New Hotel Opens in New Zealand

Design Hotels has added another hotel to its Oceania portfolio. The Hotel DeBrett is situated in a traditional Art Deco building in Auckland’s fashion district. The intimate property (25 rooms) is designed and run by Michelle Deery and John Courtney. Cool touch: Every room has a unique design and features eclectic furniture and New Zealand art and photography.

As a reinvention of one of Auckland’s oldest hotels, Hotel DeBrett retains some of its homey and familiar features, such as an open gas-burning fire, oak floorboards and exposed brick walls. The hotel’s bar has been carefully restored to its former glory, and is fast becoming the place to see and be seen in the city.

Guests can choose from the cocktail menu or sample a local boutique beer or glass of wine from a carefully selected list of New Zealand wines. Guests are invited to enjoy a nightly complimentary drink hosted by the hotel’s owners or manager in the private drawing room.

The Kitchen restaurant, headed by award-winning chef Mark Sycamore, serves seasonal dishes using fresh local ingredients, which guests can enjoy in the glass-roofed atrium or in private dining suites. A drawing room for hotel guests has board games, a record player and a wide selection of books and DVDs. The hotel also offers free gym access and a variety of meeting spaces, including a courtyard, basement, loft suite and boardroom.

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