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City Lights Boutique Lodge
Ranked #4 of 52 Rotorua B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Australia
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68 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Perfect little retreat”
Reviewed December 12, 2013

We stayed here with family in the two bedroom cabin and couldn't fault it. Beautiful little spot with views of rotorua and alpacas. Fully furnished with dishwasher and washing machine (very important when travelling with small children!). The shower was the best I have ever had and it made for the perfect end to our stay in NZ

  • Stayed November 2013
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citylights10, Owner at City Lights Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, December 14, 2013
Austraveldr - thank you so much for your fantastic review. We are delighted that you loved your stay in our Cottage and we are grateful for you posting your comments on Trip Advisor for all to see. Very glad you appreciated the laundry, shower and dishwasher - we try to provide all the comforts of home for your convenience. We do hope you will come back and visit us again some day. Until then, travel safely.
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Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed November 24, 2013

We rented the cottage at City Lights Boutique Lodge for a 3 night stay with our 6 month baby. The hosts Naomi & Jim were kind and helpful. We enjoyed the cottage very much and would recommend it without any hesitation. Highlight of our stay: Enjoying pre-dinner cocktail on the table outside next to the 3 alpacas!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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citylights10, Owner at City Lights Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, December 14, 2013
Jerrydus - thank you very much for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed our cottage with the wonderful views and the alpacas for company! We hope you will be able to come back and visit us again one day - until then, travel safely.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

We were lucky enough to stay in this gorgeous B&B on our recent trip to NZ, From the moment we arrived we were made to feel most welcome, by the lovely hosts, Naomi & Jim. Shown to our modern, immaculately clean room, we had great views over Rotorua and enjoyed two great nights sleep there. In the morning we enjoyed our chat with the hosts over a leisurely breakfast with home-made goodies. Hope to return one day.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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citylights10, Owner at City Lights Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, November 9, 2013
Mary & Andy - thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are delighted your enjoyed your stay with us and I'm glad you liked our breakfast. We look forward to seeing you again one day, until then, travel safely.
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Huelva, Andalucia, Spain
2 reviews
Reviewed November 1, 2013

We stayed in this beautiful B&B on our honeymoon, on July'13.
All we can do is praise the wonderful views, thw tidy and really clean rooms and the extremely friendy service. The owners are adorable and they make you feel completely at home.
We absolutely reccomend the home-made breakfast in the living room, the perfect way to start a day: good food and great views!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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citylights10, Owner at City Lights Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, November 3, 2013
Arcadio M - Thank you very much for your lovely review. We are very grateful that our guests take the time to write about us, especially when they say such lovely things about our property. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope very much you will come and visit us again one day.
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Cairns, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2013

Many Thanks to Naomi, Tim and Oliver for a relaxing stay in the best accommodation available in Rotorua. Seriously, we inspected several of the hotels in town and they all presented themselves as tired and overpriced.

City Lights was literally a breath of fresh air - perched on top of the mountain overlooking town. Lovely location, lovely hosts. Excellent clean modern accommodation. Delicious continental breakfast in the mornings. What more could you ask for?

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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citylights10, Owner at City Lights Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, September 15, 2013
Arron and Kate - Many thanks for your lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us - we enjoyed your company, and are glad you enjoyed your breakfasts and our clean modern accommodation. We do hope we will see you again one day - until then, travel safely.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

+ Cabin had everything you need and was furnished with modern quality appliances. Complimentary breakfast was included with delicious homemade jam. Nice and quiet. Friendly goat over the gate
- as it is a cabin, it was really cold even with all the heaters on. Don't use too many appliances at once or the power will go off. Would be better in summer.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Paiaka R
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citylights10, Owner at City Lights Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, September 15, 2013
Auheke - Many thanks for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the complimentary breakfast pack and the modern quality appliances. I am sorry you were cold while you were there - we do have heaters in both bedrooms and the lounge. We hope you will come and stay with us again one day - until then, travel safely.
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed May 11, 2013

Upon arrival we had a lovely welcome from host Jim who immediately offered us a hot cup of tea and showed us to our room. The room itself very well presented, sparkling clean, comfy bed, nice bathroom, warm and cosy. We were given advice on some of the good places to go for dinner and had a very nice meal out. The following morning we were given a delicious breakfast (the home made muesli was the star...thanks for the recipe Naomi) while looking out at a lovely view. The hosts provided us with some more tips on some of the hot spots to check out. Overall a fantastic stay, will definitely be back!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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citylights10, Owner at City Lights Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Bridget S - Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed staying at City Lights and we look forward to welcoming you again one day in the not too distant future. Until then, travel safely.
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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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