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“Revamped motel, but nicely done”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Regent of Rotorua

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Regent of Rotorua
Ranked #8 of 93 Hotels in Rotorua
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Revamped motel, but nicely done”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

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.

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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.

Room Tip: Rooms in the newer part of motel are nicer (bigger bed, more spacious).
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

Nice room with everything you require when on a road trip. We had great breakfasts (granola to die for) and we enjoyed the in house spa
The Argententian waiter was special and his recemondation off an Indian was much appreciated
Really comfortable bed

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Grosse Pointe, MI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

Warm, friendly, welcoming staff at each turn. Had a one bedroom suite with separate sitting area. The sitting area was sizeable but this made the sleeping area quite small, allowing only a queen-sized bed with in a very snug configuration. With 3 separate areas - sleeping, sitting and bathroom - the entire suite was heated with one unit in the sitting area. Consequently, if you wanted the sleeping area or bathroom warm, one had to leave the sitting area hot. Good amenities and appointments, excellent dinner at the restaurant and above-average breakfast. There is a small room with a rower, an elliptical and a stationary bike - all quite rudimentary - with no space to even do push-ups.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Otley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

We spent a very pleasant 4 night stay in Rotorua. The hotel is very unique and has great facilities. Our room was in the motel style block on the first floor. We were next to the road but it wasn't busy so no disturbance. The room itself had a large bedroom, lounge and sizable bathroom with bath and shower. the room was transformed to make it a triple by the addition of a bed in the corner of the lounge.
The staff were very pleasant and helpful.
The area is great with lots of things to do, must do's are the luge, Rotorua museum and the thermal parks and geysers.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

Really enjoyed our stay. From the moment we set foot in the door we were greeted by friendly,highly polished staff and instantly made to feel at home. We dined in the restaurant and were not disappointed. Very comfy room with fabulous monsoon shower, separate bath tub and lots of bathroom goodies. Make sure you try the Baileys Colada! Wish we could have stayed longer

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Whakatane, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

We have just had a great weekend in Rotorua staying at the Regent.
The hotel is a motel conversion that has been done very well,with nice rooms that are well appointed and presented with a black and white theme.The room had a king size bed with nice linen and gave a great sleep.A nice touch were the two easy chairs for reading ,so often hotels only have one chair in the room.
We had great service from the staff /owners ,who all had "a nothing is a problem attitude."
Our only disappointment was breakfast ,whilst nice ,did not have the expectations of a boutique hotel ,we could have been anywhere .Breakfast was commercial rather than "home made" to order unlike other boutique hotels we have stayed in .
This is our new place to stay in Rotorua !

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

"Welcome home" was the greeting of the owner, while holding the door open for us upon our afternoon comeback from a nearby excursion. And that's exactly how we felt in this place - at home. Warm, very interestingly designed, fantastic food and last but not least - very good choice of wines. All this, combined with the very personal and professional service, makes this hotel our best from all the others we visited during our stay in New Zealand AND Australia.
When they add a decent spa center (as we were informed this will one day happen) the place will become really a gem!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Regent of Rotorua
Address: 1191 Pukaki Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
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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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Rotorua
#4 Romantic Hotel in Rotorua
#4 Family Hotel in Rotorua
#6 Spa Hotel in Rotorua
#7 Luxury Hotel in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Regent of Rotorua 4.5*
Number of rooms: 23
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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