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Sport of Kings Motel
Ranked #2 of 92 Hotels in Rotorua
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

Similar to other reviews, we also stayed at the Sport of Kings motel for two nights in between rugby matches. We arrived early but were given access to our room with no problems and were greeted by the owners who were really friendly and helpful and made a great restaurant recommendation (forgotten the name but it's worth asking as it was perfect for meat lovers and they even gave us a buy-one-get-one-free voucher on the main course).

Our room (a "deluxe studio") was really spacious, clean and a big shower in the bathroom. The location was great for our activities - Whakarewarewa and Te Puia and skydiving - and the restaurants were all just minutes by car.

We didn't get a chance to use either the pool or spa but they looked well kept too.

Would definitely recommend Sport of Kings as a great place to stay - and while you're there, check out the Polynesian Spa which was lovely for a relaxing evening activity.

Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2011

Thank you for your amazing review. We really love to be able to help our guests achive the most from their stay, & finding deals for them to use, great you made good use of these. Trust you enjoyed the rest of the World Cup especially the final ---- we did !!!!!!!
Kind regards Ian & Jyl

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Reviewed 12 October 2011

Very clean friendly and comfortable. Good value and location. Near all the attractions. We spent 2 nights here in between Rugby matches and I would thoroughly recommend it.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2011

Thank you for your recomendations & review. We are delighted you based yourselves with us & were so happy.
Regards Ian & Jyl

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Reviewed 11 October 2011

We stayed here during our tour of NZ during the world cup,I had chosen this place on the strength of the information on the internet only and I wish I could have choesen my lottery numbers with similar success.
We had a small single room with twin beds and a studio kitchen which was limiting in the range of food that could be prepared but being near a supermarket we weren't stuck for microwave food.
We were lucky to find this place the owners were friendly ,very informative and knowledgeable,with nothing too much trouble.The place was clean warm and comfortable to such a degree we did not mind spending a night in rather than having to go out all the time.Our 3 days here were very relaxing after having busy days out visiting the local attractions.Should I be in the are again I would definately use this accomodation again.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2011

Thank you for your review. We also are pleased you stayed with us. It is great that you found us warm & comfortable. Travel safe .
Regards Ian & Jyl

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Reviewed 10 October 2011

Travelling through Rotorua with my Dad, we found Sport of Kings - and we were glad we did. The room as lovely - very clean and quiet. And we spent some time in the heated pool - very relaxing. The owners were very friendly, and the breakfast in the morning was excellent. This motel was one of our favourite spots in our travels across NZ; we would highly recommend to others!

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with family
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2011

Great that you had such an excellent stay. It makes our job so satisfying when folks say we were one of their favourite stays in NZ. We really enjoy delighting our guests with our breakfasts. Thanks for your review.
Regards Ian & Jyl

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Reviewed 8 October 2011

On our whirlwind tour of New Zealand we spent one night into Rotorua to visit the area. We arrived around 3:30 PM and had to go straight to meet our evening at Te Puia. We were pretty impressed with the room on arrival. We stayed in one of the standard queen studio rooms. The room was spacey and the kitchen small but useful. After spending an evening at Te Puia we returned and made use of the public whirlpool. They were actually in small rooms so we had a little bit of privacy which was nice. The whirlpool wasn't a mineral pool as some of the other motels in the area had, but it was still a nice treat on a chilly night. The wi-fi didn't work in our room, but I believe the owners said that they were upgrading the system. We also had the room with a view of the pool area. The next morning (pretty early) some of the kids staying in the motel were swimming and making a bit of noise. It didn't bother us at all because we were already up and about, but could bother some light sleepers. On check out we got some really good advice about where to eat and where to go and we really appreciated that. We wish we could have stayed longer and explore a little more, but alas maybe another time.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2011

Thank you for your kind review. Lots of guests wish they had more time to enjoy the many & varied activities & attractions here in Rotorua. In fact many end up staying extra nights when they are able especially to enjoy the spas, pool & the quiet.
Regards Ian & Jyl

