I've stayed in motels all over New Zealand while traveling with my kids, and the Arista is one of the better ones, in terms of interior finish. The owners have talked about a major investment in making improvements to the property and it really shows. Our room was quite well appointed. One small issue for people traveling with families: It's not entirely clear from the description (I think I may have booked the room on Wotif) but the sleeping areas aren't enclosed. Our unit had a queen bed downstairs and several beds upstairs, but the second floor was really a loft or balcony overlooking the main floor. This wasn't a huge problem, but if we had wanted to stay up watching a movie while our kids slept, for example, it would have been difficult. Otherwise it was a great motel. The owners were friendly and very helpful with suggestions of things to do. The jacuzzi on the back porch was a nice touch -- the kids enjoyed it a great deal. The location is ho-hum -- Fenton Street is a fairly bland row of motels -- but there really aren't any great locations in Rotorua city. Great value for the price.
As a previous reviewer mentioned, there is sometimes noise from other guests. Some of the rooms have enough beds that they attract groups of enthusiastically partying university students, which isn't a great mix with families with young children. We had that problem on our visit, which I solved by banging on our neighbors' door, looking extremely pissed off, and reading them the riot act. The owners emphasized that they really do want to know about any problems and will shut down any loud activities going on after hours. It seems that they want to keep it a family-friendly place (which makes sense as they also have little kids).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Do you want SPACE? Try us, we're the largest Units in Rotorua! Sleeping 1-8, they all have Kitchenettes, private spa pools, thermally heated, 2 TVs, DVD player and free DVD hire for family units. We have a bus stop at our door step. We are just a kilometre from town, and if you want to be really looked after while you visit Rotorua, stay with us! Qualmark 4.5 Star rating. ... more less
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