Like Jo W before us, we were travelling to Gisborne from East Cape. The hotel is very much an early-to-mid 20th century country NZ hotel, but it is well along in its renovation. It is on the main road, but the row of trees between the hotel and the road keeps road noise to an absolute minimum. It is a Heritage registered building, and the owners are working through the process of bringing it up to standards. They have completed the "upstairs", and the rooms are better than one would initially imagine. They have retained some of the "shared twin - bathroom down the hall" rooms, but with excellent new beds. We took the "double with ensuite" and the room was large and airy, with an exit onto the front balcony as well as onto the inside hall. The bed was excellent, and the lovely warm blankets were appreciated on a very cold night (Te Puia Springs is about 230 metres above sea level). There are lots of electrical outlets (for the gadget minded) and there is excellent broadband coverage with Vodafone if you have your own tethered connection. I didn't ask whether they provide wireless as an amenity. The most obvious difference between most renovated hotels and this one is the absolute cleanliness of everything: there wasn't so much as a single spider web anywhere. The towels were soft, thick, and fluffy. But one should not expect the level of amenities of a Sheraton: this is a country hotel. Downstairs the work is progressing, but is not anywhere near complete. The "sports bar" is glorious NZ country hotel, again absolutely clean, but it's a country pub (with lots of local heritage pictures and stories displayed). The dining room is currently being stripped for rework, but the meal we were served was excellent country fare, and plenty of it. The shared lounge (where the big screen TV lives) has not yet really been started. There is a private hot spring at the hotel, but we did not use it. My conclusion: it's a lovely old place that is coming back, with excellent sleeping facilities, and wonderful people running it. Good value. Would I stay again? I'll go out of my way to stay again if I travel to the east again.