I found this hotel to be a typical Holiday Inn. The staff was friendly and our room was clean.
Because of the location, our room did smell like sulfur, but we were able to see the steam from two geothermal vents from our balcony. The view was one of the reasons I chose to stay at this hotel, so the sulfur smell was all part of the experience! If you would prefer to not smell sulfur, though, then perhaps a different location would better suite your needs.
Breakfast was excellent with plenty of options; there was even a juicer and an espresso machine (other buffet breakfasts in NZ charged extra for espresso, and I’ve never seen a juicer at a buffet!).
As for location, the hotel is within about a block from the Whakarewarewa Maori village. We were only there one night, but I got the impression that you would probably need to drive to dinner.
My husband and I both tried connecting to the Wi-Fi, but we became disconnected after about a minute every time we tried. We didn’t bother trying to resolve it with the front desk, though, because we weren’t there to surf the Internet anyway.
Also worth noting, as this is a larger hotel, they do cater to tour groups.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay and would definitely be back!
- 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