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“Cheap, average hostel. Fine for a couple of nights”
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Astray Motel
Ranked #15 of 58 Specialty Lodging in Rotorua
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Cheap, average hostel. Fine for a couple of nights”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

Astray is a cheap BBH accommodation in the center of Rotorua. Our host, Frank, was a nice Danish guy who helped us out whenever we asked him something. We stayed in a 4 bed share room with (2 bunk beds) and it was a little cramped, but clean. The showers were clean and a little small as well and the kitchen is clean, but again, not spacious. Also the kitchen is not a cosy communal area, it's just functional. Bars and eateries and the I-Site are about a 5 to 10 minute walk away, as well as the mud pools and geothermal area's in the parks, be it in the other direction.
If you want to stay in Rotorua for a while I would suggest you stay somewhere else, because there wasn't a lot of interaction between guests. Maybe this was because it is a motel as well, I'm not sure. But if you just want to stay for two nights, as we did, it is definitely recommendable.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

For budget accommodation this has to be one of the best. It is central city with adequate parking. Whilst the room was small it was comfortable and clean. The hosts were friendly and helpful. The unit was also unexpectedly very quiet. I would be happy to recommend and definitely would stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Fort William, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

The Astray is certainly budget accomodation but first class in its field. It is ideally situated in the centre of Rotorua and the rooms, although small, are clean and comfortable. Frank and Sue are very welcoming hosts and the tourist information dispensed by the former is worth the stay alone. We had an excellent two days in Rotorua on his advice and would have no hesitation in staying at the Astray in the future.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2013

We have spent one night here and as a place for one night it was ok. We had an ensuite room and It was located in the first floor. The place was clean however room was very small.
The motel is located directly in the center and Is easy to find when you drive to town and from there IT is also easy to walk around. I had the impresjonistów though that Rotorua's city center is extremelly quiet even in the early evening.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Sturminster Newton, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2013

Stayed there for 5 nights. The first night I spent in room 12 which faces the evening sun and the room was quite hot. I asked Sue at reception to change a room and she was happy to put me in an airconned room on the opposite side of the building. The rooms are small but very clean, newly designed and well equipped. Bed was Very comfy and reception staff was very helpful. Great location, close to town centre but still very quiet.Overall a very enjoyable stay and will be happy to stay there again.

Room Tip: Try to avoid room 12 if in middle of summer as quite steamy.Ask for an airconned room.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Brno
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Excellent position in town center - by main bus stop including the line to airport.
Helpful staff, clean and small single room.

Free wifi connection provided by the Rotorua municipal authority - useful surprise (You dont have to buy the connection from the hostel - which is not cheap).

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Hampshire
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Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

The principal reason for picking this place was that it was one of the only motels in Rotorua that would accept a single night booking.

We booked an ensuite room. The room was relatively small and reasonably clean. The mattress was made of quite a squishy foam and so was quite soft.

The kitchen facilities in the room were limited with only a fridge, kettle, toaster and microwave although there is a communal kitchen in the adjoining backpackers that we didn't investigate.

The motel is pretty central with the town centre being less than a 10 minute walk.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Property: Astray Motel
Address: 1198 - 1204 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 58 Specialty Lodging in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Astray Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rotorua Motel ASTRAY is a Quality budget accommodation at competitive prices in central Rotorua. We have off street parking, Freeview TV, Free WiFi. Common-room, kitchen & laundry. Close enough to walk to Rotorua's many restaurants, bars and cafes, but far enough away to enjoy a good night's sleep. Astray is an easy walk from thermal areas, hot pools, Rotorua's lake-front, i-site (information centre) and bus stop for intercity buses. Rotorua city buses and shuttles stop right outside the door. We know all the "must do" activities in Rotorua and we can book you in. Our motel accommodation in double studios, twin studios, and 1 & 2 bedroom studios. All with ensuite bathroom, Freeview TV and tea/coffee making facilities. We also offer a wide range of budget accommodation: 4-bed bunkrooms, 2-bed bunkroom, budget doubles and budget single. All budget rooms come with shared facilities. Rotorua Motel ASTRAY look forward to hosting you in Rotorua. ... more   less 
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