We arrived relatively late on the Thursday before Good Friday - tired and looking for a good sleep. The gentleman on reception was so welcoming, friendly and genuine - a good start! He took us to our room (22 - the Camille Malfroy room) and I must say I was a little underwhelmed at first. It was relatively small, and although the decor is in keeping with the period of the building, it seemed a little tired - the two bucket chairs looked like they needed a good steam clean and the mirror in the bathroom had started to deteriorate where the adhesive was. As there is no air-con in the room (but a radiator heater) it was also a little stuffy from being shut up, but we just left the door open for a bit and that soon sorted it out.
To bed and a comfy bed it was! We had a great sleep and tripped on down to breakfast through the wonderful lobby to be met by some more lovely friendly staff who were only too happy to please. The dining room is very in period and we really enjoyed the cooked breakfasts (had the pancakes, scrambled eggs and the 'Princes Gate breakfast' which was basically the works), as well as the continental buffet on different mornings.
On our second night we tried out the hot pools - three different thermal pools at three different temperatures in a lovely landscaped setting. We were fortunate that it coincided with a cabaret show in the dining room, so we got to hear that while we relaxed in the pools before slipping back up to our room for a good sleep.
So after initially thinking I wouldn't come back here, I can honestly say we now would. We had a room at the lowest end of the price range, so I can only review on the room we stayed in. I do think the soft furnishing in this room could do with a wee update, but it was (apart from the chairs), clean and comfortable. Like other reviews have mentioned - if you want modern there are other places in Rotorua that cater for that. If you want charm and wonderful service, the Princes Gate has it in truck loads.
- 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