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Econo Lodge City Central

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

My experience was interesting at Econo.Check in was fine the front desk were nice.The rooms are small barely enough to walk around the bed.Your heating method is a Heater which is just a plug in one to the wall,Which I mainly used as a form as white noise to drown out the crazy noise that was happening outside inbetween 11pm and 2am on the Saturday it was like rap that was sounding out the whole street.I went down to the lobby and asked what the heck it was the guy at the desk had no clue but it was huge noise SO I don't know.In the end I guess you get what you pay for and If you want cheap then this is the place.Also no sky tv which is a bummer

Reception was easy to find, although there are only stairs to get into the building, which is a bit of a pain if you have wheelie bags and are trying not to damage them and they are heavy to lift. Staff were friendly and welcoming. We shared a twin compact room in the six floor. It was extremely compact, so you wouldn't want to be sharing this type of room if you weren't already related or very close personal friends already! The bathroom was clean and tidy, but I have no idea what the designer was thinking when they put in the shower. The shower curtain does not run the full length of the bath, the taps to control the water are on the back wall (not the side wall), and instead of pointing along the length of the bath, the shower head points across it, straight across the bathroom. This means no matter how much you try to avoid it, a stream of water will go across the bathroom, particularly as the shower head is not adjustable and does have a particularly well-focussed spray. It meant we used all the towels provided each day just trying to keep the bathroom reasonably dry. The tv was a mission to use, as even with new batteries, the remote didn't work very well - multiple presses of the same button to turn the tv on or off before the tv would respond. Having said all this, those were the negatives. The staff were friendly and professional, the location is great (one block from Queen St and Sky City, across the road from the Aotea Square entertainment complex) and parking was easy. They have an agreement with Atrium on Elliott parking building attached to the Crown Plaza - currently $11 for overnight parking from 6pm-10am, or $21 for single entry/exit parking overnight any time entry - just be aware you need to keep the ticket you get from the machine as you go in and get another on from reception and hand the both to the ticket office on the entry level by the lifts when you want to leave. Overall, it doesn't oversell itself and we would stay here again. Try to ask for a newer room (some have been renovated) and don't expect five star digs on a three star price.

I was looking for a cheap hotel in Auckland and I didn't want to stay in a hostel/Backpackers type accommodation. After looking and comparing I chose this Econo Lodge City Central. It was AUD $188.00 for two nights it comes directly off the main street Queen Street. The room I chose was a single with a queen size bed, it was small but adequate. There was no fridge but it had plenty of tea and coffee (which was a gods send). You could have breakfast in the morning down on the ground floor bar/restaurant, full hot breakfast was about NZD$16-17 and regular was about NZ$15-16 when I was there June 2017, and there was plenty of it. The bathroom was small size but adequate with a shower, toilet & sink. The lobby is very nice looking and I found the staff helpful and you could get an allotment of wifi each day (5gigs I think) if you ask at the front desk.

Wifi: 300 mg. Then you pay a lot. This is my first experience traveling NZ where I had to pay for wifi. Very disappointed. Am trying to change to another hotel. Very unhelpful in changing the situation.

Friendly staff on reception. Basic twin room, exactly what we needed for our trip. Easy to find, located close to airport bus route. Walking distance to downtown, queen street. Some city noise, but that's to be expected when you're so close to the city centre. Will be back.

Stayed around the Lions vs ABs weekend and I was not disappointed. Centrally located and near all amenities, from restaurants to bars. Less than 100m from Queen St and close to all shopping areas. Room was small but functional and had free tea & coffee making facility. Will stay there again.

I was visiting Auckland for the 3rd Lions Rugby test so the city was pretty full and hotel rooms were a) hard to come by and b) price inflated. This is not normally a hotel I would stay in and because of the price hike for the event weekend I will leave out value for money because it artificially wasn't value for money. Ok, so first of all the location is very central, walking distance from viaduct, Britomart, Sky City and CBD shopping - tick. Staff we very helpful and friendly - tick. Rooms and facilities were small but clean and well looked after - tick. Wifi was a bit crap but I wasn't there long enough to try and sort it out. Ideal for single travelers on an overnight visit. I'd love to know what the normal room rate is because it could be well worth a stay in this hidden gem.

