We travel fairly extensively and stay at many hotels but few have matched the colonial charm of the Princes Gate. It has an ambience of slightly faded elegance, with rich leather furnishing and an eclectic mix of art nouveau and art deco decor. It has a great location next to Government Gardens and easy parking.
We were greeted at reception by a friendly, though not overly so, receptionist, who proved to be the standard for all staff. Helpful, friendly and deferent of your guest status without being obseqious.
The hotel lobby sets the scene for the entire hotel. Leather sofas and rich wood pieces with pieces from the periods mentioned, with a grand staircase, over which hangs a large chandelier - warm and welcoming. You feel you are stepping back a little in time just entering.
The room was sumptuous, with large windows and double doors that led to the traditional, balcony that surrounds the entire hotel at the first floor level, in usual colonial style. a bathrooom with full size bath and quality complimentary items, a king size bed was extremely comfortable - not too hard nor too soft!, internet access and a flat screen TV with Sky television ensured that all modern needs were met.
Other facilities included a private patio area with natural hot pools - perfect for relaxing after a busy day!
Mornings greeted you with a complimentary newspaper before heading down to the suitably decorated dining room for a good breakfast.
Dinner was first rate, a full al a carte menu, with breads and other selections made on the premises and was accompanied by a cabaret show, where we were entertained by two great singers! Preceding dinner however, we were also entertained by what is described as the 'Phantom of the Opera Experience' - a cameo performance featuring a few numbers from the show - again, performed very ably, with which you get to enjoy a glass of wine or beer etc and some very delicious canapes. The performance puts the staircase to great use too!
We didn't see a lift at the hotel, but as there were an equal number of rooms on the ground floor as the the first, I don't envisage any problem for those requiring wheelchair access etc.
All in all it would be fair to say that we were completely won over by the warmth, charm and elegance of this historic hotel and we would recommend it wholeheartedly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Princes Gate Hotel, the ideal accommodation whilst staying in Rotorua. The most famous Hotel in Rotorua built in 1897. This timeless, beautiful hotel is privately owned and operated. Our hotel rooms offer style and sophistication that depict a bygone era. The Princes Gate Hotel is not just a hotel but also an attraction. It has been masterfully restored through passionate attention to details. We look forward to having you stay with us in our beautiful & grand Princes Gate Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Princes Gate Rotorua
- Hotel Princes Gate