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Auckland Copthorne faded jaded but clean and well located

The Copthorne Harbourside on Auckland’s waterfront has been there for years and it shows. It is clean enough and has the amenities you expect in a hotel, a restaurant, a bar, reception, tour desk. The rooms are adequate but tired. Beds are firm, the shower works, there’s tea and coffee making in the room, an iron, hair dryer and son on. The air conditioning sort of works, but looking out on to Quay Street and next to Auckland’s waterfront playground, the rooms can be noisy at night (and was when I stayed just recently). Breakfast was awful. Two choices of tinned fruit. The fresh fruit salad was gone (but later replenished). There was just white bread for the toaster (the wholegrain was replenished – eventually). But the worst feature was the cooked breakfast. At 9.15, the scrambled egg was stick to the bottom of its tray, and there were nine baked beans completing their metamorphosis into pellets. Worst of all, the bacon was fatty and undercooked. It looked like it had been boiled, not grilled, fried or roasted. So it
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