I offer reviews with a focus on points that I feel need attention and/or that fellow travellers may find of interest, but understand that not all situations are fixable. That said, I'll try to also point out above average points.
We stayed at BK's Rotorua Motor Lodge from 24 Feb - 27 Feb 2013 (3 nights).
We were cheerfully greeted by Dean (I think that's his name - apologies if it is not) and although we were early, he assured us that it was not a problem and that we were not the first.
We were asked what we had planned for during our stay in Rotorua and Dean gave us some advice.
The room was clean and tidy. The layout was a little odd which Dean pointed out as well.
The TV faced the entry door/bed, but away from the two armchairs. We turned the TV cabinet 90 degrees so we could at least see the TV from the bed or dining table, but still couldn't be seen from the armchairs.
A problem we found during our trip to NZ was that at home we have a quality bed mattress and pillows. These were lacking at most places we stayed at, including here. I actually went out and bought a $20 pillow and pillowcase with the intention to dump it before flying home.
We were in the corner unit which, with the door open, you could see all the way down the carpark and most of the other units on the ground floor. Having the door open for ventilation made privacy not possible. Being summer, mid to high 20's degrees Celcius and no air conditioning, the unit is fairly warm during the day.
There is a ceiling fan over the bed, but it is noisy and disrupts sleep (if the heat doesn't).
Also, the rooms are smoke-free and the Motor Lodge has placed tables and chairs outside several of the units for smokers. However, being Asthmatic and sensitve to cigarette smoke this made this unit uncomfortable with the door open for ventilation (we had a smoker next door).
The bathroom, although large - it has a Spa Bath, lacked any place to put down our toiletries.
We placed a dining chair in the bathroom so we didn't have to put ours on the floor.
For tall guests, they might find the shower rose too low - as I did. As this unit has a 'shower-over-bath', there is a loss of height as you step in the the bath.
There is also no place to put liquid soap and shampoo/conditioner bottles in the shower.
Water pressure and temperature were good.
One thing I thought was great was the free 100MB of WiFi data included with the room. This was offered by the Zenbu.net.nz provider. A word of warning about using such services, make sure you set such networks to 'metered' (in Windows 8). Other operating systems need to have all automatic updates turned off, otherwise you'll chew through the data allowance in a flash - especially if your notebook has been offline for a while during your travels. Actually, connecting to the net was a little complicated with Windows 8, so be warned.
This brings up another point. You need to be assertive and ask for things that you may need (such as internet) or may be entitled to (such as our restaurant voucher).
We were told that although our booking (through another provider) entitled us to a $20 voucher for the Lone Star Restaurant, these are not given unless asked for.
Another negative was the $10 per washing load. Other hotels we stayed at charged only $2 and that was to cover the washing powder cost.
The carpark can get full and the parks are not allocated to rooms. I can understand that if another guest were to park in your park late at night, this could cause issues.
I have great confidence in manouvering a vehicle, but some of the parks around the periphery of this carpark are not easy to get into (or out of once in).
Besides the above, we felt BK's Rotorua Motor Lodge was good and fairly central to most attractions.
We were very pleased that a large (by NZ standards) shopping centre was only across the road, including department stores, a small 'food hall' and petrol station.
All staff we met were pleasant and helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- B-K's Rotorua Motor Lodge, Qualmark rated 4 star plus is a modern 16 unit motel located in central Rotorua 100 meters from the town centre. One of Rotorua's newest motels all our units have extra insulation and hush glass making for quiet and modern units. Our units range from generous studios, one, two and three bedroom sleeping up to 7 guests. All our units have kitchens, recliner chairs, LCD TVs and some have duo spa baths. Local tours and attractions and be booked through reception and we are always happy to offer assistance on what to do in Rotorua. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bk`s Rotorua Motor Hotel Rotorua
- Bks Rotorua Hotel
- Bks Rotorua Motel