Large rooms, nice bathrooms, view of the lake (if you ask for it), short walk to town and a good continental breakfast included in our rate. Note we only knew about this because the website told us about it. None of the staff at the front desk indicated this was available or where to find it. We had to ask.
Now for the downside. My wife and I often do a little research before visiting a place (e.g. getting a sense for the types of activities we'd like to do) and then when we get there we spend time in the evenings using the hotel wifi to plan our activities for the next day. This hotel should not claim to have wifi because the wifi it does have borders on the practically useless. The options are:
30 minutes, $5, 15MB (yes that's right, one-five)
3 hours, $20, 50MB
20 minutes free in the lobby, not sure how much data.
Having stayed extensively at hotels in the US and Europe, exorbitant rates for internet access is nothing new. But that + time and ridiculous data caps is beyond unacceptable. 15MB is barely enough to load GMail and a couple of other sites. Come on, it's not 1996.
We tried to raise this with the staff at the front desk but they were unsympathetic, instead giving us a spiel about how great a lifestyle NZ offered. Also, they have a $4 transaction fee for all credit card swipes regardless of amount (!).
The room itself was good (hence my 3/5) but due to the cost and the lack of what in the 21st century should be considered a basic utility like electricity, I would not stay here nor recommend it to anyone.
Some of the elevators were also scary and seemed to lurch unpredictably.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Qualmark rated 4.5 star Resort Hotel with unique architectural design, located across from Polynesian Spa, near shores of Lake Rotorua, government gardens & commercial center. Fantastic facilities including gymnasium, inhouse Dayspa, The Spa, for Beauty & Massage, 2 free hot pools and a private for-hire Spa pool, saunas, 15metre heated swimming pool, Bar Zazu, Restaurant Nikau, Magically Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua's only Executive Club Floor with hosted Club Lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rotorua Millennium Hotel