We arrived in Rotorua after dark, having had a look at a couple of other places first but settling on the Regent, since it was trendy and had good reviews. Reception matched the deal on Wotif, so do shop around for the best rate before coming. I asked to see a couple of room types, then making a choice. I don't like finding a good deal online, then being put in a crappy room that is not up to the same standard as the other rooms.
We were shown room 17 which is in the newer part of the motel (by the restaurant and reception), and an upstairs room in the older motel block next door. Room 17 had a bigger bed, so we took it, as it was getting late.
The decor is nicely done, just like in the pictures. The bed was very comfortable, soft and large, good linen; you will have a good sleep here if you don't like a hard bed. The heat pump warmed the room in no time. Big walk in shower (it was a disabled access shower), was nice to sit on the little padded ledge to shave my legs!
We didn't really spend enough time here to fully enjoy, we were just passing through Rotorua. This place would be good to stay for a special occasion.
Wasn't 100% clean (hate finding pubic hairs on the bathroom floor) specially noticeable when the tiles are all white. I think housekeeping needs to take more care here. The shower curtain was a bit mouldy as well and there was some kind of whitish stain on the black carpet that looked like it hadn't been cleaned up properly.
I can't really speak for the older (revamped) motel units which are part of this property, only having had a quick look before settling on the room we were shown first, in the newer part of the motel. But the decor is somewhat similar, but it seemed more cramped in the older style motel units.
I don't know if this place is worth the price tag, especially if just passing through, and there are no views from any of the rooms (it is in the centre of town). Having stayed at the Hilton in Taupo the night before, which cost just a few dollars more. Yes, this place is trendy and different, but it is still a motel in small town Nz. It all depends what you are looking for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel redefines modern hospitality with a visionary blend of classic design, luxurious facilities and bespoke service. Our philosophy is to marry personalized, intuitive service with divine rooms and suites, stunning surroundings and a smart, relaxed atmosphere. Perfectly located in the heart of Rotorua within walking distance of the eating & shopping precinct, the lakefront, government gardens and the convention centres. The Hotel offers 35 guest rooms, restaurant & bar, outdoor heated pool, natural mineral pool, mini gym, spa services, meeting rooms, unlimited free WiFi & laundry services. Our award winning restaurant can cater for up to 70 guests banquet style and meetings can be held in a choice of 3 rooms from 21sqm up to 200sqm ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Regent Of Rotorua Hotel Rotorua
- Regent Rotorua
- Rotorua Regent