We stayed at the GT on the recommendation of friends who had stayed there with kids before and who in fact joined us there again for this school holiday break. They were doing a deal we saw in the paper for $139 1st night, $119 subsequent nights per room, including breakfast. We rang up and asked for a double king bed room as we wanted our 3 kids - 1 x 5 year and 2 x 3 year old boys - in with us (I know, I know - crazy but also on a budget!) This was no problem and yes, breakfast was free for all of us each morning. And this was quite a breakfast - full continental + cooked, all you can eat type buffet. I know, I know, most hotel breakfasts are kind of gross, and the sausages never got past tepid any of the 3 mornings we were there, but the rest of it was really pretty good. The kids loved the fruit and muesli, the pancakes and bacon, the mini croissants and pastries (the leftovers of which got wrapped up and used for morning tea each day). Hot tip - the precooked scrambled eggs are gross, but they will cook you some poached or fried or whatever if you ask for it (and they were indeed hot off the grill each time we got 'em.) The kids ate their full and ran off to the "Games Room" ie. mini games arcarde next door each morning so although I didn't get my preferred Flat White to kick start the day it was certainly more relaxing (and cheaper) than eating out at a cafe each morning. We also ate at the Caravel (sp?) seafood buffet one night, against our better judgement as I am again not a big fan of dinner buffets and at $35 an adult it seemed expensive. But once we found out it was free for the kids (not sure if this was cos of their age, or just a special school hols deal) and that they had a chef standing there all night cooking your choice of steak, prawn and scallops we relented and it really was not too bad (especially the dessert table!) We figured it worked out about the same, if not slightly cheaper,than feeding us all at one of the family restaurants in town, and this way we didn't have to get changed and have to go out into the cold night, plus the kids at least got some veges (I think even they were tiring of "...and fries" with every kids meal we saw by then!)
But enough about the food already - though it really was what finally sold us on the Grand Tiara and would make me recommend it to others heading to Rotovegas with small fry. The room was pretty standard fare, but clean and pleasant enough, and while not huge we had enough room for the five of us, and even to entertain our afore mentioned friends with their two kids for afternoon tea one rainy afternoon. My only room related gripe was the weird showerhead which made you feel like you were standing in the eye of the (rain) storm ie. the water seemed to go in every direction but onto me. But it was certainly liveable for 3 nights. The other "treat" especially as far as the kids were concerned were the funky, bizarre grotto pools located in the hotel basement which are kind of private spa pools complete with huge bubbles, waterfalls and groovy Flintstone-like doors and walls. Not a particularly relaxing experience, but fun for a quick visit after dinner to tire the kids out! The large Jacuzzi-type hot pool outside was more relaxing but less private. The staff were all pleasant, but those on the front desk veered towards unobtrusive rather than chatty. All in all, we found the GT a good base from which to head out and explore Rotorua each day (though if you did not have a car you would probably want to be a little closer to the town centre).
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