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Ever wondered where hotel furniture goes to die?

Well now I know.

I’ve just slept under the stars at SkyCity Hotel … well technically while I was under the stars I was also under a roof and a fluffy duvet in a posh room. (Unlike that mysterious Valentine couple who won the Trade Me auction and paid $5200 to have a private boudoir set up about 3/4 up Auckland’s Sky Tower on February 14th.)

SkyCity Hotel’s newly refurbed Harbour View Suite

But the enormous plate glass window opening onto Auckland harbour was huge enough to see the almost full moon that shone in all night, so it was just like camping really.

SkyCity Hotel was undergoing some fancy room refurbishments and the old furniture and fittings have gone. 

If you’re looking for a place to stay for a special occasion or a corporate do, you don’t get more centrally located than this.  I was of the latter clientele –  an evening do with Singapore Airlines at which it would have been rude not to drink their wine, then the following morning a 7am breakfast with Oman Tourism. I walked to both, as happily SkyCity is smack in the middle and my car was safely ensconced with the casino crowd.

I want one!

I stayed on the 4th floor of SkyCity Hotel – not to be confused with SkyCity Grand which is across the road. This is the casino hotel, yet away from the cha-ching and neon lights of the ground floor, my room was an oasis of quiet.

The harbour view suite was my home for the night – with those massive windows which I flung the curtains from – and I was most taken with this custom-made high backed chair beside my bed.

But if you’ve ever wondered where old hotel furniture and fittings go to die, here’s some interesting eco tidbits: all the carpets have been recycled as weed matting for stop banks – now that’s inventive! All the curtains and tracks were donated to the “Curtain Bank” division of HEET (Huntly Energy Efficiency Trust) who recycles curtains and distributes them free of charge to families on low incomes to help keep them warmer during winter and reduce their power bills, and the old TVs were donated to the Salvation Army and women’s refuges.

SkyCity Hotel, cnr Victoria and Federal Streets (you can’t miss it – people fling themselves off the Sky Tower – via bungee – and that kinda draws attention)

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Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio in NZ every Sunday. Former Travel Editor at Yahoo NZ and current freelance writer for a few newspapers and mags from time to time, I set off on this travel writing journey 20 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!) I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for my newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!