We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

The Esplanade Hotel

Show Prices
Enter dates for lowest prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
We check 200+ sites to find the latest and lowest prices.
Professional photos
The Esplanade Hotel
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"moduleList":["handlers"],"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

206 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 195: English reviews
Start your review of The Esplanade Hotel
 Click to rate
Fort Davis, Texas
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here twice, at the start of our trip to NZ and on the way back. This is an excellent hotel, the rooms are charming, beds are comfortable, there's an elevator to get your luggage upstairs.The bathrooms have been updated, so all the facilities are modern. You are away from the madness of the city, yet it is only...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Sheila2158
Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 1 week ago

Prior to our cruise ship departure from Auckland, we stayed two nights at The Esplanade Hotel in Devonport. It was a delight, and in my opinion, a much smarter option than the busy concrete choices in the CBD of Auckland. Our second floor room had a lovely terrace looking out to the park, was spacious, and had an updated bathroom....

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Fayser
Carson City, Nevada
Reviewed 1 week ago

When I first saw this hotel, I thought, "I sure wish we could go in that building and look around." When I discovered that my small travel group would be dining there, my wish came true. Only a short ferry ride from Aukland's dock area, The Esplanade is a 5 minute walk from the Devonport dock. You enter a true...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank foodiefool_10
Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After staying in Auckland city centre for two nights during our trip of New Zealand, on the return leg it was wonderful NOT to be in the city but to enjoy the wonderful view of it. The best thing about The Esplanade is definitely it's position. A short stroll across the road brings you to the ferry terminal pier and...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank manchesterpammy2016
Front Office M, Manager at The Esplanade Hotel, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind review, which we appreciate. I am pleased you found our 'free' breakfast and coffee to your liking. Orange juice is readily available, although not included in the breakfast, and that should have been explained to you, I apologise if it wasn't. Thanks again, your comments help us improve.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Esplanade Hotel in Devonport is just 15 minutes from central Auckland by regular ferry (every 15/30 minutes, running from 6 am to midnight) and is a wonderful place to stay, overlooking the beautiful Waitemata Harbour. Great for morning walks (or runs!), adjacent grassy playground for children, safe swimming beaches, lots of options for eating and drinking within a short...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Anna B
Front Office M, Manager at The Esplanade Hotel, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind review, which we appreciate. I am pleased you found our exquisite location to your liking. Thanks again, your comments help us improve.

Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a traditional English seaside style hotel, modelled on those in Brighton & Blackpool. So, rooms more old fashioned but very roomy and comfortable. The ideal thing about this hotel is its position. It sits on the bay facing the skyline of Auckalnd. Just across the road is the ferry that takes just a few minutes to reach the...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Andrew T
Front Office M, Manager at The Esplanade Hotel, responded to this review

Hi and thanks for your comments, we appreciate the feedback.

Waipawa, New Zealand
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I go here all the time. Usually just me and the dog and chill with a beer and maybe lunch. It's quaint and an eclectic mix of styles from the turn of the 19th century. It's a great place to sit and people watch and great if you want to nip over on the ferry from central Auckland. Service to...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank jock h
Front Office M, Manager at The Esplanade Hotel, responded to this review

Hi and thanks for your comments. it seems we really have to improve, I wish I knew what day your visit was so we can address these issues. It certainly isn't our way as staff are well trained. We even attract staff from a world recognised hospitality school in France. But i appreciate your feedback.

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Friend and went for High Tea at Esplanade Hotel in Devonport Auckland. Selection of teas, cakes, club sandwiches, savorys. Very enjoyable for afternoon tea and very relaxing afternoon. The staff where very pleasant and knew their job and great services as well. Went on Saturday 11th February. From the city by ferry, pleasant crossing as well. Would i do this...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Peter J
Front Office M, Manager at The Esplanade Hotel, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind review, which we appreciate. I am pleased you found our famous High Tea to your liking. I have passed your comments on to our staff. Thanks again, your comments help us improve.

