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Hotel Grand Windsor Wins Boutique Hotel of the Year 2019

best hotels in New Zealand, Hotel Grand Windsor Wins Boutique Hotel of the Year 2019

The premier boutique Auckland accommodation property, Hotel Grand Windsor, has towered above the competition in the annual Haute Grandeur Awards, scooping a New Zealand record; seven Excellence Awards, amongst a field of 172 countries, and 90 categories.

The Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards uses unbiased, independent results, and this is guaranteed by placing emphasis on quality feedback from guests, rather than votes by a panel of judges or the general public, to honour the very highest achievements from across the global hotel industry. More than 400 Hotel Grand Windsor guests voted in the 2019 Awards.

Hotel Grand Windsor won an Excellence Award for: 

  • Best Boutique Hotel in Oceania
  • Best Historical Hotel in Oceania
  • Best Luxury Boutique Hotel in Oceania
  • Best Luxury Hotel in Oceania

Cooke’s Restaurant and Bar at Hotel Grand Windsor won an Excellence Award for:

  • Best Head Chef in Oceania (Jinu Abraham)
  • Best Hotel Restaurant in Oceania
  • Best Interior Design/Architecture in Oceania

Hotel Grand Windsor’s Response

Christopher Dickinson, General Manager at Hotel Grand Windsor, said the entire team was thrilled to be recognised by the most influential critics of all, their guests, across so many categories.

“Amongst the many awards we have received, these are certainly our most prized accolades because of the true nature of the judging, by our guests,” said Mr Dickinson. “We strive to create the most memorable stay for each of our guests and it’s wonderful to know that our accommodation as well as our restaurant has been recognised at such a global level.”

Background on the hotel itself

The original Windsor House 1920s art deco aesthetic formed the basis of the hotel’s extensive refurbishment in 2017. The building itself has lived a long and storied life, beginning in 1928 as Auckland’s first skyscraper at ten stories tall, the maximum legal height at the time. The current Hotel Grand Windsor is an MGallery by Sofitel property, and post-transformation, has been elevated from a three-star to five-star hotel.

Part of the hotel’s popularity can be attributed to its central location. Situated right in the heart of Auckland City, the Queen St Heritage Building is just a stone’s throw away from a number of amenities, including Britomart Station, the Viaduct Harbour ferry terminal, and the some of the city’s best restaurants, cafes and bars.

The Hotel Grand Windsor’s multi-award-winning accommodation and service strive to live up to the reputation of its heritage. The hotel aims to offer a luxury experience that echoes its unique and rich history, giving guests the opportunity to experience another time, with all the modern amenities we expect from contemporary accommodation. Guests are welcome to use unlimited Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas, and all rooms and suites feature luxurious and spacious king size bedding.

Cooke’s Restaurant and Bar

One of the key cornerstones of the hotel is Cooke’s Restaurant & Bar. During the redesign process, it was crucial to pay homage to the original location, and Cooke’s has proven to be a perfect avenue for this idea.

The restaurant and bar also take architectural cues from the building’s art deco history and features carefully crafted dishes, designed by Group Executive Chef Jinu Abraham, with sharing in mind. The menu at Cooke’s also features several dishes inspired by well-known favourites from the original Cooke’s restaurant, presented with modern flair for a modern palate.

Ready to treat yourself?

Want to see for yourself why the Hotel Grand Windsor is widely-regarded as one of the best hotels in New Zealand? Get in touch with our friendly team today to book your luxury room.