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The Spencer Hotel

9-17 Byron Avenue, Takapuna, Auckland 0622 New Zealand
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#1 of 7 hotels in Takapuna
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The Spencer Hotel, just 500m from Takapuna Beach, offers stunning views of the city, Hauraki Gulf, Lake Pupuke, and Takapuna. As the first business class accommodation on Auckland's North Shore, it provides a panoramic outlook that includes Auckland CBD, Rangitoto Island, and Lake Pupuke. With Studio or One Bedroom Suites, disabled access rooms, and amenities like a swimming pool, spa pool, tennis courts, and gym. The Spencer Hotel has something for everyone.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Tennis court
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Spa
Parking
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Safe
Iron
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Business
Languages Spoken
English
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Katherine A wrote a review Jan 2024
nice41 contributions54 helpful votes
Reading the reviews, I did not want to come to this place but I'm glad I did. Here are some things I noticed. Reception doesn't seem to be manned between 230pm and 3pm, so I don't think there is any point coming early. The lifts are great and the 11th floor hallway smelt fresh. We were in 1108, a suite with balcony (not the additional $10 for a view), and it seemed to me that this category of room was always on a corner, offering interesting views. We were facing north so straight at the Sentinel building which I actually really liked. It's attractive and being scared of heights it made me feel not too high up. We could see Tiritiri out one side and Lake Pupuke on the other, but facing south would have been nice too, getting Rangitoto, sunset and the city lights. Our room was bigger and fresher than I expected, though furniture, carpet, walls and bathroom might not have been changed for a decade. A bit tired but clean. Linens lovely and clean, AC efficient and you can change the temperature and it does what you want. Position of hotel is fantastic. On-street parking nearby and we know Takapuna but were still amazed by the range of quality eateries and shops within 5 minutes walk. The tennis and gym and pool were good on level 2. Both pools were big and heated, ideal temperature for swimming and then relaxing in spa. Staff we interacted with were friendly and efficient, but usually no one was behind the counter. You need to ring the bell. Free coffee and biscuits in reception and nespresso machine with 2 capsules in room as well a generous quality assortment of Dilmah teas, hot choc, coffees etc ( also had dishwasher, clothes washer and clothes dryer such I couldn't get working). Thank you Spencer Hotel! I hope to stay again one day!
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Jo Bridge, Marketing at The Spencer Hotel
Responded 15 Jan 2024
Hi Akatherina! Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful and detailed review! Your feedback is so appreciated, and it provides other guests with valuable information! We are so delighted that you had a good stay with us! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Kind regards, Jo-Anne
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lil_kiwi_ladyNZ wrote a review Oct 2023
Esquimalt, Canada9 contributions4 helpful votes
In comparison to the newer Quest Hotel nearby The Spencer is definitely in the motel range rather than a hotel. It is tired with damaged and mismatched furniture. Basic care and custody has slipped with damaged flooring, squeaky doors and dusty rooms. The complimentary toiletries are cheap and nasty so would recommend bringing your own. Views are amazing if you get the right side of the building. The restaurant is closed and will remain so for a substantial period of time.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
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Responded 24 Oct 2023
Thank you for your review and for providing us with feedback on your recent stay. We value your input and we assure you that we are constantly upgrading and doing our best to keep our standards high. We are so delighted that you enjoyed our magnificent views. Sadly, our restaurant didn't survive covid and we apologise for any inconvenience caused by this. We are working on something exciting coming in 2024!
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BJC wrote a review Mar 2023
Sydney, Australia309 contributions71 helpful votes
Plenty of space. Good views from 1206. Reception can be unattended for a bit! Spacious room. Cooking facilities. Balcony. Bed comfortable. Library downstairs. Close proximity to beach which is the biggest bonus. Team friendly in reception. Restaurants nearby
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Navigate21157854121 wrote a review Feb 2023
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Place is awful they don't have generators so when there are power outages you are forced to walk UpTo your level your staying on so if staying on level 19 have to walk up all levels lifts don't work no lights in the stairwell very dangerous and poor went and stayed at another hotel down the road that was using generators to power the lifts etc
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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lexi33045 wrote a review Jan 2023
Vancouver, Canada51 contributions12 helpful votes
We had a lovely stay at this property. Neharika, Dilip, Paulina and Pro were helpful, kind and Paulina called almost every day asking if there was anything she/the hotel could do for us. While we were in residence husband and I came down with Covid, and had to isolate. The hotel was very helpful in allowing family to deliver groceries to us, helping them up the elevator. We can't say enough about how great the staff was. Unfortunately the restaurant was closed; it would have worked for us to have in-house dining as an option. Hotel within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. Shopping mall 3 blocks away, and Sunday markets in summer are great. Highly recommend this property.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Tor A wrote a review Dec 2022
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The Spencer used to be our accommodation of choice when visiting Auckland. We had noticed a slow decline in facilities and service but decided to try it again with the hope that post Covid things may have improved. Sadly No! Infact the price has risen and the service is almost non existent. The room has been stripped of almost everything. Just the bare minimum and basic utensils such as a coffee plunger completely absent! They are apparently getting coffee machines in all rooms (yeah right!). They charged a further $30.00 per night just to use the underground car park. The dishwasher was broken, no room service, no bar, no restaurant and you have to ring if you need more dishwashing liquid or soap. The only things in their favour were the lovely girls on Reception, the superb views and the location. I feel for the people on the `front line' as they must be bombarded with disappointed customers like us regularly. We made it clear that it is not their fault and it is management who need to act. There is an amazing opportunity here to create a stunning hotel as there is little competition locally. I hope they do so for Takapuna's sake because we won't be back unless things change for the better.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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sandysviews wrote a review Jul 2022
