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SO/ Auckland 5 stars

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5 211 reviews

ALLSAFE approved hotel

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Hotel extras

  • Home to social butterflies, HI-SO is Auckland's hippest rooftop bar

  • Club Signature lounge is exclusive to SO Club and Suite guests.

  • Choice of elements-inspired room design; Liquid, Vapour or Solid.

  • SO/ SPA.

  • ALLSAFE accredited.

Hotel location

SO/ Auckland

Corner of Customs St E& Gore St, Auckland Central
New Zealand

  • By plane

    AUCKLAND AIRPORT At 20km / 12.43 miles - Shuttle paying

  • By boat

    FERRY TERMINAL At 0.5km / 0.31 miles

  • By train

    BRITOMART ATATION At 0.2km / 0.12 miles

GPS:-36.845421, 174.768507

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In summary
On site
  • Swimming pool
  • Shuttle
  • Restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible hotel
  • Well-being
  • Air conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Breakfast
  • Bar
  • Meeting rooms
Near the property
  • Car park

Our accommodation(s)

Using Auckland's volcanic origin as inspiration, our hotel rooms are design masterpieces with all the modern technologies needed to keep you connected.

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TripAdvisor Rating  4.0/5  211 reviews

So happy to be able to come back!

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

607gabriellep TripAdvisor review

My husband and i had a fantastic stay! We were totally spoilt and treated like VIP’s the whole stay. A particular mention to the Club Lounge manager and staff, they went over and beyond. All food consumed from the divine High Society Restaurant dinner, with the best cocktails to the very satisfying breakfast with all you could ever wish for in a breakfast. Thank you to Stephan for the upgrade, we are raving fans and will tell all of our friends about this memorable Staycation.

Wonderful service and atmosphere

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

Dave864 Business - TripAdvisor review

Really enjoyed my stay here. The service was wonderful and possibly among the best from any hotel I have stayed at, and I stay at a lot of hotels! In particular the staff in the Executive lounge were outstanding and a credit the hotel.

Dear Dave864, Thank you for the great review and full five star rating. We're pleased to read you had a wonderful time at SO/ Auckland and that this was one of the best experiences you have had in hotels. We'll be sure to recognize the team at the Club Signature for their excellent efforts. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards from SO, Stephen Gould - General Manager SO/ Auckland

Great Location

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

EJM223 TripAdvisor review

Modern hotel with a great location, just across the road from Brittomart and the waterfront. All staff were extremely helpful and attentive. Rooms were a bit bathroom door and the bath is in the corner of the lounge. Quite dark and not as comforting as I like a hotel to be. Bed was excellent and the room was quiet.

Dear EJM223, Thank you for your review and we appreciate the kinds words about the helpfulness and attentiveness of our staff. We do have so many different room options and we will be sure to showcase a few different choices for you next time. I'm confident we can provide a room to your liking on your next stay. We hope to welcome you back again sometime soon. Kind regards from SO, Stephen Gould - General Manager

Excellent Room

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

brucee512020 TripAdvisor review

Our recent stay at the So Hotel in Auckland was for a special treat. The layout of the room was excellent. We took advantage of the So Club and the staff in this area were very friendly - we were somewhat disappointed with the lack of housekeeping - rooms not being supplied with fresh towels and toiletries daily nor loo paper which is an expectation of a hotel of this caliber and cost. The piped music in some areas was pretty awful. The Wellness Spa was excellent but somewhat pricey.

Dear brucee512020, Thank you for the excellent review and we're sorry for the hiccup with Housekeeping. We've let our Executive Housekeeper know of your feedback and she will have things back ship-shape in no time. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards from SO, Stephen.

Modern and great design

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

austindinh2020 Business - TripAdvisor review

Stay here for couple of nights for a business trip and love the decor of the hotel. Hotel has a rooftop bar which is very nice. Room got a open plan bathroom which is strange at first but very modern and quickly to get used to. Would stay here again.

Dear austindinh2020, Thank you for the kind review and we're glad you enjoyed your recent business trip to SO/ Auckland. Kind regards, Stephen.

Absolutely fabulous!

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

carmelb335 TripAdvisor review

From the moment you step in to the hotel your fabulous experience begins. The staff are exceptional, naturally friendly and engaging.The room was faultless and full of pleasantries. There is a sense of your presence being genuinely appreciated.