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Reviewed 7 October 2011

I have just returned to Sydney after staying at this lovely motel run by two of the nicest people I have met in the tourism industry. It is so refreshing to stay in an establishment where nothing is too much trouble. Ian and Jyl have taken over this motel and are doing the rooms up as I write. Jyl collected me from the bus depot when I arrived which was great.
One of the great things about this motel is that they have only 16 ground floor units including 2 x 2 bedroom apartments that are big. They have cooking facilities with a generous sized fridge.
They have 8 x 1 bedroom spa units so you have your own spa which is marvelous.
When I was leaving Ian drove me up to the bus stop and was happy to do so.
The bus stop is at the end of the street which will take you past Te Puia Geothermals which is a must if you are visiting Rotorua. You need at least 5 nights in Rotorua to see all the city has to offer and what better place to stay than the Sport of Kings Motel and Apartments.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2011

We are situated on---- PEACE ST---- thats why we are QUIET, also we are 125 metres away from that busy Fenton St. Thank you for your extrodinaryly kind & gracious comments about us, I'm sure there are others just as nice. It is always satisfying to have guests appreciate all the hard work that has gone in, to bring this Motel back to it's former glory. We enjoyed seeing your pleasure over the Rugby World cup, I guess we both desire a different outcome however it has been great.
Cheers & Regards Ian & Jyl

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Reviewed 2 October 2011

Myself (6 months pregnant), husband and 2 year old were lucky enough to discover the sport of kings motel. We want to thank you for making our stay so relaxing and it's so refreshing to stay somewhere where the owners are so friendly and accomodatating. My daughters words on entering our room and seeing her very own spa was "oh my goodness"! Our room was lovely and clean, warm and had all the facilities you needed. We had a lovely weekend swimming in the heated outdoor pool and watching the rugby from our very own private spa! Awesome weekend. Cheers guys

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2011

It has been our pleasure to help make your stay everything you have discribed. Your daughter's exclaimation about the apartment is how we trust all our guests will react on entering their apartments. The pool & spa's always bring great delight. Your being able to watch the Rugby on the TV from your spa pool was great. Thanks for your reveiw.
Regards Ian & Jyl

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Address: 6 Peace St | Fenton Park, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Rotorua
#1 Business Hotel in Rotorua
#1 Spa Hotel in Rotorua
#1 Romantic Hotel in Rotorua
#2 Luxury Hotel in Rotorua
#6 Best Value Hotel in Rotorua
Price Range: £79 - £125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sport of Kings Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and stay with us and experience true Kiwi award winning customer service! Situated just off the main street and away from busy traffic noise, Sport of Kings is a home away from home! All of our rooms and amenities have been newly refurbished over the past year to provide comfort and relaxation in a peaceful serene environment. We are Kiwi owned and operated and being locals have extensive knowledge of Rotorua and what our amazing city and surroundings has to offer and our hospitality is the best you could find - check out our reviews! Our 16 ground floor rooms range from two bedroom apartments that sleep 6 to one bedroom spa apartments where you can relax in your own private indoor spa pool day and night. Our studio units sleep two or three and are perfect for business travellers or those wanting a quiet comfortable room at a great price! All of our rooms have kitchen or kitchenettes, thermally heated hot water, individually controlled thermal heating, flat screen tv's, satellite channels and free DVD hire. Comfortable lazy-boy recliner chairs are included in most rooms and free unlimited filtered water is available in every room. All rooms are serviced daily! We have two public spa pools and a heated outdoor swimming pool for your use during your stay all year round along with a BBQ and BBQ table poolside which you are welcome to use - a great way to cater for everyone while enjoying the beautiful landscaped surroundings. And to entertain children we have a playground for hours of entertainment. Centrally located close to Rotorua CBD, Thermal Valleys, Maori Hangi and Concert Events and world renowned Mountain Bike Tracks, you have everything at your fingertips. We have a purpose built bike wash down area, bike 'service station', secure bike storage and a drying room to get your gear ready for your next ride!! Perfect for families, holiday makers, mountain bikers and business people alike. Our reception is a mini gallery showcasing our own original native bird art which also features throughout our apartments giving Sport of Kings Motel uniqueness not to be found anywhere else. ... more   less 
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