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Ramada Resort Rotorua Marama
Ranked #49 of 92 Hotels in Rotorua
Reviewed 29 March 2009

Stay away, we, two couples celebrating anniversaries arrived for two days and they gave us two bathrooms rather than two queen rooms for two couples, then then said they thought we would rather have that than two queens bedrooms and a view over the lake. Yea Right! The total of three hangers, one small airline soap, little shampoo bottle and for a full kitchen, a few salt and pepper packets and a stove that barely worked. great amenities. They locked us out the first night because they still thought we were in the room with the two baths. They have problems with trout flies that filled the house and then died leaving the floor covered and never cleaned and the second day the carpet was mostly black along with the top of the kitchen counter.

There are only a few with a view otherwise you are looking into the other units. Ours had a view but next to the highway so at 6 am the traffic started.

We asked for a print out of our bill and they could not provide because they dod not know how to print it, but we had paid in advance, thank god. They charged us $1.60 for phone calls and gave me a list of all of the calls made from the hotel for the past three days. As we drove away we realized that the $1.60 was made 14 hours before we arrived.

It is too far from Rotorua and they are so many better choices, better locations.

I was embarressed for bringing my US friends here. It is not four stars, the units with views have four star views but the lalce is between 2 and 3.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 August 2007

I was nervous about staying here with all the management changes and some people in the forums telling me it was in a bad area. We booked through New Zealand Apartments. Turned out that the property was great and we really enjoyed our stay.

Drove along the northern shore of Lake Rotorua and came up to Marama Resort by Wyndham. The resort is completely enclosed and we checked in at the little management building. The resort is set right on the shores of the lake and the views are very pretty. We were in a Chalet, which is detached properties, while the Lodges are attached like town homes. The whole resort looked fairly new and our chalet was quite nice. Entering the door, there is a hallway that leads down to a living room/ dinning area and a kitchen around the corner. The room was fully stocked with everything that you would need to live/ stay here and cook. The bathroom was nice and all three of the rooms had decent beds. The style of the interiors is modern/ Ikea like which looked nice enough.

The resort also had a tennis court, stone swimming pool, restaurant (didn't try it), and a nice gym. In the summer, when people swim or kayak, the property must be a lot of fun. There are kayak rentals on the way to Rotorua that will deliver to the resort according to reception.

Location: Once I got to the resort on the northern shore of the lake, I was surprised that some called the area bad. The homes seemed just as nice as the homes in central Rotorua. Some of the homes just east of the property are a little old, but I thought most of Rotorua's homes looked about the same quality. Needless to say we felt safe unlike those from the forum told us we would be. Driving time to the city varied from fifteen to twenty minutes and its an easy straight drive. We even got all the way to Wai-tapao in only thirty five minutes. One benefit of the location is that it doesn't smell like central Rotorua does. My middle son has a very sensitive nose and didn't like walking around downtown Rotorua, but back at Marama was relieved that it didn't smell.
Marama is great for a family and did a good job for our family of five. It was easier than renting a house, since the property operates as a hotel. Check out the pics.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 May 2007

judz, New Zealand Apr 7, 2007

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April, 2007

This resort is set in 10 acres of lakes and canals at the edge of the Ohau Chanel - we had a 3 bedroom apartment which was so spacious with 3 bedrooms upstairs and a large living area with a full kitchen downstairs...everthing you could wish for in there - dishwasher, coffee maker, 2 TV"s, DVD player, CD player, upstairs a washer and dryer.....it opened onto a large deck which was right on the canal...you could moor your boat or kayak at your front door...it slept 8 but the settee was not that comfortable for sleeping on if opened right out....kayaks can be hired from the shop about 1 km down the road on the main road to Rotorua and they will deliver them and even pick you up from town if you decide to kayak there. The restaurant (overlooking the pool and spa area) has a good selection of meals but just check that they aren't closed for a private function like we found on the Saturday night...theres' a great little fish and chip shop (also chicken) just past the kayak store which has the best chips in town - it's called the Happy Angler and although it doesn't look like much from the outside it really is good. The resort is 16 kms from the city of Rotorua so a vehicle is a must - it's a 2 hour drive from Auckland airport....there's a heated swimming pool and spa with tennis court and a petaunque court also..you can get your equipment from reception at no charge. Tauranga can be reached in 40 minutes using the back road (Pyes Pa) another good city to visit with the lovely beaches of Mt Maunganui.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 April 2007