Thank you carmelb335 for such a great review. We hope to see you back at SO/ Auckland in the near future. Kind regards, Stephen Gould - General Manager

Another Awesome stay @ SO/Auckland

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

676janines TripAdvisor review

From check in to check out an Awesome stay at this Hotel. Staff, Hotel, Location all Awesome.Went to level 2 Executive Lounge, Food & drinks & service were great.We enjoyed a lovely Breakfast @Level 15 in the Waitemata room. Food & Service was great

Dear 676anines, Thank you for the great review and we hope to see you again in the future. Regards, Stephen Gould - General Manager

Birthday weekend

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

nndayal Friends getaway - TripAdvisor review

First time guest at SO and it was an amazing experience. Staff very friendly, helpful and easily approachable. Quality of service from housekeeping and restuarant was just amazing and to top up the experience the room upgrade and comp mini bar was highly appreciated

Dear nndayal, Thanks for the great review. We're thrilled to know you loved your stay. Kind regards, Stephen.

So good yet So bad

TripAdvisor rating 3.0/5

darrenclairel Couples - TripAdvisor review

Always good to stay at a new oroperty and the So/ Auckland doesn’t disappoint in terms of modernity and design. The rooms as super cool and well lid out. We stayed for two-nights in a club level room with an amazing view of the Harbour. The exec lounge is great with an upstairs open roof area and heaps fo good food and drinks. The service in the lounge was outstanding. The rooftop bar was also great and the food there was yum. Now to why I wouldn’t stay here again. We stayed on a Friday and Saturday night and the noise levels were excessive. The loud music and shouting from the street felt like it was in your room. No sleep until 4am as that’s when things went silent. Until roadworks started at 0630. Not the relaxed luxury we expected. Single glazed windows... what were they thinking. Good to hear they are going to be double glazing. Staff were helpful and moved us to a suite on the other side of the hotel which was better but not quiet. So would I stay here again... only on a Monday- Wednesday and never again over the weekend. Which is a shame as we loved the hotel during the day.

Dear Darren / Claire L, Thank you for your review and I'm sorry to hear that it wasn't quite a perfect stay. We're working hard on the issues you raised and this includes exploring options around the noise from the nearby restaurants, bars and clubs. We hope you decide to give us another chance - we'd love to welcome you back! Kind regards from SO, Stephen.

Decent place and great location

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

Anju C Couples - TripAdvisor review

This hotel is great, thinking of travellers in mind. They provide all amenities. Mini bar contest are free and water bottles are included. They sent us a small dessert plate for our anniversary. Unfortunately we forgot it in the fridge. They accommodated our request for late checkout as well.

Dear Anju C, Thank you for the great feedback. We are thrilled to see you liked the complimentary minibar as well as the little amenity to say congrats on the anniversary. We hope to welcome you back soon. Kind regards from SO, Stephen


TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

uzipin Families - TripAdvisor review

improve cleanliness and concierge services level. we stayed 5 nights at the hotel of which two times our room was not cleaned or cleaned poorly. concierge was not able to assist in finding taxi services or places to eat and hang outside of the hotel and seemed very young and unprofessional. other than that the hotel is amazing.

Dear uzipin, Thank you for the review and we apprecaite your feedback. We'll certainly take your points on board regarding the concierge and cleanliness. Both areas we take seriously and I am sure you'll be well taken care of on your next stay. We're glad to see that you found the hotel overall to be amazing. Please drop me a note if you're planning a return trip to Auckland. Kind regards from SO, Stephen Gould - General Manager E:

Luxury Hotel in Auckland

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

M0r94nH Couples - TripAdvisor review

We love the Accor group and as members we frequently stay at SO and Sofitel as a holiday in our own city when we can’t escape our busy lives. SO is a very stylish and chic hotel. The rooms are gorgeous with modern interior fitout and amenities. Even the lowest tier rooms are gorgeous and super comfortable! The restaurants and bars are very nice too, particularly Harbour Society which always delivers on beautiful meals. The only thing that disappointed us this time was the person who was on the front desk at check in. We had been out at a work party and didn’t get in for check in until the wee hours of the morning - my partner and I felt like we were being judged as, the person made a comment about how little hours we had left in the room which made us feel like the nature of our stay may have been something it wasn’t. When I asked to book another night he said they were fully booked. I went online and found the exact same room still available and rebooked another night. Thankfully the rest of the staff are all lovely and go above and beyond. The spa staff are fabulous and offer amazing treatments. Overall our stays are always enjoyable. It is expensive however you do get value for money - particularly if you stay in one of the club rooms :)

