We stayed at the Milennium Hotel for a two nights at the beginning of our tour of New Zealand. As return visitors to Rotorua we had none too fond memories of the dodgy hotel we stayed at last time, but this hotel was very pleasant.
After checking a couple of websites, we booked a lake view room. Check in & porters were friendly and very helpful, especially when we requested a change from the twin room we were initially allocated to a double room. We tipped the porter for his help - he obviously wasn't expecting this (which is much nicer than when they hover).
The room was spacious & newly decorated in a style that was somewhat minimalist, without being cold. The king size bed was comfortable and there were plenty of pillows. Nice bathroom. TV offered local and cable channel, which seems to be the norm in NZ.
The room had a view across the Polynesian Pools to the lake front.
The hotel is in a good location - 2 minutes from the Polynesian Pools (hot pools & spa), a short walk to the Government Gardens and restaurant area. As many of the hotels / motels in Rotorua are out of the central city on Fenton Street, the location was a real advantage.
My only slightly negative comment would be in regards to the room service meal I had one night - the salad tasted as if it had been made hours in advance and was soggy. But the garlic bread was hot & crunchy - ideal. So, overall it was ok & much better than walking out in the rain.
In summary the hotel was a good choice & I'd recommend it to other visitors.
- 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