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“Nice thermal swimming pool and management” 5 of 5 stars
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Sport of Kings Motel
4.5 of 5 Motel   |   6 Peace St | Fenton Park, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand   |  
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42 hotel reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Nice thermal swimming pool and management”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We had two nights at this motel in Rotorua. It was a nice room and you parked at your door. Everything was clean and in good shape. We particularly enjoyed the very warm thermal heated pool. It didn't have a sulfur smell because the pool water is heated via a heat exchanger. The room had a small table in front with one chair which was not good for an evening break with a glass of wine. We did move to the pool area which is pleasant and has plenty of seating. The managers are exceptional. They know what you want or need to know to visit the area and go out of their way to be pleasant and helpful. There was a light rain one night and in the morning we found that they had washed the windshields on all the cars. Now that is service!!
Our only complaint was not related to the motel. The air quality can vary but one night the wind direction was such that the heavy smell of sulfur was so strong I could not sleep. I suppose locals adjust to this odder from the thermals but I could not stay more than a few nights.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Peacerotorua, Manager at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, May 31, 2013
Thank you for our lovely review. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us!
We pride ourselves on the cleanliness of the rooms and are always upgrading and updating to keep our rooms fresh and new. We have just fininsehed renovating a few more of our room and they look great!
Our pool is wonderful and next week we are landscaping the pool area and the plans look amazing - we are very excited! Next time you are in New Zelaand, please come back and see he pool lookng even better than it is now!!
Yes, the sulphur smell in Rotorua can sometimes be quite strong - but this is why people come to Rotorua so we don't mind it!
Take care and let us know next time you are in Rotorua - it would be great to see you again!!
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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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Porirua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Lovely, bright and very relaxing accommodation. We loved our stay here and just wish it could have been longer than 2 days. The owners are very friendly and helpful. We will definitely stay again. Thank you! Maureen Burgess

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Peacerotorua, Manager at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Hello Maureen, thank you for your lovely review. It was a pleausre to have you both to stay!!
Our rooms are nice and bright and airey and we are constantly upgrading and updating to keep things bright and new. And being located just off busy Fenton Street we don't get the heavy traffic noise making our motel the perfect place for a nice quiet relaxing break away!
Take care and let us know when you are back this way next, it would be great to have you to stay again!!
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Porirua, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We stayed 2 nights out of our week-long holiday in Rotorua during the First Term school holidays. It is located off the main street in a residential area. It has a lovely, thermally heated outdoor pool and 2 indoor separated spa pools.

The kitchenette and the bathroom are separated from the living area. We had a Lazyboy in our unit which my son and my husband had to learn to share at times.

The owners were very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our time ther. Thank you

  • Stayed April 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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Peacerotorua, Manager at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Thank you for your review. It was a pleaure to have you all to stay! I am so pleased to hear your enjoyed your time with us!
Our heated outdoor swimming pool and spa pools are wonderful! Some of our rooms have their own private spas and we have two others available for people who choose rooms without a private spa.
Please let us know when you are coming back this way! It would be great to have you to stay again and to show you our new landscaped pool area!!
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Rotorua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

We were upgraded to a room with a hot tub and quite enjoyed it. We loved the heated pool under the stars and had a lovely swim the evening of our arrival - the only night with clear skies. We also enjoyed the hostesses suggestion for dinner at the Skyview and an evening visit to the Kiwi house at Rainbow Springs.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Peacerotorua, Manager at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review! It was a pleausre to have you to stay and it is always nice when we can upgrade people!
I am so pleased you enjoyed your spa and had a nice night in the heated outdoor swimming pool! It really is beautiful on a nice evening undewr the stars, at any time for that matter!
Next week the pool area is going to be landscaped - the plans look amazing and we can not wait to see the finished product! Pop in and see us any time you are around so we can show you what we have done!
Take care and let us know if we csn help you in the fuure! It would be great to see you again!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

