As per previous reviews: location is fantastic close to central city and Te Papa and with classic Empress movie theater just a short walk up street a few doors down.However as per many comments read previously, rooms require an update, and specifically maintenance (our shower bar nearly came off wall with water shooting out of all but shower head-managed to avoid a plumber rescue and let staff know it needed immediate attention). Also, during any renos , a more appropriate sink option (higher set spout/deeper bowl) needs to be considered so that kettle can fit under spout and be filled without half emptying again while trying to get it out of sink. Air con needs to be reviewed, as our room was quite warm and not sure we had means to adjust temps.We were only there one night, so this hotel sufficed, but would only stay again on a discounted rate. Our room faced street as per our request, with great views of city and harbour. The windows can be opened with secure stays...though one of ours was broken so we kept it shut for fear of flying sideways and shattering window.The Restaurant on 1st level above ground level with wall of windows to same views made dining pleasant for watching the world go by...or in our case, during our buffet breakfast, a cavalcade of dignitaries in limos with police escorts (both motorcycle & car) at front and back. Oh, our stay included a continental brekky but with surprise $10 discounts offered at check-in, we opted for that plus cooked breakfast.Overall, hotel staff were very friendly but management would be wise to ensure an investment in a serious upgrade to rooms or at least fix broken items. Potential to have this as a well placed accommodation is definitely there. Would recommend for short stays only.