The room I had in the apartment annex, was a real value, actually a suite. The lobby and main building are gorgeous. The food is good, and the location great. yes, there's a bit of sulfur smell, but it's well part of Rotorua's attraction (not the smell the hot springs). It's clean, and a pleasant place to stay.
But what's up with New Zealand and internet? For the free WiFi, you go to the lobby and get a ticket for free at least that gives you 50 mess of info. One 10 minute Skype call and well forget it. You can go outside to call to not annoy other guests, but why these stupid tickets? And this is the NEW SYSTEM. You can get it in your room via the old system, but then you pay for your measly 50 megs. I wouldn't have stayed under that circumstance.
Ok, it's not only this hotel but NZ tends to treat bandwidth like a valuable commodity. Still, the motel down the road has it for free in rooms, so they really need to get with the 21st Century here too.
(also putting jets in the nice hot tubs outside would be cool!) But it was nice as it is.
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- The Princes Gate Hotel, the ideal accommodation whilst staying in Rotorua. The most famous Hotel in Rotorua built in 1897. This timeless, beautiful hotel is privately owned and operated. Our hotel rooms offer style and sophistication that depict a bygone era. The Princes Gate Hotel is not just a hotel but also an attraction. It has been masterfully restored through passionate attention to details. We look forward to having you stay with us in our beautiful & grand Princes Gate Hotel. ... more less
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