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“Possum the cat & other stories”
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Lyons Lakestay
Ranked #42 of 58 Specialty Lodging in Rotorua
Australia
1 review
“Possum the cat & other stories”
Reviewed December 28, 2011

Thankyou again Cheryl for being very fair after i had messed up the booking!Cheryl's homemade bread & muesli is superb!We all loved Possum the cat...after we actually caught him. Lake Okareka has to be seen to be appreciated-this is tranquility.The house is very neat & comfortable.Will have to come back again to explore the local area-it really is a hidden gem.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

Stayed over in a double room. We were the only people there, so had the whole place to ourselves, which was brilliant. Facilities were really good and the place was super tidy.

Kitchen was great and there was tea and coffee there as well.

Everything worked really well and we were looked after the whole time.

Cheryl was really helpful and showed us where lots of different places were in Rotorua, really went above and beyond what she needed to do as a host. We made it to the secret hot pools, so thanks a lot for that guys! :-)

We had a great time using the kayaks in the morning and the kayak trolleys were great, really good! We were even able to watch the Ireland vs Australia game on for the RWC and were a big fan of the rain water in the fridge.

Keep up the good work guys – If we come to Rotorua again, we will be back.

Thanks a lot

Andy and Annie

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

i enjoyed my solo visit to Lyons Lakestay. I was in Rotorua for a conference and my initial motivation was to find cheaper accommodation than the conference hotel. I wasn't prepared for the beauty of Lake Okareka. I "stole" some time away from the conference to hike the trail that goes half-way around this beautiful lake. The Lakestay is not a B & B but more like a high-end hostel with private rooms (double beds) and common areas such as kitchen and bathroom. Its got all that you need at a very affordable price. Cheryl keeps the place spotless. To me, it felt like I was in a B and B. This combination is a rare find in an up-market luxurious lakeside community. Because of it's location out of the way, it'll never attract the young low-end backpackers that is often the downside of many hostels. It's all very well appointed and very clean. Cheryl is very hospitable, friendly, and helpful. You'll inevitably want to spend more time here than you allotted!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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Whangamata, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

Overall the idea of the place was great, just had the problem that the room and bedding were real damp. This was too the point that we up and left for a motel in town at midnite as we were unable to stay. The next day I mentioned to the owner politely that we'd had that issue....It was dismissed with the " no-one else has complained," no offer of money back or the fact we had to pay another $120 to stay somewhere else....Very Poor host...an apology for the bad experience would have done it.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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okpossum, Owner at Lyons Lakestay, responded to this review, July 28, 2011
This complaint was a real surprise! I did apologise when she delivered the key to me the next day.The guests were only here for the 1 night while attending a family dinner nearby,I was expecting them about 4-5pm but never arrived so I didnt get the opportunity to meet them and arrange to put the heater on .The key had been picked up by a family member earlier ,so at the end of their evening they let themselves in(by this time I was in bed)They did not attempt to contact us re the problem,despite our front door and doorbell being just 3 meters from their entrance.
The Lakestay rooms are very well insulated and ,with double glazing.It was not a very cold night as compared to others recently so i made the decision not to leave the heater on,not knowing when they would arrive.The heater and de humidifier had been on that morning and most days during the week with other guests staying when we had a cold,wet spell of weather.
I did,of course check the room and bedding next day,and did not find it to be damp .
I will certainly ensure that a heater is on in this room for future guests in the winter months.I do feel sorry that they arrived and didnt feel comfortable,but still surprised at the claim of it being damp.
What this guest did not mention in her review was that there were other family members in another room that were very happy with their stay and room.Because they didnt arrive earlier to check in ,they didnt experience the Lakestay and environs in warmer daylight hours.
Discussions have since been held with the gentleman who booked and paid for the room,with a satisfactory outcome and a refund given.
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melbourne
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Reviewed June 22, 2011

We loved the facilties and the friendly hosts! The surroundings were so beautiful and we got a good night's rest. We loved the fresh muesli in the morning and if we needed a lift out hosts were only too happy to help us out.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 10, 2010

Spent a week based at Lyons Lakestay, really helpful, relaxed and accommodating hosts with all the facilities needed for a comfortable stay. Also very nice homemade breakfasts.

Located a short drive out of Rotorua it's a very peaceful place without the tourists and smells of the town. Good access by bike to to all the mountain bike trails in the Whakarewarewa Forest nearby.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Brisbane Australia
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Reviewed October 10, 2010

Just 10 minutes by car from all the tourist spots of Rotorua, our stay at Lyons Lakeside proved to be just what was needed. Situated near Lake Okareka, one of the many lakes in Rotorua, it was the perfect location to relax and unwind after a really busy period of work. Set amongst greenery and close by the lakeside we enjoyed bird life, stunning vistas and spotless, comfortable accommodation. Cheryl, the owner, welcomed us and her friendliness and knowledge of the area helped make our stay so pleasant. We appreciated her sample of freshly caught trout too. Kayaks and bikes are available for hire and there are many walks in the area such as Lake Okareka Walkway, a 2.5 kms trek which features native vegetation, farmland, lake and wetland scenery and wildlife. A hide has been built on it so you can bird watch. We saw black swans, pied stilts, canadian geese, herons,mallard and paradise ducks, pukekos, shags and their young.

Two minutes away from Lyons Lakeside is Lake Tikitapu ( Blue Lake) and not far away Lake Tarawera, known for its big rainbow trout catches. We loved coming back to this magic location each day after doing the touristy activities in Rotorua.

We booked for 3 nights, stayed for 4 and left reluctantly to drive back to Wellington and work commitments. Would I recommend Lyons lakeside? Absolutely.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lyons Lakestay
Address: 8 Okareka Loop Rd | Lake Okareka RD5, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Hotel Style:
Ranked #42 of 58 Specialty Lodging in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Lyons Lakestay 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A small, eco-friendly accommodation that is quiet, but only 12 kms from Central Rotorua. Nestled on the hill in Native Bush, opposite Lake Okareka (20m).The lakestay has 3 rooms suitable for Double and single B& B,or "boutique budget" self catering option in the 3 or 4 bed room suitable for those looking for "backpacker style" sharing facilities, in a modern ,well designed facility. Also suitable for small groups 4-8 persons to have the Lakestay as a holiday unit for yourselves. The Lakestay is an evolving Organic business and a member of the Rotorua Sustainable Tourism Charter. ... more   less 
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