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“Convenient, clean and friendly” 4 of 5 stars
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P.O. Box 183, Avarua, Cook Islands   |  
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Avarua
Sydney
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Convenient, clean and friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

We stayed here for a couple of nights before heading off to one of the outer islands. Although this motel is not on the beach it is very central to the shops and restaurants in town and not having to rent a car/scooter was a real bonus. The rooms are basic and clean and the atmosphere is friendly. WIFI was helpful as it gave us the chance to catch up on emails.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Paris, France
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

Rooms simple but this is reflected in the price which has to be at least half the others on the island. Service great as the proprietor collected and took us to the airport( and he is quite a character as well!!) in the middle of the night

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

Searching for somewhere to chill out before an early-morning flight to Auckland, I was unnerved by the mixed reviews of Central Motel. However, Malcolm could not have been more helpful, and the rate he quoted for an air-conditioned room, together with his efficient transfer service, was less than half that of the competition.
In the event, our room was spacious, spotless and comfortable, we were able to rest and shower before our flight, and Malcolm even organised an island safari with the inimitable 'Useless' and an ocean-front able at Trader Jack's. Altogether, top-notch service at a rock-bottom price.
Yes, the central location can be noisy and, no, it might not work for a week, but for an
overnight or short stay it sure did it for me.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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100 reviews 100 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2010

I stayed for 1 night, with a late checkout until midnight for an early morn flight. I choose this property for convenience to Avarua facilities, and the fact that a late checkout until midnight was available and affordable. This motel is best suited to the very independent traveller/business people who know their way around the island well, and who seek out a comfortable bed to rest, and space within the room to spread out. No frills are available here, and I wasn't looking for any either! There were few guests during the time I stayed and this suited my preferences very well. Parking immediately outside the motel was handy. Beware the road can become extremely noisy once the surrounding bars close. I would stay here again, inspite of the minor nuances described. Why? I got a very good deal from the onsite host for my length of stay. All up, Central Motel is a good find for the budget concious and overnighters market on Raro. Proximity to the airport reduces the cost of a transfer.. Telecom's internet bureau via the short-cuts across the road: as I didnt have a lap-top. Trader Jacks for bistro meals and ocean views.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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SE Oz
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2009

Convenient. Walk to all shopping, bus station, choice of good dining. Small family store just up the road for milk, bread, and the morning paper. walk to bnana bar or Salsa bar for breakfast. Secure parking for your scooter. What else do you want?

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ballarat Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2009

NOt the place you would want to spend the whole holiday. I am sure there would be better for your money elsewhere.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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roma, italia
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104 reviews 104 reviews
54 hotel reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2007

This may not be the worst hotel in the world, but it certainly feels like it, particularly on such a paradise island. I had the extreme misfortune to stay here while in the Cook Islands for a 2 week conference - I checked out after 2 days, but still after all those years the unfortunate memories are burned on my memory. Where to begin... the ultra cheap furnishings and beddings, the appalling aged bathtowels, the insects, the terrible location (in a island full of beautiful beach vistas, this place is stuck on a nondescript inland road), the lack of privacy (rooms face each other and have full length glass windows - to get privacy you need to close the curtains, but that, of course, involves actually touching the curtains - yikes), the horribel grimy feel of the place (I didnt feel comfortable touching the floor, the bed, or indeed any surface in the hotel) . Above all, what really got me was the lack of security - the hotel also rents rooms "by the hour", and on one occassion I had to step over a couple who had taken a room for the hour and then collapsed, drunk (or something) right outside my door - there are all sorts of strange people wandering in and out of the place all day and night. The owner made a half-hearted attempt to clear away the "by the hour" clients, but they were all back again before long. This place is clearly decades old, but has not been renovated and is squarely aimed at the bottom of the bottom end.

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  • Stayed September 2004, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Central Motel

Address: P.O. Box 183, Avarua, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Avarua
Amenities:
Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Avarua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Central Motel as it name implies, is in the centre of our main town Avarua. It is ideal for visiting consultants, business people, company representatives and tourists who like to be in town and still only a short bus,scooter,bike or car ride to fabulous beaches.We have 14 rooms and a small conference room. Our rooms have IDD phones, T.V's, fridges, toasters, kettles, mini bars, tea/coffee making facilities, fans and en-suite.There is a Spa pool to cool off in after meetings or just to cool off!We also have our own WiFi facilities for guests.The Central Motel is only 10 minutes from the airport and is within easy walking distance of most government offices/agencies, shops, restaurants, café, banks and museum and libraries. We can arrange car/scooter hire, tours and outer Island flights and tours. We have airport transfers and all our guests are met personally. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Central Motel Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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