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Room overview: An evening at QT Auckland with a canine

Milo spends a night at QT Auckland.


Milo spends an evening at QT Auckland.

Milo, my mini schnauzer is a spoiled pup at one of the best of instances. He dictates my bedtime, he sleeps on my mattress, and he’s a fussy eater. So what higher method to train him his place than to verify in to QT Auckland for a doggy staycation!

I used to be apprehensive on verify in, I’d learn the T&Cs for QT’s Pup Yeah! providing and it clearly states “If the proprietor isn’t capable of management their pooch’s vocals, they’ll be requested to go away the resort.”

I’ve spent quite a lot of time and power (and cash!) coaching Milo however he’s not but two-years outdated and he’s very… errr… excitable. Strolling into QT Auckland on a Saturday afternoon, I knew it could take greater than the handful of treats in my pocket to get me by way of the verify in course of. It was 3pm and there was already a queue within the foyer, and loads of patrons already on the bar and in Esther, the in-house restaurant.

The employees are clearly animal lovers, and tried to offer Milo a snuggle as he howled. I shovelled treats into his mouth because the employees inform me that roughly one canine every week checks in to remain on the resort.

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QT Auckland get this dog’s tick of approval.


QT Auckland get this canine’s tick of approval.

The place

QT Auckland is positioned in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour with quick access to town’s waterfront bars and eating places. The vibe is greatest described as luxurious and quirky.

The bottom ground options the foyer and chef Sean Connolly’s restaurant Esther, in addition to a digital artwork show, and quirky glass sculptures designed by Nic Graham. There’s a rooftop bar on the sixth ground that’s all the time successful for cocktails at sundown, particularly in summer time.

The QT team left Milo treats and a note.


The QT crew left Milo treats and a word.

The room

The resort has a handful of rooms that may be made dog-friendly based mostly on availability. We’re in a QT King room. There’s a snug king-sized mattress, desk and chairs and aside from the same old facilities you’d anticipate for people there’s additionally a potty mat, water and meals bowls, a comfortable canine mattress from Wellington-based firm Smack Bang and a very cute mini bar for canine containing treats, a water bottle, an ID tag and a welcome word from the resort’s “Director of Chaos”. Milo was impressed, particularly with the vary of treats on provide.

Like all rooms on the resort, you’ll even have entry to Netflix, Nespresso, a bluetooth speaker and a Dyson hairdryer. There are ALICE facilities within the bogs.

The in-room dining menu for dogs was enough to make a human want to stay.


The in-room eating menu for canine was sufficient to make a human need to keep.

In-room eating

The doggie menu is befitting of a spoiled pup, with dishes starting from steak tartare and bone marrow risotto with crispy pigs ears to rump steak with kidneys and bone broth gravy. Milo has a fragile structure, so we elected for the steamed hen, roasted greens and gravy. Judging by how rapidly he inhaled it I reckon it was successful.

I ordered the pasta with milk braised pork and hen bolognaise – extremely really useful too. You possibly can’t depart the pup alone within the room, so the meals was delivered to us.

However in the event you can, reserve a desk at Esther to pattern Mediterranean fare impressed by Connolly’s travels – it’s price a visit out to the resort only for that.

Bellies full, Milo and I wandered out to close by Victoria Park for a stroll and loo break earlier than bedtime.

The chicken and vegetables with gravy was a big hit.


The hen and greens with gravy was an enormous hit.

The lowlight

In the event you’re not within the temper to get together, the sound that travels from the rooftop bar may be barely disruptive. It does cease round midnight although.

The spotlight

The lovable little touches within the room on your fur child are considerate, and the employees are true animal lovers. If leaving your canine at residence when you go on vacation feels unpalatable, relaxation assured your pooch will probably be properly taken care of at any QT property.


Pup Yeah! rooms begin from $550 an evening. Solely canine underneath 20kg are allowed, and also you’ll have to make sure they’re bathroom educated and well-behaved. See for extra info.


The QT King (Accessible) rooms are spatially designed with room to maneuver and an accessible rest room.


Attempt the $40 lunch menu and $55 dinner menu at Esther throughout Restaurant Month (1-31 August).

Esther will even have a particular Negroni menu that includes cocktail creations from choose QT resorts throughout Australia and New Zealand from 12-18 September.

At this point Milo had had enough of the photo shoot.


At this level Milo had had sufficient of the photograph shoot.

The author and her canine stayed as friends of QT Auckland.

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