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Diana's Place Lake View Accommodation
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Reviewed 29 November 2012

From the moment I started bombarding Di and Candace with emails, months before we arrived, we had great service. We stayed in a studio in the motel, there are various options such as self contained accommodation but we were as happy as sand boys with what we booked - open the blind in the morning and there was the lake. We could cater for ourselves and be entirely self contained. We chose to be outside Rotorua to avoid the sulphur fumes, but the centre is only a 10 minute easy trip in and the quality of sleep and air is great. OK we had great weather which always adds to an experience but it was magic to take a glass of wine each evening to a seat overlooking the lake. There were kayaks we could have used, but didn't! Our studio was clean and comfortable, a bit more draw space would have been good but we have stayed in places with far less. There was a laundry with outdoor dryer as well as a tumble dryer. At the back was a great area for kids to play (not that we had any!) including a trampoline. It suited our budget, I think sometimes people expect 5 star for a 2 star price. We were really loath to leave and would stay again at the drop of a hat.

Room Tip: Ask for a lake view
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2012

We booked the entire lakeview lodge with penthouse and studio suite. This gave us 5 bedrooms with each having their own bathroom or shower room. The lodge has a large dining area and sitting area. It also has an outdoor deck with tables and chairs. The spa has been removed. Off the deck is a shed with a washing machine and dryer. Check in is done over the phone which is located down at the door of the lodge. So for those booking only the penthouse or studio you need to do this at the door of the lodge. The decide which phone number you will call as there are 3 that are for enquiries or check in. The lodge has 3 bedrroms. The largest one has a single bed/divan also. It has a large bathroom with a bath and the shower in the bath. No rails for balance when climbing in though. The bath/shower runs alongside the window so a shower curtain has been put in front of the window to protect it from water and I guess for privacy. There is a seperate toilet. There was a fan, but no heater and the rooms we quite cold this time of year. The 2nd bedroom has a double bed, no heater, and a ensuite/shower room. I say shower room as only a shower curtain divides the shower from the rest of the ensuite. Everything gets wet when showering. There was a fan.The 3rd bedroom has 2 singles a small fan heater and it also has a shower room with NO shower curtain. Again, the toilet, basin etc all gets wet when showering. The communal area that is shared if only booking one room, was quite large. They supplied a continental breakfast. Loads of milk, cereal and frozen bread. There was also coffee, tea sugar. Those in the lodge were very comfortable as they were all friends. I can see though if you were booking only one room then it may be harder sharing with people especially if the rooms are cold and the others do not want the heater on. The penthouse is really nice. It does have a door off the kitchen which turned out to be the bathroom, although as our friends were sitting and eating down stairs with us that did not bother them. They had a fan and a small heater. This was a comfortable apartment style room, however the door does run straight off the car park but as the apartment is set towards the back it did not worry our friends. The studio room was the least attractive to our group. The couple that stayed in there found it very cold. They felt like they were in a garage as it does llok like it has been converted from a garage. Their door with the bed just behind it runs straight off the car park which is only feet from the footpath and they found it could be noisy. This room like the penthouse also had the basic coffee and tea etc. The penthouse had the continental breakfast also but the studio did not. So if you book this alone, it is more a motel room and has no fridge! So no milk either. As we were a big group this was ok, but if you book this alone you may be disappointed. I wish I took a photo of the bathroom as it had the kitchenette in the bathroom, you boiled your kettle behind the shower. The shower was also about 30cm off the floor. It looked quite odd. We had a good stay as we booked te entire lodge. So if you plan to stay here, I suggest booking it all, or atleast the lodge with its 3 rooms. The penthouse is totally fine for a couple. The studio is probably the least attractive and therefore I think you would be better in a motel. Some points about the rooms and area - Every room has an amazing bed. For the price we paid we were amazed how wonderfully comfy we were and even one day some more blankets were dropped off. Each bathroom needs an exhaust fan. Pillows were also amazing. A full length mirror would be good in the rooms and the twin room needs a shower curtain. One funny thing was we needed to buy toilet rools as for 5 bathrooms there was only 2 spare rolls. The whole place was clean which if you have good beds and clean environment you can deal with almost anything, although the cold rooms we hard for some. The views from here were gorgeous. We could walk to catch the jet boat, it was a short car trip to skyline where we had an amazing buffet dinner and a ride on the gondola and the Tamaki Maori village picked us up in a bus from the door for our maori experience. The town is close by. Rotorua is beautiful (yes it smells) but worth a visit. If in a group I highly recommend Jack and Di's lakeview penthouse and lodge but not the studio.

Room Tip: The lodge booked entirely is fantastic. May be uncomfy sharing it. The studio is not a good option unless you have friends in the lodge.
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank neds0
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Reviewed 21 May 2012

Had a great stay here with partner and 4 kids. Incredibly clean, super-friendly and helpful. Loved kayaking on lake. Location a little bit of a distance from Rotorua but y'know hat has is advantages too! Really good medium budget place

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Thank CazzieH
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

Cheap, basic accommodation that felt like it was trying too hard. Upstairs rooms are noisy being next to the road and we had a combined bathroom and kitchen in one - gross! It was cold at night too.

Downstairs rooms share a common room and kitchen and are much more cosy. Deck and hot tub are nice touches.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

Looking for accommodation in Rotorua and mistakenly did not bother to check reviews . Big error , any positive reviews belong to Jack or Di' very close relatives. Shocker - Reception a phone at front door . Rooms just OK . Shower had no plinth , hence water flooded toilet, shower area OHS issue ! Breakfast misrepresented , was actually frozen bread and cereals . Fresh fruit was overripe banana and a few other small fruit slelections. SPA so liberally described was plastic unclean and slimy. All in all in uninviting, unattended and unattractive.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Thank Kaaba
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