We stayed at this hotel from 19 to 23 May 2017 in Room 522 and again on 27 May 2017 in Room 622. These rooms have single beds, and from what we could see of other rooms, we had larger rooms. Rooms 522 and 622 are pretty much the same with minor unimportant differences between them (bistro tables and chairs are different; night tables are different). This does not subtract from the stay we had. Each of our rooms had comfortable beds which I found a little to soft for my liking, but they afforded a good night's sleep. Since we were there at the beginning of winter, the bed covers and extra blanket were very much appreciated. A portable heater is provided and we used it in the evening to warm the room, and it warmed the room very quickly even on a low setting. There is no A/C, but we didn't need it as winter was beginning. Our room had a flat-screen TV, a clock-radio and an electric kettle. A supply of coffee, tea, goblets of milk and sugar was replenished daily. Rooms are cleaned daily, and towels and bedsheets are changed on request (towels on the floor are changed; a card on the bed indicates not to change the sheets) , otherwise it is done after you check out, or after 3 days if your stay is longer. This is a very nice and well-located hotel. It is not far from shops and restaurants, and it is about a 15-minute walk to the marina. Several bus lines pass the hotel, but we preferred to walk everywhere. Everyone we met at Reception and in Housekeeping was friendly, helpful and professional. Reception provided us with all the information we needed. Both the check-in and check-out processes were fast and efficient. The hotel is located near bars and restaurants, and the streets get noisy on Friday and Saturday night when patrons leave these establishments. Nothing can be done about this. so if you are a very light sleeper you might consider earplugs. The bathrooms have small sinks which make shaving a difficult task. I found I could not get my face wet enough, even using a facecloth, for a shave without splashing water on the floor. The showerhead was placed too low. The spray hit me on the chest and this made washing my face and hair somewhat an acrobatic act. I turned the nozzle upward and it was somewhat better, but water splashed onto the floor. The hotel has a breakfast station which is located in the bar. It is self-serve and has an array of goods on offer: breads of all kinds, cereals (hot and cold), fruit, coffee, tea, mil, juices, jams, jellies and marmalades, and probably much more. It is rather expensive so we opted for croissants and breads purchased for the nearby Countdown grocery with the coffee provided in our room. That was a sufficient breakfast for me. The lobby is rather big , and the entrance and lobby ceilings are worth a look. They are decorated with stained glass in an intricate pattern. We had a very pleasant stay at this hotel, and it would be a good choice should we find ourselves in Auckland again.

We were at the Econolodge city central at the end of May 2017. We chose that hotel for its location. The pictures give a good idea. It is very centrally located near many restaurants and a small pedestrian alley called Elliott street where you find everything: shopping, restaurants, fast food and even food trucks. So as a location, great! Remember, where there are restaurants and bars, there is noise. So it is rather noisy, and even more at weekend. The room we reserved was with 2 single beds. Slightly more expensive, but the room is much bigger than the ones with double beds. We have seen the double-bed rooms, and if possible book the one with 2 single: much larger. The room had a table with 2 chairs, a portable heater, and a television. Tea, coffee and kettle in the room. Depending on what you like, the beds are soft, so you may not like it, I did. The bathroom has sink, toilet and shower. The shower is put at about 1m.40 from the floor, so it is rather low. It works and that is what really counts. The lobby is big and appealing, there is a long corridor between the lobby and the elevator where they have their coffee/breakfast room. The hotel is very clean. There are 2 computers station in this area. Wifi is decent too. We didn't try the breakfast because I thought it was overpriced...a matter of opinion. The check in was fast and efficient. The reception agents are all nice, some more than others but in the vast majority we got excellent service, mostly from the 2 experienced ladies that work at reception, both are pleasant and very helpful. There is a steep hill to go up to the hotel, and one of the ladies at reception gave us a solution. On the pedestrian street below, there are elevators/escalators leading to Albert street which where the hotel is located (corner Albert and Wellesley) so to avoid the hill we always took the escalators or elevators there. The elevators seemed to be opened 24 hrs. a day.The escalators are only in use when the shopping plaza is opened. Since we were in Auckland in may, and it was almost winter, I didn't check whether there was air conditionning or not. There is no central heating, but you have a portable heater in the room. All in all, this is excellent value for money.

Although the standard rooms, being small they are adequate - have stayed here twice before - booked to stay again - clean - staff friendly - central cbd location etc (you're only sleeping there after all) There is a breakfast restaurant downstairs if required. Has quite an attractive lobby / foyer reception entrance area. Also will store luggage if departing later in the day.

37 Wellesley Street Auckland

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Sky Tower and University of Auckland
  • Onsite dining
  • WiFi in rooms and public areas (fees apply)
  • Business center

Located in Auckland Central Business District, Econo Lodge City Central is within a 5-minute walk of Sky Tower and within 15 minutes of other popular attractions like University of Auckland. This 104-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, a business center, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Auckland Town Hall and Queen Street Shopping District are also within a short walk.


Start your day off right with full breakfast, which is served for a fee from 6:30 AM to 10 AM. The onsite restaurant is perfect for a quick bite to eat.


All 104 rooms provide coffee makers and phones. Guests can enjoy flat-screen TVs and stay connected with WiFi.

Property features

Guests of Econo Lodge City Central enjoy access to WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and a business center. Offsite parking is offered for a fee. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a computer station and laundry facilities.

Room options

Room (Corporate)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, Balcony

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Triple Room

Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Standard Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

53% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 329 reviews