Review: Bianco off Queen, Auckland
I don’t know if it was because the previous night I was cramped in a noisy, smelly, sweaty 6 bed backpacker dormitory, but despite some unfavourable reviews the Bianco off Queen turned out to be a pretty decent apartment for the price I paid. I didn’t mind too much that they were still completing renovations during my stay.
There are some improvements that could be made – such as a table and chairs on the balcony and a more efficient housekeeping service (I had people come in on 3 separate occasion within 90 mins of checking in to finish off the housekeeping from the previous night and this was not an early check in).
Aside from those issues the one bedroom apartment I stayed in provided an excellent base for exploring Auckland for a couple of nights.
Location-wise it’s fine, though finding a car space out the front was difficult so this made checking-in tricky, however this was aleviated once I was provided with a pass for the parking garage. Parking is a little tight but I only had a small car so not to much trouble and at $15.00 p/day – much easier than fighting for a space outside.
This apartment hotel is easily accessible to the city via bus or guests can walk close to Karangahape Road (K’ Road). K’ Road still has a bit of a reputation as a dirty, seedy area but is slowly being gentrified and serves as the centre for Auckland’s alternative/bohemian scene. There are also a number of restaurants nearby, including a Korean BBQ buffet restaurant that was good value for money with decent food.
The view from the room is nothing special, one side looks across to a block of units (with clothes drying in the sun on the balconies – classy) and a backpacker hotel. The other side looks over a electricity company depot but the noise wasn’t too bad. The apartments feature all the usual inclusions such as washing machine and dryer and all rooms (except the studio apartments) have ovens if you really wanted to do some cooking while on holidays.
There was no air conditioning in the apartments, the TVs were a little small and the internet was not available via WiFi, but for a short stay you cant go wrong (especially when your going to be spending most of your time out exploring). The one bedroom apartment I stayed in was NZD$99.00 p/night, studio rooms are available for a little less.
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