We had a very pleasant and comfortable stay. It is in a nice quiet street. The distinct odour of Rotorua is apparent outside but you soon get used to it. We were grateful that we could have our dog with us in our room but we did bring her crate and beanbag so she felt at home. The hot tub was well used and relaxing. Our only negative comments are the hot tub room needs redecorating as it was a pity the excellent hot tub was in rather dowdy surroundings and there is not much clearance when driving to your unit.
The hosts were very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: The hot tub is well worth getting.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Peacerotorua, Manager at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review! It was a pleasure to have you and your little dog to stay!
Being located just off the busy Fetpn Street, we don't get the noise of big trucks and heavy vehicles, as our street name says, Peace Street!!
I am so pleased you enjoyed your spa pool! They are such a wonderful way to relax after a busy day!
We have just replaced all of the chairs in our spa rooms and are looking at what we can do to brighten the room - come and see us next time you are down this way so we can show you how they look! We are constantly redecorating and upgrading our rooms and the spa rooms are on the agenda!
Take care and we look forward to seeing you next time you are down this way!
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

If you want a clean, reasonably priced motel close to Rotorua's town centre with really friendly and helpful management, you won't regret staying at the Sport of Kings. We were there for four nights whilst on a whistle stop tour of NZ and were very happy with our selection. Our hosts were really interested in our stay, gave us loads of info and helpful recommendations and I am publishing this to return the compliment!

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Peacerotorua, Manager at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review! It was a pleasure to have you to stay with us for 4 nights on your tour of New Zealand!
It is great to have people stay for a frew nights so they have plenty of time to experience much of what Rotorua and surrounding disctricts have to offer!
Thank you again for your review! Please let us know if you are ever back this way ! It would be great to have you to stay again!
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights with our Jack Russell again :) Room was Clean and Tidy and we were able to benefit from a breakfast special they had running on TripAdvisor and received a Continental breakfast one morning for free. Pool was still great and we found out about the 2 spa pools available (no extra charge) for use if your room didn't have one, so we made use of them, they are in a private room each so you don't need to share and if the keys hanging up its available.Great stay will be back :)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Peacerotorua, Manager at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review! It was great to see you and your little girl again!! I hope you had a great ride!!
I am so pleased you found out about the spa pools! They are so nice and soothig after a ride!.
I am not sure if we told you the pool area is being landscaped next week! It will be amazing with some stunning featues going in! Can't wait to show you next time you are here!
Take care and we look forward ot seeing the three of you again soon!
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Address: 6 Peace St | Fenton Park, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Rotorua
#1 Spa Hotel in Rotorua
#1 Luxury Hotel in Rotorua
#1 Family Hotel in Rotorua
#2 Business Hotel in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sport of Kings Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated just off the main street and away from busy traffic noise, Sport of Kings is a home away from home! All of our rooms and amenities have been newly refurbished over the past year to provide comfort and relaxation in a peaceful serene environment. We are Kiwi owned and operated and being locals have extensive knowledge of Rotorua and what our amazing city and surroundings has to offer and our hospitality is the best you could find - check out our reviews! Our 16 ground floor rooms range from two bedroom apartments that sleep 6 to one bedroom spa apartments where you can relax in your own private indoor spa pool day and night. Our studio units sleep two or three and are perfect for business travellers or those wanting a quiet comfortable room at a great price! All of our rooms have kitchen or kitchenettes, thermally heated hot water, individually controlled thermal heating, flat screen tv's, satellite channels and free DVD hire. Comfortable lazy-boy recliner chairs are included in most rooms and free unlimited filtered water is available in every room. All rooms are serviced daily! We have two public spa pools and a heated outdoor swimming pool for your use during your stay all year round along with a BBQ and BBQ table poolside which you are welcome to use - a great way to cater for everyone while enjoying the beautiful landscaped surroundings. And to entertain children we have a playground for hours of entertainment. Centrally located close to Rotorua CBD, Thermal Valleys, Maori Hangi and Concert Events and world renowned Mountain Bike Tracks, you have everything at your fingertips. We have a purpose built bike wash down area, storage for mountain bikes and a drying room to get your gear ready for your next ride!! Perfect for families, holiday makers, mountain bikers and business people alike. Our reception is a mini gallery showcasing our own original native bird art which also features throughout our apartments giving Sport of Kings Motel uniqueness not to be found anywhere else. ... more   less 
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