Our family of four adults took two rooms are the Rendezvous motel. Overall, it was a great value for the service and room they provide.
Each of our rooms came with one double and one single bed. A small, but functional kitchen was also provided. It had everything except a stove (free, available upon request). Glasses, mugs, plates, bowls, flatware, etc. were all standard. A nice selection of teas and coffee is also available. They even provide each room with an individual container of fresh milk/cream upon check-in.
The bathroom was large and well lit, with a working ventilation fan. The shower had great water pressure with new fixtures.
The site provides coin laundry (NZ $2) and paid wireless internet ($3.50 for 1/2 hour, $7 for an hour, $20 for 24 hours). It's expensive, but very fast.
The full service hotel cafe is the best part. We walked around the main strip (The Strand) to find a place for breakfast, but we returned to the hotel for their gourmet breakfast options. I had the Vegetarian Brekie Croissant -- a fresh croissant with spinach, egg and yogurt (it was actually very good).
The hotel staff was professional and very accommodating. We got a flat tire and arrived after the normal check-in hours, but with a phone call they waited for our arrival and arranged a late dinner reservation at a restaurant across the street.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- White Island Rendezvous Whakatane