We stayed four nights paying $95NZD for the secret room on lastminute.com.au
Bed and pillows very comfortable. Although on the cosy side (1 queen & 1 single) the room was clean, modern and comfortable. It faced the car park and was a great base to crash each night.
Customer service was overall excellent; friendly, welcoming and all requests greeted with a smile and willingness to help. The only meal at the hotel was a shared hot breakfast one morning via room service which we couldn't finish as it was so much food.
The hotel is just tucked away from the busy hotel/motel main strip with quick easy access to the activities in Rotorua and approx. 45min drive to Lake Taupo. The sulphar smell is throughout the whole of Rotorua and maybe just a little stronger here due to being next to the thermal waters although it didn't concern us.
Only nitpick would be the aged lifts that close too quick.
Some highlights of our stay:
'Eruptor' navy boat ride on Lake Taupo - up to 95km an hour on the water out to the Maori wall carving. Fun fun fun - we had a smile the whole time as did the pensioners from England! 1hr - $65
Waikato River cruise to Huka Falls - Very knowledgeable and friendly guide. Relaxing with great photo opportunities.
1hr20mins - $35 (We learned of the Eruptor on this cruise)
Tamaki Maori Village - informative, entertaining including the teaching of the Haka, and of course a great meal with the Hangi. Included return transfer from the hotel with 'Wati' the bus driver entertaining all with his singing on the return
Polynesian Spa with spa therapy (mud body polish/aix combo)
$150 - first time experience would allow more time for soaking in the pools if we went again
Skyline Rotorua - great views of Lake Rotorua and the city. Great fun on the luge!
$41 - gondola and 3x luge
Aorangi Peak Restaurant - fine dining with spectaculator views of the Lake and city of Rotorua (located on the same mountain as Skyline but higher up). Included pick up and return in a Mercedes allowing both of us to enjoy the wine.
'Redwoods' - forest located next to the Hotel. Allow more time for the walks than indicated. The 2-3hr walk takes you to views of the geyers behind the hotel.
There is a lot on offer in Rotorua for all ages and we're glad we allowed the four days.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Rotorua is a modern hotel overlooking the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and Historical Village. It features: • A free to use heated swimming pool and health club. • Free parking. • Kids Eat and Stay Free. (Up to 2 children under 12.) • Free Wifi for IHG Rewards Club Members. The air-conditioned rooms of Holiday Inn Rotorua offer a modern design and cable TV with free movies and 2 children's channels. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided. The award winning Chapman’s Restaurant and Bar offers an a la carte menu, and buffet, and serves contemporary New Zealand cuisine, matched with a fine wine selection. Room service is available 24/7. The Rotorua Holiday Inn is situated close to all the city's attractions and offers free shuttle pickup from the Rotorua Tourism Information Centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Rotorua Hotel Rotorua
- Heritage Hotel Rotorua
- Rotorua Heritage Hotel