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Reviewed July 15, 2008

We booked this motel based on the listing in the Jasons directory. The motel is very, very dated and whilst clean gave the impression of being there to make money not provide comfort. The owner was incredibly rude and definately not willing to provide any extra advice on the area. We had our children with us also and found that the rooms were impractical for younger children and there was nothing for the children to do at this motel. Being New Zealanders ourselves it is very embarrasing to think of tourists using this motel, however we then stayed at another motel in Parapaumu that was FANTASTIC!!

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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golden_glow, Owner at Golden Glow Motel, responded to this reviewResponded December 21, 2008

We are not rude to our guests and we do spend considerable time promoting the local Rotorua attractions. We are a middle of the road motel, clean, comfortable and reasonably priced. Most of our units have been upgraded with new showers, vanity units and paint etc.
Interesting that we can't find anyone of this name on our guest list in June 08 and we wonder if they are talking about another motel.

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Reviewed August 18, 2007

My husband and I spent 2 nights in Rotorua, our first night at the Golden Glow and our second night at the Ventura Hotel down the street. Our room was clean, however the decor was very tired and looked like it had not been touched since the 1970s. One of the chairs had a large rip along the arm and the comforters on the bed were well worn. It was very industrial and felt like we were staying in a highway rest stop, so after the first night we packed up our things and moved down the street to a newer hotel for only about $15 more a night.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2007

We decided to take a spur of the moment trip to Rotorua over New Year. Since this is peak holiday time in N.Z. we decided to prebook rather than take potluck on arrival.
This is a midrange motel in downtown Rotorua, with a private spa pool for each unit. It was clean and comfortable, with tea and coffee sachets provided, along with spa pool foam, but no extras like shampoo or shower caps. It was newly decorated. Like all N.Z. motels it has cooking facilities in the unit, plus pots, pans, cutlery and crockery (even wine glasses). A supermarket was directly across the street. Our unit was exactly what we had requested - a non-smoking 1 bedroom (rather than a studio) unit.
It was fully booked each night of our stay, but noise from fellow travellers was minimal. The management, who were "house-sitting" for friends, were efficient and friendly, with minor hiccups fixed promptly.
We would have no hesitation in returning. It was excellent value for money, and very conveniently sited for all our excursions.

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled with family
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Stayed: March 2018, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 2, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: November 2017, traveled as a couple
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Liu_Jason, Managing Director at Golden Glow Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2018

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