We stayed here last october holiday after everything else was booked, it was still being displayed on the internet as the scenic circle resort but the manager said they were nothing to do with them anymore and had reported it several times..
The complex is actually about 15mins drive from central Rotorua which suited us fine, some may not like the travelling, the complex is made up of townhouses, we had a 3 bedroom unit as there were hubby, myself, teenager and 2 littles, it was $250 per night not cheap but as it was only 1 night and a treat it was well worth it.
You can take your boat if native or take your fishing rod and the units have there own inlet from the lake, fantastic trout.
You walk into the unit from the ground floor into open plan kitchen and lounge with downstairs toilet, up steep staircase where the bedrooms and bathroom no bath just shower which also housed the washer and dryer.
WELL WORTH A LOOK

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 March 2007

Nice location just out of Rotorua. Was put off by lack of cleanliness in bathroom and stained duvet cover. Also cobwebs and spiders need to be addressed, if you have a bug problem then spray and clean up afterwards easy enough to do. Also when we booked we were told to look on the website, great website but the room we got was not what was advertised. Lovely meal at the cafe and friendly staff.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2007

We stayed here for four nights in February. The resort is located 15 mins from central rotorua, but is more than made up for by the setting and the general quality of the apartment. We stayed in a three bedroom chalet on the lake, really well appointed luxurious accomodation, good ppol and tennis court and fantasticv setting

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 October 2006

Loved this place. It s at the other end of Lake Rotorua from the township, about 12 km's away on the edge of the lake. Each apartment has water access. The apartments are only about two or so years old. We had a two bedroom, two storey apartment with everything you wanted. Great kitchen and living area, TV, DVD and CD player, washing machine and dryer upstairs in the bathroom - had everything.

Spent two nights here and we wanted to stay longer.

Beds were comfortable. Lnen fresh and clean. Stair case was a little tight, so if you are carrying large heavy suitcase, could be bit cumbersome.

Okere Falls shop just up the road is a great place for food and local produce. Shop doesn't look like much from the outside - but you must go in.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled with family
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5  Thank VictorG
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Address: 1420 Hamurana Road, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand (Formerly Scenic Circle Marama Resort Hotel)
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#34 Luxury Hotel in Rotorua
Price Range: £113 - £212 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ramada Resort Rotorua Marama 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rotorua is truly like no other destination. It's a fascinating mix of culture, adventure and relaxation. Renowned for being a hotbed of thermal activity, Rotorua's hot springs and spas make it the perfect getaway for pampering, stress-release and rejuvenation. At the same time it's also a place where you can truly get the heart pumping. Adrenalin-raising adventures punctuate the Rotorua landscape from thrilling luge rides, white water rafting and even rolling down a hill in a giant translucent ball (zorbing). If all that's not enough for you, then you also have an area rich in Maori history and culture and friendly locals to walk you through it all. Located just 20 minutes outside the city to ensure your getaway is relaxing, WorldMark Resort Rotorua is the perfect base for whatever brings you to this simply wonderful area of New Zealand. With apartments sleeping 4-6 people in 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and lodges (utilising double sofa bed in living room), your stay will feel like your home-away-from-home. Located on the edge of the lake, the resort offers beautiful views right over the Ohau Channel. You can kayak your way back to your room or picnic at the parklands located right within the resort. If fishing is more your thing you'll be in heaven - the area is rich in fisheries and you'll be able to throw in a line from one of the various resort banks. The apartments include all modern conveniences, with the resort also boasting outdoor swimming pool, heated spa, gymnasium and a tennis court. ... more   less 
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Worldmark South Pacific Club By Wyndham Hotel Rotorua
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