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Grand Hotel Rotorua
Ranked #48 of 58 Specialty Lodging in Rotorua
New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Cheap and cheerful”
Reviewed May 25, 2009

If you go to vouchermate.co.nz, you can print a voucher for $50 per night for two including breakfast - this is great value if you don't care what your room looks like. The rooms were clean and tidy, but very basic, and it's a bit of a hike through all those corridors to get to the budget rooms! Good place to stay if you're on a budget, or just passing through. Lots of parking and great location right in the middle of the city if you don't have a car, as most of the other hotels / motels seem to be on the road leading out of town.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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wellington
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Reviewed March 14, 2009

I had booked budget room Found room through a maze of corridors.Room overlooked airducts and messy roof..Walls were painted white with no pictures to break monotony.Small wardrobe which coulnd fit luggage into.Two rough drawers available for clothes,missing one drawer.Ample coffe,tea,and drinking chocolate bags.Pity that jug unable to fit under tap in basin to fill with water.Room contained 1x single,1x double bed.Portable oilheater and portable fan available.In morning found 50 swamp flies in bathtub due to louvre windows permanently semi open for ventilation.Also 4 spiders on corner of bathroom.At night could hear bass from band in bar.No phone,no radio.Two small tv sets.Damaged phone plug.Rubbish not collected one day,sheets not changed over 2 days.Reception in good condition.Friendly staff.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 27, 2009

Stayed in a budget room for the first night. It was clean and tidy with only the basics. Had a renovated bathroom, fridge and TV and for $75 it included breakfast. The second night my wife and I upgraded to one of the premium rooms - much more spacious and well worth the extra $20

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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London
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54 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2009

I stayed here in Feb 2009. I paid around $80 NZ per night for a 'budget' room. The room was fine, pretty dated but then I expected that from the price compared to other motels in the area. The location is the reason I stayed here - it's right in the middle of town, just a few minutes walk from the Polynesian Spa etc.

I do agree with the other reviewers that the owners seem to be misselling this place though - 'Grand Hotel'?!! I would say it is a motel, not hotel, and Grand it certainly isn't. Better to call it and describe it as something more modest and then expectations will be more reasonable. Having said that, the cheap price should be a good indication of it's economy level.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled solo
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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57 reviews
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Reviewed February 6, 2009

The website for the grand hotel is very deceiving - the images show the rooms to be spacious and modern. The site lists the facilities as including a spa/sauna and restaurant - both of which aren't available. We stayed in the standard/budget room at $99/night for 2 nights - the room was a significant distance from reception, up stairs and across 2x bridges and down a couple stuffy musty hallways. The rooms are tiny, with the bathroom sink located IN the room - next to the tea and coffee...not very hygienic. Our view is of a dirty rooftop with a running aircon unit sitting on the roof. Huge concern with fire safety as the windows have security latches atnd we're at the end of a hallway - fire exit is at the other end of the long hallway.

The few good things: the room's very clean with nice sheets on the bed - the shower has good pressure and is clean and fairly new. Overall quite disappointed that this is marked as a 'hotel' and at how misleading the website is. This is more of a backpackers, the owners should be honest about this through their marketing of the hotel. Also should price the budget rooms at a more suitable rate of around $60/room.

Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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sydney
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67 reviews
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Reviewed November 22, 2008

I stayed in the grand hotel for 2 nights, there are two type of rooms, the premier rooms which are modern and new, and the standard budget rooms, which I stayed in. It was spacious enough but everything was rough, there is not a table for us to put down our handbags, watches and wallets, there is not even a towel rank to hang up the towels, no racks in the bathroom for you to put the shampoo and soup, I have to put them on the floor, and there is no hair dryer. I went down to ask the reception for a hair dryer and they said they did not provide any even if I can pay!! It was so ridiculous!!! I have to wait for 2 hours before I sleep until my hair dried. Luckily the hotel is just 2 minutes walk from the tourism center, it was very convenient and quiet. I probably will not choose this hotel next time, I would rather stay in YHA which cost similar but offers much more facilities.

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  • Disliked — no hair dryer
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Grand Hotel Rotorua
Address: 1130 Pukuatua Street | Rotorua CBD, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #48 of 58 Specialty Lodging in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Hotel Rotorua 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grand Hotel Rotorua is an older style property located in the heart of Rotorua CBD. There are 38 rooms in total which can be divided into 3 categories (or room standards). There are 12 BUDGET Rooms or backpacker style rooms with private bathrooms which cater for those travellers wishing for some privacy and security in preference to a dormitory and on a limited budget. There are 7 ECONOMY Rooms which have the basics such as ensuite, TV, fridge, tea and coffee. They are clean and comfortable and ideal for short stays. We offer a complimentary continental breakfast in our breakfast room between 8.00am and 10.00amThere are 19 PREMIER Rooms which were renovated to a good standard and come complete with ensuite, TV, fridge, tea & coffee, phone, internet, hair dryer, iron & ironing board etc. We offer a complimentary continental breakfast in our breakfast room between 8.00am and 10.00am ... more   less 
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