Dear M0r94nH, Thank you for staying at our Accor properties on a regular basis. We're grateful for your loyalty. Thanks also for describing the rooms as gorgeous and modern as well as the nice comments abour Harbour Society. I acknowledge your point about the late night check in and I'm sorry we got it wrong. The team are genuinely friendly and I can only think that this went a little too far. We'll have a chat with them and get them back on track in all apsects. Next time you're heading back to Auckland, please drop me a note. I'd like to oversee your booking directly and ensure you have a great stay. Kind regards from SO, Stephen Gould - General Manager E:

Great design with some flaws

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

sfyalek Couples - TripAdvisor review

The hotel room is spacious but hard for shaving due to the single light installed at one side of the vanity. The booking and the front desk did not communicate well about the late check out and valet parking request and caused the check out problem.

Dear sfyalek, Thank you for your positive review and at the same time we're sorry for the service hiccups. We'll have a chat with the Front Desk team to ensure this doesn't happen again in the future. We hope to welcome you back to SO/ Auckland sometime soon. Kind regards from SO, Stephen Gould - General Manager

Comfortable beds but a bit dark

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

Andrew B Business - TripAdvisor review

Really comfortable bed. The lifts were a bit slow. The view and outlook from the breakfast room and the bar are really nice. Well located in the city and close to most things. Staff generally quite good although a bit slow.

Dear Andrew B, Thank you for the largely positive review and we're glad you had a really good nights sleep in our super comfy beds. Hopefully we have the chance to welcome you back sometime soon. Kind regards, Stephen Gould - General Manager

Disappointing stay

TripAdvisor rating 2.0/5

Quest814679 Families - TripAdvisor review

Contacted the hotel prior to stay to discuss room allocation as I'd read (after booking) some reviews that stated some rooms had an open bedroom/bathroom, which wouldn't have suited us as our 7 year old daughter was sharing the room. I expressed my concerns in an email and the first response was to be told i had been allocated a So Comfy King Room (which is what I'd booked) with a picture of the room, which was the same as was on the website. I queried whether the wall between the bed and bathroom was clear or solid and asked if the pre-allocation would prevent me from receiving a room upgrade if available, as I am a Platinum Accor member. The question regarding the wall wasn't answered but I was told I was being upgraded to a suite, which is the largest room they have. Two days prior to arriving, I received another email asking my arrival and departure times, advising the restaurant was fully booked and asking if I required transport. I advised my airline arrival and departure times and accepted the offer of a transport reservation. I didn't receive a reply until right before I was boarding the flight 2 days later, so wasn't even sure up until that point if I had transport from the airport or not. We arrived at the hotel at around 4pm and were advised that due to our room being upgraded, that it was not ready as yet and we would have to wait. We were told to go up to the Exec lounge for refreshments while we waited. The Exec lounge however was in-between service times so at first we were told we could have a soft drink only. A short time later though, the host told us she had been advised of our situation and would be happy to offer a drink from the limited drinks menu which we accepted. We waited and waited. Our room was not ready until 5.30pm!!!! Even though the hotel knew our exact arrival time and the room upgrade had been confirmed 2 days prior to our arrival, the room was still not ready until 3.5 hours after guaranteed check in. How does that even happen? We finally got the keys to our room on the fourth floor, only to discover horrible view of the sides of buildings and construction. We were so disappointed, especially as we were staying 3 nights. There was no beer in the mini bar so my husband called to request a few to be sent to the room, along with a champagne flute for me. He was told to look at the menu on the TV however there were NO TV remotes in the room, at all. The TV remotes were delivered a while later and we waited an

Dear Quest814679, I'm sorry to hear that your stay was below your expectations, and from your feedback it is clear we weren't at our best. Please feel free to reach out to me directly to discuss this matter further. We'd dearly love the chance to host you back to SO/ Auckland and make amends. We have an amazing hotel and a super team which we'd like to showcase in a better light. My details are below to talk more. Kind regards from SO, Stephen Gould - General Manager E:

Very cool new joint!

