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The Shakespeare Hotel

61 Albert Street Corner of Wyndham Street & Albert Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1062 New Zealand
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
  • Contactless check-out
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Updated 28/01/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 28/01/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#44 of 75 hotels in Auckland Central
1898 was the birth of the Shakespeare Hotel and ever since then it has been serving New Zealanders and travelers from around the globe with warm hospitality and wonderful flavours in food being New Zealand's first Brewpub, with our own crafted beer, handcrafted from one of New Zealand's award winning Brewers and a mix of local NZ beers. The Location of the Hotel is excellent bang in the middle of Auckland City so close to all transport with buses, ferrys etc within a few hundred meters. The accommodation consists of 10 rooms which are basic with an en-suite and the beds are comfortable. This is not your typical boring hotel. The Shakespeare oozes character and if you are afraid of walking up a few stairs then probably not the place to stay. Each room is different and the rooms on the top floor are more modern than the lower floor. The Terrace Restaurant offers a great mix of cuisine, live music out on the al fresco dining deck overlooking the city every Friday. We are not 5 star in terms of accommodation but we are definitely 5 stars in a good quality Kiwi experience...we look forward to having you as our guests....
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Game room
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Secured parking
Happy hour
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Meeting rooms
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Coffee / tea maker
Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
City view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Historic Hotel
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken


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Grade: 100 out of 100
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64Attractionswithin 0.5 km
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Scott M wrote a review Feb 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Arrived about 4pm to an empty bar where we were greeted by a young man, took a long time to get to our room as he stated he doesn't usually deal with bookings. After being given the key and told we were on the top floor up 3 flights of stairs which do not feel safe we opened the door to find a double bed barely capable of fitting in the room. I cant begin to describe how small the room was and falling apart much like the rest of the building. There is no air-conditioning and but a small fan incapable of cooling the room! The floor was dirty as were inside the bedside drawers, a bar fridge was located in the corner of the room on the floor and was on a lean as it appeared broken. Our package included a main and dessert , they were kind enough to swap the dessert for entree as neither of us eat sweets. The steak was cooked well but completely un-seasoned and Calamari was so thick it was chewy and the coating inedible! We left within 2hrs of arriving giving back our key stating we wouldn't be staying, the manager offered no resolve or apology and seemed not to care at the slightest. We ended up going home and getting takeaways, a much better way of spending our money. Reviews on here show the same generic replies, we don't offer air-con etc no apology whatsoever - stay clear
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Date of stay: February 2021
Sleep Quality
1 Helpful vote
Emily F wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution
Befire returning home, I stayed in the Shakespeare for little under a week. After hopping from hostels and travel tours for the last month it was a complete relief to have my own room! As well as having the space and comfort I was needing, the room was comfortable. Temperature was fine and I didn’t need the air con on the whole time. The service was wonderful and the staff where fantastic. The food and ale was great and overall I greatly enjoyed my stay! I can not recommend them enough! There was little bit of construction noise but only a little and I would of of expected any different for being in the centre of a city with so much going on!!! Overall 5 stars for me!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
Steve B wrote a review Mar 2020
Sydney, Australia48 contributions48 helpful votes
Had a few drinks and the rib special, food was great, atmosphere was excellent for a Monday night, recommend for a great pub experience in downtown Auckland. Would go again for sure , very enjoyable indeed.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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sbksstravel wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia2 contributions1 helpful vote
Everything they post on different sites conflict and is mostly wrong. Staff is onsite from 11am-12am max. The rooms are tiny and boiling, at least 5degrees hotter than putside temp. The staff were nice but the place is horrible. We got there around 4pm, walked up a ridiculous amount of stairs (no lift) to our room which was not made up and they gave us the wrong room. We finally got them to change us to a different room and it still didn't get better. There is major construction opposite so there was no peace during the day. The smoke from the pub goes straight up and directly into your bedroom. The WiFi is intermittent at best. Horrible place to stay.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from ShakespeareNZ, Manager at The Shakespeare Hotel
Responded 26 Feb 2020
Dear valued guest. Thank you for staying with us. We take guest feedback very seriously and noted the concerns. We apologize for the inconvenience caused due to the road works during your visit, the good news is now the area is looking immaculate with a new road, new large pedestrian and pavements in front of our hotel. Unfortunately, being it a classified heritage building built in 1898, there is no elevator. The beautiful stairs leading to the restaurant and the rooms have been a great attraction over the decades. We look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel and changing your experience. Wishing you a Happy New Year. Warm regards, The Shakespeare Team
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Elaine H wrote a review Jan 2020
Kaitaia, New Zealand5 contributions1 helpful vote
Lovely old English style pub. A great atmosphere with very friendly staff, food was great. Stayed prior going on a cruise and on return, comfortable rooms. Will be staying again in April. Staff are very obliging to assist with your needs.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Sleep Quality
1 Helpful vote
US$47 - US$161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Shakespeare Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Shakespeare Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Weta Workshop Unleashed (0.3 km), Escapade NZ (0.3 km), and Great Escape (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Shakespeare Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and meeting rooms.
Which room amenities are available at The Shakespeare Hotel?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, blackout curtains, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at The Shakespeare Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, an outdoor dining area, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Shakespeare Hotel?
Yes, paid public parking nearby and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Shakespeare Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ahi, Culprit., and The Grove.
Is The Shakespeare Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Auckland Central.
Does The Shakespeare Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to The Shakespeare Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Parnell (1.8 km), Eden Garden (3.3 km), and Auckland Town Hall (0.7 km).
Does The Shakespeare Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.