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Stay: SO Sofitel Auckland

An artist impression of the lobby at Sofitel So Auckland.

Set to open in early 2018 in the heart of Auckland’s central business district, near the waterfront, designer boutiques and a myriad of restaurants and bars, the 130-room SO Sofitel Auckland will be the first SO Sofitel property to debut in the Pacific region and will occupy the old New Zealand Reserve Bank.

Guestrooms take inspiration from Auckland’s volcanic origins, with elements of liquid, vapor and solids incorporated into the rooms’ avant-garde design. Many of the hotel’s guestrooms offer sweeping views of Waitemata Harbour, while all Club rooms boast balconies and have access to Club Signature, which has its own al fresco terrace and bar. Additional amenities include the rooftop bar HI-SO, SO Spa, an indoor lap pool, and a SO Fit gym ensconced in the old bank vault. Call for rates. For more information, visit accorhotels.com.

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