We had a great stay at the Princes Gate Hotel in Rotorua. The hotel is well located within an easy distance of the Rotorua Museum and Polynesian Spa, and a quick walk to the rest of the town and the lake.
Yes the decor was full on, and yes there were some creaks. We stayed in the Elizabeth Room and it was definitely surprising. But this is a building with a story, and from our perspective, the creaks and flamboyance gave it an edge of authenticity that far outweighs places with a sterile experience.
The hotel has a wonderfully warm and comfortable lounge area that is conducive to drinking red wine and reading a good book or surfing the net on an iPad. The dining area is formal, but our experience of breakfast was one of attention to detail and meticulous service. Not a huge fan of the filter coffee, but over all lovely breakfast.
The thermal pools were a highlight for us - clean, expansive and serviced by good poolside facilities.
We cannot fault the staff in this hotel. They had a sense of humour and were unfailingly helpful whilst being extremely professional.
- 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