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VR Rotorua Lake Resort
Ranked #22 of 93 Hotels in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
Perth, Australia
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30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2014

Go and find yourself a nice motel on Rotorua. This place has bad "I don't care staff". They expect you to pay $5 for a packet of plunger coffee which you get as standard everywhere else in NZ. Overall a let down.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

Value for money. Great location. Comfortable, clean rooms. These could do with an upgrade, but more than adequate for a comfortable stay. Good buffet breakfast, phone hotel for best inclusive deal. A little tired in areas, I hope they get this sorted. Good launching ramp for the boat and jetty to tie up to for duration of stay. A visit to the hot pools is well worth it.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

excellent place to stay with clean facilities great layout and a grassy area leading right down to the lakeside and a jetty what more could you ask for. Would happily stay here again when next in rotorua albeit 15 mins from town.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013 via mobile

We planned this holiday for more than 4 months and we included the inaugural Rotorua Half Marathon into our stay. More importantly our time at the Amora Lake Resort was what we needed, to escape from the maddening and rush lifestyle of our country. Though the drive from Auckland took about 3.5hrs it was really worth the trouble.

As we arrived and received our keys to our two floored apartment we were greeted with a beautiful lake that was huge with many lake houses, well separated surrounding it.

The view was fantastic from the apartment overlooking the lake was fabulous! The apartment itself was well equipped and facilities were great.

We got a canoe to ride out to the lake where we had a good look as to how vast it was. From the lake we could see the entire resort and its buildings which are beautiful.

The kitchen was well equipped and the rooms had great comfortable beds for comfortable, peaceful nights.

The resort also had a pool with a separate jacuzzi and a restaurant which serves great meals.

Do walk the grounds and you will
also see 'Disney' it's friendly Labrador which it uses to chase geese of the resort's grounds.

Our week's stay went by fast but it was really a laid back stay that was both comfortable and relaxing.

The Amora Lake resort has much to offer and has nearby areas of interest to keep you occupied.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

Hotel is located in a beautiful setting on the lakeshore about ten miles from Rotorua. Staff were all very helpful during our stay. Rooms are not large but are adequate. We were on the first floor and had a beautiful view over the gardens and lake. Room was clean but some public areas remained untouched for the three days of our stay which was disappointing. Some areas e.g the balcony railings need a fresh coat of paint. We didn't like the shutter separating the bedroom from the bathroom. It didn't give enough privacy. Hotel was very quiet during our stay. Restaurant was very good on the evening we ate there but again very quiet. Didn't have a problem with any noise from adjacent rooms or room below. Given the price we would stay again but with a little more care this could be a really really good hotel.

Room Tip: First floor have better views, ground floor direct access to garden.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

We had had a long day of travel from Auckland with several side trips and a tour along the way, and this was the most relaxing and reenergizing place to stay. The setting was idyllic. Our room was an elegant, very spacious corner suite overlooking the beautiful lawn which lead down to the lake. The king bed was comfortable. The rooms were spotless. We enjoyed a lovely, quiet dinner in the diningroom and were quite content to simply enjoy the resort surroundings before moving on the next day. This is definitely a resort that one could call home for an extended stay and enjoy the activities of the resort and larger area.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oundle, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

We were the only guests in this hotel and had been upgraded as a result. Our room looked out over the lake and was so quiet, it was wonderful. The receptionist, Alan, could not have been more helpful if he had tried and the manager was also a very friendly chap.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the lake are away from the road, so quieter.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about VR Rotorua Lake Resort

Property: VR Rotorua Lake Resort
Address: 366 State Highway 33 | Mourea, Rotorua 3704, New Zealand (Formerly Amora Lake Resort)
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 93 Hotels in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — VR Rotorua Lake Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the exclusive suburb of Okawa Bay, Mourea on the beautiful shores of Lake Rotoiti is a unique & classy hotel - The VR Rotorua Lake Resort.Just 15 minutes drive from central Rotorua, the VR Rotorua Lake Resort offers lodge style influenced accommodation options, designed to make a visit one of affordable luxury, combining high quality details with pleasure & fun. ... more   less 
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