We spent three days here on a whistle-stop tour of New Zealand and were very happy with our experience. Since it was the middle of winter, we were able to get an excellent rate, which made the stay very good value. The staff were efficient if not the friendliest on the planet and the room was absolutely fine. Decent bed, spacious, nice clean bathroom... just the job. There was even a machine in the lobby for copying camera memory cards onto a CD - nice touch!
The hotel is pretty functional and does not score highly on the character stakes, but there again we didn't want it to be a destination in itself, just a convenient place to visit the multitude of fascinating things to see in the Rotorua area. It is also across the road from the Polynesian Spa, which is very handy.
In terms of the location in Rotorua, it is not so great and it is about 10 minutes walk into town. There again there isn't a huge amount to see or do in the centre of Rotorua so that was no great hardship.
They do hold a Maori experience here every night it would seem, but for us this didn't cause any issues.
On balance definitely recommended as a great base for exploring the area.
- 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