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Arista of Rotorua
Ranked #3 of 93 Hotels in Rotorua
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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“Super place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

We are a family of five so we were very excited to find the Arista Motel which catered for our family with its lovely spacious rooms.
Three of the family are averred D H mountain bikers and were thrilled when Mike took great interest in their bikes and offered great storage and lock up facilities. There was also plenty of room for all the bike gear too in our room and of course a good soak in the spa pool after a day on the bikes.
This was our third visit to Arista, our first in the middle of winter, the room was warm and cosy. The second in Spring and now in Summer. Although it was hot upstairs; using the fans cooled things down and no one had any trouble sleeping.
Annemarie, Mike and their wonderful staff have always made us feel so welcome, like a friend not as guests, and will help with anything. They are terrific hosts who operate a first rate motel in Rotorua.
Thank you so much for having us to stay and we look forward to staying with you again soon.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013 via mobile

We had lots of space. Double bed downstairs and slept another 5 upstairs. Very clean and tidy. Playground for the kids suitable for young children. Location is at the far end of the motel strip. Private courtyard with spa, little old but works well. Rooms could do with airconditioning but we had a great stay.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Mike and Annema... G, Front Office Manager at Arista of Rotorua, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Hi there,
Thank you for your review. We find our playground is very popular with families, providing the kids entertainment during down time for parents.
We do have fans available to help cool the rooms when needed, as due to the sulfurous environment of our location installing air con is not a feasible or economical option.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed at Arista with our four year old joining friends and their toddler too. We had neighbouring rooms which made life easy for giving everyone enough space but staying together at the same time.

Service was exceptional, terrific playground for the kids, beds (Super King) ultra comfortable and there's a spa pool for each room. Location ideal for getting around Rotorua and only a couple of minutes from supermarkets, pools, town, restaurants and activities.

Loved it, highly recommend it - would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Book early - it's a very popular place!!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Mike and Annema... G, Front Office Manager at Arista of Rotorua, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Hi Libby,
Thank you for your lovely review. It’s so nice to hear from guests who love Arista as much as we do.
We are pleased you made use of the playground and spa pool, we find these a hit with our guests.
We appreciate your recommendation and hope to have you stay again.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

Our children loved it here! The enjoyed a two-story building! Great big rooms, super location, fabulous playground. Good amenities. There was a nice bath tub, but we never got a chance to use it. Very accommodating staff with a great knowledge of the local area.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Mike and Annema... G, Front Office Manager at Arista of Rotorua, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Hi there,
Thank you for your review. We are pleased your children enjoyed their time here so much. You will have to come and stay again so you can try the spa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

The Arista motel is a solid choice, but nothing really stands out except that Mike is super helpful and friendly. The interior of my room had seen better days (dents in the walls, outdoor spa a bit dirty and stained). Bathroom was clean and in good condition. It was quite warm in Rotoura during my stay, and the lack of airconditioning made the room quite warn. They do have a portable fan, but still isn't like A/C. I realize a lot of motels don't have AC in NZ, so I wasn't shocked. But now knowing how warm it gets, I would probably review other properties before staying here again.

The unit is spacious, with a second floor loft with the bedroom. If you need to get up in the night often to use the bathroom, this also may not be a good choice as the bathroom is downstairs. It's a bit out of the town center, but right along a main road so it's easy to find. Overall this was a good stay, but with the hot weather, AC would have been so refreshing.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Mike and Annema... G, Owner at Arista of Rotorua, responded to this review, June 23, 2013
Hi there Derek, thanks for taking the time to write a review. I’m sorry our accommodation did not quite meet your expectations. At the time when you stay this was probably one of the hottest summers in a very long time and yes you are right, the air condition selection in Rotorua is probably not as good as other places without the sulphur environment. No accommodation provider can claim that they are in the heart of all the action of tourist attractions in Rotorua as they are fragmented, but do think that us and motels around us are in a great Rotorua location. South 1 km we have Te Puia thermal park and 1.1 km the other direction you are in the centre of town. And the redwoods is only a 2 minute drive 2km from us. I hope things are going well for you back in America and they you still have wonderful memories of NZ.
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

If you've got young kids then the Arista is going to be a good option for you in Rotorua. The rooms are huge (3-4 beds upstairs and a sizeable living area downstairs), the spa is ok and the little kitchenette should be sufficient for most holiday-makers needs.

There's a pretty cool little play area for kids too.

We only stayed a night but would have been happy staying longer. Just a few minutes drive to town and a major supermarket likewise only a minute's drive away.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Mike and Annema... G, Owner at Arista of Rotorua, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
Thanks very much for the cool review. As you have pointed out we are well equipped for families with young kids. Although there are no doors between upstairs and down the rooms still offer that separation between up down due to the size of the mezzanine floors. Many guests arrive not realising how much there is to do in our tourist town. As a guide line if you can spare 3 – 4 days in Rotorua that is good time frame to see some great tourist spots and explore some nature. Thanks again for your review it’s nice to receive reviews from very experienced reviewers like yourself.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2012

This motel is in a great location for all the attractions of Rotorua. Although a short drive from the main shops, it is ideal for the the thermal areas. The rooms are huge, well equiped and clean. The staff are very helpful and were able to get discounts for many attractions and events. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mike and Annema... G, Owner at Arista of Rotorua, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
Thanks very much for the review. Yes we are very close to some of the key tourist spots which us an ideal spot to base. The town center is 1.1km from us and it’s a nice walk into town. We are well equipped for offering some of the best tourist attraction packages around that Rotorua has to offer so we quite proud of that fact and have worked hard to enable our guests to have that benefit. Thanks for the nice comments on our rooms we agree, they are clean and massive. Thanks again.
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Property: Arista of Rotorua
Address: 296 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand (Formerly Cedar Lodge Motel)
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Rotorua
#2 Spa Hotel in Rotorua
#3 Luxury Hotel in Rotorua
#5 Romantic Hotel in Rotorua
#5 Business Hotel in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Arista of Rotorua 4.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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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