We chose this hotel for its central location and because it offered "a modern one bedroom apartment" as part of the hotel complex. When we checked in we found the apartment was in a older building next door (Mayfair Apartments). The foyer of the apartment smelt musty. Our apartment was upstairs and reasonably nicely renovated and decorated except for the bedroom. This contained a double bed and a single bed, a tacky little wardrobe, one bedside table between the beds and no other storage space. Oh well, we thought, it's only two nights, the sitting room was pleasant enough and the bathroom was good. But trying to sleep in this poky bedroom was a challenge. The room was extremely hot, there was no air-conditioning, and even with open windows there was no air flow. I just could not sleep under those conditions. In the end I pulled all the sofa cushions off, placed them on the sitting room floor in the coolest spot and slept most of the night there.
Next day we asked for a change of room. We were offered a choice of two hotel rooms, both very nice. We chose one on the upper level right at the end of the side of the hotel. We had the added benefit of a table and two chairs on the verandah outside our room. Again the room was very warm with no air conditioning but windows on two sides gave us enough air flow so that we could sleep.
The hotel itself was charming and the decor suited the age of the building. The bar was a bit sterile and service was slow. I ordered a liquor coffee and it took ages to come. Think they had to go milk a cow for the cream! The breakfast selection was small but interesting and tasty. We didn't dine in the hotel so can't comment on this aspect.
The hot pools were wonderful. There were four pools, three outdoors and one indoors (presumably could be used as a private pool). The larger pool was warm and the two smaller pools above it were hot and even hotter. I like my hot pools seriously hot but that one was a challenge to get in to! In fact all the pools were probably a bit too hot for the average traveller and I would recommend that the hotel reduce the temperatures by a couple of degrees in each case. Access to the pools was great from the apartments but harder to get to from the hotel itself - had to go through a function room / restaurant, I think, which seemed odd. Maybe there was another way out to the courtyard that I didn't see!
The hotel is in a great location, opposite the Government Gardens, and a short walk from the restaurant strip and the lakefront. There was plenty of free parking outside the hotel (side) and also valet parking if required at $10 per night. Most of the staff were pleasant and helpful, particularly the young man at reception. I'd stay there again but would be sure to book a hotel room not an apartment. Air conditioning or ceiling fans would solve the heat problem - something is desperately needed!
- 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
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