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Sport of Kings Motel
Ranked #2 of 92 Hotels in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
Australia
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“WOW Sport-of-Kings is an excellent choice”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

Husband and I just returned from spending 5 nights in Rotorua. We stayed at Sport-of-Kings. This place is in an ideal location,quiet, peaceful, it is extremely clean, rooms are comfortable with all the pleasures that you need. Private bath, kitchenette, TV in both bedroom and living area, safe car park, laundry facilities. The owners take excellent care of the property and you can see the love that they put into it and the care. IIf you are looking for accomodation at a very affordable price, this is the place for you. I wanted to take pictures to post on line but these will be no different to those posted by the owners. You will get no surprises. The owners try their best to make sure your stay is pleasant - they even did my laundry and brought it to me so I did not have to sit and wait for my washing to get done. 5 stars!!!

Room Tip: Room 9 was an excellent choice
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, September 11, 2012
WOW, THANK YOU, for your amazingly gracious review. Your respnse to our property, the quiet location & the service we offer is the sort of respones we have been working towards over the last 3 years with the ongoing refurbishments, we are always trying to find ways to do even better. It is our ultimate desire that all our guests have a most pleasant & enjoyable stay at an affordable price. Kind regards Ian & Jyl.
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Taihape, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Stayed here for 3 nights with my netball team, the spas were very relaxing and the pool was so warm we could swim at night, the hosts were great we had such a good time we have booked in for next year, very highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, September 11, 2012
Thank you for your review Rochelle B. We also look forward to your teams return next year, they all seemed to have so much fun. We always enjoy seeing our guests get really good value for their stay especially around the pool & BBQ area. Thanks again, regards Ian & Jyl.
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Geelong, Australia
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

Spent two nights here with my family in August 2012 in a 'spa one bedroom'. A comfortable room with a single bed in the main lounge area as well as the separate bedroom. A separate glassed spa area (which my little boy loved) adjoining the main bedroom. nice and quiet - this part of Rotorua has hotels all over the place, particularly on the main (Fenton) road so things can get a bit busy. SoK's was situated in a quiet side street which made for a very peaceful stay. A couple of comments - the main bedroom had a quite high ceiling which accommodated a couple of uncovered windows which couldn't be blocked off (see photo) - unfortunately this meant that you had to enjoy waking up with the sun! One other comment is that the room was advertised as having a DVD player. When we arrived though, there was actually none in the room. When we asked, a gentleman came over with one and hooked it up, explaining that they were only available on request as they didn't have one for each room - it seemed strange as they're not exactly a high cost item these days.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, September 11, 2012
Hi there Russell JW, thanks for taking the time to do your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us, especially our quiet location, our spa pools & that your little boy had such fun. We are sorry however that the high window had you awake early, (they are for ventilation- really helpful in the heat of summer.) In three years only 3 guests have had an issue with them. The reason we dont keep a DVD player in every room is that they can quickly be destroyed with the sulpur. At the most only ever had 3 DVDs in use at once. We would love to be able to keep our DVDs & TVs wrapped in plastic away from the sulphur however that isnt practical, 2 years of life is about all we can expect. Trust that is helpful.
Kind regards Ian & Jyl
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auckland Central, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

We highly recommend Sport of Kings Motel in Rotorua. We appreciated the motel's quiet and peaceful location. Our unit was very clean, comfortable, and roomy. We really enjoyed relaxing in the hot spa in our unit after a day of driving and sightseeing. Having two TV's and two recliner chairs were an added bonus. Our hosts Ian and Jyl were friendly and helpful. Jyl's artworks of native NZ birds are unique. Our cooked breakfast was tasty and nicely prepared. We like Ian and Jyl's approach to be eco friendly. All in all- a great place to stay!!!

Room Tip: Units with a spa in the unit are very pleasant. Nice to have that option of having a spa in the room...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, August 5, 2012
Hi there Rosiet 316 & thank you for your very gracious review. We are delighted you appreciated our quiet & peaceful location, our hot spa's then a relax in our LaZ-boy recliner chairs along with everything else. Regards Ian & Jyl
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

