We stayed for a weekend in one of the Deluxe rooms.
The hotel location is perfect, right by the lake (which does bring Trout Flies, but they don't bite) and a short drive from town/attractions.
The room decor was quite funky & modern, well thought out with nice extra touches like the in room DVD, but we were suprised out how small they were and would have loved a bath (only a shower cubicle).
Like other reviewers I have to say that the food was excellent - my husband had the beef and said it was the best in a long time and I had the (unusual) choice of several really good vegetarian dishes.
The room service is a nice touch as is the fact that there is no room service charge.
We thought that the dining room could do with some work though - at night it is too brightly lit and feels a bit like eating in a friends living room, then in the morning the piped in lift music can grate on the nerves a little.
On the whole I would say that this is a great option for Rotorua, but it does feel a little cold/impersonal for such a small resort - it needs a fresh injection of enthusiasm from the management (who need to think about little things like a bell on the front desk, for when they are not nearby).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort is situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua in quiet parklike surroundings only 3 mins from Rotorua Airport,and 10 mins to the famous geothermal attractions of Rotorua. This award winning resort hotel features luxurious accommodation with private balconies or courtyards with views to the lake; New Zealand's award winning fine dining Mokoia Restaurant specialising in indigenous herbs and spices which creates amazing taste sensations including a daily full vegetarian menu; superb personal service; relaxing Manary English lounge bar and the internationally acclaimed Wai Ora Day Spa featuring the World Luxury Spa Award winning "New Zealand Cultural Spa "regime based on the geothermal muds of Rotorua and wellness practices of the Maori. Rotorua's only World Luxury Spa Award winner. Enjoy the tranquility of the landscaped gardens and serene sounds of the meandering spring feed stream as you enjoy the hot and cold pools, steam room and sauna that make up the Wai Ora Spa Water Experience. The ideal Rotorua relaxation, spa, food taste sensations destination and accommodation base for all other Rotorua activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wai Ora Lakeside Hotel
- Wai Ora Lakeside Resort