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Rotorua Motor Lodge
3.0 of 5 Motel   |   418 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #63 of 95 Hotels in Rotorua
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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“Good service and value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

I booked a room for 5 and the price is very reasonable. Based on the design, I would say the motel has not been renovated for quite some time. Looking at it at another angel, the motel gives off a vintage atmosphere which I pretty much enjoyed. The facilities are still well managed and usable. The room is spacious as well.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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nukz, Owner at Rotorua Motor Lodge, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Thank you for what is a thoughtful and astute review. There is a way to go before we have finished the upgrade, but in the meanwhile we try to give value for money.
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

This is advertised as a budget motel and that is what it is. It was great value for the $70 for the night. Very clean with crisp linen and comfortable bed. A small, basic bathroom with a good shower. Very nice new flat screen TV that could be angled so it could be seen form any part of the room. The best thing was the "Black Book" about Rotorua. It had places you could go to that were free for those on a limited budget but also plugged the local tourist activities. Tim was very friendly and nothing was any trouble. Also had free wifi. I'll stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Surrey, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

This is an older motel but suited us just fine for the night. It's across the road from the golf course and across a field from the Pohutu geyser which host Tim informed us would go off every 15 minutes approx. Comfortable bed, free wi-fi and kitchen for our breakfast Tim helped us book the Tamaki Maori evening event which we thoroughly enjoyed, especially our zany busdriver.

Room Tip: It was quiet during our stay in March - in busier times, you might want a room away from the road.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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14 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

First thing: this is a very basic, budget accommodation. For what you pay you get a good sized room, basic but clean bathroom, minifridge, flat screen TV and an OK bed. Plenty of parking too. Location is not downtown, but not too out of the way either. Owner is quite friendly. If a high-end place is what you're looking for, should probably search elsewhere. But if you want a basic place on a relatively cheap budget, this is a great option.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

We did read the reviews for this Lodge before we booked it but it really was a lot noisier than we expected. A clue as to the fact that there is a noise problem... earplugs are provided. The room itself was fine. Spacious bright and clean. IT was fine for limited self catering. It advertised free wi fi but it did not work in the rooms at all. Maybe if one were near the office it might have worked but not in the room. The owners were fine, quite helpful advising what to see. So if noise does not bother you this would be good place to stay but be warned it is very noisy with large trucks arriving and leaving all night right next door at a large service station.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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nukz, Owner at Rotorua Motor Lodge, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
We appreciate your feedback and frankness. We ourselves have been disturbed when staying in motels/hotels by other guests and traffic and would have 'killed' for a pair of earplugs at those times. It was those experiences which prompted us to provide them for all guests here. We are sorry if your stay was marred by noise. We are pleased to report we have invested in a very efficient new wi-fi system for the motel, and everybody is happy with that service now.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

we only stayed one night, the room is spacious and clean with a small kitchen. decent bathroom. no internet and a bit noisy for the gas station next door, in general needs a renovation but for a short stay it's ok.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

We stayed at Rotorua Motor lodge for 8 days just recently and it was absolutely worth what we paid for. There was 6 adults so we had 2 studio rooms which were cleaned everyday. Fresh towels everyday and the owners were friendly as and very lovely people. I will def recommend this accommodation to others out there. If we ever need accommodation we will look them up for sure

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: 418 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #63 of 95 Hotels in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Rotorua Motor Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This motel has 26 rooms and benefits from a position opposite Rotorua Golf Club (Arikikapakapa), a unique geothermal golf course. It is a short walk and in sight of the main geysers at Te Puia, and a short walk to Whakarewarewa Maori Thermal Village.All other attractions are short drives away, such as Skyline Gondola, Polynesian Spa, Rainbow Springs, Agrodome, OGO, Agriventures, Duck Tours, Buried Village, and the Blue Lake. The CBD is five minutes, the airport fifteen, and Taupo or Tauranga 50 minutes.Rooms are spacious and clean. Prices put this motel in the budget category, but facilities are closer to four star, and these include large 32 inch LCD TVs with Free View in all rooms, direct dial phones and FREE wireless internet.There is a seasonal pool, hot pools and laundry for guest use, and DVD players and movies to hire for free. ... more   less 
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