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“May 2013 - Garden Cottage”

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East West Studio Apartments
Ranked #12 of 57 Specialty Lodging in Rotorua
Manakau, New Zealand
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“May 2013 - Garden Cottage”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

Travelled to Rotorua for work. Guests were my husband and myself with two teenage sons and another adult (work colleague). The cottage was very spacious and offered all the amenities we required.
Booking was easy and Kris & Stu also allowed an early check in - much appreciated as work commitments meant it would be difficult to check in later.
The rooms were well equipped and extra towels were provided for use in the spa.
Kris was great helping us with restaurant recommendations (highly recommend her suggestion of Gengys Mongolian BBQ - all you can eat).
We would love to stay at the East West again - probably in a smaller unit though as it isn't likely we will bring the work colleague with us on a family trip!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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KSeastwest, Manager at East West Studio Apartments, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Your comments are very much valued and welcome thank you! We are pleased all went well during your stay enjoying our facilities especially some good advice for your family dinner event! We look forward to hosting you in the near future. Our best wishes to you all.

Kristin & Stuart
East West Management
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

I was travelling with my parents and my brother through NZ and had booked the North apartments at East West in Rotorua. The booking process was super easy and simple. After a few days after the booking was confirmed the owner of the place Kristin called and said that she would be giving us an upgrade and will put us up in the Garden Kiwi Cottage with our own private spa. That was a real surprise and a very nice gesture. When we arrived in Rotorua at east west we had a warm welcome and were shown around the place and our apartment and were also give internet access for free. The hosts are just amazing and super nice. Our stay in Rotorua was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed staying at East West apartments. The Apartments were very clean and tidy and had all the amenities that you would need while travelling through NZ. Thank you once again for your hospitality Kristin. You were too kind :)

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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KSeastwest, Manager at East West Studio Apartments, responded to this review, May 30, 2013
Thank you for your refreshing review Sheldon, we are very pleased that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us. Your high rating of our property and service is very welcome, and much appreciated thank you, We look forward to hosting you again in the future.

Kristin & Stuart Campbell Smith
East West Management
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Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

We had one of the larger units while it was OK we wouldn't say it was outstanding - the furniture was basic just felt like a cheap caravan type vibe.

For the money paid over £115 a night then I'd expect posher stuff inside but it was more travel lodge than the Hilton. This was our most expensive stay and while it was tidy it was lacking that wow factor!

While the hosts get the guests to sign in - we had a look and yes it looks ok but what we're saying is the luxury was lacking for what is charged. They do state if not happy to go elsewhere well we've booked and others were booked out so we stayed.

Too many rules about cleaning but there was a fair bit of dust noticeable when you're living there. We cleaned it ourselves as we like privacy not cleaners coming in to do a job they didn't do in the first place !

Rules about the refuge and unregistered guests must leave before a set time. No kids under 12. No pets even guide dogs!!!!

Wifi is 10$ per day. You get charged a nights rate if you check in before 12 ouch not very welcoming with all the rules. Office for check in only open 6 hours arriving after this you may lose your room ouch!!

Better places to stay where you'll feel more welcome and get more dollar for your pounds

Quiet location in Rotorua - Lots for tourists to do but again some are dear for what they offer - do your research!!

  • Stayed January 2013
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KSeastwest, Manager at East West Studio Apartments, responded to this review, June 1, 2013
We acknowledge your comment that the unit you occupied was OK, thank you, on the other hand unfortunately; you have made a number of contradictory and inaccurate observations.

Firstly our family friendly holiday houses are not advertised as “luxury” or intended to portray a “wow factor.” We operate a generous refund policy & if dissatisfied, you were welcomed to move on as Rotorua offers numerous options even in the high season.

We do not accept pets however there is no policy referring to the exclusion of “guide dogs” as you incorrectly claim.

Our check in/out policy is similar to other Holiday House vacation rentals. As we are not on site at all times we require prior arrangement for early check in and later check out. Extra costs are duly imposed only by mutual arrangement.

The policy regarding unregistered guests is standard due to resource consent licencing, public liability risk and unwanted noise factors.

From April 2013 our two bedroom duplex holiday houses are no longer available for families with children under 12 years. As you were here in January (five months ago) this policy was not relevant at that time therefore you had no justifiable reason to raise it.

A wifi voucher is complimentary on arrival, however any further usage required is charged.

