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Red Monkey Ponsonby Manor
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Reviewed 2 May 2012

Im not going to repeat what all the other reviewers have said already- I totally agree with them. It is like a home away from home and we would have stayed another week if we could! New, clean, excellent kitchen, great location, internet is superfast, wonderful staff (Teresa is great!).

I dont know if there is anything that can be better, oh well maybe a heated swimmingpool.. Just joking- the place is PERFECT!

It was really wonderfully quiet , but I suppose that depends on your neighbours. I got the feeling that this is less "backpacker" and more "flashpacker", maybe a more mature crowd, and some people who work. I was told that the other Red Monkey was more of a backpacker hangout, as its a bit cheaper.

If you are spending some time in Auckland, go here!!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

My husband and I recently stayed at both the Manor and the Red Monkey Lodge. We loved them both! Our room at the Manor had an incredible view of the city, and was very comfortable. The garden at the Red Monkey was really beautiful, and made for serious relaxing. The owner was very accommodating and helpful. All in all, a very pleasant experience.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

Myself and of my friends recently returned to the states after staying in Auckland for 4 weeks while working on some research at the University, as well as some traveling throughout the rest of NZ. After an exhaustive search of possible places to stay, we booked a room at the Ponsonby Manor, and we are so glad we did. This truly became our home away from home.

The property itself is a recently restored Victorian mansion right in the midst of Ponsonby Road, a trendy strip of restaurants, shops, and bars. It is an easy 20 minute walk to the Central Business District, or a quick 10-15 minute bus ride (closer to 30 in rush hour, as we quickly learned) on the convenient Inner LINK system.

As other reviewers have stated, everything you could want is supplied in the Manor... full and well-equipped kitchen (which is a little small, so can be a bit busy at busy times of the day when most rooms are full!), TV room with DVD player, washer and dryer, garden area with nice big table and lots of chairs for socializing with other guests, BBQ, and nice dining area inside.

Although plenty of people come for just a night or two, many of the guests were staying at the Manor long-term, thanks to the good weekly rates. This has some great benefits, as you'll meet some really wonderful people and also everyone really treats the Manor as home, so the common spaces are never left dirty/messy and it never gets too loud.

I have already recommended the Manor to many of my friends and family for their future travels to New Zealand. I will stay here anytime I make the return trip to Auckland. In all of our travels throughout New Zealand, no other lodging compared to the Ponsonby Manor!

Room Tip: Room 14, the single, is tiny but perfectly functional. The only room I would perhaps avoid is Room...
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

I'm due to check out of the Manor tomorrow morning for a week of travelling but I love it here so much I've decided to return to Auckland early and have booked another few days (and the owners couldn't have been nicer or more helpful about it either!).

The place is newly refurbished and is absolutely gorgeous. I stayed in room 8 which has an ensuite, large flatscreen tv, fridge and kitchen sink unit. The huge window overlooks the neighbouring church and, when closed, makes the room almost soundproof (not that it's noisy anyway).

The main areas are also fab; a well equipped kitchen & dining area where you are allocated your own cupboard, freezer and fridge space, plenty of crockery and ample facilities to cook and eat. There is also a comfy looking TV room as well as a utility room with a washer & dryer (great for those on extended trips).

The location is second to none - you can catch the bus from outside the Manor which will take you to the city in about 15 mins. So far I have managed to park my car in the street opposite at all hours of the day, free of charge. There are ample cafes, restaurants & bars in the area - the only trouble you'll have is picking where to go (the International Food Court is a good place to start for yummy cheap Italian/Indian/Chinese/Thai/Malaysian/Japanese food).

And if this review hasn't completely swayed you - just take a look at their prices (swiftly followed by the 'book now' button before someone else does)!!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

I stayed here for two weeks & would have loved to stay longer!!! The Manor is a beautiful modern house. The rooms are so comfortable & the house has everything you could possibly need to feel right at home: Washing facilities, a BBQ, nice garden, clean modern well-stocked kitchen & dining area, a cosy TV room & free wifi & desktop computer use. It really was the best place I've ever stayed & I'll definitely be recommending it to anyone looking for somewhere to stay in Auckland. As the previous person said the area of Ponsonby is packed with heaps of great cafes & restaurants & the convenience of the bus right outside the front door makes for super easy travel. Stephen is very friendly & the whole place is perfect if you ask me! If you're thinking about booking - DO IT! You won't regret it! Enjoy :)

Room Tip: I had Room 6 upstairs & it was lovely but to be honest I think all the rooms are pretty great!
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Red Monkey Ponsonby Manor

Address: 229 Ponsonby Road, Auckland Central, Auckland, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > Auckland Central
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 63 B&Bs / Inns in Auckland Central
Price Range: $122 - $182 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Red Monkey Ponsonby Manor 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Re-opened December 2011, Ponsonby Manor guest house is a gracious Victorian mansion that’s been completely restored to its former grandeur. Set in the heart of cosmopolitan Ponsonby, the soul of Auckland city, this iconic building is a part of New Zealand’s early settler history. It’s a peaceful retreat from the bustle of Ponsonby road with stunning views of harbour and city. The Manor has been completely renovated and all the rooms are beautifully furnished with a modern fit out against elegant Victorian craftsmanship. Floor to ceiling tiled ensuites throughout, large LCD TV’s, Air conditioning etc Enjoy a champagne on your balcony or in the Manors beautiful garden setting, then join in the fun immediately across the road at some of Auckland’s well renown restaurants. Afterwards take a short stroll along Ponsonby Road to visit the many bars, cafes and late night retreats that Ponsonby is famous for! There are separate computer stations with laser printer and UNLIMITED FREE ultrafast fibre broadband that’s fast. Alternatively connect from your room via WiFi throughout. ... more   less 
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