.