Sometimes the places I stay aren’t that glamorous.  That’s because I had a strict budget for this trip and in certain places that buys a nice hotel and elsewhere not so great!

I had arrived in Auckland at the tail end of the World Masters Games and there wasn’t much in the way of choice.  I stayed first at the St Francis Retreat Centre. Then I had a great Airbnb to look forward to

In between, I had one night to fill and the only place in, well, budget, was the Ibis Budget!

temporary

It’s really well positioned, just off the main shopping street, Queen Street.

DSC_0014

Lots of reviews warned about how basic the rooms were.  Given I’d spent a month living in the Ibis at Queen’s University in Belfast, I was probably a bit more prepared than most. Given the cost was just a bit north of £50 per night, I wasn’t expecting too much.

The reception staff stuck strictly to the 2pm check-in time. The lobby was very dark, but clean and with plenty of nooks to wait in.

IMG_5964

Once I got checked in, I was pleasantly surprised. The bed was nicely made, there was a small balcony and a little kitchen.

IMG_5967

The kitchen wasn’t exactly overstocked (if you wanted to use it, you had to go to reception to pick up some plates and pots).

IMG_5969

The bathroom was more of a wetroom but there was lots of hot water and plenty of towels.

IMG_5972

Don’t be expecting a separate loo area!

IMG_5974

The corridors kept the dingy theme going and you could hear next door’s music playing but not enough to be an annoyance.

IMG_5975

Overall, a pretty good wee hotel for the price!

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0007.JPG

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s