Before I booked with Utuhina, I dutifully checked it out on Trip Advisor, but no reviews had been written about it. I found a great deal on Wotif, so I went ahead and booked. Between making the booking and leaving for my holiday, two really bad reviews were written about it! Needless to say, I was a little bit scared of what I would find when I checked in.
I've got to say, I was pleasantly amazed.
Now, I can see how if you were used to anonymous, immaculate, soulless motel rooms, Utuhina would have come as a shock. Soulless and anonymous it is not! We stayed in Rose Cottage, which is little historic cottage. Cute as a button, but a little rough around the edges. The furnishings are pretty historical too! Old-skool to the max. Think of your grandma's house and you'll have an idea. However, they were clean and comfortable, and everything you needed was there.
I like accommodation with character. I liked the sprawling Utuhina Lodge, especially the little hotpools tucked away in unexpected corners (also fantastic was the constant supply of big fluffy towels - awesome when you're jumping in and out of the pools several times a day). It felt like a homely place to stay - in fact, I found myself referring to it as 'home' in the three days I stayed there! It was far more pleasant to stay in than an anonymous motel room, and cheaper to boot. There was carparking right outside the door, the spectacular Kuirau Park was just across the road and the lake and town centre were a short walk away, and the staff were friendly and unobtrusive.
If you don't care that your accommodation isn't ultra-modern, I'd certainly recommend it.
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- Also Known As:
- Utuhina Hot Springs Hotel Rotorua