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Sport of Kings Motel
Ranked #2 of 93 Hotels in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
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“So Amazing... I have to tell you”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

This is my very first review, but we were so very happy and impressed, we have to share it. We only stumbled across this perfect motel through these reviews, and it was even better than what we expected, here's why: Firstly, the location is close to all things and on a quiet street, with parking conveniently just outside your room. Secondly, the apartment was a great size, allowing you to completely unpack and feel at home. My daughter loved having her own TV and not hearing ours in the morning. The fully stocked kitchen allowed us to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, afternoon tea, and/or evening cocktail hour when we wanted. I especially enjoyed relaxing in our personal spa - very clean, quiet from the rest of the room, fluffy spa towels, a perfect match with a Rotorua facial cream. Lastly, the service and care from Pete and Tristen raises this motel far above all others - the moment Tristen heard that I wanted to get a local facial cream, she gave me a hers. When Pete learned what we were interested in seeing and doing, his recommendations suited our family perfectly, plus giving us discount vouchers. In addition, no matter how 'comfortable' we made our room, the staff always had it clean and tidy when we returned from a day of site-seeing. Truly, this was a home away from home. We will be back.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Tessie what can we say to a review like yours. THANK YOU!! We are honored that we are the first to be reviewed by you and humbled by your kind words. To know that you came and were such a happy camper thrills our hearts and we look forward to seeing you again. So once again - THANK YOU.
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

True motel experience but not just what it says on the board. The owners were ever helpful, full of energy and engaging, informative regards activities and welcoming, a real 'family' feel. Rooms are a little dated but comfortable, well cleaned and serviced daily, the private spa pool more than made up for this. The owners also have a fishing and hunting business, if the interest is there and the season is right i have no doubt they can manage a great day out. We'll be going back.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
A family feel is what a lot of guests say and to become part of our family here for the short time you are here is what we aim for. Pete is known for his hunting and fishing experiences and I am sure that you will not be disappointed when you come back and go out with Pete. So thank you for your review and Pete and Tristen will be looking forward to your next visit.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

Very comfortable stay with wonderful friendly hosts. We stayed here after completing the Tongariro Crossing in the apartment rooms. Very welcoming and friendly motel - clean, comfortable, affordable and close to everything in Rotorua! Very personalised service (even offering a baby bath to soak our feet in!!) and the discount to the nearby Thermal Wonderland was very welcome! Breakfast was delivered spot on time and was lovely. The hosts go out of their way to make sure everything is perfect for you and go above and beyond to cater to your needs.

Will definitely stay here again on my next visit to Rotorua.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
After our guests have been on hikes or major sports events we are only too happy to provide a bit of comfort and relaxation and if providing you with a baby bath to soak your feet is what it takes that's what we do. The team do a great breakfast and we are so pleased that you enjoyed it.
So thank you for your wonderful review and we will look forward to another visit from you.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2014

A girlfriend and I took our two 13 year old sons on an adventure weekend in Rotorua. The Sport of Kings was the perfect choice for us. The hosts went out of their way to ensure adjoining units and saved the day offering an iphone charger and free internet for the teenagers. The large pool and lovely pool area meant the boys played for hours while we relaxed. One unit even had a large spa in an adjoining room that felt clean and well maintained.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, February 16, 2014
Julia we are so pleased that you and your girlfriend and sons had such a wonderful time. With the pool the children entertain themselves and you can just relax and we are so happy to provide this facility and see people enjoy themselves so much. So thank you for your review and we look forward to a return visit from you.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2014

Pete and Tristen were born to be in the hospitality industry. Everything about them and their motel was just right. They are super friendly, love having a yarn and give great advice about the sights to see. Nothing is too much trouble for them and looking after their guests is their No1 priority. The motel is clean, comfortable quiet and central. It has a heated pool which was great to come back to in the evenings.
We were really impressed when we found Pete cleaning our car windscreen in the mornings before we went out sightseeing.
Thanks for making our stay in Rotorua special.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, February 16, 2014
Pete and Tristen surely are born to be in the industry and are very gifted at what they do making all who come feel very welcome and comfortable. Being so knowledgeable about Rotorua is a plus also as they can give the very best of advice to their guests. Thank you so much for taking the time to give us a review and the team look forward to another visit from you in the future.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2014

We have a lovely stay in Rotorua made better by the friendliness and convenience of the Sport of Kings Motel. The room, shower room and loo were excellent, very clean and serviced daily, the rooms kitchenette facilities were also very good. The motel is just far enough away from the main road into Rotorua that there is no road noise, very quiet, so we had peaceful nights sleep. The motel has laundry facilities, pool and spa, we didn't use them but they also looked very good. We recommend the motel and hope to stay there again when we return next year.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, February 15, 2014
We are very fortunate to be on a very quiet residential street and yet still close enough to the main part of the city. So yes we are in a very convenient location but far enough away from the noisy traffic. Thank you for your comments and recommendation to other searching travelers.
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

A wonderful place in Rotorua. Incredibly hospitable and helpful hosts. Nothing was too much trouble. We had a nice sized family room which was very clean and comfortable. The in-room spa was a particular treat. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, February 15, 2014
Thank you Jeff for taking the time to write a review for us. We are always pleased to hear that we have had happy guests. Our rooms are a nice size and very suitable for the short of longer stay and of course the spas are a lovely treat. Thank you once again and all the best for your future holidays.
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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 Family Hotel in Rotorua
#1 Spa Hotel in Rotorua
#1 Romantic Hotel in Rotorua
#2 Luxury Hotel in Rotorua
#7 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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