I returned to Rydges recently with my adult daughter, having been pleased with my stay some years ago. I have stayed in all the major hotels in Rotorua, usually on business. Rydges is well down Fenton St, overlooking the race course, so if you are without a car, and not a good walker, other hotels such as the Novotel or Millennium are more centrally situated. With a car, there is no problem and there is free parking beside the hotel. Rydges is an older hotel, so the decor outside is tired and inside, apart from painting, it has not been updated for some time.
The public areas are pleasant with plenty of room if meeting someone.
Rooms are huge, with very high ceilings, there is space for luggage, a kitchen sink, reasonable sized bathroom and even a spa bath room in the deluxe rooms. I liked having a recliner and table and chairs in the room. The rooms also open onto a nice balcony overlong the racecourse. Beds are very comfortable and the standard of housekeeping seems excellent. Breakfast (aside from the coffee) is extensive and very good. There is a large indoor pool and spa pool available which the school children were enjoying, albeit not as glamorous as at the Millennium.
We really enjoyed our short stay, were extremely comfortable, enjoyed having space ( did not miss the gadgets of a more modern built hotel, and prefer this hotel to most of the others. I would also comment that there was no outdoor noise at night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rydges Rotorua is located in a park like setting on the edge of the city's Racecourse. The hotel boasts panoramic views towards Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. Along with the most spacious guest rooms in the city, offering FREE WIFI, the hotel also has extensive catering facilities, including the Atrium Restaurant and Bar, Mezz Bar, 24 hour room service and over 560sqm of function. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the city centre, Convention Centre and many of the city's main attractions are a short drive away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rydges Rotorua Hotel Rotorua
- Rydges Hotel Rotorua
- Rotorua Rydges Hotel