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Kowhai and Colonial Motel

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

The owner of the motel really needs to upgrade her customer service skills. When we first arrived, there was no soap in the bathroom and one of the towels was stained with what looked like dried blood. I asked the owner for some soap and if she could replace the towel. She then frowns and says: 'what, do I have... More 

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Whakatane, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

The facilities were average, the layout of the rooms are extremely confusing. Parking is ok. The rooms are not as clean as expected, there were visible handprints on the walls, the towels are dated and don't look clean, there was flaked paint behind the sofa, the dining chairs had marks that could've been wiped off. The futon chair cover looked... More 

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Waipu, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

I stayed at this motel for 2 nights in the family unit, 3 bedrooms. The furniture and all the beds needed upgrading badly, never known double beds so hard. The bathroom was very dated, toilet very stained as was basin and bath, the shower was just ok but at least had a good water pressure. Alot of the plugs didnt... More 

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Bangalow, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2016

We arrived in Rotorua on the 3rd of January, in peak season. All hotels were charging exorbitant rates i.e. $370 for one night for a family of 4! ( Thanks Apollo! Not) We booked this hotel at the Tourist Information Centre called I-Site and received a discount of nearly $60. The Room cost $191.00 and the owner advised that she... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

The room was dated and well priced for what it is. We were very happy with the hotel until we came back later that day after exploring Rotorua. Upon trying to turn on the TV and even taking it off the wall to see if it needed to be switched on elsewhere, it would not work. Also the outdoor spa... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

This place is excellent value. Good location close to town and all amenities. We stayed in the 2 bedroom at the back near swimming pool. Very spacious and comfortable and can sleep 5. Queen in 1 bedroom and single and bunks in the second.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

The motel is close to the tourist attractions, it's cheap and its easy to find place for your car. So far the good news... Our room was ensuite with an own kitchen. When we arrived, there was a terrible smell (from a fishy meal some other guest obviously had), and the kitchen was barely cleaned. We went to a supermarket... More 

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Auckland, NZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

A slightly dated motel, but hey- the price was good. Basically clean and tidy (a bathroom cabinet was showing some water damage (but with MDF timber this is very common). Kitchen unit reasonably well equipped, with good refrigerator/freezer, microwave and full stove. Location - very close to Kuirau Park and main shops. Bedding was clean. Master-Bed displayed a little "roll... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

We were late, but the proprietor waited for us. The room was ready for us. Since it is so close to all the amenities we left the room after we hada shower and walked to a restaurant. WE had a very good dinner and went back to the motel to get ready for business purposes next morning

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

This motel was excellent. It was very relaxed and peaceful. Each room had it's own private hot tub.. fantastic! The room we stayed in slept four (there were only two of us) so there was plenty of space. Would recommend.

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service

Additional Information about Kowhai and Colonial Motel

Address: 1232 Ranolf Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Price Range: $64 - $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kowhai and Colonial Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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