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“Too cramped for comfort” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bella Vista Motel

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Bella Vista Motel
Ranked #19 of 93 Hotels in Rotorua
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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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131 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Too cramped for comfort”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

This was the least attractive of the 13 hotel/motels used during our 25 day tour of the N/S Islands in NZ. Small and cramped room with very basic facilities. Certainly no more than an overnighter. Receptionist Sue was extremely helpful otherwise 2.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland
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56 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2014

This was the first time we had stayed at a Bella Vista motel. It was definitely great value.
A warm welcome, good location, pleasing decor, modern bathroom. Had everything we expected for a comfortable stay.
It is next to Kuirau park. The pie shop next door has a large variety of tasty pies, as well as another Kiwi favourite, the cream donut. (A recommended place for breakfast or lunch is the Lime Cafe).

This is a motel that we would be happy to return to, much better than many of the dated jaded motels we stayed in previously when in Rotorua.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2014

Me an my partner drove down over a long weekend to get away from the big city and spend some time in Rotorua. Bella Vista made our trip so relaxing. Everything was easy and prompt, right from booking our rooms, to requesting extensions, and to checking in and out. The hostess (I believe she was covering for the regular ones that weekend) was wonderful and helped us figure out what to do over the next couple of days. Gave us a wealth of advice about the things to do, how much they cost, and how easy they were to get to. Room was excellent as well. Was clean, quiet, comfortable and excellent value for money. Could not recommend this motel high enough, especially if you're looking for a nice getaway. We'll be back again soon!

Room Tip: The spa unit is excellent! Quiet, private, and you have your own spa :)
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

Very welcoming. We stayed one night. Very clean and everything was well laid out. Good advice on local nplaces to eat. Would stay there again and would highly recommend.nothing was too much trouble. Rooms all faced one way so all the same view

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
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240 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

We arrived about 4 pm at the Bella Vista and stayed too night while driving around the north island. The motel is a bit outside the main town but once we got oriented it was very easy to get to and from town and to access the main routes to sights to the north and south. Our room was on the ground floor in the corner with the gardens just outside our door. It was clean although perhaps a bit small with the bed, a table and chairs, a desk, kitchenette, and closet and TV all in one room. By comparison, the bathroom across the end of the room was large. The owners directed us to a Countdown at a nearby mall for groceries and when they learned we were planning to barbeque move the grill and outdoor table and chairs around next to our unit. We had decided not to book anything before arriving in Rotorua except for a hangi. The owners check with the hangi provider regarding pickup and helped us with lots of suggestions on activities and restaurants and provided discount vouchers. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend the Bella Vista to other travellers.

Room Tip: Our room was on the ground floor in the corner next to the gardens and while on the small side was p...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JohnAnn B
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Adelaide, Australia
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014

We stayed at a couple of Bella Vista hotels in New Zealand, and found that they provided a consistent standard of accommodation: clean, comfortable and well located. Kevin and Sue were very welcoming, and provided excellent advice on what to do (including the free attractions as well as the more expensive ones).

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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467 reviews
75 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 379 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile



Situated on the outskirts of Rotorua, Bella Vista is just that bit too far out of town to be an ideal location.
The rooms are basic and beginning to show their age but are comfortable and have everything you need for a couple of nights stay.
On arrival we were warmly welcomed by the lady in reception (Sue), who spent a long time explaining the attractions of the town and helping us to plan our stay. She provided discount vouchers for some attractions and where appropriate made telephone bookings on our behalf.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Bella Vista Motel

Property: Bella Vista Motel
Address: 94-98 Lake Road, Rotorua, New Zealand
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 Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 93 Hotels in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Bella Vista Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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