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Sport of Kings Motel
Ranked #2 of 92 Hotels in Rotorua
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Faridabad, India
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Very well maintained and run”
Reviewed 28 November 2011

We visited Rotorua during the second week of October for one night. While the motel is small, the rooms are spotlessly clean & very well maintained. The shower was fantastic and the beds were really comfortable.
The motel is run by Ian & Jyll, and they were an absolute delight during our check-in. There had been some mistake with our check-in date and details but Jyll was really prompt in sorting it out for us. They offered a lot of information and options for spending our only evening in Rotorua and also booked our Maori Village tour at a discounted price. Both of them really did add a lot of cheer and warmth in our stay.
The motel has a small heated pool in the back and a spa bath as well, both of them were almost a godsend on the cold rainy day in Rotorua especially after our long drive from Auckland.
This was a perfect stay for us over one night and i would happily recommend this motel.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

We stayed at Sport of Kings for 2 nights. The rooms were well kept. The proprietors were very friendly and provided us with lots of info about their town. Rotorua is - despite the obvious smell of sulphur - a very beautiful and well tended town. The inhabitants have a strong sense of pride. Our stay was very memorable, especially Zorbing and the spectacular evening at the Tamaki Maori cultural village. Kia Ora!

  • Stayed November 2011
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Adelaide, Australia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 11 November 2011

Stayed here twice recently. The owners are very helpful and friendly. Organized dinner bookings for us, helped with all questions. The motel is spotlessly clean.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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san francisco
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Reviewed 21 October 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this clean, comfortable & quiet motel. The owners Ian & Jyll were very friendly & helpful. We left our laundry in washer early in morning & they were nicely folded & placed in our room when we returned at night....what a service!!
We had a one bedroom apt & my husband found the in room hot spring spa soothing & relaxing. The little kitchen was fantastic for quick meals such as breakfast....save time & money as we tried to see as much as possible in short 3 days in Rotorua. City center is within 5 minutes drive....can't complain.
We would highly recommend it.
Marina & Patrick Ng

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, 2 November 2011
We are delighted that you found us to be CLEAN QUIET & COMFORTABLE, all of these really important goals for us. Great, also that you found the spas soothing & relaxing. Wonderful to here that you were able to see so much of what Rotorua has to offer. Helping out with your washing is all part of the service. Trust the rest of your stay in NZ was just as enjoyable.
Thanks for your review, regards Ian & Jyl
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 17 October 2011

I'm an Irish rugby journalist and stayed at the Sport of Kings during the Rugby World Cup for the week of the Ireland v Russia game in Rotorua. After a hectic two weeks in New Plymouth and Auckland, it was wonderful to stay in such a relaxing comfortable place like this motel. Ian and Jyll are fantastic hosts and really enjoy their work. I couldn't have felt more welcome and the unit I stayed in for the week was top class: spacious, clean, modern and warm. The thermal pools in the complex are a real added bonus. After a long day of press conferences and the like, it was fantastic to have a soak in at the end of the day. For business or pleasure, I couldn't recommend this place enough. Thanks again.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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Peacerotorua, Owner at Sport of Kings Motel, responded to this review, 2 November 2011
We found yourself & all the Irish Rugby supporters fun to have stay with us @ the SPORT OF KINGS MOTEL--THANKS. We are really delighted you were able to relax after your hecticly busy days. Thank you for your review & kind recomendations. Was a great final.
Regards Ian & Jyl
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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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 review, 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 review, 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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Property: Sport of Kings Motel
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 Business Hotel in Rotorua
#1 Family Hotel in Rotorua
#1 Romantic Hotel in Rotorua
#1 Spa Hotel in Rotorua
#2 Luxury Hotel in Rotorua
#9 Best Value Hotel in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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