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East West Studio Apartments
Ranked #12 of 57 Specialty Lodging in Rotorua
Horsham, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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Reviewed April 9, 2009

We stayed here for two nights in the North Townhouse. A semi-detached two storey house with two bedrooms, one with a little Tv, well-equipped kitchen, downstairs shower and loo, plus upstairs toilet, utility area with washing machine plus a comfortable lounge with patio doors. The place was spotless. Wifi available for a few dollars. The hosts, Kirsten and Stuart, were two of the most accommodating hosts of all the places we stayed in on our 30 day trip to New Zealand. At the back of the house is a hot tub solely for the use of the North and South houses. The swimming pool is a hop, skip and a jump across the main house's driveway. I couldnt fault it. The location is great - a quiet side street but only a few minutes walk to the local supermarket and restaurants. You even get your country's flag hoisted on the pole during your stay - a nice touch! Why stay in a hotel when you can stay in your own little oasis with all the comforts of home?

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Boston
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Reviewed April 5, 2009

The hostess and host were outstanding. Incredibly accommodating and helpful. We arrived in the late afternoon without know much about Roturura and our hosts told us everything we needed to know and even booked us a special pick-up by the shuttle to go to Te Puia for dinner and sightseeing (the Maori volcanic area).

The room was nice and clean. The location was good as well. It’s not in the center of town, only a couple blocks walk from the main area, and it’s not clear that you’d actually want to be downtown as its quite a loud area. They have a ‘pay-for’ option for high speed wireless Internet (which is hard to find in Roturura). There's also a nice little pool, although we didn't have a chance to use it.

We can’t say enough about the hosts. They knew everything about town and pointed us in the right direction time and time again. They gave us options for a nice breakfast and told us about the authentic Maori village and shops which were very helpful because its easy to get lost in the tourist traps in Roturura.

One thing to consider about Roturura in general, and this is true about anywhere you would stay, is that the volcanic area emits a constant smell of sulfur, that’s just part of the geothermal activity and probably part of the reason you’re going to Roturua .

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Canada
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Reviewed March 20, 2009

This apartment was roomy enough to comforably fit 4 people. Daily servicing and cleaniness was A1. I could not believe the hospitality of the apartment owners- they would find suitable tours for you, check in to see if you required anything, and even smoked the fresh catch from our fishing expedition!
Nice quiet location within walking distance from core. Would highly recommend to those who are looking for a break from the city. Rotorua may be a small town, but there is lots to do for travelers from afar.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
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Bath, England
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Reviewed August 29, 2008

We spent a week here and thoroughly enjoyed the convenience of the cottage as a base for exploring Rotorua and it ssurroundings. The cottage is spacious and offers all the facilities needed for a self-catering base (with car parking), One member of our party, who has a slight disability could not praise the layout enough as it has full disabled access and interior facilities to accomodate the needs (including a wet room shower with no steps). The kitchen facilities were more than adequate for our party, with oven, dishwasher, washing machine and fridge.
All in all a very nice place to stay in, fully deserving its 4 star Qualmark status.

  • Liked — Comfort and spaciousness
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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Thank Steve-and-SueB
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Geneva, Switzerland
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157 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2008

I cannot recommend this place highly enough - it's terrific value for money and offers an independence you won't find at a hotel or B&B, and comfort and convenience you'll never see at a motel.
East West has a range of accommodation options. We like to stay in their apartments - three bedroom flats that are wonderfully well set up - spacious, clean and private. If you are a large group of friends and /or family, this is an ideal option. We had an apartment with a lovely little garden, hot tub, patio and barbecue, as well as excellent kitchen and laundry facilities (although a dryer would be helpful). The rooms were suitable for disabled people, and children are catered for - books and kids' dvds are provided. The place is modern and relaxing, and very warm in the crisp Rotorua winter (the place is heated through Rotorua's natural thermal activity). The location is central and walking distance to several supermarkets and the central shopping district. Kristin and Stuart are knowledgeable and helpful about Rotorua, and are super friendly.
But here's what sets this place apart: they really care. Our last visit was as a family to arrange and attend a funeral. Obviously a tremendously sad occasion. Kristin offered us reduced rates, and even went so far as to make us wonderful homemade soup - no charge - on a day that was particularly difficult for us. When our stay had to end because of a prior booking, Stuart introduced us to a neighbouring motel and helped arrange a transfer and good rates.

  • Liked — realxing and spacious, independence
  • Disliked — -
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Watford
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 6, 2007

We stayed in the Kiwi Cottage. We had our own spa and garden with patio and patio heater. What more could we ask! The accommodation was very large and spotlessly clean. The accommodation we had would be ideal for anyone disabled. It was totally set up for wheelchair access including the bathroom facilities. The hosts were extremely helpful arranging white water rafting for us as soon as we got there and prior to us even leaving the UK Kristen arranged for our Hangi night. Whilst we were there Kristin and Stuart were hoping to get their Qualmark. I hope they achieved it - it is certainly worth a good rating.

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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98 reviews
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Reviewed August 14, 2007

The rooms at East West are huge and really are apartment style accomodations with added breakfast. The hosts Kristin and Stuart are great. They have a geothermal heated pool on site if you want to enjoy the relaxing waters and were very helpful in getting me booked into one of the local spas (although the spa overbooked and I ended up not getting a treatment just a soak which I highly recommend no matter what). I stayed in the West Wing and the room consisted of a kitchenette, TV, dining area, large bed and small bed. One evening Stuart cooked me dinner at no additional cost and we enjoyed a a very tasty meal with some great NZ wine. I felt like I was staying with an Aunt and Uncle who were keen to look out for me and happy to chat. The political elections were going on at the time and Kristin was actually running for office so I learned a lot about that. The location is close enough to walk to town but on a quiet street. I got some good shopping tips and although Rotorua is quite touristy there are some nice local shops to find as well. This would be a great place for couples or families to visit. FYI They do have a dog on site. I highly recommend this as a B&B accomodation.

  • Liked — Great hosts, clean, convenient
  • Disliked — No complaints at all!
  • Stayed September 2005, traveled solo
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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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