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Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Ranked #18 of 92 Hotels in Rotorua
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Adelaide, Australia
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111 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2014

Third year in a row that we have stayed at this lovely hotel on the lakeside.
It is conveniently located and with the new food court/mall across the road its even better.

Staff were amazing as always
QE Health spa across the parkland

Lovely pools and well equipped gym.

Excelled price.
Room service was fast and yummy at 2am.

Well done again!

Room Tip: Lakeview rooms are the best
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  • Stayed September 2014, travelled with friends
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Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 September 2014

Excellent hotel - well maintained with plush decor. Customer services is fantastic - nothing is too much trouble for staff. Has it own swimming pool and hot pools. Do not havee to pay inflated prices to get to hot pools Great places to dine out at the hotels doorstep. Buffet meals at the hotel is good value for money.

Room Tip: Choose a lake view room - views across the lake are excellent
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2014

This review of a stay in the last week of July 2014 is a little late but I felt it was necessary to do as the hotel has improved so dramatically in the last few months since we stayed earlier in the year. We have been regular guests at this hotel bi-annually over the last 6 years. At our last 3day visit previous to this one, the discontent of the staff attitude was palpable. From the Reception, restaurant staff to the housekeeping. Smiles greetings and courteous natures were non existent with exception of the Doorman. We were very pleased to see the doorman was there again with a friendly smile and offer of assistance at this stay.
It was not only the change in staff that we noticed this time but the décor in the public areas had been dramatically been rejuvenated providing inviting warm and luxurious spaces to linger. The staff morale had altered so much that it made this particular stay truly enjoyable. We are aware that “service” in regional accommodation is not what a seasoned global business traveller would be expecting but this is a hotel that caters to the business and upper range large international tour groups.
Our previous stay had renovations with the bar closed. This time both the bar and lobby had been completed. In my wife’s words, the décor in the lobby and the bar was like a velvety trap, enticing you like to sit in every chair until you found the right one. The bar was the same with a rustic sexiness to it. We settled on the stools that surrounded the raised fire pit for the first hour chatting then moved to the wonderful chairs to face the TV for the weekend game. The bar staff really made the interlude welcoming. We would have walked into town as we had always done if it had not been for their polite banter, professional and personal service.
This stay was in a standard room facing Rangiuru Street, was a little tired and in need of upgrade but as always the bed was the reason that we stay here. Large, very very comfortable and with an underlay that feels like a “floaty-cloud bed.”
The dinner menu is diverse enough to satisfy all style of dinning. Reasonably priced with a good wine selection. We certainly found no fault with the quality of the food. The breakfast is plentiful and caters to all tastes from gluten free, extensive Asian and the standard artery clogging English fare.
Pool area and facilities are one of the best in town. An indoor heated pool with two hot-tubs to soak in as well as two sauna’s. There are private pools that can be booked for a charge. The public shower and toilet facilities accompanying the pool/spa do require an upgrade as they are very tired. There is also a day spa/beauty therapy suite.
Location wise the hotel is perfectly placed to walk across the street to the lake promenade or 100 meters the other way into the new restaurant precinct, that leads into the retail centre of the town. The hotel is perfectly positioned for either business or pleasure
Whatever has happened at the Rotoura Novotel in the last few months I encourage it to continue as the service quality has so dramatically improved that we now look forward to the holistic experience when we return not just the “floaty cloud beds” Which goes to prove the point that no matter how well presented or decorated a hotel is, without friendly and welcoming staff the experience can be destroyed.

Room Tip: Request a room on the Lake side
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 August 2014

My husband and I are the regular customers from Auckland. We never regret staying there.
The room, the view, the handy location, the breakfast and ther services, Novotel Rotorua Lakeside makes our every trip to Roturua a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ellen M
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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109 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2014

The location is ideal for Rotorua it's on the lake promenade. With the high street within walking distance...and lots of restaurants and bars located close by it's ideal to pull up here for your stay. In fact This hotel has a beautiful bar too with space outside for smokers to sit and swap stories. The lobby area is big with comfortable seating all around. I saw a lot of tour groups checking in and I was surprised to note the hotel had a high level of occupancy in the low season too.
The breakfast room is big and so is the breakfast. The rooms are large with good views. I saw ample parking too. The only strange thing I experienced is that whenever I phoned the reception I was greeted by the Ibis hotel operator which is next door. The reception staff are very helpful and friendly. But the wifi was not free. They have thermal baths too for the enjoyment of the guests. It's free. However there are private thermal bath cubicles and those are chargeable. All in all the stay was most comfortable.

Room Tip: a lake facing room is ideal on the 4th or 5th floor.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

Property: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Address: Lake End Tutanekai Street, Rotorua 3215, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Business Hotel in Rotorua
#16 Luxury Hotel in Rotorua
#25 Family Hotel in Rotorua
#33 Romantic Hotel in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Novotel Rotorua Lakeside 4.5*
Number of rooms: 199
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside is ideally situated near the shores of lake Rotorua and withing meters of the CBD and restaurant sector.. The hotel has 199 modern, spacious accommodation rooms, some with stunning lake views, including 11 suites and the prestigious Royal suite. All bedrooms have either a king or two double beds, en-suite with shower over bath, mini bars and safes. Guests also have access to our fully equipped gym, indoor heated pool and geothermal plunge pools. Atlas cafe and restaurant is open all year round, serving guests and visitors from the extensive buffet and ala-carte dining. Our Hotel bar Clarke's is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a drink fireside or catch up with friends over a shared platter on our outdoor courtyard. ... more   less 
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