I stayed at Holiday Inn Rotorua for two nights. The hotel is situated right next to the thermal park on the south of the city, a few minutes drive from the center of town. It is literally over the fence in the backyard and my room overlooked the thermal village, one of the closest hotels to the thermal action. When I got out of my car and checked in, there was certainly an odor in the air, but nothing overpowering - when going to the lift I hit a strong pocket of gas and I got the joke. It was fine in the bar area and only very faint in the room (I kept the balcony door closed!), it's just where gas from the park gets trapped and lingers in the corridors at certain times and weather conditions. For sure a memorable stay - this is a "feature" of the hotel, part of the experience and I would stay here again for 1-2 nights on a future trip down the Thermal Explorer Highway.
Sulphur aside - the hotel room was very CLEAN AND QUIET; good bar/restaurant with a fire and buzzing due to the buffet and cultural show, friendly staff; interesting hotel/room location facing out to the park; and they have security patrol, so I felt my car was safe even though parked on street next to the hotel.
- 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