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

slackcountry Couples - TripAdvisor review

We stayed here for 3 nights, past stays in Auckland have been at the Sofitel which is awesome, as we had a show to go and see at spark arena I chose SO for something different as its a bit closer. Its a very cool hotel and all the staff are awesome, friendly and always want to help. We had a package on the first night which included a 3 course dinner in the restaurant, massage in the spa, and breakfast the next morning. The spa treatment was amazing, skilled therapists delivered a super firm massage which would have to be one of the best I've ever experienced. One thing that could have lifted this review to 5 stars was acknowledgement of the Accor Gold, nothing was mentioned and we were given a room facing the construction site, the hotel was not full by any means, could have easily given us a room facing the wharf, or an upgrade to next room type to make it super spesh. Awesome hotel, keep up the good work and we will be back.

Dear slackcountry, I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the Spa treatments and breakfast at our hotel. I'm sorry we didn't acknowledge your Gold status on the last stay. We appreciate our elite members and value your loyalty. I will remind the team to be extra vigilent and I'm sure your next stay you'll feel that extra attention. We look forward to welcoming you back to SO/ Auckland and thanks also for sharing your feedback. Kind regards from SO, Stephen Gould - General Manager

Lovely, BUT!

TripAdvisor rating 3.0/5

randpevan Couples - TripAdvisor review

So many excellent features, but we wouldn’t go back. Dreadful having an open toilet in the room, very bad! Staff were excellent, food, location, all first class. Views from restaurant were super. Didn’t like neon lights in corridors, very disconcerting.

Dear randpevan, I was delighted to see that you found our hotel to have so many excellent features but then I read that you wouldn't return. Naturally I was sad and sorry that we didn't connect earlier to discuss room options if the open bedroom concept was a bit too much for your taste. I hope you reconsider your stance and provide us with another chance to showcase our hotel. I'm sure you'll enjoy your room next time around. It seems such a shame to lose you forever especially given all your nice comments around the other aspects of the hotel; like staff service, food and location. Please drop me a note if I can twist your arm into another stay. I'll go out of my way to ensure you're happy with the room provided. Kind regards from SO, Stephen Gould - General Manager E:

Truly amazing hotel

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

Pioneer423815 Business - TripAdvisor review

As a weekly travller i have seen a lot of good and bad hotels. So Auckland is by far the best hotel i have stayed in world wide. Clean, very modern, excellent service, amazing pool and gym facilities. Reasonable pricing too. Highly recommend

Dear Pioneer423815, Wow! Your comments are music to my ears. Thank you for stating we are the best hotel that you've stayed at in the world. Please let us know if you're coming back to Auckland in the future and we'll happily take great care of you once again. Kind regards from SO, Stephen Gould - General Manager

Fantastic service, unique style and great dining

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

oliver_adl Couples - TripAdvisor review

My partner and I had 2 nights here before and after a weekend trip outside of Auckland recently. The room styling is really unique and cool. Lobby area is also really trendy and unique. Service is excellent with all staff being very friendly and helpful. We dined in the HI-SO restaurant one night and had a fantastic meal which was "SO Amazing". Special thanks to the friendly staff Maëlys and Viktoria who really stood out with their great service and friendliness! Look forward to visiting again if in Auckland.

Dear oliverau264, Thanks for writing such a great review of SO/ Auckland. We're pleased to read that you enjoyed your two stays and found the room to be unique and cool. It is also nice to see that the team made a big impression on you with their service. We will be sure to recognize Maëlys and Viktoria for their special efforts. Please feel free to reach out to me directly when you have some travel dates in mind. It would be my pleasure to oversee your next booking. Kind regards from SO, Stephen Gould - General Manager E:


TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

Connector09544844604 Couples - TripAdvisor review

Loved everything about the place and the staff. In fact the staff are the best we've ever experienced... every single one of them. It is expensive so if this is your usual price range, good on you and keep enjoying. If this is a one off treat, make sure you check as soon as you can to make the most of the fabulous experience. You wouldn't even need to leave the hotel if you plan well. Cathy

Dear Cathy, Thank you for your great review! Of all the lovely comments we are of course delighted to read that our team are the best you've ever experienced. This means a lot to us. Please let us know if you're planning on a return visit and we'll be sure to take even better care of you next time. Kind regards from SO, Stephen Gould - General Manager

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