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Kowhai and Colonial Motel

1232 Ranolf St.,, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Bangalow, Australia
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10 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived in Rotorua on the 3rd of January, in peak season. All hotels were charging exorbitant rates i.e. $370 for one night for a family of 4! ( Thanks Apollo! Not) We booked this hotel at the Tourist Information Centre called I-Site and received a discount of nearly $60. The Room cost $191.00 and the owner advised that she... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The room was dated and well priced for what it is. We were very happy with the hotel until we came back later that day after exploring Rotorua. Upon trying to turn on the TV and even taking it off the wall to see if it needed to be switched on elsewhere, it would not work. Also the outdoor spa... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

This place is excellent value. Good location close to town and all amenities. We stayed in the 2 bedroom at the back near swimming pool. Very spacious and comfortable and can sleep 5. Queen in 1 bedroom and single and bunks in the second.

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Lübeck
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

The motel is close to the tourist attractions, it's cheap and its easy to find place for your car. So far the good news... Our room was ensuite with an own kitchen. When we arrived, there was a terrible smell (from a fishy meal some other guest obviously had), and the kitchen was barely cleaned. We went to a supermarket... More 

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Auckland, NZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

A slightly dated motel, but hey- the price was good. Basically clean and tidy (a bathroom cabinet was showing some water damage (but with MDF timber this is very common). Kitchen unit reasonably well equipped, with good refrigerator/freezer, microwave and full stove. Location - very close to Kuirau Park and main shops. Bedding was clean. Master-Bed displayed a little "roll... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

We were late, but the proprietor waited for us. The room was ready for us. Since it is so close to all the amenities we left the room after we hada shower and walked to a restaurant. WE had a very good dinner and went back to the motel to get ready for business purposes next morning

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

This motel was excellent. It was very relaxed and peaceful. Each room had it's own private hot tub.. fantastic! The room we stayed in slept four (there were only two of us) so there was plenty of space. Would recommend.

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Thank Meltem T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful clean rooms. Have split system heating and cooling. Separate fully equipped kitchen, separate bedroom, separate lounge, bathroom and toilet. Our room also had a private courtyard with own private 4person spa. The motel also has heated pool and their own special mineral spa's for guests. 1GB of fast free WiFi. The staff are asian and speak very limited English-speaking... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
1 review
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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23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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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