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The Islander Hotel

Beach Road | Rarotonga, 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
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      3.5 of 5 stars
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      3.5 of 5 stars
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    Chattanooga TN
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    3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    when we arrived at 8 pm for about a 6 hour stay, they had overbooked the hotel. They ran us down about 500 meters to a very nice little bungalow and put us there. They ran us back to eat, pizza was not bad. They ran us back down to stay sleep and shower before the 2:30 am flight. Problem,... More 

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    2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    So I had booked in for a few days here didn't check in till the next day after Ihad arrived the lovely man Steven I think was absolutely pleasant to speak with. The room was beautiful & spacey. Only issue well one of the MAIN issues we had was the customer service we received! We ordered a WELL DONE steak... More 

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    Adelaide
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    3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    This was our last night stopover before our flight home. We booked the Aquarius because its across the road to the airport and our flight departed at a crazy time of 1.45am. The Aquarius is good for a stopover. The room was basic but clean and had views to the beach. The room had a slight musty carpet smell. The... More 

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    London, United Kingdom
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    4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    We went for dinner here and the food was great. Simple, fresh and unpretentious. Well worth checking out, so we went two nights in a row!!! Order the Ika Mata, it's really good. Also, deserts are tasty too and they have a good range. They also have $3.50 all day happy hour at the Hula bar.

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    Rotorua, New Zealand
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    3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

    We stayed here for the last nights of our Rarotonga trip as most of our group had gone home and after 8 nights wanted something a bit closer to town an the airport. The room was a good size. It did smell strongly of paint as I think they were redecorating. We couldn't get the TV to work and called... 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. We are renovating the hotel and some areas were being painted at the time of your stay. We sincerely apologise about the smell of paint. We are about to install SKY TV into the rooms as well as hard-drives with movies and series. We are... More 

    Dunedin, New Zealand
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    4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

    Firstly, let me preface this review but acknowledging that there was roadworks being completed outside the venue. Which can distract a visit and review. However let me also mention that once your cross the threshold, you also forget that there were roadworks outside. My friend and I were taken to lunch by our local host/friend who decided it was too... More 

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

    Kia Orana, Thank you for your review of your dining experience at the Islander Hotel. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your meals made with local island produce, herbs and spice. Our Tuesday Island Night Feast & Cultural Show by the stunning Akirata Dance Troupe is truly spectacular and the best priced event at NZD49 per adult and... More 

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    5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

    We had a 5 hour wait for our international flight after arriving mid morning from Aitutaki. I had heard about this place from a couple of holiday makers we befriended and seen a little on the internet. Spending our last few hours at The Islander Hotel was a joy. From the warm welcome when we walked in, to lying on... More 

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

    Kia Orana, Thank you for your review of your short stay at the Islander Hotel. We are pleased to read that you had a great short stay between flights. Why wait at the boring airport when you can escape to the Islander Hotel across the road to sunbathe, swim in the pool, sip on cold beers or cocktails, dine on... More 

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    3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

    I was in this hotel due to a screw up by Air Rarotonga, but one that I had to pay for! So bad start, but it's across the road from the airport just about, so saves more taxi fare, taxis are incredibly pricey here. The food was good in the restaurant, the staff pleasant, the room was not bad, well... 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. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your meals in the restaurant and the warm service from the staff. Ants are everywhere in the islands, but we will step up our bug spraying program to eradicate them from the rooms. We are reclaiming our foreshore... More 

    Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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    3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

    Went on Wednesday evening for a Pizza and a couple of beers. The Pizza was okay but quire greasy. They could do with losing at least half the cheese as it makes the pizza very greasy and kills the flavour of any other topping. Trigger Fish (who are currently paying there on Wednesday after 5:30PM) were fantastic as always.

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

    Kia Orana, Thank you for your feedback on your pizza and beers. You can easily control the amount of cheese on your pizza's by asking your waitress to make a note for the chefs to follow. We make well over 100 pizzas a day and we happily manipulate the amount of cheese to suit guest taste. We just need to... More 

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    2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

    OMG, we had one night here on the way home as it was across from the airport and in walking distance, but we had booked and paid for a seaside room but were put in this concrete room a bit like a dungeon with 5 beds in it, 1 curtain that didn't reach across the big window that was on... More 

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

    Kia Orana, Thank you for your constructive feedback about your recent stay in our older mountain view rooms. All our refurbished beachfront rooms were fully booked on the night of your stay. You were accommodated in our older mountain view rooms, which will be converted into our new reception / front desk & guest lounge. On a positive note, we... More 

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