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Kowhai and Colonial Motel

3.5 of 5 Motel   |   1232 Ranolf St.,, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Ranked #85 of 94 hotels in Rotorua
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4 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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Wellington, New Zealand
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 The place was clean and tidy, the bedspreads were a bit outdated but the rest of the room was modern.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 via mobile

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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Southland Region, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

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
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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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30 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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 hotel reviews
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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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Just come home from 3 days in Rotorua staying at this motel. Whilst an older type motel, it is really clean with towels changed daily. There was a problem with one of the rooms our party was given and it was rectified straight away. One can't ask for more from a motel owner. Also very reasonably priced and close to... More

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Zug, Switzerland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Certainly not a fancy place, but a very good deal. Clean and enough space. Got a 1 bedroom unit with a queen and 2 single beds and fully equipped kitchen, perfect for our family. Free wifi internet and pool, free laundry, just needed to pay for the dryer.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

stayed in the 2 bedroom motel, which can comfortably fit in 5 people. For the price, it was very reasonable as it inc fully equipped kitchen, TV with some sky channels and heater. Location wise, all within walking distance from the town center. Definitely will recommend it!

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Address: 1232 Ranolf St.,, Rotorua, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kowhai and Colonial Motel 3.5*
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