Parua Bay
Reviewed 9 February 2017

we have stayed on a few occasions and always liked the place, we had two rooms one in the back this time near the back of all the cafes, very hot room, fan didnt work, window was open on arrival but cooking smells soon filled the room, to use the kettle it was high in a cupboard which was rather...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Gemknits J
Front Office M, Manager at The Esplanade Hotel, responded to this review

Many thanks for your feedback it helps us to improve. Unfortunately, your booking did come through as a lower cost option without breakfast. We then honoured the email that advised that you got a free breakfast. However, that doesn't excuse unsatisfactory service. But i appreciate your comments so that we can improve our service to our guests.

Nottingham
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

We had booked two nights here and were looking forward to it. First impressions as pulled up were looks a lovely old hotel in a great location. We were greeted by a friendly receptionist and given our room key - this is where our experience took a sudden dive. The room we were given was at the back of the...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Dom_dd
Front Office M, Manager at The Esplanade Hotel, responded to this review

Hi and thanks for your comments. I am sorry the stay disappointed you. Yes the back rooms are the cheapest but that was not offered by way of excuse. Just that the higher priced rooms face the lovely harbour. The kitchen is from the restaurant next door and we have little control over it. But it is an unusual event....

131 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (94)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (18)
Viewed
Room/Suite (9)
Viewed
View from Room (6)
Viewed
Bathroom (4)
Viewed
Dining (9)
Viewed
Business Centre/Function Rooms (1)
Viewed
Other (47)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (37)
Viewed
Room/Suite (11)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (7)
Viewed
Dining (8)
Viewed
View from Room (4)
Viewed
Bathroom (1)
Viewed
Other (6)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Devonport
3.0 km away
VR Takapuna
VR Takapuna
#1 of 1 in Bayswater
585 reviews
4.1 km away
The Langham, Auckland
The Langham, Auckland
#5 of 68 in Auckland
3,967 reviews
3.8 km away
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
3.6 km away
SKYCITY Grand Hotel
SKYCITY Grand Hotel
#4 of 68 in Auckland
2,370 reviews
2.9 km away
Hilton Auckland
Hilton Auckland
#6 of 68 in Auckland
2,100 reviews
3.9 km away
Grand Millennium Auckland
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Esplanade Hotel offers Auckland boutique hotel accommodation, right on the waterfront in Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand. Nestled in the heart of Devonport village, just across the harbour from the heart of Auckland City, The Esplanade Hotel dominates the Devonport foreshore and enjoys unrivalled harbour and city views. This boutique hotel was built in 1903, has been elegantly restored and has a character and charm all of its own.It is only a ten-minute ferry ride to downtown Auckland, without the hassle of the inner city. After a busy day sight-seeing or on business, The Esplanade Hotel is a haven to escape to at the end of the day…sit back and relax in the bar or restaurants and watch the Auckland city lights and harbour activity. The Esplanade Hotel has seventeen rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, including the luxurious Blake Suite and the two bedroom ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Esplanade Hotel

Address: 1 Victoria Road, Devonport 0624, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Devonport
Price Range: $157 - $582 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Esplanade Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Priceline, Agoda, Travelocity, Hotel.de, HRS and Despegar.com so you can book your The Esplanade Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Esplanade Hotel Auckland
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from The Esplanade Hotel staff and other travellers.
3 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from The Esplanade Hotel staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“Room 219 has lovely views”
 of 5 bubbles manchesterpammy2016, 6 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Can have rooms with a harbour view of Auckland city for an additional price”
 of 5 bubbles 462AndrewT, 1 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Didn't see the rooms, only experienced the food service”
 of 5 bubbles Bligey, 26 Dec 2016 | Read review
“A room with a view onto the Esplanade is nice!”
 of 5 bubbles PerryB137, 16 Dec 2016 | Read review
“We just took what was given and the room was fine.”
 of 5 bubbles Z302TUjamesk, 22 Oct 2016 | Read review
5 of 5