The centrally located HOTEL DEBRETT is smack bang in the middle of the city, close to the luxury shopping precinct, Britomart and the Viaduct Harbour. The Art Deco building houses 25 rooms individually styled with artworks, antiques and retro and modern furniture, all in bright poppy hues. The hotel’s bar, HOUSEBAR, became one of Auckland’s favourite watering holes in the ’80s, and it’s still pumping 30 years on. For a drink in a more private setting, book to stay in the O’Connell room, which has its own mid-century bar. Rooms from $230 per night; book at hoteldebrett.com.