Naumi

NZ House & Garden - - NOTED -

It’s rare that an air­port ho­tel war­rants more than a fleet­ing stopover, but Auck­land new­comer Naumi sets the bar higher. From the free snacks in the mini­bar to the sheep­skin-strewn chairs in the kind of lobby you ac­tu­ally want to have a drink in, the com­pany’s first open­ing in Aus­trala­sia feels nice and per­sonal de­spite most guests be­ing in tran­sit. While our stay in the enor­mous day-glo Ziggy suite (above) with foos­ball ta­ble and per­sonal li­brary is not stan­dard is­sue for a can­celled flight, the up­beat restau­rant and friendly staff should help tem­per such frus­trat­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. For long lay­overs, tricky con­nec­tions or events in­volv­ing lots of out-of-town­ers, seek it out. Ba­sic rooms from $125, suites from $1499. nau­mi­ho­tels.com >

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