Rydges tends to be Australia and New Zealand's higher end hotels for the cost of the rooms. My room in Rotarua is spacious, has a balcony overlooking the Rotarua horse race track as well as a spacious bath (maybe a jacuzzi? Haven't investigated too closely yet) also overlooking the race track.
The rooms are clean and the staff quite helpful. Amenities include on site dining, a bar, work out room and a pool.
In fairness, due to a botched itinerary, I arrived here late on a Monday by which time I was left little time to explore Rotarua properly. Things around here close quite early.
Rydges is about a 15 minute walk into downtown Rotarua, not quite sure of its proximity to the notorious baths. They do offer free wifi for guests which is a huge plus.
As I mentioned before, it is hard to offer a fair review given my limited time staying here, but overall, it seems like a nice place to stay whilst visiting this sleepy, and stinky, town. The latter related to the sulphur baths which perfume the town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rydges Rotorua is located in a park like setting on the edge of the city's Racecourse. The hotel boasts panoramic views towards Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. Along with the most spacious guest rooms in the city, offering FREE WIFI, the hotel also has extensive catering facilities, including the Atrium Restaurant and Bar, Mezz Bar, 24 hour room service and over 560sqm of function. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the city centre, Convention Centre and many of the city's main attractions are a short drive away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rydges Rotorua Hotel Rotorua
- Rydges Hotel Rotorua
- Rotorua Rydges Hotel