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The Islander Hotel

3.0 of 5 Beach Road | Waterfront, Avarua 0682, Cook Islands (Formerly Aquarius Rarotonga)
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Wellington, New Zealand
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129 reviews 129 reviews
32 hotel reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Always open, even when everywhere else was shut. The Islander has a nice poolside setting with views of the sea. We enjoyed the excellent pizza’s and fantastic coffee. My daughter thinks the shrimp cocktail is the best she’s ever had. Prices are very reasonable, service is great and food excellent.

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cbrmanager, Owner at The Islander Hotel, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your kind words about your recent experiences at the Islander Hotel. Our waterfront setting will soon improve when we finalise our beach reconstruction project with new extensions enabling us to do more beach dining options. Our coffee beans are a blend of Lavazza Italia & Atiu Island Coffee. Our coffee makers undergo training on a... More 

Greymouth, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Now never actually stayed here but on Saturday 3 January tried to book a room. Talked to lady at front desk and while I appreciate that we cannot expect the whole world to understand English a basic - do you have any rooms available? should be understood by anyone in the hotel trade. After being asked if we wanted pizza... More 

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cbrmanager, Owner at The Islander Hotel, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your comments about your experience at the Islander Hotel. We apologise about the poor service you received. We had 2 rooms available on Sat 3 Jan 2015. I cannot fathom how or why our team members sent you to the bar to order pizzas when you clearly asked about room availability? All our staff are... More 

Lytham St Annes
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Our flight arrived after midnight and this hotel was perfect being just accross the road. The room was comfortable and clean. The Hotel appears to be getting a make over as there was a strong smell of paint. Staff were helpful and breakfast was OK. Some of the electrical sockets in the room didnt work, but as we didnt want... More 

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cbrmanager, Owner at The Islander Hotel, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your review of your overnight stay at the Islander Hotel, Rarotonga's Airport Hotel. The hotel is indeed getting a make over with major upgrades in the rooms, restaurant, bar, pool and beach area. Our in-room electrics are being replaced with new sockets and LED lights to enhance night visibility. Our complimentary tropical breakfast features seasonal... More 

Canberra, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

So, this place is literally right across the road from the airport. You know what that means? No ridiculously overpriced transfer service needed! Just wheel your luggage on over and you're there. As there are not that many flights per day at the airport, the noise was not an issue. As it happened, we stayed for one night after some... More 

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cbrmanager, Owner at The Islander Hotel, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your kind words about your recent stay & dining experiences at the Islander Hotel. We are the 'airport hotel' of the Cook Islands - with a fantastic beachfront sunset setting to boot! We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay and that you were pleasantly surprised by the quality of meals at our... More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Had a great island night meal and show here. Very well done. nice food, great service and setting. Professional. I would come here again. Too good! Great watching Akirata dance group! Nice waterside setting, looking out over the water. Child friendly.

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cbrmanager, Owner at The Islander Hotel, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your kind words about your Island Night experience at the Islander Hotel. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed the local cuisine, the service from our team of Polynesians, and the beautiful waterfront setting of our restaurant & bar & hotel. We hope to see you again, soon. Kia Manuia, Rohan Ellis Managing Director... More 

Auckland New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We spent one night here after a late flight into Rarotonga. The Islander serves the purpose of needing a transitional place to stay. The barman was kind enough to serve us a drink despite our early morning arrival. Our room was big and spacious. Unfortunately there are renovations going on and although all the wood and equipment laying around didn't... More 

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cbrmanager, Owner at The Islander Hotel, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your comments about your overnight stay. We are renovating our hotel rooms and guest areas to 4 star standard. Our free tropical breakfast comprises seasonal fruit, cereals, toast & spreads, tea & coffee. Cooked breakfasts are available at a surcharge. In fact, our cooked breakfasts are very popular with local residents of Rarotonga. Once our... More 

Eden, Australia
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Our family (of 52) travelled from New Zealand and Australia to take our parents and brothers ashes back to Aitutaki. We started arriving around the 1st August and the balance Sat 2nd August 2014. It was easy to meet at the Islander Hotel as we had everyone leaving over the duration of the afternoon to fly to Aitutaki. The service... More 

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CBR-GM, Owner at The Islander Hotel, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your kind words about your recent experience at the Islander Hotel. We are pleased to read that your family enjoyed their brief time with us and we do hope to see you all again, soon. Kia Manuia, Rohan Ellis Managing Director The Islander Hotel, Cook Islands, South Pacific Islands More 

Adelaide, Australia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We had pre booked a room here as our flight arrived at 1.30am. Convenient location for sure, we had a room with 4 single beds, nothing fancy, very basic room, small but functional bathroom. Comfy bed and included basic breakfast, which they provided earlier than normal because we had an early flight to catch. Nice pool/bar and restaurant area, but... More 

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cbrmanager, Owner at The Islander Hotel, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your review of your recent short stay with us. Our special walk in rate is NZD185 per room for the first 2 adults. Extra adults sharing the same room pay NZD25 per person. Our family special walk in rate for 2 adults and 2 children under 13yrs is NZD185 (kids stay free). We are developing... More 

Wellington
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The Islander Hotel is located directly opposite the Airport with a fuel tank farm on either flank. It was previously called the Aquarius. Being so close to the Airport it is possible to load your bags onto an Airport Trolley and push it about a couple of hundred meters to the Islanders. This is an advantage if you haven’t got... More 

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CBR-GM, Owner at The Islander Hotel, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your review of your recent stay with us. We have just taken over the property and will soon start renovations to the rooms and public areas of the hotel. The end result will be a neat & tidy 4 star property with fully refurbished rooms, restaurant, bar and kitchen with a brand new menu. The... More 

New Plymouth, New Zealand
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I was travelling by myself this trip and hand/t done a lot of research on what or where I was staying. It was only the day I was leaving that I checked out prior reviews of this Hotel, and some of the comments left me little concerned. Well I have just returned home to NZ, after spending 8 days at... More 

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CBR-GM, Owner at The Islander Hotel, responded to this review

Kia Orana Kate, Thank you for your kind words about your recent stay at The Islander Hotel. We have recently taken over management of the hotel and are progressively rolling out positive change with our customer service, menu's, room interiors and so much more. All good things take time to materialise on Rarotonga and we are pleased to read that... More 

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Address: Beach Road | Waterfront, Avarua 0682, Cook Islands (Formerly Aquarius Rarotonga)
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Avarua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Islander Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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Also Known As:
Aquarius Rarotonga Avarua
The Islander Hotel Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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