We found this resort as part of our retravision resort cheques, and were able to get a deal for $100 per night for a 3 bedroom appartment, for 5 nights. We stayed because it had a reasonable floor plan, it was cheap, and we probably wouldn't have found anything better for the money during the Xmas holidays (and yes, we DID contemplate leaving soon after our arrival). The location was quite nice, on the canal, and we didn't find the location too bad as we live about 20 mins from the nearest town back at home.
Now for the downside. The furnishings are seriously DISGUSTING. Not just cheap and nasty (also true) but stained,soiled, frayed, chipped and worn. The first thing we did was to put the sheets from the spare bed over the lounges and remove the cushions. The bedspreads are straight from an 80s teenage boys bedroom and are dreadfully pilled. Also a major turn off, yet so easy to fix for management (!!!). The sheets and towels are fine, so why destroy the scene with rags on the beds? There has also been no maintenance on these units so the lights are full of bugs, holes in the walls have not been repaired, paintwork has not been maintained and, frankly, they need a damn good scrub (and deodorise). There seemed to be one bloke driving around in a golf buggy for 30-40 units and certainly no other housekeeping staff were visable during our 5 days so I guess that explains it. Don't expect the daily servicing you'd get at a 4 star resort.
So many corners cut...the bedside lamps didn't have long enough cords to reach the bedside table so they'd put them on the floor (!?), one tiny soap for all of us (bath, shower everything), the cheapest of cheap new cane drawers for clothes but only hanging space in the downstairs childrens' rooms, open plan master bedroom so no privacy and when the kids wake in the morning, so do Mum and Dad.
Sooooo...not 4 stars, more like cabins at a caravan park. We got a caravan park rate and demanded a lakeside cabin (as originally requested) instead of one in the middle of the car park, which was a complete fish bowl with no privacy that we were initially given. In the end we stayed and found it was workable, and it was saved by the pretty spots next to the canal. If you reckon you're going to a caravan park, and end up in a nice cabin here, you'll be really happy. If you reckon you're going to a 4 star resort, you'll be really disappointed. Wyndham just needs to get a bit more honest about it's advertising and everyone will be happier.
- 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