Auckland is the main international gateway to New Zealand, and many travellers start their trip here. The city is situated towards the top of the North Island, and is home to a third of the country’s population (1.5 million people). The Langham Auckland is the luxury hotel of choice for the city’s most prestigious visitors, but despite its grandeur and prestige, the pretty-in-pink Langham has rooms that are indulgent and yet affordable.
I know the Langham brand well, and was looking forward to my stay here. After a stressful flight delay it was calming to know I would be well looked after at the hotel. My executive corner room on the seventh floor was spacious for city accommodation. The room was sensibly arranged, lavishly decorated with the highest quality materials. I found the bed was instantly inviting, topped with a thick duvet and plumped pillows, and had a wonderfully immersive nights sleep. The petite bathroom was stocked with Zambeli toiletries from Sydney. The small space managed to snugly fit a combined bath-shower, but here the design felt more dated.
While you are staying treat yourself to the delectable Afternoon Tea in the Palm Court. I tried the signature tea with Wedgewood crockery and blended loose teas. The occasion began with a glass of the finest Louis Roederer Rosé Vintage Champagne before the extravagant food arrived. The cake stand was filled with gourmet sandwiches, savoury delicacies and pretty patisseries. My highlights were the unique Cold vichyssoise with smoked venison, delicate Tonka bean mille feuille and the freshly baked plain and lemon scones. Each component was carefully constructed and looked beautiful, an exciting variety of tastes and textures. The food was accompanied with a pot of signature Palm Court Exotic Blend, a delicious pale pink floral tea.
When I stayed, the Langham Auckland was also home to two members of the British royal family, proving that this palatial property is even fit for a (future) King.
More information and book a room at The Langham Auckland here.