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Sport of Kings Motel
Ranked #2 of 92 Hotels in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
Davis, California
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Excellent value”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

The Sport of Kings Motel offers good size clean rooms, fine breakfasts and a quiet and convenient location. Tristan and Pete, the managers, were very helpful and friendly. We would not hesitate to stay again at the Sport of Kings Motel.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Peacerotorua, Manager at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Thank you for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to have you to stay!
Our rooms are a great size, comfortable and clean and have all the comforts of home and more including lovely private indoor spa pools and a fantastic thermally heated outdoor swimming pool - the perfect place to relax after a busy day!
Being located on a quiet residential street you can relax in peace and comfort while still being close to the center of the city and many amazing attractions.
Take care and please let us know if you are back this way - it would be great to have you to stay again!
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Morrinsville, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 12, 2014

I stayed for 5 nights with my two teenage sons,the room was great, and we had our own spa pool,my boys raved about the swimming pool and the friendliness of the owners and staff,their words were "We felt like part of the family"this is coming from teenagers who are hard to please.We were given first rate customer service the whole visit, and advice on the local attractions and places to eat.The motel is on a side street, in a very quiet location,no noise,so you have a good night sleep.You need to drive to local attraction and shops, but they are not that far from the motel.We will certainly be staying at this motel if we visit Rotorua.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Peacerotorua, Manager at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Thank you for your lovely review, it was an absolute pleasure to have you and your boys to stay and meeting people like yourselves is what makes our job so wonderful! Thank you!!
It is great being situated on a nice quiet residential street but still close to the centre of the city and many amazing attractions!
Room 5 is one of our 1 bedroom spa apartments which has just had a new kitchen and bathroom installed - they look fantastic!
Take care and please let us know when you will be back - we would love to see you all again!!
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

I booked and stayed at Sport of Kings Motel in a spa unit based on its high Trip Advisor rating. Based on this it was not what I was expecting and I was disappointed or less than impressed overall. Yes it had all the basics and was off the main road however for the price was dated and did not have all the comforts most modern motels now have. The nitty gritty; bathroom was dirty in places with grime and orange bacteria build up in corners or grooves of the shower cubical and the air vent duct/heat lamp looked like it had never been dusted and cleaned since the motel was first opened and was thicker than most shag pile carpets. The main room had a high louver window that couldn’t be reached to close so the cold wind and traffic noise came in all night and if the blind was closed this flapped banging on the frame. The decor was dated. Overall for the same price there a number of other motels close by that are more modern, comfortable and some which even include a continental breakfast complimentary for less than the price I paid. I travel frequently with my family and work and would only consider staying there again if the price was in the $70-$95 room rate (off peak / peak) and no other accommodation was available. On a positive the staff were friendly.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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Peacerotorua, Manager at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Thank you for your review and I am very sorry to hear you were disappointed with your stay.
You stayed in one of our 1 bedroom spa apartments and I am so sorry to hear about the air vent and corners of the shower. This has been rectified and I am sorry it was like this when you stayed. We pride ourselves on our cleanliness and are very disappointed that this occurred and will ensure these things do not get overlooked in the future!!
Sorry to hear about the louvre window being open and blowing the blind - we open and close these for people and I am sorry you did not ask us to do this as it only takes a second to do.
We have just had new kitchens, bathrooms and flooring put into our 1 bedroom spa apartments (there are 3 more to do which will be done next month) and they and are looking amazing - we are getting photos of these taken next week so will put these on line as soon as possible - keep an eye out for them - they look great!!
Once again, I am sorry to hear of your disappointment! Take care and please let us know if you are back down this way - it would be great to have the opportunity to show you how the rooms are looking!!
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Hong Kong, China
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

I have stayed here for 2 night in Jun. Pete is very nice and helpful! I have joined the waitomo tour on 2nd day. We need to go to Rotarua Tourism at 7:45am. As we don't have a car. He drive us to there at 7:20am! He is really very helpful. Also his wife (sorry i forgot the name...) gave us the discount for Te puia. I think it may not cost them any money, but she tried her best to help us and give us lots of advices and useful information. And the breakfast prepared by her are very nice. The portion is good and it's taste good.
The room is exactly what you see in the web. And there is a indoor and outdoor pool.

Nathan

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Peacerotorua, Manager at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Thank you for your lovely review, it was an absolute pleasure to have you to stay and we are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with us!
Our rooms have been recently renovated and as you say, are exactly like the photos you see on line, clean, comfortable and everything you need for a great holiday! And our thermally heated outdoor swimming pool and private spa pools are fantastic - the perfect place to relax after a busy day!
Being Rotorua locals we know all the best thing to see and do and it is a pleasure being able to pass this knowledge onto our guests!
Take care and please let us know if you are back over this way - it would be great to have you to stay again!
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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64 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed July 5, 2014

This hotel was nice and clean. The thing that most set this apart was the very helpful staff at the front desk. They bent over backwards to advise on the local attractions or places to eat. The main drawback is that is not in walking distance to much at all. You need to have a car to go to most restaurants.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Peacerotorua, Manager at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Thank you for your lovely review, it was a pleasure to have you to stay!
Being Rotorua locals we know of all the best things to see and places to eat and we love being able to pass this knowledge onto our guests so they get the most out of their time in our beautiful city.
We are situated on a quiet residential street yet amongst a lot of other motels, approximately 2km's to the centre of town, a 25 minute walk - great being so close to the centre of the city but far enough away that you don't get the noise of a busy city!!
Take care and please let us know if you are back this way - it would be great to see you again!
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Adelaide, Australia
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2014

Nice motel, standard rooms recently updated, comfy beds. Loved the private spa rooms. unfortunately left our bathroom window open at night and woke up during the night to the smell of Rotorua but this was easily fixed by closing the window. Run by a lovely young family who were friendly and helpful. Just off the main road so nice and quiet too.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Peacerotorua, Manager at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Thank you for your lovely review, it was a pleasure to have you to stay!
Our rooms have all been recently renovated and have all the comforts of home and more! Yes, our private spa pools are wonderful and available to all guests - the best place to relax after a busy day!
The smell of Rotorua can be quite strong at times - but the thermal activity that comes with it is quite awesome!!
Take care and please let us know next time you are over this way - it would be great to see you again!
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is Glynis from Kapiti 4 Seasons Tours, our senior group stayed at Sport of Kings in Rotorua in March 2014. We loved it enough to book another three night stay for our senior group on July 23rd 2014. Our hosts were/are fantastic and the rooms very nice, eight have indoor/outdoor hot tubs for each unit. PLUS pools for other guests, great ambiance...
Nice peaceful location, close to town...try them, you won't regret your decision for sure...

Room Tip: Only eight units have a private spa/hot tub...lovely units for sure.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Peacerotorua, Manager at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Hi Glynis, thank you for your lovely review! It was an absolute pleasure to have you all to stay and we look forward to seeing you again next week!
We have rooms to suit everyone and the one's with private spa pools are fantastic and have just had new kitchens and bathrooms installed so are even better now!
Our thermally heated outdoor swimming pool and private spa pools are wonderful too - the perfect place to relax after a busy day!
Take care and we look forward to seeing you next week!
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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 Spa Hotel in Rotorua
#1 Romantic Hotel in Rotorua
#1 Family 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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