So here I am at the Econo Lodge City Central Hotel at the end of my stay in NZ . It’s been a not so perfect ending to a perfect family reunion. But everything worked out in the end and it could have been much worse, just imagine having to sleep at the airport.
My plane kept being delayed all day and now it has been cancelled altogether. So along with the other 300 passengers I collect my bag and go through customs to the Qantas terminal where we are all to be allocated hotels for the night. I am at near the back of the queue and although I was hoping to score one of the nearby hotels, I am to travel into Auckland and have been allocated a room at the Econo Lodge City Central in Wellesley St.
- The foyer is just lovely, I do love the art deco ceiling.
- And here is a close up of that beautiful glass panelling.
I have been given a taxi pass in one of the blue Bubble taxi’s and off we go on the trek into the city. While we are driving I ask what time I should request a taxi in the morning and he advises 5am to miss the traffic. So I arrange for him to come and pick me up in the morning.
At the check in I am given a $40 voucher to have dinner 2 doors down from the hotel at Tony’s Origianl Steak & Seafood restaurant.
So I drop my bag off in my room and head off to have some dinner. I am quite hungry having had little to eat at lunchtime, and it is now nearly 9pm. Qantas had provided a $15 voucher for lunch because the plane was delayed.
I settled on fish and chips at the restaurant and it was quite delicious. The place was busy, the extra guests whose plane had been delayed and had also been put up at the Econo Lodge helped to swell the numbers. The staff are friendly and efficient, and I would recommend this restaurant if you are in this part of town.
After dinner I went back to my room. It’s quite small with 2 single beds, a wardrobe and a small desk.
- You can see my treats on the bedside table. I just love Whittakers Chocolate bars and they were the first thing I purchased when I landed at the Auckland airport.
- As you can see there is little room between the beds.
- But they are comfortable, and I did pinch the pillow of the 2nd bed because I like having 2 pillows.
- The TV is in the corner above the desk.
- I like the bath, its quite shallow and easy to get in and out of. The addition of the non slip mat is a nice addition. There’s plenty of hot water and I enjoyed a nice hot shower in the morning before leaving.
- I must say, I haven’t seen one of these types of toilet flush gizmos for many years, most toilets nowadays have the flush buttons.
- Overall the room is clean and comfortable and in an ideal location right in the heart of the city. The Econo Lodge Hotel is close to a number of restaurants and it is only a short stroll down to Queen St to the main shopping area.