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Solitaire Lodge

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   16 Ronald Road | Lake Tarawera, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
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Ranked #7 of 93 hotels in Rotorua
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Fairfax, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent three days at the end of our month long trip to Australia and New Zealand. What a wonderful way to end and unwind. The property is so well situated high above the lake and all the rooms are spacious and are designed to combine privacy along with great views over the lake. But the best part is the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights just before Christmas with our 4 small kids. We were so impressed we asked to stay another night as we had originally only booked 1 night. The hotel managers are so helpful and lovely they managed to accommodate every single request we had, and genuinely wanted us to enjoy our time at their beautiful... More

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

As a Rotorua local you sometimes forget what is on your doorstep, but a recent pre Xmas lunch at Solitaire Lodge soon reminded you how beautiful the surrounding lakes are. Pristine setting. Divine meals and beautiful wine made for a perfect outing. There were live in guests but we felt like we were all alone. One of the best spots... More

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Dunedin, New Zealand
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Woow! It is hard to know where to even start! I am blessed to have opportunity to stay at Solitaire Lodge, when i didn't even dare to imagine that places like this exist in reality. Here you fall in love again, in your partner, nature, life! Ingrid and Wayne made this place a perfect getaway, such a serene nature, view... More

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New York City, New York
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97 reviews 97 reviews
42 hotel reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

I would like to rate this 4.5 stars, but settled on 5 instead of 4. The setting on the lake is fabulous, pristine, awe inspiring. The dining was excellent. We had a lovely hike to Tarawera Falls. The setting does not disappoint. I will long remember it. The rooms are 80's decor. And only middle of the road quality, as... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

By far the best experience for us ever. We took this trip to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we loved every minute of our stay. Wayne, Ingrid, Graham were all great hosts and it was so nice to meet really lovely people who genuinely cared for their guests. The place itself is situated right on the waters edge and has... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

we had the pleasure of spending two nights at solitaire lodge and the only downside is we spent too little time there. it's rare to find a place that offers a gorgeous setting, impeccable accommodations, world-class dining and great service. solitaire has them all. proprietor wayne tomlinson loves what he does and he loves doing it there. that shows in... More

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Devizes, United Kingdom
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102 hotel reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

A spectacular location for the lodge perched above the lake. Our gorgeous room was a delightful mixture of elegant and cosy, very spacious with everything we needed. In the morning I lay in bed and looked at the almost 180 degree view through the bank of windows. Very restful. Sitting on our terrace in the evening with a glass of... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Stayed for a week in this Gem of a spot. Days were hosted by the owners, and evenings by "Graham". Meals are a true feast and draw from local farms and suppliers. Wine list features NZ vintages and Graham always had a terrific suggestion. We loved the personalized menu we received each evening--given over during cocktail hour on the patio... More

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

My new husband and I cannot stop thinking of our days at Solitaire, even two months later. There were so many diversions both in an outside the room (we wandered the grounds, of course, went boating, just sat in the gardens, and of course availed ourselves of the helipad), and the gracious hosts were just the perfect balance of creative... More

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Also Known As:
Solitaire Hotel
Solitaire Hotel Rotorua
Address: 16 Ronald Road | Lake Tarawera, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Rotorua
#8 Romantic Hotel in Rotorua
#25 Family Hotel in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Solitaire Lodge 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Solitaire Lodge Rotorua, one of the first New Zealand luxury lodges, offers secluded luxury accommodation and attentive hosting from a spectacular lakeside location.Styled with comfort in mind, all 10 luxurious suites feature panoramic views of the glassy lake and magnificent volcano through grand picture windows. The subtle design brings the outdoors in, inviting you to unwind and soak up the peace and quiet of this tranquil setting.Renowned for its fine dining, Solitaire lodge serves mouth-watering modern New Zealand cuisine prepared with fresh local produce and complemented by superb wines from selected vineyards. Engage in lively conversation with fellow guests in the lodge’s dining room, or choose an intimate dinner for two in your suite.Minutes from your doorstep you will discover secluded private bays, hot water beaches and natural thermal hot springs beckoning you to soak in. Feeling adventurous? Embark on a scenic helicopter ride over volcanic peaks, skim across the lake in a kayak or enjoy world-class trout-fishing. The lodge is also the perfect place to simply relax, indulge and rejuvenate, left in the able hands of your warm, friendly New Zealand hosts. ... more   less 
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