There were two of us who were on Business in Rotorua, New Zealand and we needed a place to stay for at least 3 weeks. An associate told us about the "Swiss Lodge" so we drove out there to check it out. We learned that the new owners (David and Gina Wells) have renamed it the Koura Lodge and have significantly upgraded the rooms and the outside grounds. The folks at Koura Lodge made us feel right at home. Their newly upgraded Penthouse Suite was perfect for our needs. Separate bedrooms with private baths, fully stocked kitchen and plenty of room to spread out our work. FREE Internet connections and great breakfast in their dining room right on the lake are included. Our hosts made us feel part of their family. Being away from Home in Massachusetts for that length of time can be hard but we felt our hosts hospitality made the time go by fast and enjoyable. We have stayed there now for 3 weeks in December, 3 weeks in January and now plan on making our last 4 week trip in March.
It is a great place to stay for a length of time. Within 10 minutes from great restaurants in Rotorua and of course if you are a fisherman, just walk outside and cast a line into Lake Rotorua for a chance at some world class Rainbow Trout.
We met other folks that were staying there who wished they had booked longer stays. A good sign for those who may be traveling through Rotorua and find they want to stay longer. They have all the luxury items a romantic couple may need also. Rooms with a Jacuzzi, a hot tub and sauna set on the shore of the lake and a great selection of wines at your disposal. Koura Lodge has a helicopter landing area so an adventurous couple could fly to exotic locations around the island with a tour guide. Our hosts have plenty of experience helping guests plan some great trips. Koura Lodge is only 15 minutes from Rotorua Airport.
Overall Koura Lodge rates high in our books, providing a good balance of family friendly accomodations and private romantic getaways. Can't wait to get back there in March.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Koura Lodge offers boutique bed and breakfast lakeside accommodation in Rotorua, New Zealand. Enjoying an un-rivalled lakefront location, Koura Lodge is at the centre of it all. Just five minutes' drive to the city centre and even closer to many of Rotorua’s world famous attractions. Accommodating a maximum of 18 guests, our hosts are able to provide the individual attention you require, while ensuring your stay is restful in our tranquil surrounds. The Lodge offers a variety of accommodation, with all 8 rooms featuring magnificent lake views. A fresh buffet and cooked breakfast, lakeside open air hot-tub, sauna, canoeing, fishing are all part of Koura Lodge's real New Zealand experience. ... more less
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