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“Good location, decent room”
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Astray Motel
Reviewed 2 August 2013

Stayed 1 night in a double room with shared bathroom. Room was small with just enough space for bed and shelves, but that was to be expected at the price. It was clean and the bed was good. Had free wifi but had to go outside the room to use it, fair enough. Great location to get a good look at central Rotorua, close to the Tamaki Maori village pick up office which was our reason for being there. Good service.

N.B: Rotorua generally smells of really bad rotten eggs because of the geothermal activity - not that you should let that put you off going, because it's a really lovely place to visit!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

Stayed for 2 nights in budget single room. It was tiny but very clean and has the functional shelf; window for natural lights. The bed is so comfortable (it was elevated so you can keep your luggage underneath). What might be a good addition for the room is a mirror (I had to constantly go out the sink area for that). The common facilities such as kitchen, dining area, & shower are functional, not overly special. What is so special for me is Sue, the host. On my arrival our bus was delayed; I called her up (knowing the strict schedule for check in) and she kindly waited for me and two other guests I think for 30-45 min. She also helped to cancel my hotel pick-up arrangement when she knew about my impromptu visit to Skyline/Gondola before my Mitai Village performance and made sure I was driven back to the hotel. Try to stay at Astray when you’re in Rotorua, highly recommended!

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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

Highly recommended! It is a budget hotel in the centre of Rotorua, it has a separate bedroom, own kitchen with microwave and own bathroom. And on top of that a very helpful host, thank you Frank! Nowhere in NZ I found a better place for the same price.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

Our hosts were helpful, friendly and gave us great suggestions for activities in walking distance of the motel. Actually had off street parking in central Rotorua. Good security. Accommodation is compact but clean, tidy and free wi fi. TV in the rooms. Easy to book online. We had a great stay there.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

We booked to stay in the motel for 3 nights. We were late driving down from Auckland due to work commitments so we rang the motel to inform them that we will be checking in later than expected. The motel manager was very rude. We were informed that the reception closes strictly at 9pm and they will NOT leave the keys for us or refund the booking. We were told to look for somewhere else to stay for the night and but they will still be charging us for the room.

The booking website only mentioned to inform the hotel about late arrivals, which we did. When I told the manager that we did ring in advance I was told that although they mention on the website to call them, they don't have to be flexible and the outcome would have been the same no matter how early or late we would have called.

If we would have arrived late, even minutes after the reception closed, without calling them we would have to sleep in our car as they would not have let us into the hotel. But still charge us the full amount for the room.

As a result we were unable to go down to Rorotua that night and had to find alternative, now more expensive last minute hotels. Very unpleasant experience.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2013

Astray is a cheap BBH accommodation in the center of Rotorua. Our host, Frank, was a nice Danish guy who helped us out whenever we asked him something. We stayed in a 4 bed share room with (2 bunk beds) and it was a little cramped, but clean. The showers were clean and a little small as well and the kitchen is clean, but again, not spacious. Also the kitchen is not a cosy communal area, it's just functional. Bars and eateries and the I-Site are about a 5 to 10 minute walk away, as well as the mud pools and geothermal area's in the parks, be it in the other direction.
If you want to stay in Rotorua for a while I would suggest you stay somewhere else, because there wasn't a lot of interaction between guests. Maybe this was because it is a motel as well, I'm not sure. But if you just want to stay for two nights, as we did, it is definitely recommendable.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

For budget accommodation this has to be one of the best. It is central city with adequate parking. Whilst the room was small it was comfortable and clean. The hosts were friendly and helpful. The unit was also unexpectedly very quiet. I would be happy to recommend and definitely would stay there again.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Astray Motel

Address: 1198 - 1204 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 58 Speciality Lodging in Rotorua
Price Range: £31 - £55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Astray Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rotorua Motel ASTRAY is a Quality budget accommodation at competitive prices in central Rotorua. We have off street parking, Freeview TV, Free WiFi. Common-room, kitchen & laundry. Close enough to walk to Rotorua's many restaurants, bars and cafes, but far enough away to enjoy a good night's sleep. Astray is an easy walk from thermal areas, hot pools, Rotorua's lake-front, i-site (information centre) and bus stop for intercity buses. Rotorua city buses and shuttles stop right outside the door. We know all the "must do" activities in Rotorua and we can book you in. Our motel accommodation in double studios, twin studios, and 1 & 2 bedroom studios. All with ensuite bathroom, Freeview TV and tea/coffee making facilities. We also offer a wide range of budget accommodation: 4-bed bunkrooms, 2-bed bunkroom, budget doubles and budget single. All budget rooms come with shared facilities. Rotorua Motel ASTRAY look forward to hosting you in Rotorua. ... more   less 
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