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“A good choice for families” 4 of 5 stars
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Cedarwood Lakeside
17 Holdens Avenue | Holdens Bay, Rotorua, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #12 of 94 hotels in Rotorua
Sydney
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33 hotel reviews
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
“A good choice for families”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

The location of this resort, right on Lake Rotorua, is beautiful. We stayed 4 nights and since it is about 4km to the north of Rotorua town (and the thermal attractions) we did not smell the sulphuric smell that seems to pervade the town. Yet it is still close to all the Rotorua attractions if you have a car.
This place is great for young children - it has a playground, 2 trampolines (old style, no safety net), a heated swimming pool and jacuzzi. They also gave us $10 worth of free internet access. There is a laundry room.
We stayed in one of the 2 bedroom units which was comfortable, with full kitchen facilities. The furniture and curtains were a little dated, but you get what you pay for and this place is good value for money.
One small downside is that noise does travel between the apartments. I heard (normal) noises of our adjoining neighbours moving around (opening doors, etc) in the mornings. Having said that, this was not a big issue for us and I would stay here again were we to return to Rotorua.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fiona and Nick S, Owner at Cedarwood Lakeside, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Hi LeahSydney01, thank you for sharing your comments on your recent stay with us. We certainly are a good choice for families with the trampolines, swings, pool, spa's, petangue and plenty of space to run around let alone the lake being right on our doorstep. We continue to upgrade the property with the most recent addition being the new outdoor spa area, we certainly endeavour to ensure our guests have a relaxing, enjoyable stay whilst residing with us. Thanks again for your feedback, kind regards Fiona & Nick.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Plus: Away from the hectic town of Rotorua but not far. Pretty lakeshore location. Clean. Nice looking pool, didn't use. In room kitchenette. Reasonable size. Quiet. Reasonable price. Negatives: Bed was adequate but not truly comfortable. Would stay again if I was in the area.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Fiona and Nick S, Owner at Cedarwood Lakeside, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Hi 00justthefacts00, thank you for your recent review of your stay with us at Cedarwood. We are pleased that you liked our lakeshore location and that our facilities were clean. In regards to the bed, it is difficult to please everyone as this is very much a personal liking, we endeavour to have good quality beds that cater to the majority of our guests. Once again thank you for your comments and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Regards Fiona & Nick.
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Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

A weekend of relaxation was what we needed and staying at Cedarwood Lakeside resort filled the bill perfectly. An added bonus was the luxurious private spa pool, which we thoroughly enjoyed each evening. Facilities were clean, and the friendly service we received was prompt, and helpful. We'd highly recommend this accommodation - which although is 8 kms from the city, meant peace and quiet and provided the perfect setting in which to unwind. Being located right on the lake shore was lovely, but sadly we couldn't see and appreciate the lake from our room. Children were well catered for and the reasonable curfew hours for the pools was a thoughtful idea for residents who need to sleep. We wouldn't have stayed here if we had to pay full tariff, so having a Grabone deal definitely made it an extremely good value-for-money experience. Thanks Fiona and Nick. We'll pass the word around...

Room Tip: The units adjacent to the lake would be the perfect choice. Being in the unit next to the spa room w...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fiona and Nick S, Owner at Cedarwood Lakeside, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Thanks Jenni B for taking the time to review our Motel, we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and noticed how clean our units were. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the use of the private spa, it is certainly relaxing after a day of sightseeing around Rotorua! Thank you again and we hope to see you back in the future. Regards Fiona and Nick.
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Whangarei, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We wished that we could stay longer! We will be recommending your place to anyone and everyone who tells us that they are visiting Rotorua. Situated in such a beautiful setting... you could'nt beat sitting in the spa pool and looking out over the lake. The units were very clean = so important. And the peace and quite was very much appreciated after a long drive. Thank you. We will be back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fiona and Nick S, Owner at Cedarwood Lakeside, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Hi Vicky G & Garnett Family, Wow, thanks for your awesome review, we wished you could have stayed longer with us too! We appreciate you telling your friends and family about our property as word of mouth recommendations are a great way of sharing your experiences. Thank you for noticing how clean our units are, we certainly take pride in the properties look both inside and out. We are glad that you got to try out the new spa area, we agree the views are fantastic! Once again, thank you and we look forward to seeing you all again next time, hopefully for a longer stay. Kind regards Fiona & Nick
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

What a fabulous spot right beside the lake. Our 2-bedroom unit was very comfortable, spacious, clean and so quiet. Enjoyed walking along the lakefront one morning and sitting on the deck in the sunshine reading. Excellent amenities such as the swimming pool and spa, plus swings and trampolines for the kids, all situated in the large grassy area in the centre of the complex. Loved being surrounded by trees. Handy to the local shops and take-aways, and so close to Rotorua for the main shopping, cafes and restaurants, and the lakefront. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fiona and Nick S, Owner at Cedarwood Lakeside, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Hi LG11_12, Thank you so much for your comments on your recent stay at Cedarwood Lakeside Holiday Resort! We certainly enjoy the quiet surrounds of the property and being on the lake edge is an added bonus. The property is certainly ideal for couples or families wanting to get away from the busy town centre. We look forward to welcoming you back again the near future. Regards Fiona & Nick.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Great accommodation!! Excellent Hospitality, highly recommended!!
Would want to come back again whenever we can..
Great views from the lake side if you get a room next to the lake..
McDonalds 24 hrs is just a minute a drive, which is quite handy!!
All in all a great place to spend your weekend away
Thank you Nick & Fiona!!

Room Tip: Close the windows & doors after dark to avoid Trout flies attracted by the lights!!!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fiona and Nick S, Owner at Cedarwood Lakeside, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Thank you AmartyaSen2212 for your comments on your recent stay. We are pleased you enjoyed your weekend with us and we welcome you back anytime! Regards Fiona & Nick
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Auckland, New Zealand
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

This is a charming spot on the shore of Lake Rotorua at Holdens Bay which is no more than 10 minute's drive from the centre of the city along the Tauranga/Wkakatane road. Nick and Fiona have refreshed the units over recent years. They are well equipped and tastefully decorated and you can park right outside your unit. The grounds are beautifully maintained. My wife and I have stayed here 4 times now and Nick and Fiona have got it just right. On top of that they are excellent and helpful hosts - they even managed to solve my iPad problem!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fiona and Nick S, Owner at Cedarwood Lakeside, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Hi Ross411, Thank you for providing your recent feedback on your stay with us, we were delighted to see you both back with us again and pleased that you have noticed the improvements that we have made to the property over our time here. We were happy to have helped you with the IPad problem as we learnt something new too which we can use to assist other guests in future. Have a wonderful Christmas & Prosperous New Year and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards Fiona & Nick.
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Address: 17 Holdens Avenue | Holdens Bay, Rotorua, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 94 hotels in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quiet, tranquil lakefront accommodation and conference venue on the shores of Lake Rotorua, Cedarwood Lakeside is one of the most relaxing motels in Rotorua, and is your gateway to the very best of Rotorua’s world-renowned tourist attractions and adventure activities.We are located within easy driving distance of Rotorua City Centre which is approximately 8 minutes away or 2 minutes drive to the International Airport, the gateway to Central Park. ... more   less 
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