We normally stay at the ventura inn and suites, but could not get a room there as booked last minute, so we decided to stay at the holiday inn. We booked a king room on a high floor for $160 through wotif. The hotel is located approx 3km from the restaurant strip in town, but there is a minibus which leaves once an hour, it runs to 9pm so if you want to stay out later a taxi back will cost approx $12. The room was quite small and the bathroom was very small, we don't bring a lot of toiletries for a two night stay, but there was not room for it all. I would politely suggest that if you are an above average size or have any special needs you would find the bathroom in this room too cramped. I did notice when booking there were rooms on lower floors with two queen beds so imagine these may have bigger bathrooms.
Overall, the room was very clean with a modern flatscreen tv on the wall. The usual coffee, tea and minibar facilities were there. There was a good view of the geyser and the thermal park as well as the redwood forest and the room had a small balcony which would be nice in the summer. The bed was comfortable and the advantage of this hotel over the motels on fenton street is that it is not on the road, so you do not get the road noise in the morning.
The main downside of the room in the winter was that it one wall which was floor to ceiling single glazed windows. The aircon was too loud to have on all night and the room was therefore a bit cold in the mornings. The aircon worked well and did not take too long to heat back up.
Cannot comment on meals, as not included in the rate.
I would stay at this hotel again if I was offered a better rate, I do think that there is better value in the town if you book far enough in advance. I would check what the difference is between the king and the double queen (as these rooms were cheaper) I would hazard a guess that the one we stayed in had been refurbed, hence the higher price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Rotorua is a modern hotel overlooking the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and Historical Village. It features: • A free to use heated swimming pool and health club. • Free parking. • Kids Eat and Stay Free. (Up to 2 children under 12.) • Free Wifi for IHG Rewards Club Members. The air-conditioned rooms of Holiday Inn Rotorua offer a modern design and cable TV with free movies and 2 children's channels. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided. The award winning Chapman’s Restaurant and Bar offers an a la carte menu, and buffet, and serves contemporary New Zealand cuisine, matched with a fine wine selection. Room service is available 24/7. The Rotorua Holiday Inn is situated close to all the city's attractions and offers free shuttle pickup from the Rotorua Tourism Information Centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Rotorua Hotel Rotorua
- Heritage Hotel Rotorua
- Rotorua Heritage Hotel