We spent a couple of nights here, in the big old room at the top of the tower. Honestly - this has the worst, oldest, most appallingly sprung double bed I've ever encountered. But apart from that, when we checked in, we were met by a rather curt attitude, the owner of which neglected to mention that even as hotel guests, we had to actually book a table in the dining room for dinner. Consequently we rolled down for dinner at about 5.30 pm, to be turned away. That was unexpected, and not fun, because had we actually been told about this, we would certainly have booked. Luckily we had picnic ingredients in our room (which did have a good and capacious fridge). So we ate, and watched a movie on our laptop. We didn't bother with the breakfast, feeling very put out by the offhand and unwelcoming attitude of the staff (who seem to think that they work in a grand, exclusive resort). The bathroom & shower were OK though, and the carpark is very handy, the view from the windows at the top is pretty good and if it wasn't for the 100 year old bed and dining room nonsense, I would have felt happy staying there. Waitomo is a great place to visit, and this hotel would be OK if you have the right expectations (i.e. low) - there is internet access (although it wasn't free when we stayed there) - and it's in exactly the right spot. I'd go here again, with the right expectations, and use it as a very handy base for exploring the area - but it's not a good hotel, bearing in mind it's prices (and the smell - the hotel smells like my Grandma's house...old apples...sweetish and decaying. Not unpleasant actually, but definitely old).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Waitomo Caves Hotel has now upgraded rooms, with Super King Beds, new linen, carpets, curtains, furniture and more. Make the most of a 100 year old hotel with amazing views, comfortable rooms and a charm you won't find anywhere else in New Zealand. With a fine dinning restaurant you can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet at your leisure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Waitomo Caves
- Waitomo Caves Otorohanga