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Astray
3.0 of 5 Hostel   |   1198 - 1204 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #21 of 48 Specialty Lodging in Rotorua
Brno
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358 reviews 358 reviews
135 hotel reviews
Reviews in 261 cities Reviews in 261 cities
470 helpful votes 470 helpful votes
“You get what you pay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Excellent position in town center - by main bus stop including the line to airport.
Helpful staff, clean and small single room.

Free wifi connection provided by the Rotorua municipal authority - useful surprise (You dont have to buy the connection from the hostel - which is not cheap).

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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13 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

The principal reason for picking this place was that it was one of the only motels in Rotorua that would accept a single night booking.

We booked an ensuite room. The room was relatively small and reasonably clean. The mattress was made of quite a squishy foam and so was quite soft.

The kitchen facilities in the room were limited with only a fridge, kettle, toaster and microwave although there is a communal kitchen in the adjoining backpackers that we didn't investigate.

The motel is pretty central with the town centre being less than a 10 minute walk.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

Very good owner, very helpful and he appreciated that we booked two nights even though we were leaving at the middle Of the Night, helped us a lot and gave us good advice for day trip ( drive to lake taupo, see the hauka<hope I got name right> falls on way back)
Perfect value for money for double room.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Budapest, Hungary
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

We didn't expect anything, as almost every accomodation across NZ offer their double rooms for the same price, but this room was really really small, and double bed meant bunks in this context. I think I have never seen a small room like this, but it did its job.

Besides the room, everything was okay: free off street parking, the guy at the reception was very-very friendly.

The drawback besides the room was the kitchen maybe, because it was quite basic and not that spotless.

Astray wasn't that bad, but it can be way better for that price.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012 via mobile

We had two nights in a private double room at Astray and we were very impressed. The room was decorated to the standard of a hotel and also had a full size fridge, microwave, kettle and toaster as well as a set of crockery and cutlery. There was even a little bottle of washing up liquid, dish cloth and tea towel. We never found a proper kitchen in the hostel but we didn't need it. The ensuite was a little dated compared to the room but it was clean so didn't matter. The owner was friendly and chatty and if we had needed help I'm sure he would have been helpful. The location was great, only a few minutes walk to the centre of town. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

I stayed here for 4 nights, I didn't expect too much when I booked because of the cheap prices, compared to other places in Rotorua. I was pleasantly surprised! The owners were very friendly, helpful. The place was immaculately clean and well kept, there is a nice atmosphere about the place. It is in a perfect location on Rotorua, right in the centre (but surprisingly quiet) just a few minutes walk to the tourist office and where the coaches to other cities leave and also surrounded by many shops, bars, cafes and restaurant. The bus for places in and around Rotorua also stops right outside the door. I had such a great night sleep! Will definitely stay there again if I'm in the area.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms are nice,as there is a shared balcony
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kristiansand, Norway
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

We stayed here two nights and were very happy about our room - number 8. It was clean and really in centre of the town. The laundry facility is great. The guy in the office were kind and helpful. Would also recommend to go to the restaurant Lovely India one evening if you are staying here!

Room Tip: Try to book number 8 - really great room!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1198 - 1204 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 48 Specialty Lodging in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Astray 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quality budget accommodation at competitive prices in central Rotorua. Off street parking, Freeview TV, WiFi. Close enough to walk to Rotorua’s many restaurants, bars and cafes, but far enough away to enjoy a good night’s sleep.Astray is an easy walk from thermal areas, hot pools, Rotorua’s lake-front, i-site (information centre) and bus stop for intercity buses. Rotorua city buses and shuttles stop right outside the door.Wifi high speed $2/hr. Common-room, kitchen & laundry. Freeview TV.We know all the “must do” activities in Rotorua and we can book you in.Astray offers motel accommodation in double studios, twin studios, and 1 & 2 bedroom studios. All with ensuite bathroom, Freeview TV and tea/coffee making facilities.We also offer a wide range of budget accommodation: 4-bed bunkrooms, 2-bed bunkroom, budget doubles and budget single. All budget rooms come with shared facilities.We look forward to hosting you in Rotorua. ... more   less 
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