There's a lot to like about the Edgewater. The location is fabulous, there's a range of rooms from basic to spectacular, there's good facilities and the staff are really good. There's rough edges - the internet is patchy (I did get a good room for it this time), service has quiet periods in the bar/restaurant and you have to ask for the fish 'lightly-cooked',. However, each time I come away feeling good about my time there, which is an achievement for someone on business staying in a family resort.
The rooms are good. Admittedly my garden room was looking tired, but it was clean, nice enough and cheap (particularly when bought on-line $50 a night cheaper than the hotel could do), the bed was big and comfortable, the aircon good (although noisy) and the bathroom clean and airy. The upmarket rooms are much nicer (but the prices less so; as someone else said - you get what you pay for).
There's space in the room to work (although fortunately I don't need a desk) and working in the bar in the late afternoon is a real pleasure as the sun sets - even the rain doesn't detract from this experience.
The internet was problematic on the first day, but the front desk staff very helpful and even replaced a dodgy internet card without question (as they should - but it is nice when it happens without a debate). The internet is reasonable throughout the resort, although you do need to keep on top of it or you can spend a lot of money rapidly (you get a lot of time but not a lot of downloads).
The food is almost invariably overcooked unless you like really well-done (other than the barbecue night if it's cooked in front of you). However, asking for meat rare and fish lightly-cooked generally fixes this problem (unless you really want rare meat). The breakfast for me was fantastic. It's simple, but there's loads of fresh fruit, breads and pastries, cereals and reasonable coffee. Getting meal service can be challenging at times, but typical of the Pacific, when it comes, it's very personable. Food and drinks are reasonably priced for a resort
The round-island buses stop at the resort and the scooters are cheap and fun (lots of fun - just be careful of dogs, particularly on the back-roads) making sight-seeing easy. The one exception is the cross-island walk, which you should arrange a pick-up for on Sundays (limited buses). Take the transfer from the airport, but I would suggest negotiating with a taxi to go back from the hotel to the airport if you can't pre-book your seats.
The atmosphere is generally very family (other than one time when much of the resort was taken over by a conference - these are great times to go if you can get in, because the facilities are all yours)
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- Also Known As:
- The Edgewater Resort And Spa
- The Edgewater Hotel Arorangi
- Edgewater Hotel Arorangi
- Edgewater Resort Arorangi
- Edgewater Rarotonga
- Edgewater Resort Rarotonga
- The Edgewater Resort & Spa Rarotonga, Cook Islands