Regarding your “dust” issue, the unit is fully sanitised prior to your arrival, however as you have noted this problem only “while living there,” bear in mind that Rotorua is located on a volcanic & forestry plateau therefore control of sulphur and pollen particles is virtually impossible.

Finally as per our registration policy, as no issues were reported on check in inspection, during, or on departure, East West Apartments takes no responsibility of unreported issues.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

We stayed in the North Apartment for 5 nights and enjoyed our stay.

After a long day out it was nice to come home to a cosy apartment that has everything that you need. We cooked 2 meals in while staying and everything that we needed to cook was available, even down to baking paper! Pool towels were made available in our apartment as well and we were given a whole stack more towels in case we needed them.

The only comments to make would that it could be handy to have air conditioning in the main living areas to combat the Geothermal Smell that is classically Rotorua (cannot be controlled by the owners). The smell can get very bad at times and can get very overwhelming for those that are not accustomed to it. Closing the doors is the only option which closes off all ventilation.
The speakers in the main living room tv also vibrated quite loudly when you turn up the volume, just above low which made it difficult to hear the tv, but pretty minor really.

Everything was very clean on check in and the owners take pride in their accommodation and were very welcoming. Also try a swim in the pool, is it lovely and so are the sun beds.

We would stay again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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KSeastwest, General Manager at East West Studio Apartments, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Your constructive feedback is very much appreciated & thank you for taking the time. You are correct about the problem with the downstairs TV, & the TV hire company has been alerted for an immediate replacement. A shame this annoyance was not mentioned during your stay as easily be fixed by a phone call. Regards the sulphur issue, Rotorua has widely known variances in seismic & sulphuric levels beyond anyone's control, noticed by some but not all visitors. As all our larger apartments & cottages are currently on the market, a designated air conditioning system has been incorporated in the plans of our new 3 x bedroom designer townhouse project due for completion mid 2013. This high grade property will be suited for guests and children over the age of 12 years only. We are pleased that overall your stay at East West was enjoyable.

Kristin & Stuart
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Stayed here a few weeks ago, 4 adults, 2 children in a 3 bed cottage. It is a little dated but very clean and perfect for larger families, with a full kitchen, separate lounge area and fully enclosed outdoor area with furniture. Location is great, right by a supermarket and only short walk or drive to town.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Thank AB27
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KSeastwest, General Manager at East West Studio Apartments, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Thank you for taking the trouble to make comment on your stay with us. We are pleased you enjoyed this cottage. Yes, we do advertise these cottages as older style particularly suited for families with young children. All the apartments & cottages do have newly installed kitchens and are currently on the market. Our new planned 3 x bedroom designer townhouse is projected for completion mid 2013 and will be suited to guests and children over 12 years of age.

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

I was greeted at the front door and was welcomed as a long lost friend. The hosts couldn't do enough for me, booked me on to some tours and even dropped me off at the airport for free!
I stayed in the studio inhouse apartment and it was just like being at home. Clean, comfortable, with everything that I needed.
It was a great location as it's only a 5 minute walk from the shops yet it feels like you're in suburbia.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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KSeastwest, General Manager at East West Studio Apartments, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
We sincerely appreciate your kind comments & great to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. We do try our best to ensure guests feel right at home while experiencing Rotorua & look forward to welcoming you again at East West.

Kristin & Stuart
East West Management
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

Clean, very spacious & comfortable apartment. Feels like home. Host was very hospitable and helpful with Rotorua attractions. 3 min drive to supermarket, very convenient. Complementary 1 hr WiFi. Highly recomended.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank RickFun35
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KSeastwest, Manager at East West Studio Apartments, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Thank you for your review Ricky, very much appreciated. We are very pleased you and your family enjoyed our facilities and had a great stay in Rotorua and warmly welcome your return in the future.
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Property: East West Studio Apartments
Address: 6 Toko Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #12 of 57 Specialty Lodging in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — East West Studio Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
UNIQUE accommodation - CENTRAL location in the HEART of Rotorua City, family owned & operated premium in house SELF CONTAINED & SERVICED studios, private bathroom, kitchenette, 2 x adult guests maximum occupancy, heated pool, off street parking, located within metres of Rotorua Central Mall, cafes, & spas & thermal wonders, and adventure activities close by. ... more   less 
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