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Econo Lodge City Central: Affordable Accommodation in Downtown Auckland

On your next night out in Auckland, forget crashing at your mate’s flat! We found a perfect place for you to stay over on a budget.

I remember when I was still in Uni, staying late was a hassle. Driving, public transport, and even crashing at a mates’ sofa had become tiring, especially whenever I’m out with a group. So when Choice Hotels invited me to check out Econo Lodge City Central on Wellesley, Auckland, I was intrigued to find out what they can offer.

I stayed for a night at Econo Lodge City Central and was greeted by the friendly staff (reception is open 24 hours). They are very accommodating and quite helpful. The hotel has 104 rooms, with room to suit every type of traveller. Price starts at $99 with deals available if you’re on a tight budget. Comparing this with nearby hotels, it’s the best bang for the buck! There are room options for you to choose from; single, double and even for large groups which are perfect for a girls/boys night out.

Standard Rates:

  • Standard compact rooms- $99
  • Studio rooms- $139
  • Corporate rooms $159
  • Quad rooms- $159
  • Balcony rooms – $169
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I stayed in their King Bed room with balcony
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Coffee, Tea, desk, TV available
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You don’t even have to worry about your toiletries.

Where to Eat

Econo Lodge City Central also has an onsite café that serves guests daily buffet breakfasts with lunch and dinner options available, while local restaurants are a short stroll away. I went out to Masu for dinner and it was so close I saved so much time worrying about driving or Ubering around.

 Masu, one of my personal favourites, is just a 3-min walk from Econo Lodge. Here's my Auckland Restaurant Month main course.
Masu, one of my personal favourites, is just a 3-min walk from Econo Lodge City Central. Here’s my Auckland Restaurant Month main course.

If you’re in town and wanting a nice dinner, I would personally recommend Masu at Sky City. Masu is one of the most popular restaurants in the country. A venture by renowned Kiwi chek Nic Watt, Masu has attracted both local and international customers. We were seated next to a lovely American couple from Australia, and we were exchanging notes on our favourite Masu dishes. The couple on their fifties were on their weekend getaway to Auckland and were blown away with the quality of food Masu serves. “We will be back tomorrow evening”, said the husband who’s a professional photographer, while the wife nods in agreement.

Masu serves the best sashimi platter in the country.
Masu serves the best sashimi platter in the country.

I recommended my personal favourite the sashimi platter and pork ribs. I tend to stay loyal to my favourite restaurants based on the food that I would crave for and miss when I am out of the country. That night, however, I tried their Auckland Restaurant Month menu which includes a three course meal, which was absolute treat for only $55. And for those on a hurry, their Eki Ben Express Business Lunch is for the foodies always on the go.

Writing this just made me hungry.

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On site cafe that also serves full breakfast brunch every morning.

Moving on… Location is ah-mazing. The Econo Lodge City Central is conveniently nestled in the heart of Auckland city. If you are driving, there’s plentiful of carparks nearby.

Rooms are very clean and organised, you’ll find all the essential bits and pieces. Plus, when it comes to security/privacy issue, I would feel safer here in comparison to staying in a backpacker or a hostel, so this is perfect for those who can’t stand inevitable snoring from other stayers.

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Here’s one of their rooms that comes with double bed.
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Another room perfect for when you’re out with your mates. It comes with three single beds.

Overall, if you’re on a budget and needed central accommodation I would highly recommend staying at Econo Lodge City Central. Clean, affordable and convenient — I find the stay hassle-free that doesn’t burn a hole in my wallet.

Bonus: There are heaps of Pokemon Stops nearby.


Thank you to Choice Hotels Asia-Pacific for the wonderful stay and Masu for the lovely dinner. Opinions are my own.

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Written by Alliv Samson

Founder and Publisher of XYNZ Magazine. Alliv is also the co-founder and COO of Kami (www.kamihq.com). @allivsamson

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