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Kowhai and Colonial Motel

1232 Ranolf St.,, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Ranked #86 of 96 Hotels in Rotorua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Basic and dated,that;s ok it's clean,but rooms freezing and no extra heating.Bedrooms even colder,no electric blanket which you can buy quite cheaply.Hot water in room was luke warm, couldn't even get a hot bath,we don't all like a communal spa,supposed to have had our own private one,but no they didn't read our special request on booking form.Music so loud one... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We liked this place a lot - fast free WiFi, good heated pool, good quality continental breakfast and very comfortable rooms. Well located opposite Kuirau Park, whose mudpools and thermal vents are a highlights of Rotoura. Handy too for the central restaurants and bars, and nice to not be on the main strip of motels. Parking was, however, a little... More 

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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This was comfortable accommodation and close to toen. Free wifi was good speed. Good amenities comfy bed, small towels. Would be happy to sta here again, as it had every thing needed and was clean and tidy. Amazingly for the price has aircon and heating

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We really enjoyed our stay here. The place was clean and tidy, the bedspreads were a bit outdated but the rest of the room was modern. The beds were very comfortable. When we arrived it was lovely walking into the room, it was warm with underfloor heating and a heater, we didnt need any extra blankets or hot water bottles(I... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We arrived and the first room smelt of strong fumes....glue from the shower ledge. "You want another room?" We were asked. We accepted another room only to discover a filthy bathroom...my pet peeve. Urine stains behind the toilet seat, long black hairs and dust between the vanity amd shower and a black hair on the hand basin which remained until... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Hotel was close to town,the wifi was generous and the pool was great BUT the rooms were dirty!! We had to wipe out the cupboards before putting our groceries away, there were hairs in the shower & cigarette butts under the bed. If the unit was clean it would be a great place to stay even if the units were... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Overall a great experience. Basic / dated decor, but if you complain about this then you are missing the point!This is Budget Accommodation and it is all comfortable and very clean rooms. Great to have our own hot tub, pool access and fast, almost unlimited Wifi. Free washing machine is very useful. Staff are helpful and kind. 3-4 mins walk... More 

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Kenai, Alaska
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We are not exactly sure how we ended up with this reservation but it really isn't what we'd usually pick. The room was just okay and it is very basic and somewhat depressing. The manager was a dear---a real keeper but this was smokey and worn down apartment. Would we return---no but we loved the kind manager

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This was our second visit. A great budget place to stay. This time we chose a unit with a private outside spa. This was great to complement Rotorua's hot pools. As it is an older style motel our unit had full separate kitchen with dining table and also a separate toilet. Obliging owners and good standard of cleanliness. If you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We stayed at the Kowhai for 2 nights in september and then returned for a funeral in Rotorua for another 2 nights, good little hotel, some of the rooms were dated but clean and tidy, the thermal heating worked really well, the pool was a lovely temperature we were swimming during the evening on a cold night. Pillows were a... More 

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