It was certainly worth the extra drive away from Rotorua to experience the peace and tranquility of the Duxton, particularly as we got an amazing, last minute rate from WotIf.
The hotel didn't look anything special when we approached but once inside, it was very classy. The rooms have been beautifully refurbished and it oozes character.
We took our cocktails from the bar and sat on a small deck by the lake side (complete with a table, chairs and umbrella), watching birds and the occasional boat drift by in the setting sun. Another couple were playing chess using the giant chess set on the lawn.
We ate in the restaurant in the evening and the food was very good.
We would certainly stay there again but next time, instead of opting for a lake view room upstairs (we had a tree partially blocking the view and the French balcony meant that you couldn't sit on it and admire the scenery) we would investigate a lake view room on the ground floor, as they seemed to have dedicated chairs directly outside on the grass.
Also, we noted that a number of rooms around an indoor courtyard/garden were offered on web sites at an extremely low rate. We looked at the location of these rooms for future reference, and whilst they have no lake view at all and are closer to the car park, you would still have all the hotel amenities at your disposal at a very reasonable cost.
We would certainly stay there again. It was a real find!
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- Also Known As:
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