Built in 1928, the hotel is an art deco jewel within Auckland. Constructed by Restaurant and Soda Fountain Company W.R Cooke & Son Ltd, the 10 story building was known as Auckland’s first skyscraper.

Under the ownership of Cooke’s, the hotel started its beginnings as a tea-room and soda fountain on the lobby level with a grill room on the first floor.

The remaining floors of the building housed teams of the city’s finest bakers and confectioners who used the most state-of-the-art machinery to bake and create Auckland’s most famous ice creams.

Soda fountains of the time were hailed for their therapeutic properties and many customers came to quench their thirst in the hope of better health.

Transformed into a hotel a few decades later, Hotel Grand Windsor is a restored masterpiece of the Auckland landscape.