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Review of Ramada Resort Rotorua Marama

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Ramada Resort Rotorua Marama
Ranked #51 of 93 Hotels in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
Bathurst, Australia
Level Contributor
19 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Really lovely accommodation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

We spent two weeks in New Zealand with our best friends and we spent 4 days at Rotorua after being up north at Paihia (Bay of Islands). We arrived right on closing time for the front office but were met by Arash who had everything ready for our 3 bedroom apartment on the rear channel. Our accommodation was delightful. A two storey, colorbond clad apartment with a deck out the back with our own little wharf with resident swans and their young! The view beyond was an open paddock with horses - lovely! There is only one bathroom which was fine for two couples but you would need to plan showers etc if there were more guests. There was a second WC downstairs which was appreciated. The weather while we were in the Rotorua area was cyclonic although clear so if we had been on the lake we would have been blown away so being out on the channel was fantastic because we were protected!! The grounds are superb and are a 'mecca' for fishermen who having been coming there for 20+ years. This Worldmark property is about 20 minutes drive from the main town of Rotorua so you will need a car but there are so many fabulous drives and attractions within a two hour drive - a car is a must anyway. We were disappointed in the restaurant dinner that we had on the final night. I could have cooked better myself! Dry chicken schnitzel, overdone steak, boring vegetables. Apparently they do an amazing breakfast but we did not try it. The restaurant is nicely situated with wrap around glass windows and a beautiful log fire so the atmosphere was wonderful for our pre-dinner drinks where we met other guests but the experience deteriorated from there. The complex is getting a little tired with very aged timber on verandahs and patios so needs a bit of TLC but all in all a really nice property.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank krisrose
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arash a, General Manager at Ramada Resort Rotorua Marama, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Dear Kris Rose, thank you for staying with us and thank you for your positive and helpfull feed back. The weather did turn better after you left, but I am glad that you made the most of your stay by getting out there and enjoying what Rotorua has to offer.
I have passed on your feed back to the cafe operators who are sorry that your experience with them was not to their usual high standards. And funny you should mention the decks, the unit you stayed in and next to you just got re-stained last week! We usual do them in November as we are able to get some sunshine before the busy December period.
Again lovely to have you stay and hope to be able to welcome you back for your next anniversary!
Best regards
Arash
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Wellington, New Zealand
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22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2012 via mobile

If you are looking for something out of the way then this place will fit the bill. We had trouble finding it after dark. Reception close early and the voice on the of end of a mobile number you can call wasn't very polite about us calling. The rooms need an update but are still comfortable.

You can have dinner on the resort but the food takes an age to arrive.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Treasure21
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arash a, General Manager at Ramada Resort Rotorua Marama, responded to this review, July 31, 2012
Thank you for your review and I am glad that you enjoyed the tranquil setting of Marama Resort. We do have an after hours check in service for all guests who have not arrived before reception closes, and it is displayed on the reception entrance. We also have an emergency out of hours mobile number should any guests encounter difficulties. The units were all re-decorated last year and the furniture was replaced just under 2 years ago. We do market ourselves towards the family market and in the good 3 star range, which is reflected in our great value rates that you mentioned. Again thank you for staying with us and hope that we can welcome you back again in the near future.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2012

Really lovely, clean accommodation. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We stayed in a 3 bedroom chalet. There were 2 queen bedrooms and 1 twin single room - plenty of room for 2 couples plus one. There's a heat-pump which kept the apartment very warm. Although it is a little further away from the city centre, it is a pleasant drive out to the resort. Depending on the tourist activities you decide to do, they may have shuttle services which come to pick you up so you are not completely inconvenienced. During the summer, I could imagine it being a beautiful environment to go for runs, walks, swimming, kayaking, boating, tennis... plenty of options for outdoor activities. Staff were very friendly. Beds were very comfortable. Being out in the middle of nowhere, it was very quiet and relaxing.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Klougal
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arash a, General Manager at Ramada Resort Rotorua Marama, responded to this review, July 31, 2012
Thank you very much for your review and I am glad that you enjoyed your stay with us, even though the weather was not on our side. I look forward to welcoming you back to Marama Resort in the near future...maybe in summer next time and you can get out and do some kayaking!
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kuala lumpur,malaysia
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66 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2012

