The Shakespeare Hotel Auckland Review

The Shakespeare is a 10-room 3-star hotel with a pokies gaming lounge located in 61 Albert Street, central Auckland just a short walk away from Viaduct Habour and the waterfront. With the hotel located in the Auckland CBD and featuring rooms arranged over 4 floors, it offers uninterrupted and scenic views of Auckland City. This prime location also affords easy access to City center shops, Sky tower and other vital amenities in Auckland. Have a drink, a meal or play the pokies at this historic hotel.

Shakespeare Hotel About

The hotel was established in 1896 by a fine gentleman named Thomas Foley whose parents run the Old Shakespeare hotel in Wyndham Street. After being in operation for nearly a century the hotel was entrusted to the New Zealand historical places and recognized as a historical landmark in 26th November 1981. It currently holds the title of Historical Place Category 2. Fast forward four years later in 1986, the first brewpub in New Zealand was established at the hotel. The brewery is still running today as we speak pouring some great beers at super prices.

Dining Menu and Bar Information

When it comes to wining and dining, the Shakespeare has it all. The hotel has got 3 available bars with the most spectacular being the main bar which is located on the ground floor. With the main bar featuring attractive furniture layouts, live music during the week and being next to the gaming room and billiard; it is a great spot to relax and unwind. Additionally, you get a chance to enjoy the choicest wines, beers, and spirits of your choice while there.

Located above the bar, and featuring high ceilings, heritage brick walls, an open space plan and a surrounding terrace is the hotel’s restaurant or dining area. The ambiance this place of beauty offers is nothing compared to the food expertly prepared by our master chef. Along with your old favorites, you will get a chance to sample some mouth watering steaks, sumptuous hamburgers, and fresh salads among just a few menu items. Make sure you check out the lunch specials like a $10 steak with chips and salad.

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The Hotel Facilities.

Shakespeare Brewery.

The Shakespeare features an onsite beer brewery that lets you enjoy custom beers made out of the finest malt, yeast, and hops. Some of the craft beers currently available at the taps currently include;

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  • The must try Bard Pale Ale.
  • The refreshing Lover Blonde Ale.
  • The interesting named Bastard IPA.
  • The popular Gentleman Stout.
  • The award winning Jester Pilsner.

Hotel Rooms.

The hotel contains 10 well-furnished boutique hotel rooms for your ultimate comfort and relaxation. The room types available include; double, queen and triple room options. The triple room option typically features a double bed coupled with a single bed all in one room. All the rooms are uniquely furnished with none bearing the same appearance to the next. Additionally, all rooms are non-smoking areas and can only be accessed via a staircase owing to the fact that the hotel a heritage building. Facilities currently offered in the rooms at Shakespeare include:

  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Television
  • Mini fridge
  • Telephone
  • Alarm/Clock Radio
  • Coffee & tea facilities
  • Iron & ironing board

Pokies and Gaming

For your pastime enjoyment, the Shakespeare has got you catered for by their spacious game room consisting of about 7 gaming machines, you can also play on the pool tables, and big screen TVs for sports and racing will keep you entertained. They also have a self serve TAB machine for a little punt 🙂

  • Library.

For those who prefer to pass time engrossed in the pages of a good read, there is a library already set up for you at the hotel.

  • Designated Smoking Area.

To ensure that they do not leave anyone out, the hotel offers a designated smoking area that is well secluded. This ensures smokers take their puff and also get a chance to socialize freely with one another while at it.

  • Shakespeare Terrace.

For outdoor enjoyment, the hotel offers a sun terrace which offers a spectacular view of Auckland City. You can as well enjoy a cold drink, lunch or dinner at the balcony bar and restaurant whenever you feel like.

Other Things of Note.

Events & Entertainment.

The hotel is open to people hiring its 3 spaces for their special events such as weddings, birthdays, balls, specialized themed events and corporate events 7 days per week. They even have a dedicated function manager who can work out all your requirements to your satisfaction. They are also licensed to offer cocktail, dinner and lunch events with a la carte or buffet options. The hotel can comfortably cater for 120 people standing and 70 persons sitting.

Free WIFI.

To ensure that our customers are always connected for work or personal purposes, the hotel offers WI-FI connectivity in hotel public areas at no charge at all.

Opening hours

7 days from early to late.


Phone  9 373 5396


Map and address

Shakespeare Hotel & Brewery
61 Albert St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

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