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Sport of Kings Motel
Ranked #2 of 92 Hotels in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
2 reviews
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“Kids loved it!”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

We wanted somewhere to stay where we could cook a family meal as we didn't want to and couldn't afford to eat out every night. The kitchen and stove were exceptionally clean (cleaner than mine at home!). The recliners made a nice change from your usual motel furniture and it was great to be able to use the spa pools when it suited you as they weren't stuck to a booking system. The kids were wrapped with the heated pool which meant that they could swim in it at night which made it a nice treat for them. In fact, we didn't visit any of the hot pools in Rotorua as we felt we didn't need to after having the use of these! The unit was a bit warm for us, but we could've turned the heaters down if we had of looked into it properly. The hosts were lovely people. We would definately stay again - no hesitations.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, October 27, 2012
Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you all enjoyed your stay, especially the Kids. The pool & spas are always a hit. The LaZboy recliner Chairs for us were a must, as we also dont like the standard uncomfortable motel seating, when travelling comfort is so important in every way. Regards Ian & Jyl
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

A clean place, well stocked, great service, private spas... these are all things you can put a price tag on. But the experience Ian, Jyl, and Tristan provide is unforgettable. Sport of Kings is all the above, your home away from home with your family away from home included. Nothing beats the welcome and above and beyond effort this staff goes through to make your experience seamless. Having work online it was important to have a lot of internet and Sport of Kings made it happen... Communicating with their service provider and giving us a unique package that would support our needs but not break the bank. We felt that we were constantly thought of and the staff always offered their support and help, yet we had our space and never felt suffocated or intruded upon.

The site is located in a friendly neighborhood that sits away from traffic and the business of Rotorua city, yet is within walking distance from the supermarket, geothermal hot spots and city center. Each unit was very clean, comfortable, and well stocked with all that we needed - including our own private geothermally heated spa!

I couldn't recommend a better place than the Sport of Kings. This is Kiwi hospitality at its best!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, October 27, 2012
Sorry it has taken a while to respond to your very gracious & kind review, thank you. Since you left here in the last month we have install six new kitchens been rather hectic. Sometimes we have guests who, also are priceless. The Kandutv family was for us a wonderful experience, it has been our pleasure to be your hosts & be your home away from home. We look forward to your next visit. We trust the rest of your stay in NZ has been a great adventure.
Kind regards Ian & Jyl
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

We stayed with Jyll and Ian every three weeks for just over 2 weeks on a trip from Auckland to the Manawatu, up until March 2011.
We recently returned there last month and found the place just as clean and tidy as we have always found it before. Having visited Rotorua regularly for over 50 years we have stayed in many hotels and motels. Without a doubt this one is the best.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, September 25, 2012
We also have enjoyed your many visits here over the last 3 years, & that you have been able to observe all the refurbishments & improvements we have undertaken. Thank you for continuing to stay, especially 3 years ago, when our property was very run down & in need of much TLC. We are delighted that now you are able to say we are one of the best, makes all the hard work worth while. Thank you for taking the time to write your gracious review.
Kind regards Ian & Jyl
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Thank you Jyl and Ian for the most wonderful stay at your Motel. You both looked after our School Basketball team like we were part of your family. The rooms were clean and tidy and the team loved the pool and spas. I loved the modern rocking chairs in the room so you didn't have to sit on the bed to watch T.V. The Motel was in a lovely quiet street. The way you efficiently run your Motel is a huge credit to you both. We would stay here again any day. Thanks so much for everything and was so nice to meet you. Hope to see you next year!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, September 25, 2012
Hi there Tanya M, & thank you for your encouragement in your review. We always enjoy having teams like yours staying especially those who having a winning attatude like yours, great you made the finals ---did you win? We are really delighted you all had such fun here. We also look forward to your return visit next year, however Jyl & myself may not be here when you stay as we have a delightful & very able couple Tristen & Pete who will be helping us manage the Motel. Kind regards Ian & Jyl.
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

We stayed at the Sport of Kings motel for 1 night. The service was excellent, staff was very friendly and helpful. The twin room we stayed in was basic, but clean and good quality for the price we payed. I would suggest this motel to family and friends.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, September 20, 2012
When guests say we are EXCELLENT VALUE FOR MONEY we are delighted. We have gone to a lot of expense to lift the quality of our accommodation, however have resisted the temptation to lift our prices to much, as offering value for money is for us a priortiy. Our good value has been reflected by an Award from Trip Advisor, placing us at 16th in the top 25 properties in the South Pacific of Budget Hotels --based on value. This work is on going as we are installing new kitchens in all the Studio units next month. Thanks for taking the time to write your review. Regards Ian & Jyl
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Reviewed September 8, 2012 via mobile

My family of five - 3 adults, 1 child, 1 toddler -have just returned from the most comfortable stay at Sport of Kings. The family room had two spacious bedrooms with comfortable bedding and pillows, a fully stocked kitchen to cook all your meals, and a great lounge area to relax after a long day. The highlight was definitely the heated outdoor pool and spas, we could have spent the whole day in them if we didn't have to leave. It was great to see that the motel was extremely clean and that they showed an emphasis in finding ways to be environmentally friendly, the owners take pride in their motel and you can definitely see that it has paid off. I would highly recommend this motel to any traveller, and can't wait to stay again.

Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Hi there, thank you for your positive & encouraging review. It makes all the hard work worth while when our guests appreciate our property, facilities (especially the pools) & our service so much. Great you enjoyed your stay. We also look forward to your next visit.
Kind regards Ian & Jyl
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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!!!

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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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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 Business Hotel in Rotorua
#1 Romantic Hotel in Rotorua
#1 Spa Hotel in Rotorua
#1 Family Hotel in Rotorua
#2 Luxury Hotel in Rotorua
#8 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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