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“Lovely.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Base Rotorua

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Base Rotorua
King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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“Lovely.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013

So my sister and I stayed here for 6 days. It's right across from a beautiful park. The staff were amazing and very helpful. They were always interested in our daily events and were very informative with different activities available around Rotorua, and were very happy to book places for us. The beds were comfortable and the room was clean. I really liked the heated swimming pool! :) It's in a great location, a bus stop right outside, and a 5 minute walk to the town centre! They have a great variety of leaflets/brochures for activities, and decent priced drinks behind the counter. I'd happily stay here again. - Thank you to the staff who made our experience an enjoyable one!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

Stayed here for two nights, and thought it was pretty good compared to other hostels I've stayed in. 5 mins walk from the bus stop. The receptionist was friendly and helpful. I really liked that my room had an ensuite toilet and shower (seperate rooms). Being able to swim in the heated pool, after walking around in the freezing cold and rain all day was amazing.

Although there isn't much "atmosphere" in the hostel their bar is right next door, which has different activities on every night, and cheap meals (which was awesome, everything else in Rotorua is SO expensive), I had a great time meeting people there.

The down side was that the room was quite stuffy, even in winter, the shower flooded a bit, making keeping things dry hard, and they could probably do with more untensils in the kitchen (I had to wait for other people to finish with theirs to start cooking). But all minor details. I'd stay here again.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

I stayed here for aprox 5days.
Am surprised at how many bad comments there are as almost experienced the opposite.
Apart from not being able to turn the thermally heated heaters off (in winter) in the room in which case I had to open the window slightly causing the noise to come in.
Was very clean apart from duvet needing to be washed.
Nicely refurbished bathroom/ensuite.
Outside heated pool was nice, staff friendly and helpful, bar meals were ok.
Good location.
Would stay again.......in the furtherest room from the bar though.
Great having WiFi in all rooms too.

Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

A very well run hostel. Staff was friendly and helpful. The location is excellent for a quick walk to most noteworthy places in Rotorua. Thermal heated pools were wonderful during a winter time visit. Facilities were very clean and there has been a recent renovation. DIY laundry on-site. Beds were comfortable however, there is a nice (but lively) bar next door so bring your earplugs if you are in a neighboring room.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

We're a couple in our 20s and we stayed here for one night with the Kiwi Experience...

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- Standard functions of a hostel, it has a kitchen and a six-bed room with a shared bathroom/shower, no complaints about any of them
- Good location, short walk to Rotorua centre, right next to a geothermal park (have a wander around there, it's cool!) and the adjoining bar is always welcome

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- Very basic in terms of comforts. The beds are cheap as chips, the rooms feel like prison cells and the staff are pretty slow

Rotorua is a great place to visit, make sure you try the luging, and the Maori cultural evening.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Taupo, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2013

We stayed in Base Hot Rock, Rotorua in January and although it was very basic and not very clean still acceptable. We used sharing wc/showers and they were clean. The shower was very nice. You will also get a complimentary drink but we didn't have time to use it but still nice of them. The price was good and luckily our room was quite.
Would stay again for one night.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2013

It was my second visit to Rotorua, the first was in a nice motel, and it was worth the money. Base was cheap, and you knew it! Quite a small building for the amount of people that stay here. 8-bed dorm room ok, clean, bathroom and toilet separate, which was nice, but small with no soap. Nice to have a balcony, although not really any view. Location ok, quite a walk to the supermarkets. Lava bar wasn't great, very quiet and expensive. Don't think i'd stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Base Rotorua

Property: Base Rotorua
Address: 1286 Arawa Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand (Formerly Hot Rock Backpackers)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 55 Speciality Lodging in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Base Rotorua 2*
Number of rooms: 140
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