My 24 hours in Auckland: Why Cordis is the best place to stay on business

by Noted / 13 August, 2019

Wellington-based Group Media Partner Steve Dimakis is always on the move. From aeroplanes and shuttles to hotels and offices, he’s never in one place for long – that’s why it’s important he stays at a hotel that makes business travel easy.

As one of the partners at Strategy, I need to travel to Auckland for meetings every week. We have studios in Wellington, Christchurch, Sydney and Tokyo. I'm responsible for the media side of the business, so my team and I have to make sure we're looking after our clients, and that the teams on the ground in each of our cities have everything they need to be successful.

At the start of a typical 24 hours in Auckland, I like to get to the hotel nice and early to drop off my luggage. I read through my emails and check in with the team to ensure we're prepared.

The proximity of Cordis is fantastic. It allows me to easily head down to visit not only our team in the city studio, but to meet with clients and suppliers around Auckland – and bring them into the hotel's business centre for meetings.

Being able to use the hotel's shuttle service, which can take me to downtown Auckland, makes life very easy.

At the end of a long day, I appreciate staying in a hotel like Cordis, where I can really rest and unwind. It's good to be able to get on a treadmill in the evening and knock out some Ks, and use one of the hotel's e-bikes to get in some exercise.

Being out in the fresh air is great too – it helps clear the mind. Water helps with my creativity, so being able to go for a swim in the morning in the Cordis pool definitely gets the creative juices flowing for later on.


At Strategy we're working in an ever-changing space, especially in the media landscape with the way people move so quickly between the channels they're consuming content on, so we have to do a lot of research and a lot of processing information. Having access to facilities like those at Cordis that allow my mind to clear even while I'm focusing on my work is fantastic.

For more information on some of what Steve experienced at Cordis Auckland, click on the symbols below.

Eight Restaurant by Cordis

Eight restaurant opens up a world of international flavours for foodies, with Eight interactive kitchens hosted by a talented team of chefs.

Choose from the finest cuts of meat grilled to your liking, fresh salads, an Indian tandoor, authentic sushi and sashimi, dim sum and noodles, pasta or a succulent selection of seafood. Finish your evening with decadent desserts and pastry treats, fresh fruit and cheeses or a dipper from our famous Eight chocolate fountain.

Breakfast from $45 per adult, Lunch from $58 per adult and Dinner from $98 per adult.

For more information on Eight Restaurant by Cordis, click here.

Chuan Spa

An oasis of Oriental serenity. From relaxing saunas and herbal steam rooms to a stunning heated rooftop pool and Jacuzzi, this premium wellness facilities has everything you need to rebalance your mind, body and soul.

Indulge your senses with luxurious signature massages and facials, traditional Chinese therapies and rejuvenating body scrubs.

Treatments start from $50.

For more information on Chuan Spa, click here.

Club Rooms by Cordis

Combining understated elegance with every modern convenience, the Executive Room is the perfect blend of style and functionality.

Executive room guests also receive access to the exclusive Cordis Club Lounge offering a host of privileges including complimentary daily breakfast, afternoon tea treats and evening drinks and canapés.

Club Rooms start from $329.

For more information on Club Rooms by Cordis, click here.

Cordis Hotels and Resorts
By The Langham Hospitality Group
83 Symonds Street, Auckland


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