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City Lights Boutique Lodge
Ranked #4 of 52 Rotorua B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
“Outstading B&B...Great hosts and wonderful views”
Reviewed May 26, 2010

Wonderful B&B with great and knowledgeble hosts..excellent breakfast and outstanding views of the city.... would highly recommend!!!!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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citylights10, Owner at City Lights Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, May 30, 2010
Thank you kindly for your review - we are glad you enjoyed your short stay with us and look forward to seeing you again one day. Safe travels until then.
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Reviewed May 14, 2010

We stayed here in October 2009 when we first arrived for our trip to NZ, and we stayed again in March 2010 before leaving for home. This time we stayed longer (4 days) and had more time to enjoy the sauna, gym and hot tub (under the stars!). Naomi and Jim are exceptional in their friendy and attentive way. We'll remember City Lights for all the RIGHT reasons. Great food, superb location, classy ammenities and LOVELY PEOPLE!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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citylights10, Owner at City Lights Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, May 23, 2010
Thank you so much for your lovely review. It was so lovely to welcome you back to stay with us and we are so glad you enjoyed all we have to offer. It is very rewarding for us to be getting recommendations like yours. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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Guildford UK
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Reviewed May 11, 2010

City Lights is a purpose built B&B a couple of miles out of town on a hillside with great views. Jim and Naomi are very helpful and the B&B has lots of facilities that we would not use such as a gym and hot tub but others might. Everything is new and the furnishings modern. The rooms are well equipped but too small, particularly if it is too cold to sit outside and as others have commented, the lounge area although available to guests seems too much part of Jim and Naomi's house to make you want to sit there if you are the only guests (as we were when we were there).

Jim and Naomi are working very hard to make City lights into a "Boutique B&B" and they are helpful (Jim drove us a mile or so up to a restaurant at the top of the mountain and let us keep an NZ "sticky in their fridge) but the bedrooms are too small and the lounge area too impersonal to justify a five star rating.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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citylights10, Owner at City Lights Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, May 16, 2010
Many thanks for your kind review. We are grateful that you took the time to write this. Many thanks.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed April 20, 2010

A lovely place to get away from Hotels and motels.
Beautiful views with all you nedd

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Wellington NZ
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Reviewed April 15, 2010

City Lights B&B was a 3-night base for our first visit to Rotorua.
An ultra-modern property with amazing views of Rotorua, City Lights exceeded our expectations for luxury, relaxation and comfort (as we were the only guests staying at the time, we were given the special bonus of a free upgrade to a fabulous suite - thank you very much Naomi). Jim and Naomi were excellent hosts who were always on hand with a smile and time for a chat. They were very knowledgeable about the local area and all their sightseeing recommendations were spot-on. Consequently, we were able to make the most of our short stay and had a great time.
The breakfast was top-notch (served at a time to suit us) offering a mix of continental fresh juices, fruits, cereals, homemade yogurts, local ciabatta bread rolls, tea & coffee and a fabulous choice of cooked to order bacon & eggs, sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes.......and all extremely delicious!
Without hesitation, we thoroughly recommend this 4-star + Boutique B&B to anyone looking for a home-from-home in Rotorua. Indeed, we think City Lights is THE place to stay!
Phil & Lorraine.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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citylights10, Owner at City Lights Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, April 16, 2010
Thank you so much for your lovely review. It was so great to meet you both and we are really looking forward to your return to Rotorua. Keep in touch.
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Raleigh, NC
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Reviewed March 31, 2010

Rotorua was our next-to-last stop on our two week visit to New Zealand and we stayed two nights at City Lights. It is a few miles out of the city, which suited us fine as Rotorua is a very touristy destination. We were the only guests and were upgraded to a larger room that included a small sitting area. The furnishings were very modern and the room was exceptionally clean. Naomi informed us that the B&B is less than two years old and the home was built specifically for this purpose. She and Jim were very helpful hosts. Naomi gave us wonderful recommendations on activities to take advantage of in Rotorua. The breakfast was plentiful and fresh and served on our schedule. Even Jelly (?) the dog was welcoming to us when we arrived.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank 01NCtraveler
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citylights10, Owner at City Lights Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, April 2, 2010
Thank you very much for your lovely review. We enjoyed having you to stay and look forward to seeing you again when you return to NZ.
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Reviewed February 28, 2010

We had a lovely relaxing stay! Jim and Naomi were friendly, attentive, approachable, helpful with local knowledge and accommodating to our individual needs. Breakfasts were timely, used lovely fresh produce and delicious! (Thank you so much for catering to our dietary needs!)
Room was very comfortable and clean with everything we needed.
facilities were great, we were in desperate need of laundry facilities by the time we got there and were very impressed with easy accessibility and use of these.
We found the accommodation easy to find, and a fantastic base for our 4 days of activities in and around this incredible area.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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citylights10, Owner at City Lights Boutique Lodge, responded to this review, March 4, 2010
Thank you very much for your review. We appreciate you taking the time to help other travellers. We hope you will be able to come and visit us again one day.
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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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