My wife and I returned to my home town on the occasion of my niece’s wedding and decided to stay at the Prince’s Gate Hotel as a change from corporate hotels. It was a landmark from my childhood and as such part of the essential memories of my roots. So big expectations. We were not disappointed! The Johnson Room with the enormous stud (I guess at a good 14ft) was opulently appointed with full length drapes in elegant shades of silver and mauve and with all the conveniences of a top class hotel. The bathroom spacious and light and the queen sized bed gloriously comfortable. The staff were all genuinely friendly, charming and helpful from the front desk on our arrival to the dining room waiters and the household staff like Alice. The beautifully restored bar and dining rooms evoked a time of gracious dining and indeed the menu didn’t disappoint. The only criticism was that the oysters were unavailable and so I was unable to order the carpetbag steak (a favourite of my late Dad’s). The proximity to the local cafes and Govt Gardens is excellent and we walked through those splendid grounds a number of times with a new appreciation of all that has to offer – including the wonder of the Polynesian Spa. We have already determined to return to the Princes Gate and next time catch the show and order the carpetbag! The chance to stayand relax in this privately owned beautifully restored historic part of Rotorua is a treasure not to be missed.
- 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