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Ambassador Thermal Motel
Ranked #25 of 92 Hotels in Rotorua
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Gisborne
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14 reviews
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“Great Location and Facilities”
Reviewed 13 May 2013

I've stayed here three times and have had the same room every time - Room 2, second floor on the corner. It sleeps 5 and has huge windows which look out onto the street and let the sun stream in. It's lovely and warm and quiet and has a great outdoor spa pool plus a heated outdoor pool which the kids love. The service is great and the beds very comfortable and clean. There's a fantastic cafe 2 minutes walk away on the corner called "Lime". This motel is located within walking distance of the city centre and the lake front. Great value for money.

Room Tip: The rooms on the corner of Whakaue and Hinemaru St's are large, sunny and warm.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

Huge room, great hosts, close to most everything - maybe a 5-10 min. drive to Te Puia. Our room basic yet fully functional kitchen and two beds for ~$120 NZD. Internet was an hour or so for free like most accommodations we stayed during our trip similar to this class of lodging. No A/C. Bed was comfortable and made for good night's sleep. I'd stay again.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2013

This motel is excellently located close to the centre of Rotorua, with shops, restaurants and visitor attractions close by. Our rooms had lots of space, including bedroom, sitting area, kitchen and bathroom, and were very comfortable. The motel also has a small pool.

Room Tip: Whole motel is in a quiet area.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2013

This is a great place and a good value. Clean and spacious. Our room was right next to the heated swimming pool which was great for a little late night dip. We didn't have enough time to try the mineral bath but it looked gorgeous. The place was real close to the lake and a great little breakfast spot on the corner as well as a great row of restaurants also very close. Definitely give this place a try.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

Stayed here with another couple and found the room to be spacious and good value for money. A well equipped kitchen also a bonus. Also enjoyed the outdoor spa pools and swimming pool. Pretty good location.

Room Tip: We chose a 2 bedroom unit and the lounge was also spacious and had a spare bed in it too.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 29 December 2012

We are a group of 6 people (4 adults & 2 kids) that recently stayed in a 2-bedroom spacious unit facing the street. This place is at an excellent location very near the Government Gardens. It is also very clean which was evident when we put together 2 separate beds and saw that the floor underneath the beds was also clean compared to the standard NZ accommodation where they overlook cleaning this part in rooms. It also has a well-equipped kitchenette & a nice small heated pool. The old lady in the reception was also great :) Our guests from overseas liked it too. We enjoyed our stay here. We will definitely be back...

Room Tip: Room 18 is a good spacious room
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 November 2012

Instead of having to drive or taxi into town, this motel has a great central location, only a couple of minutes walk from shops, the lake, park walks, the Rotorua Museum and Gardens, the thermal pools, the Event Centre and the main restaurant street in Rotorua. Despite this, being back a street, the motel is lovely and quiet. You couldn't ask for a better location!

It may not be the most modern or chic motel, but our apartment was very clean, with fresh paint and curtains. It was a very roomy with a queen and single bed; large lounge with Sky TV, two comfortable chairs, dining table for four; kitchen with oven, stovetop, microwave and electric frypan; bathroom with very good shower and basic complimentary soap, shampoo, conditoner and gel.

There was internet access (a guest computer) in the office and free newspaper as as well as lots of complimentary tourist brochures. The hostess was a friendly and helpful without going 'over the top' - just right!

I didn't swim (there are three natural thermal pools) but from what I saw these pools looked fine and a number of people were using them and having a great time.

The room was very warm at all times and I wondered if this was due to the thermal activity all around. I noticed even the floor seemed heated. This mean leaving the ranch sliders open at each end of the unit to get a through breeze. Unfortunately, it was only as I packed up my clothes to leave that I discovered a large free standing fan in the far corner of the wardrobe.

The price of accommodation at this motel is extremely reasonable and excellent value for what you get. It would be perfect for a family or group of friends who didn't want anything too fancy but somewhere spacious, clean and central.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ambassador Thermal Motel
Address: Cnr Whakaue and Hinemaru Sts | PO Box 1212, Rotorua, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #25 of 92 Hotels in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ambassador Thermal Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 19
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