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Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre
Ranked #38 of 91 Hotels in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 October 2013

My husband and I wanted a break for the weekend from Auckland and were very happy we chose the Distinction Hotel in Rotorua.

The rooms were modern with lots of space.
The facilities on site were fab including heated swimming pool and 4 x spa pools.
We loved the food in the Yakatori bar.
The staff were friendly and helpful.

Rotorua also was a great place with lots to do and the locals were extremely friendly.

I would recommend this destination and hotel for anyone wanting to escape Auckland.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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DistinctionHotels, General Manager at Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2013

Good on you Paula B, a quick getaway is nearly as good as a week long holiday. Your right Rotorua has so much to offer! you can be as busy or as quiet & relaxed as you want. It’s great you used our swimming pools & grottos and Mr Yakitori is an excellent choice for your evening meal. We hope you can make the great escape with us again soon!

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Reviewed 19 October 2013

We spent our Honeymoon there two years ago, the Restaurants are good the atmosphere unpretentious, the service polite and prompt. The best place to eat, Japanese food and buffet breakfast. Good specials.

Room Tip: Deluxe rooms are best
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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DistinctionHotels, General Manager at Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2013

Hello Mark B, Glad to see you enjoyed your Honeymoon here two years ago. There have been a lot of chances since your visit, we do hope you have visited since to try the different menu’s, BBQ’s and entertainment since. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 8 October 2013

Stayed 2 nights recently at the Distinction Rotorua and was very surprised by just how big and lovely the suites were at this hotel. Lovely modern decor, very comfortable bed and massive bathroom. Enjoyed drinks both nights in the D Bar, as well as some lovely grazing food. The staff were helpful and the food from the Japanese restaurant onsite was yum. The bar staff very kindly organised to bring the food into the bar area so that we didn't need to go to the restaurant to try the food.

Only downside is that the hotel is about 3 to 4 km's from the centre of town so more than just a short walk if you want to get out and try somewhere else to eat.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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DistinctionHotels, General Manager at Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2013

Thank you for staying with us Fork Talk O, it’s brilliant you got to enjoy our newly refurbished suites and some of our facilities here at Distinction Rotorua. There is another restaurant onsite as well – total of four outlets to choose from so something different for each night. I hope you got to relax in the outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi in between your daily activities, Rotorua has lot to offer. We hope to see you back again soon. Safe Travels!

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Reviewed 31 August 2013

A wonderful experience. Very friendly staff and the room was very clean, and once the heater was on (only took a few minutes to warm up) very cosy. The bar area was homely and the meals are very moresh. I forgot to take my swimming shorts but a late night or early morning dip in the pool would have been fabulous...next time I shall remember...Thank you To the staff and cleaners.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Herewini E
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DistinctionHotels, General Manager at Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2013

HerewiniE we are pleased you could visit us recently. Shame about the togs, the outdoor heated pool & Jacuzzi are great areas to relax. I know you’ll remember next time but don’t forget The Warehouse & other stores are only 5 minutes’ drive down the road. With 4 food & beverage outlets to choose from you’re never short of options to tantalise your taste buds. We hope to see you again soon – review our website for deals.

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Reviewed 24 August 2013

My wife and I stayed here while she was attending a conference on site. The room was comfortable and reasonably spacious although a little dark. No minibar but the fridge could be stocked on request. Very clean & tidy. The corridors are looking tired and in need of upgrade however I understand that is already planned. Nice outdoors area including hot pools etc. The conference facilities are excellent according to my wife.
The only slightly strange experience was not quite being able to find the front door. The signage from the main street which you come along from Rotorua City directs you to reception through the car park. The large doors adjacent to the car park however are not the front entrance but the entrance to the conference facilities. To get to reception you have to walk through the hotel corridors or actually walk to the street on the other side of the car park and along the road 30 meters. Not a major just a surprise.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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DistinctionHotels, General Manager at Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2013

Hi CardioKiwitraveller, glad you came across this weekend. It seems everyone did enjoy the conference and got a lot of benefit out of the presentations and trade stands. You are correct the reception (located on Trigg Ave) does catch a few people. As Fenton is the main street, we try to direct others round to the other side of the building. We will review our signage to see what we can change to be of more assistance. I hope while you were you got to try out some of the facilities like the outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi or private grotto’s. We hope to see you again soon – maybe this time for a holiday?!

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Reviewed 11 August 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights while in town for the Tough Guy & Gal Event.
The Hotel is at the quieter end of town so no vehicle/ boy racer noise at night.
On arrival walking through the revolving doors (who can't resist going round at least twice) the staff were very very pleasant and friendly. They took their time to fully explain what was on offer and where everything was located.
We had one of the deluxe rooms on the top floor. Very neat and tidy and had that feel of class to it.
Amazing BIG comfy bed! Big new Television plus 3 armchairs. Bathroom was clean and modern and plenty of towels etc.
Breakfast was plentiful, staff again super friendly.
Only negative if I had to find one, carpark is located around the back, not secure although video monitored. No problems while we were there. Only tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms. A microwave would have been handy but I guess it is a Hotel and not a Motel.
Didn't manage to make use of the pool or the spa pool grotto but will next time for sure.

A very nice Hotel with plenty of facilities and easy access to all the major roads and attractions

Room Tip: top floor overlooking the pool area with a balcony.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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DistinctionHotels, General Manager at Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2013

Hope you enjoyed the Tough Guy & Tough Girl Challenge whilst here kiwiguy39. Very pleased you have enjoyed the services & our team. Maybe on your next visit you could get to relax in the Jacuzzi, or dine in our Mr Yakitori for that something different. There’s another challenge coming up again soon, we hope to see you then.

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Reviewed 21 July 2013

I have stayed at Distinction Hotel a few times now and I will continue to do so every time I travel to Rotorua. The rooms are very spacious and modern with large modern televisions and very comfortable beds. I make use of the gym almost every time I stay, especially after I eat at the absolutely yummy Yakitori Japanese Restaurant. I highly recommend this hotel as a place to stay, whether that be for business or pleasure. Gold Star.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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DistinctionHotels, General Manager at Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2013

Kiwisalestar, thank you so much for your continued support. It’s great to hear that our refurbished rooms have been a hit and yes Mr Yakitori is an excellent restaurant. As you know the gym facilities are basic but have what necessary for a work out, away from peoples local gym’s. We hope to welcome you again soon !!

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Additional Information about Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre

Address: 390 Fenton Street | PO Box 983, Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#26 Luxury Hotel in Rotorua
#31 Romantic Hotel in Rotorua
Price Range: £82 - £167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre 4*
Number of rooms: 133
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