We especially chose this hotel as we had stayed there years ago and were familiar with its location and fantastic views. We got a very cheap deal from ‘Wotif’ of NZD99 for bed and breakfast. Yes, requested upper level room with geyser view and were not disappointed with our 4th floor room. Our room view was amazing looking straight into the Te Puia thermal area. So close to a huge mud pool we could hear the mud splashing overnight0! Night and morning, when there were no tourists in Te Puia, the geyser and mud pond put on a private show just for us – a memorable experience. On the cool mornings the steam rising from the thermal area was awesome.
Yes it is an older hotel (at least 45 years) and rather run down but not in terrible condition at all, just old and a bit faded. Our room was clean and comfortable. The narrow patio is the ideal spot for taking in the view and photographs but the door was old and wooden, and we used our ‘toolman’ to open the lock and slide it open. The bathroom of course was dated but quite usable, with a very deep bath with shower over. There was a spacious clothes hanging area, lots of room for your luggage, bed side tables, chests of drawers, an easy chair, desk and chair and good lighting. The fridge was roomy and worked well (made our own ice cubes). The ‘cable’ TV – Sky only appeared to have one channel (news) plus the local free to air TV. Breakfast (continental – part of the deal) was okay with juices, choice of cereals and fruits, toast, spreads etc. About what you would find in an average American motel.
Although located close to Te Puia entrance there were no other attractions very close by and your own transport would be best situation. There may be a bus service from the city centre as the hotel is located on a main road. We went to Tamaki Maori Village one evening and their bus picked up and returned us to the hotel.
The hotel appears to have had numerous owners over the years although it has always retained the ‘Geyserland’ name. When we arrived it had change owners again to Silver Oak chain. They may have plans to refurbish the hotel as it surely has potential due to its very unique location. On arrival the staff at the Reception check-in were efficient and friendly. We did phone Reception one evening to ask if they knew the weather forecast for the following day and received a negative, off hand reply as if it was the oddest query they had ever had. The outdoor swimming pool was not heated (very odd for Rotorua where hot water flows freely from the ground). The hotel had private ‘spa’ pools available for a small charge but we did not use them. Yes we would stay there again but only in one of the upper level room at the lift end (better views) of the wing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel overlooks the world famous Pohutu Geyser and is directly opposite the Rotorua International Golf course. The 70 rooms hotel offers pool view rooms and Geyser View Suites, facilities include Geyser View Restaurant, bar, gym, spa, sauna, heated spout pools, Conference Centre, business centre, internet cafe, wireless internet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quality Hotel Rotorua
- Quality Inn Rotorua