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Fernleaf Motel
Ranked #22 of 93 Hotels in Rotorua
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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“Fantastic little place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2014

My family have been coming to this motel every year for at least 9 years over Easter time, we fit into three units (2, 3 and 4) very comfortably and always have a pleasant stay. The immediate family usually occupy unit 3, which has two bedrooms and two extra beds in the lounge, a decent sized kitchen and bathroom for the five of us. This year though we were back in unit 1 with only 4 of us and it is still a very spacious and nicely set out unit, much like units 2 and 4, with one room, and two extra beds in the lounge. The units and grounds have always been looked after, clean and tidy, this year with new duvets and throws.
All the owners have been lovely, very welcoming and friendly. The pool and hot pool are fantastic, with the intentions of a relaxing holiday we especially enjoy them.
A very short walk to the shops, gas station, supermarket and restaurants and a close distance from most of the attractions in Rotorua. This motel holds so many good memories over the many years and I recommend it to anyone who needs a place to stay in Rotorua.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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citylights10, Owner at Fernleaf Motel, responded to this review, May 26, 2014
AJ-brownbear12 - Thank you so much for your review - we are thrilled that you like us so much you come back year after year. We love to see regular guests and are glad you like our cosy warm units and heated outdoor and mineral pools. Look forward to seeing you again next Easter. Wendy.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014

This was a real find. One block back fro Fenton St in a quiet residential area...yet, walking distance to 2 supermarkets, petrol stations & a large shopping centre, the new owner Wendy, has been there for just one month but already she has put her stamp on the place. Warm, friendly welcome. Personally shown to our large 5 bed unit #1. A double and single in the bedroom, with a closing door between that and the lounge which contained 2 comfortable large single beds. Great if you have a snorer in the family. The floor has underground heating so it was really cosy. The thermal heated indoor pool was a blessing after our drive from Wellington. We soaked in it every night before hitting the sack. There is also a nice outdoor swimming pool. The whole place is spotless. Wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. It's a top of the range old style 3 star motel with personal service. Oh...and Olies award winning fish & chip shop is on the corner of Fenton St - a couple of minutes walk away.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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citylights10, Owner at Fernleaf Motel, responded to this review, May 26, 2014
MaggieB75 - thank you so much for your lovely review. I am so grateful that you took the time to let others know about our small family run geothermal motel. Look forward to seeing you next time you are in Rotorua. Wendy.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014

I had a fantastic stay at the Fern Leaf. The manager and the owners were very friendly, helpful and generous, providing us with useful local knowledge and advice which was much appreciated. It is in a great location close to town. Fantastic value! The real thermal spa was great !

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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citylights10, Owner at Fernleaf Motel, responded to this review, February 23, 2014
David - thank you so much for your glowing review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at our small motel. We only purchased the business in December and we have big plans for the Fernleaf. We know that the motel is a bit old fashioned, but with clean and large spacious units as well as thermal heating and heated swimming pool, we are aiming to offer good value for money as a centrally located small motel. We look forward to seeing you again one day, until then, travel safely.
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Property: Fernleaf Motel
Address: 23 Toko Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 93 Hotels in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Fernleaf Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fernleaf is a great classic Kiwi motel in a central location close to the Central Mall in Rotorua. With its own geothermal bore, it offers a heated outdoor swimming pool, genuine mineral spa pool, as well as cosy warm units. Classic charm is the theme, with spacious units, fully equipped kitchens with stoves and plenty of beds to sleep the whole family in our one bedroom or two bedroom units. Enjoy a night of entertainment using our Roku Streaming units and watch your favourite movies, on our subscription paid channels. Or, use your own account to rent a new release. Also available for viewing are T.V. Series including documentaries and You Tube Channels. ... more   less 
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