There are two types of people: those who are happy to waltz carefree onto their flight at the last minute, and those who are so desperate to be the first onboard that they arrive ridiculously early at every stage of the boarding process. In case you had any doubt, I am definitely the latter.
It was with joy then that Kasha and I were offered a chance to stay at the wonderful Holiday Inn Auckland, just minutes away from the airport. Admittedly, before this trip I’d never even considered why anyone would want to stay so close to the terminal. However, after a month travelling New Zealand by camper, doing canyon swings and epic bike rides, plus a stupidly early flight to Alice Springs the next day, I was shattered. Like anyone, I wanted to eliminate as much stress as possible – enter Holiday Inn Auckland.
The Deluxe Room
Being such close proximity to the airport, you’d be forgiven for thinking you might have to sacrifice on other luxuries like quiet, space, or amenities. So, it was eye-opening when Kasha and I walked through the hotel to our room on the second floor – armed with a view looking out onto a lush garden and swimming pool.
Light from the windows poured into the sizeable room, while the fresh white sheets and choice of pillow (firm or soft) ensured a cosy night sleep. Our balcony gave us a perfect vantage point of the greenery below, and allowed us to fantasise we were somewhere suitably exotic – rather than moments away from New Zealand’s largest airport.
Like most visitors to this hotel, Kasha and I were here primarily for the nap time and high speed Wi-Fi. However, if you are one of those people that can’t go a day without hitting the gym – or hanging out poolside – then you’re in luck. Exercise heads can pump some iron at the gymnasium between 7am-10pm, likewise for those hoping to make a splash at the swimming pool. If all you need is a meal and a G&T the on-site Vapour Restaurant and Halo Bar will sort you right out.
For us, the most convenient service was the Breakfast Bag. After learning our early morning flight was before the kitchen opened for service, my stomach gave the inevitable growl of disapproval. Thankfully, the wonderful staff ensured we were both delivered a parcel of lovely foodstuffs that set us up for our journey.
Why Visit Holiday Inn Auckland?
If I had to pinpoint why my experience was so positive, it would have to be threefold: extremely accommodating and thoughtful staff, that moment we sank into the cosy bed, and the stress-free journey to the terminal. It might sound easy to run a hotel where most people just want a good sleep, but a peaceful environment, excellent service and a killer location are hard to come by. I’ll put my hands up and say I’m converted, airport hotels are on my approved list of last night luxuries when it comes to long-haul travel.
Our delightful stay was provided by the lovely folk at Holiday Inn Auckland, but as ever, any opinions expressed are entirely my own.
Want to check out a proper Kiwi adventure? Read my post about kayaking in New Zealand’s largest lake to find a giant rock carving.