If you are into old world charm, this hotel is for you. If you like to stay in pubs, but not comfortable with unclean toilets and showers, this is like a five start pub hotel with en suite bathroom. Though the hotel lacks a lot of basic amenities you would expect from ibis, like an elevator (since we were travelling as a family we had packed a lot, it would have been very difficult to carry all the luggage up if we had not got the room in the ground floor), but it is very charming. The rooms are small and not much space to move around your bed, but I still love it. This is my second time here and stayed for a couple of days. Last time I was here I did not feel the room was cramped; maybe different rooms of the same category are of different sizes. Rotorua can be very smelly due to all the volcanic activity, but the rooms in the hotel are made to smell good, I did not notice that the last time, it is very mild floral perfume which always lingers in the air, nice touch. The breakfast included in the package was ok, I liked both the continental and the hot breakfast, decent spread. An evening by the fireplace, doing whatever you like doing is not to be missed, I loved it. The best pub hotel I've come across.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Princes Gate Rotorua
- Hotel Princes Gate