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“Charming Proprietors Provide a Thermal Oasis”

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Ambassador Thermal Motel
Ranked #25 of 92 Hotels in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
Columbus, Ohio
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19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Charming Proprietors Provide a Thermal Oasis”
Reviewed 8 July 2010

My 18 year old nephew and I stayed at this gem of a motel in June. The room was clean, comfortable and warm! Loved the free thermal bath and hot-tub pools! The balcony was a welcome spot for morning coffee. Judy and Kelvin our charming hosts, were welcoming, kind and helpful in planning our time in and around Rotorua. We stayed an extra night. A real bargain and a restful retreat.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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ryekid, Manager at Ambassador Thermal Motel, responded to this review, 30 March 2012
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Tring, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2010

This motel was clean and tidy with a fabulous pool which was very clean as well. The owners were very helpful. Would recommend a stay here. Close to amenities as well and there is plenty of parking.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
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Thank you for you comment. We are now in the process of upgrading all the units over 2012
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Long Beach, CA
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52 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2010

After checking the Novatel and Ibis, we decided on the Ambassador, and are glad that we did. The couple looking after the hotel for the owners were very friendly and informative. You have a choice of a regular pool, a hot tub or one of two mineral pools. The hotel is two short blocks from the main dining street and across the street from the lakeside park. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank jakrogers
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ryekid, Manager at Ambassador Thermal Motel, responded to this review, 30 March 2012
Thank you for you comment. We are now in the process of upgrading all the units over 2012
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Washington, DC
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47 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2010

The rooms are very clean. The warm mineral pool and hot tub are great on-site features. The hotel is not fancy, but includes everything you need and many rooms even have a balcony.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank nzedhoneymooners
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Thank you for you comment. We are now in the process of upgrading all the units over 2012
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Bedford, UK
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2010

This place is nearly always booked out adn when you can arrive you can see why. Lovely staff and ownver, smapp relaxing and warm swimming pool, spa, and two mineral pools. The off road or free on road parking is a bonus. It's location is a short 5 minute walk to the famous Rotorua museum or grab a meal or do some shopping in town. Whichever way, you are so close to all the action but far far enough away to have a great night's sleep. The room was massive with enough space for a small army, the kitchen facilities were basic but enought for two nights. The balcony was a pleasant inclusion but I was disapointed that buckets were placed outside for people to smoke and put their butts in. We don't smoke and don't care to have other people's habits right at our door. Bit of a minus that seeing as it encouraged people to stand outside talking, only a bit though. Don't let this put you off a great little place. Regards the thermal pools, yes they smell and they should do. The water is mother natures and isn't like the stuff that comes out of your shower. It is cleaned regularly. Of course if you don't like it you could pay to go to one of the 'tourist' thermal springs!!!! If not accept what mother nature gives you, put a peg on your nose and get stuck in. Great bit of fun.
Definite must for a stay.

Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank majormoz
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ryekid, Manager at Ambassador Thermal Motel, responded to this review, 30 March 2012
Thank you for you comment. We are now in the process of upgrading all the units over 2012
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Bridgend, Wales
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63 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2009

We arrived in Rotorua without any prior arrangement for accommodation. We stopped at a few motels and the prices were quite high. We then stopped at the Ambassador Thermal Motel. We looked around a room and were also shown the facilities available and decided to stay here. We stayed here for 3 nights.

There are two mineral pools, a spa and a swimming pool. Each evening we used these facilities and really enjoyed them. The room we had included a bedroom with double bed and to single beds in the living area. There was a good size bathroom and kitchen. The kitchen included microwave, cooker etc, which allowed us to save money by cooking in the room.

Its a short drive to the town centre, where there are an ample amount of shops.

We were travelling round the world, when we stayed here so, were looking for budget accommodation that wasn't too basic. This is exactly what we got with this motel. Everything you need and the luxury of the pools facilities.

I would definitely recommend this as a good place to stay for those who are budget conscious and have to mention that the staff were extremely friendly and helpful!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank bridgendrachel86
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ryekid, Manager at Ambassador Thermal Motel, responded to this review, 30 March 2012
Thank you for you comment. We are now in the process of upgrading all the units over 2012
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hampshire
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2009

Had an overnight stay here, great welcome and lovely room. It was the only warm room we had in the whole of our stay in New Zealand! We had a studio room which was well-equipped and very clean.
The owner recommended a place for an evening meal - good recommendation and was extremely helpful in suggesting our route for the following day.
We used the spa pool on the ground floor, which was great, lovely and warm...
We ahd a very restful night, due to the wonderful position of the hotel away from the main commercial drag of the town.
We enjoyed our short stay ther and would highly recommend the hotel

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank faint19
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ryekid, Manager at Ambassador Thermal Motel, responded to this review, 30 March 2012
Thank you for you comment. We are now in the process of upgrading all the units over 2012
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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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