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Central Motel

P.O. Box 183, Avarua, Cook Islands
Central Motel
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Suva, Fiji
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This place is about location, convenience and economy. Central to the business district such as it is and handy to government offices, the name says it all. Sure, it is not near the resorts but nothing is really far in Rarotonga, with buses around the island leaving in each direction every hour or so. If you need more flexibility than... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

My partner and I stayed at the Central Motel before going on to another island and again on the way back, before leaving for LA. As other reviewers have said, it is well-situated in the main town of Avarua, within walking distance of numerous bars, restaurants, the National Library and Museum and the Saturday market. A really good choice for... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Our family stayed here for an overnight stay and found it to be a great place for the price as well as a great service to/from airport from a very friendly gentleman who made our first & last impression of the Cook Island fantastic.

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Auckland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

If you're on passing through Rarotonga, and prefer to be in the main town of Avarua, Central Motel is well located, and a short walk to the main road and faciities. I had to alter my arrangements more than once before I arrived, but Malcolm accommodated these changes pretty well. The only failing was not getting the lift back to... More 

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New Zealand
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101 reviews 101 reviews
44 hotel reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We picked the Central Motel as the best-looking spot to have a rest overnight. It was pretty much as we expected. Relatively clean and comfortable. Service was no issue and the staff who we dealt with were friendly. A big plus was having air conditioning in the room we stayed in. All of this at a very reasonable price. We... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

This place is comfortable and very central to everything. There is nothing else as clean and pleasant at this price point in Rarotonga. The rooms are very large and well equipped, and the owner is a great guy. Makes a point of remembering all the guests' names and goes out of his way to help you out. If you are... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

I chose this property because I wanted to be in Avarua - the main town of Rarotonga, during my mandatory stopover in Rarotonga before heading to another island, and Central Motel is the only property located in town. The room is basic with a queen size bed, 2 bedside tables, 2 bedside lamps, a standing fan, a coffee table, a... More 

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Gisborne, New Zealand
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We stayed at Central on our first night as we had booked private accommodation in Muri Beach and this was not available til the following day. We arrived after midnight and Malcolm picked us up which was great. Rooms are basic but clean, excellent value for Raro and very central and the next morning Malcolm offered to take us to... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We stayed at Central on the last night of our holiday after leaving Aitutaki. Malcolm, the owner, is a great character with an amazing BBC accent!! The motel is situated down a quiet street and a very short distance from the centre of Avarua, the airport and Trader Jacks bar...(although we never got to go there...(be aware nothing opens on... More 

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Honiara, Solomon Islands
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

The Central Motel is well situated close to the main part of town, and Malcolm the manager cannot seem to do enough to make sure everyone is looked after (i.e. great service, including airport pick-up). The rooms are clean, modern, and very comfortable. I had the best night sleep I've had in months there (a cooler Raro night - no... More 

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