Himatangi, New Zealand137 contributions111 helpful votes
I’m back at the Spencer again, because, inexplicably, my head office still chooses to book us here for work visits. I hope our rooms are free. So, this is a multi story hotel on Auckland’s North Shore. We as a nation are just coming out of a pandemic which decimated our tourism industry. Our national borders are about to fully open for the first time since Covid started. I last stayed here in 2017. My review of my last visit is a long and detailed description of the myriad failures of this hotel to meet its most basic expectations. Yet here I am again. I’ll keep it brief this time. Nothing about the hotel has changed since I was last here in 2017, except the staff. That and there’s currently no bar or restaurant due to ‘renovations’. So, room service is a microwave meal and over priced bottles of whatever alcohol you might choose from the limited selection available. Also, as I came back to my room, after being out all day, and finding my room unserviced, not visited by house keeping at all, I phoned housekeeping to ask why they hadn’t visited. It seems they don’t service your room until you’ve been here 3 days, apparently due to lack of staff, because of covid, but last time I was here, before covid, they didn’t service my room either. However, despite a lack of staff, who can’t service my room, because they don’t exist, due to covid or work visas, if I found an extra $35 a day, they COULD find some staff to make up my room. Which let’s face it fellow travellers, is a pretty basic expectation, to have your room serviced, when you are paying for hotel accommodation. But not at the Spencer, on Byron. So, dejected, thoroughly defeated by the utter indifference of a large, premium (for no good reason at all, except maybe, potentially, a nice view) Auckland hotel, to its valuable clients, corporate guests of a local company who give them a decent amount of repeat business, because the options locally, within walking distance of our head office are limited. Or frankly any human being who walked through the door, simply looking for accomodation somewhat approximating the amount they were expected to pay for it. I ordered one of the crappy microwave meals they called room service for 7:15pm. The only member of staff on duty arrived at my door at 7:05pm with my frozen microwave room service meal and over priced bottle of wine, in an expensive Auckland hotel, having travelled up in the lift, and walked through the hotel corridors, not wearing a mask. I had a few choice words about her hotel, hotel management, reassuring her it wasn’t her fault. I told her of my previously unsatisfactory experiences with the hotel and how now it’s inexplicably worse, rather than better, while reminding her it wasn’t her fault. That’s before I talk about the unsatisfactory, uncomfortable rooms, tired furniture, slow wifi, and frankly half arsed, and sub standard everything. On the single plus side. There’s possibly a good view of Auckland city or Waitemata harbour, depending upon which room you get. It’s literally the only redeeming feature of this hotel. According to the signs about ‘body corporate meetings’ in the lift, people also actually live in apartments in this building. That’s truly grim and sad. The Spencer on Byron has to be the worst value, biggest missed opportunity to be something awesome, in New Zealand.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
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Simon G wrote a review Jun 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand83 contributions26 helpful votes
Clean and tidy, great views from the dirty windows, 1990’s decor. Bed not very comfortable but the suite I stayed in was large and spacious. They didn’t do breakfast or lunch and the one meal they usually did, dinner, was cancelled as the head chef didn’t come in - do they only have cook?
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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honey wrote a review Jan 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand5 contributions
We have stayed twice before, so thought since we had a family function in Devonport we would stay here. Unfortunately it's abit rundown since last stay. Unfortunately the bar only opens at 5pm. Free voucher for drink was a lovely suprise, Unfortunately the beer taps weren't working and the house wine wasn't nice. We had to ask front desk to ask guests in 801 to turn thumping music down after 12 as our bedroom wall was vibrating. Then they talked loud all night. Unfortunately for us we got no sleep. And upon check out were told they are permanent guests. Unbelievable. Won't be back for sure
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Don't stay 5 star
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JackieB wrote a review Aug 2021
North Shore, New Zealand74 contributions6 helpful votes
Upon arrival front desk made it near impossible for a smooth check in. My husband asked about parking and was told it would cost $30 for the one night to park his work van in their basement. When he said how ridiculous that cost was for one night, the lady threatened to phone the police on him for saying “f*** that’s a bit ridiculous for one night”. When he finally got to his room after parking his work van on the street, he walked in and there was a dirty toenail on the floor 🤢 so gross. The room was dated compared to other 5 star hotels we are used to and we wouldn’t be returning. Not welcoming and a dirty room are two things you don’t want when paying for a hotel that’s meant to be 5 star.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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$193 - $257 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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New ZealandNorth IslandAucklandNorth ShoreTakapuna
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Spencer Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Spencer Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Takapuna Markets (0.4 km), Escape HQ (0.2 km), and Thrillzone Auckland (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Spencer Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, a fitness centre, and a spa.
Which room amenities are available at The Spencer Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
Is parking available at The Spencer Hotel?
Yes, paid private parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Spencer Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Al Forno, Honey Cafe, and Jam Organic Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Spencer Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Is The Spencer Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Takapuna.
Does The Spencer Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to The Spencer Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Parnell (6.5 km), Auckland Town Hall (6.9 km), and Symonds Street Cemetary (7.6 km).
Does The Spencer Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is The Spencer Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.