We have stayed at Sport of Kings many times and it just gets better and better. Love the swimming pool - wonderful on a cold winter's day to play in for the afternoon. Such warm rooms with loads of space and comforts - especially the recliners! and even a dishwasher.
Was really impressed when our car was defrosted personally by Ian the next morning - so rare to find those that go the extra mile - thank you again!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, July 25, 2012
It is always very rewarding when we receive such affirming reviews thank you, makes the hard work worth while. Great that all our refurbishments & improvements are so noticeable. We also now have a wonderful new surface for our Carpark area, the cobbles were very old & warn.
Everyone seems to enjoy the recliner chairs, we personally dislike being on holiday & having to endure uncomfortable setting, we end up sitting on the floor on pillows. Going the extra mile to defrost the cars is our pleasure. We look forward to your next stay.
Thanks again for your review, kind ragards Ian & Jyl
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Geelong, Australia
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Reviewed July 8, 2012 via mobile

Great place to stay in Rotorua, I was travelling with my husband and two university aged children and there was plenty of room for us all - loved the recliners! Located on a side street makes this a quiet place to stay. Fantastic advise from the hosts, nothing was too much trouble. Thanks for an enjoyable stay.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, July 13, 2012
Carol C, it was lovely to have your delightful family to stay. It is always a blessing for us when our guests really enjoy their time here. The recliner chairs are always a big hit, & this quiet location also is important for us, would be hard doing this job on a noisy street. Thank you for taking the time to post your kind review.
Reagrds Ian & Jyl
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2012

With a name like Sport of Kings, I wasn't sure if I would be sleeping next to a suit of armour or under a four poster canopy bed in a medieval-themed room. However, I was very pleased when I was checked into the room.
Jyl and Ian obviously take a lot of pride in their job and I felt very well cared for. The place was clean and updated. No ugly dated bed covers or hideous furniture.
With two spas and a heated pool, I couldn't help taking a late night dip before going to sleep on their VERY comfortable beds...and the nicest pillows I've ever encountered at a Motel!
I'd definitely come here again.

Pros:
Quiet, clean, comfortable, friendly.

Cons:
I chose the breakfast option which was a little exy. $13 for two poached eggs and 3 slices of bacon.
Internet is limited to 100Mb blocks, so Skyping is out of the question without buying more.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, July 12, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to do your review. We also are delighted that you were 'Delightfully Surprised'. Our name is to do with horses, racing, polo hunts etc THE SPORT OF KINGS-- we are very close to the Race Club. However rather than focus on those things,WE PREFER TO TREAT OUR GUESTS LIKE ROYALTY. Therefore you will be well cared for. We have gone to great lenghts to up grade & refurbish our property. We dont like pillows that are like bricks either. Sorry you felt the breakfast was a "little exy', funny most folks say they are very resonable. With the limited internet, this to prevent movie piracy, unfortunatly we can be held responsible. We look forward to your return.
Kind regards Ian
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Property: Sport of Kings Motel
Address: 6 Peace St | Fenton Park, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Rotorua
#1 Business Hotel in Rotorua
#1 Romantic Hotel in Rotorua
#1 Spa Hotel in Rotorua
#2 Luxury Hotel in Rotorua
#9 Best Value Hotel in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sport of Kings Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and stay with us and experience true Kiwi award winning customer service! Situated just off the main street and away from busy traffic noise, Sport of Kings is a home away from home! All of our rooms and amenities have been newly refurbished over the past year to provide comfort and relaxation in a peaceful serene environment. We are Kiwi owned and operated and being locals have extensive knowledge of Rotorua and what our amazing city and surroundings has to offer and our hospitality is the best you could find - check out our reviews! Our 16 ground floor rooms range from two bedroom apartments that sleep 6 to one bedroom spa apartments where you can relax in your own private indoor spa pool day and night. Our studio units sleep two or three and are perfect for business travellers or those wanting a quiet comfortable room at a great price! All of our rooms have kitchen or kitchenettes, thermally heated hot water, individually controlled thermal heating, flat screen tv's, satellite channels and free DVD hire. Comfortable lazy-boy recliner chairs are included in most rooms and free unlimited filtered water is available in every room. All rooms are serviced daily! We have two public spa pools and a heated outdoor swimming pool for your use during your stay all year round along with a BBQ and BBQ table poolside which you are welcome to use - a great way to cater for everyone while enjoying the beautiful landscaped surroundings. And to entertain children we have a playground for hours of entertainment. Centrally located close to Rotorua CBD, Thermal Valleys, Maori Hangi and Concert Events and world renowned Mountain Bike Tracks, you have everything at your fingertips. We have a purpose built bike wash down area, bike 'service station', secure bike storage and a drying room to get your gear ready for your next ride!! Perfect for families, holiday makers, mountain bikers and business people alike. Our reception is a mini gallery showcasing our own original native bird art which also features throughout our apartments giving Sport of Kings Motel uniqueness not to be found anywhere else. ... more   less 
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