We have generally been very pleased with the novotel chain throughout europe, asia, and elsewhere and this hotel fit the novotel experience we expected. We had a beautiful lakeside room, rate was 160NZ/night (given the strength of the US dollar at the time, it was very good deal). Standard well kept beds, sitting area with flat screen TV, and very nicely appointed bathrooms. Refrigerator inside as well as a large safe (large enough to put a laptop inside).
The hotel did have a restaurant, fitness center as well, but we did not partake in it. Location was great - close to downtown Rotorua - literally within walking distance 1-2 minutes there were tons of restaurants. You need a car if you want to explore the thermal springs and other attractions unless you go with a tour group. Lots of tour groups in the hotel. They have a breakfast buffet and other stuff, but we did not go so not sure how good it is.
Lobby had 2 imacs which was nice and free, fast connections, 20 minute time limit, was not very heavily used when we were there (of course, this was low season). Internet is available but you have to pay for it, not sure how good it was, we ended up using the lobby imacs which did most of what we needed to do.
in the summer and other peak periods, they have a maori show in the hotel. when we tried to book, they didn't have enough people but were gladly able to book you elsewhere. parking is free.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Novotel Rotorua Lakeside is ideally situated near the shores of lake Rotorua and withing meters of the CBD and restaurant sector.. The hotel has 199 modern, spacious accommodation rooms, some with stunning lake views, including 11 suites and the prestigious Royal suite. All bedrooms have either a king or two double beds, en-suite with shower over bath, mini bars and safes. Guests also have access to our fully equipped gym, indoor heated pool and geothermal plunge pools. Atlas cafe and restaurant is open all year round, serving guests and visitors from the extensive buffet and ala-carte dining. Our Hotel bar Clarke's is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a drink fireside or catch up with friends over a shared platter on our outdoor courtyard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Rotorua Lakeside Hotel Rotorua
- Accor Rotorua Lakeside
- Rotorua Novotel