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City Lights Boutique Lodge
Ranked #4 of 52 Rotorua B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Munich, Germany
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Stunning views”
Reviewed December 24, 2012

Excellent accomodation with stunning views over Rotorua. Very friendly hosts, excellent breakfast, quiet place to stay and sleep. We recommend this B&B to everyone who wants to be 'off' the typical tourist locations and have his private sphere

Room Tip: we had the Tui Suite
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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citylights10, Owner at City Lights Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
Hans - thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are very glad you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciate you writing a review so that other travellers can read of your experience. We hope you will come back and visit us again one day, until then, travel safely and kind regards.
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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

We enjoyed our 2-night stay at the City Lights very much. The location, overlooking the lake and town, was lovely. The accommodation is very modern and the facilities in our room and the lounge were first-class. Naomi and Jim were wonderful hosts and very welcoming. Naomi's alpacas are very cute.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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citylights10, Owner at City Lights Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
Keith and Kathy - thank you so much for your lovely review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope you will come and visit us again one day. Until then, travel safely.
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Fantastic!!! It was my partners idea to stay in a B&B and it was a great dicision. I was born in Rotorua but it was my partners first time in NZ. from the moment we arrived we were welcomed by Naomi and the dog Jack. Naomi gave us a very warm greeting into there B&B. The house is beautiful and very warm. The room we stayed in was fantastic with breath taking views from a very warm and modern room. Jim and Naomi were fantastic and really made us feel welcome. Would we return...... Guaranteed!! Thanks guys for a great stay.

Jason & Jodie
Australia

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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citylights10, Owner at City Lights Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, October 29, 2012
Jason and Jodie - thank you so very much for your wonderful review. We loved having you stay with us and look forward to you returning one day. We are glad you enjoyed our views, which so many guests comment on. Jim and I wish you both the best with your move coming up and much happiness in the future to you both.
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

I am so glad I scrolled down the list of accomodations in Rotorua to find City Lights, it should be number 1 with over 100 excellent reviews.
Upon arrival we were greeted at the welcoming red door by Jim who promptly offered us a cup of tea and a seat on the couch in the expansive modern living room.
That was a nice touch after our long drive from the Coromandel area.

This boutique lodge is very well designed and offers a magnificent view over Rotorua.

We stayed in the room with the view of the meadow and it was extremely clean and well priced.

Both Jim and Naomi are eager to help with information about the area and even gave us a ride to Aorangi Peak on both evenings we had dinner there.
Highly recommend this restaurant and John from the restaurant kindly drove us home back to City Lights.
Perfect, no hassles.

If you want to stay somewhere special in Rotorua this is the place,very relaxing and away from the hustle/bustle/smells of the town centre.

Room Tip: Even the room with a small view over the meadow is a great room
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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citylights10, Owner at City Lights Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It is so heartening to hear such lovely things as we do try our best to give a good experience when you stay with us. We really appreciate you taking the time to write your review and hope you will come back and stay with us again one day. Until then, travel safely. Naomi.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

We have always enjoyed quality accomodation when away and this choice was superb! Wonderful friendly hosts welcomed us, even though we arrived very late! They showed us to our immacculately clean and warmed room. In the morning we enjoyed a variety of tasty options for breakfast which was included. Nothing proved to be too ,much for our hosts including jump starting the car after leaving the lights on from the night before!! Naomi selected and booked a fine dining restaurant for us also which was a delightful environment with high quality food. Overall a very high standard of quality, clean and value for money accomodation with the best views of Rotorua. Loved all the little extras found in the bathroom! Thanks so much!!
Stella and Brent August 2012

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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citylights10, Owner at City Lights Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, August 20, 2012
Stella and Brett - Thank you so much for your lovely review. I was looking forward to my 100th review and am so glad it came from you. I enjoyed meeting and chatting with you both and hope you will come and stay with us again one day. Thanks again, kind regards. Naomi
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

My partner and I stayed for the weekend. The house is lovely with fabulous views and our room and the bathroom were immaculate and nice and warm. Had the Kiwi Room which has a nice view (don't think I would like the room with no view). Our hosts were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was very well presented and the homemade muesli ...yum. Only disappointment was had a spa mid afternoon and it was only just above luke warm. Would stay again if in Rotorua again.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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citylights10, Owner at City Lights Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, August 7, 2012
Many thanks for your lovely review. We are thrilled you enjoyed our place. Perhaps I should have showed you the other rooms also, as our Kea room does have a pleasant view of the mountain behind us. Our spa pool is on a timer and comes on at approx 4pm till 8pm. We usually mention this and say if you wish to have it on outside these times we can put it on earlier so that it heats up in time. I'm sorry it wasn't hot enough for you. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Kind regards
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

This was our second stay and it felt like coming home. We booked the same room and when we arrived and walked back to "our" room we felt great. The only changes had been made to the landscaping which means the rooms have been in the same excellent condition. Very nice ammenities in the bathroom and just a great experience.
The breakfast was perfect as always and very tasty.
This is a home away from home and makes you enjoy your stay.
And yes, we will be back again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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citylights10, Owner at City Lights Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, July 31, 2012
Thank you so much for your second wonderful review. We are thrilled that you chose to stay with us again and loved greeting familiar faces. We very much look forward to your return in the future. Many thanks and kind regards.
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Property: City Lights Boutique Lodge
Address: 56c Mountain Road | Western Heights, Rotorua 3015, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — City Lights Boutique Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
City Lights is a Boutique Lodge half way up Mount Ngongotaha overlooking Rotorua with spectacular views over the city and surrounding countryside, only 8 mins drive from the city centre. We have 3 en-suite rooms with all the comforts of home.Our fantastic facilities include a guest lounge with computer station including FREE WIFI, real fire and heat pump/air conditioner, outdoor spa overlooking the city, gym with infrared sauna. Continental breakfast included for B&B guest rooms. ... more   less 
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