I don't like that it has only one bathroom for 2 bedroom apartment.
It does nother work for us of 5 people as we had to take turn to us it.
The location is bad...it is about 20 min from city center.far from most attraction

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank mad_yahya
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Chris W, Front Office Manager at Ramada Resort Rotorua Marama, responded to this review, March 21, 2012
Thank you for your feedback. With regards to having one bedroom - our two bedroom apartments have a maximum of four guests for this very reason, and we were not aware that you had five guests in this apartment. We receive a lot of very positive feedback that our location is perfect - only 15 minutes from the centre of town and situated on 10 acres of park like grounds. All literature on our property does advise guests of our location.
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Brisbane, Australia
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2012

I am so glad I can take the credit for picking this one. We had 3 nights here, as others have said, you do need a vehicle as the Resort is on the otherside of the lake about 15 minutes out of Rotorua. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The apartments were very good, The kitchen, and lounge downstairs was spacious and quite well stocked with all the kitchen needs. The rooms upstairs are spacious enough and with a good size bathroom. Be careful if you have real small kids or elderly people as the stairs are quite steep. We had the stair lights on at night.. just in case.. The kids loved the pool and the adults loved the setting with the lake and the river running through the resort... Pack a fly fishing rod if you have one. The cafe is open on a few days, and we had breakfast on the Friday, the only day its open for breakfast.. The cooked breaky was delicious.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Brissylads
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Wellington, New Zealand
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22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2012

We stayed for 5 nights. The location and resort settings are excellent, a car is required. The apartments were clean however the apartment we had was showing signs of wear & tear. Carpet on the stairs was worn, knives had broken handles, shower head had rust. The apartment was not serviced during the stay. I found out later i could have had this done for an extra charge . We did enjoy our stay, however we had a special deal on the apartment, i think if i had paid full price i wouldn't have had value for money.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Samantha H
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Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
52 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2012

This apartment complex is located at the opposite end of the lake to the actual town, so if you wish to go anywhere you need to drive. The location on the lakefront is sensational and it would be great to have a boat. Running through the resort is a river/channel flowing out of Lake Rotorua to the next lake. There are also several little canals, which tended to be cluttered with fallen leaves and branches. Great apartments, lovely beds, the reported bugs didn't bother us at all. Air conditioning would have been a nice addition. The couple running the place were very friendly, although, because it's apartments not a hotel, the rooms were not serviced. We'd happily stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank rogbaggs
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Property: Ramada Resort Rotorua Marama
Address: 1420 Hamurana Road, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand (Formerly Scenic Circle Marama Resort Hotel)
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#27 Family Hotel in Rotorua
#37 Luxury Hotel in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ramada Resort Rotorua Marama 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rotorua is truly like no other destination. It's a fascinating mix of culture, adventure and relaxation. Renowned for being a hotbed of thermal activity, Rotorua's hot springs and spas make it the perfect getaway for pampering, stress-release and rejuvenation. At the same time it's also a place where you can truly get the heart pumping. Adrenalin-raising adventures punctuate the Rotorua landscape from thrilling luge rides, white water rafting and even rolling down a hill in a giant translucent ball (zorbing). If all that's not enough for you, then you also have an area rich in Maori history and culture and friendly locals to walk you through it all. Located just 20 minutes outside the city to ensure your getaway is relaxing, WorldMark Resort Rotorua is the perfect base for whatever brings you to this simply wonderful area of New Zealand. With apartments sleeping 4-6 people in 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and lodges (utilising double sofa bed in living room), your stay will feel like your home-away-from-home. Located on the edge of the lake, the resort offers beautiful views right over the Ohau Channel. You can kayak your way back to your room or picnic at the parklands located right within the resort. If fishing is more your thing you'll be in heaven - the area is rich in fisheries and you'll be able to throw in a line from one of the various resort banks. The apartments include all modern conveniences, with the resort also boasting outdoor swimming pool, heated spa, gymnasium and a tennis court. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Worldmark South Pacific Club By Wyndham Hotel Rotorua
Wyndham Rotorua
Rotorua Wyndham

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