This is a middle of the road hotel with some good points as well as some issues. Worth staying here if the price is right and you know what you’ll get.
Bus: Arrange through the hotel the Raro bus for $40 both ways. It was OK and well air conditioned.
Check-in and front desk staff: Easy and accurate check-in. I spoke with 3 different front desk staff over the week and found them all to be very friendly and helpful.
Room: I was upgraded from a garden to beach view room. Large and relatively clean. Views are fantastic. Air conditioning worked well with the ceiling fan on all night. Bed was very very soft and the pillows were small and flat. Sheets were clean but older. This is the tropics so the room had lots of very tiny ants; one night I left my toothpaste on the counter and it was swarmed by 2 dozen ants in the morning. My travel friends found larger cockroaches in their rooms, thankfully no centipedes that bite. Housekeeping was hit and miss. They forgot some towels one day, and swept the dirt from the left side to right side of room another day.
Restaurants: The main one is the Brasserie. Busy every morning. The buffet breakfast is very basic. The only thing I found acceptable was the muesli. On the first day I ordered 2 scrambled eggs for $5, they were cooked in bacon grease (not butter), slimy and disgusting. Night meals were nothing special and relatively expensive as were the drinks. Small bottle of sparkling water was $7, pasta for $18. Also some things were called different names on the menu but were the same meals, e.g. the stir fry’s. The other hotel restaurant is the spaghetti house. It was great but you need reservations most days. I recommend the spaghetti Bolognese and the crumb topped fruit dessert – both excellent.
Beach: Kept clean. Water reasonably clean but very very shallow at times. OK for snorkeling, but very sharp and must wear foot protection.
Pool: Stay away. I used it one day. Full of kids doing whatever in the water. The pool was constantly murky with small particles floating. Certainly a bacteria soup. Pools shouldn’t look like this if maintained properly and daily.
Other: Roosters crow early morning and at random times during the days. Other guests are mainly from New Zealand or Australia and are mostly friendly. Hotel charges a lot for anything extra. Bottle of water for $6, better to walk 10 minutes and get it for half that at the convenience store. Laundry machines are $6 to wash, and $6 to dry, and $2 for a small baggie of soap. Clockwise and reverse bus stops at front desk, a good cheap way to get around, especially to go to town or Muri beach etc.
Check-out: Fast and easy. Got a later check-out at no extra cost.
I would stay again if no other option.
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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