We stayed two consecutive weekends when there was availability upstairs, as even upstairs you don't have much privacy but at least you're not right next to the carpark as all units have only a big door/window with curtains that you have to keep closed for privacy. The first weekend our unit (No.8), was spacious and modern, no hob only a microwave but that suited us. The 2nd weekend we had Unit 27. At first sight it looks pretty much the same. However, the shower in this unit has a high wall to get in and out of it, and although spacious inside the cubicle, if you turn the shower on before getting in as I did, the water goes straight to the wooden floor. As I was getting out of the shower I slipped on the wet floor and in trying to avoid hitting my back on this high wall I twisted my knee causing damage to ligaments and tendons with excruciating pain. The Dr prescribed pain killers and anti-inflamatories 4 times a day. This happened almost a week ago and none of the pain has subsided. Without the medication I can't walk. I suggested that they put signs to say that the floor is extremely dangerous when wet and also put a non slippery step for people to step on it first when coming out of the shower.... It would be interesting to see if these suggestions do get actioned. I was told by the Manager that Room 26 is a mirror copy of No. 27.
I can also see another accident waiting to happen in this Unit with the position of the microwave (there's no hob here either so you have no choice). The microwave is on the left hand corner of the kitchen and the door opens towards you right on your face. You can't see when you're taking the heated food out of it, and it's also hard to be able to read the settings.
On a lesser degree but annoying none the less was the fact that neither unit had a tea towel rail.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At White Island Rendezvous we offer a range of quality accommodation choices to suit every traveller. Located opposite the picturesque Whakatane wharf, we are just a short walk from the town centre and many great restaurants. Join a tour to visit the active volcano, White Island, take a stroll along the river or enjoy one of the local bushwalks to view the spectacular scenery across the bay. Our quiet location means not only a great night's sleep but you may even be lucky enough to hear the distinctive call of the kiwi which live in the nearby bush. We are the only accommodation provider in Whakatane to offer an onsite cafe (famous amongst locals for fantastic breakfasts and delicious espresso!) All units have free wireless broadband access and Sky TV. ... more less
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