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Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre
Ranked #38 of 92 Hotels in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 12, 2012

spent mothers day at this great little place with my family. great staff and atmospere, also grreat rooms.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Management response:Responded July 15, 2012

Terina1, your comments are short but very sweet. Thank you, were very pleased you have enjoyed your time at our hotel and hope to be able to welcome you back again very soon.

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Reviewed July 10, 2012

We often stay here - when on family holidays from Auckland, to Rotorua (which we love). We like the hotel because it is not too swanky and impersonal like some, but has everything you expect a hotel to have. The location is good (Fenton Street but down the end by some of the best thermal parks) so is reasonably handy but not too noisy. The staff are nice and the service is friendly.

The rooms are fine. Breakfast (which we had included in our deal) was excellent and the service, again great - friendly but competent.

I do think that the hot pool area was okay but personally not the best I have had in Rotorua to be honest although others seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Room Tip: Try a meal at the Yakitori restaurant at the hotel - delicious food and good service. They have a...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Management response:Responded July 12, 2012

We are pleased to be able to welcome you & your family back again wahinetoaAuckland, it’s great we can be a home away from home for you all. There’s a lot of activities to keep everyone entertained in Rotorua, and after a busy day, our outdoor pool & Jacuzzi are a great way to relax. Yes your correct work on the Grotto spa’s is needed and were looking into that. We hope it won’t be long until we can welcome you back for a break away with your loved ones.

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Reviewed June 23, 2012

we found the staff very helpful and friendly. They took the trouble to explain various aspects of the hotel

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Del B
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Management response:Responded June 24, 2012

Del B, thanks for staying with us. I hope while you were here you got to try some of the facilities & restaurants & bars we have available. We have a new Executive Chef starting today so on your next visit we will have some great new menu’s to offer. Hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed June 22, 2012

stayed here for time out. what a lovely place Absolutely awesome. Lovely staff very helpful . thanking Lorelle you sound lovely on the phone and very helpfull.thankyou once again

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Management response:Responded June 24, 2012

Hi Peter W
Sounds like you got that time out, happy we could give you that bit of a break. Thank you for the comments regarding your dealings with Lorelle – she is a Gem, we are very lucky!! I hope you can come back & visit again – watch our website for some amazing deals coming out soon, might give you a chance to pop back for another night away. Ring Lorelle she’s ready to get your call.

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Reviewed May 19, 2012

Here 2 nites as part of a South Pacific tour package. Felt very welcomed by staff who went out of their way to greet our group, answer questions, and help me figure out how to use the washing machines.

This is an older hotel with some very unique spa pools-Fred Flintstone would feel right at home in them!

The actual room was stuffed too full of furniture. And, the carpet was filthy-I dropped a tube top and declined to hunt for it because it was too dirty to crawl around.

Breakfast was surprisingly good-lots of choices for different visiting ethnic groups with the dim sum being my favorite!

Room Tip: Renovations going on, so ask for something away from the noise and debris. May want to actually ins...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank like2travelAtlanta
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DistinctionHotels, General Manager at Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2012

Hello like2travelAtlanta, glad you could visit our way recently. I believe I know which block of rooms you were in and I will be discussing your comments with the Senior Management to rectify the issue & with the housekeeping team. Were pleased you got to use our many great facilities, even if some are a bit quirky and hope you may pass our way again on another holiday.

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Reviewed May 11, 2012

I stayed here for a recent conference and was pleasantly surprised at the size of the suite. The classical style of the hotel is one I prefer to soul-less modern 4 star hotels. Ok I agree a few things are showing their age, but faded grandeur is fine by me. Room service was excellent, food arrived quickly was hot and well cooked. The staff I encountered were pleasant and the manager was helpful and solution focused when we encountered chemical smells in the room and the hallway that were probably from a renovation on the same floor. Yes we did have no hot water for about 1/2 an hour, once early in the evening, (probably due to hotel being booked out), and on the 2nd floor I did hear banging around of occupants in the room above. However for the price we paid, the size of the room, close location to the cbd, and helpfullness of the staff, made up for these small inconveniences.

PS the Grotto Pools were the topic of talk at the conference dinner, we all wondered what kind of drugs the architect was on to design such a bizare spa experience, creepy ambience (a place for very dark deeds) best descrbes it. However the pool was gorgeous.

Room Tip: Top floor to prevent foot noise over head.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank anahera
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DistinctionHotels, General Manager at Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2012

Anahera, we appreciate the time taken to place your thoughts on our hotel. I hope you enjoyed yoru conference. We agree with many of your comments and with the current refurbishment of the rooms you were in underway we are getting closer to being able to also complete public areas. Please do come back & try our newly refurbished rooms soon.

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Reviewed May 7, 2012

We stayed over Easter for 1 night. The deluxe room was one of the renovated rooms. Absolutely awesome decor with 2 queen beds. We were away from the pool on the 2nd floor, so no pool noise from there. From check in to check out we enjoyed staying there. Handy to Whakarewarewa village (you could walk there), the staff happily helped with the tourist "things to do" recommendations. The swimmimg pool was good. The spa pool fanatastic on a cool night. The grotto spa pools just looked a little too dodgy to really use or enjoy. We slept well in the comfortable bed. The room has all the necessary heating for winter stays. The bathroom was huge. Shower over the full sized bath. The usual tea & coffee making and a mini-bar fridge. There is a certain old charm in the main hotel decor. We loved the high backed wing chairs. Our stay included the full breakfast option. The breakfast buffet selection was great, esp. the mushrooms. I would definitely recommend staying here and would stay again.

Room Tip: All rooms have a safe. Make sure you use it for any valuables.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Peckanz
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DistinctionHotels, General Manager at Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2012

Peckanz – thank you so much for your comments on your very recent stay with us. Shame we only got to accommodate you for the one night. I’ll let Chef know the mushroom must stay!! And we love the wing backs also, they are something just a little different that you don’t see much anymore. We hope we can welcome you back again sometime soon.

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Additional Information about Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre

Address: 390 Fenton Street | PO Box 983, Rotorua 3201, 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 Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#27 Luxury Hotel in Rotorua
#32 Romantic Hotel in Rotorua
Price Range: $116 - $230 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre 4*
Number of rooms: 133
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