In October I went to Rotorua for the first time in about 15 years to take my wife to see the famed geysers and mudpools. My previous experience with Rotorua was the rows of tacky and touristy motels that line Fenton Street. I couldn't face them and wasn't keen on the cookie cutter Novotel or Rydges experience so was delighted to discover a new boutique hotel had opened right in the heart of town and next to all the restaurants.
The Regent of Rotorua has only been open a few months and is already the most highly rated hotel in Rotorua on TripAdvisor and with good reason. Darryn and Brent are the perfect hosts and treat each guest with a personal touch. Genuine warmth and customer service in a hotel...who'd have thought!
The hotel has been stylishly designed and the rooms are beautiful with all the amenities you would expect and then a few more. They surround an elegant courtyard, which acts as a sun-trap, and a heated swimming pool. A perfect location to relax with a beer/wine/cocktail and the hotel's sharing plate of breads and dips.
Speaking of the food, the hotel boasts a fantastic restaurant. Our only regret was that we only ate dinner here once, opting (foolishly) to try one of the nearby restaurants on our other night instead...which was marginally cheaper but vastly inferior.
The Regent's menu is simple but the chef is outstanding. The fusion dishes they provide are outstanding and exceptional value from entree through to dessert. Locals have cottoned on to this gem of a restaurant and frequent it as much, if not more, than the hotel guests.
And if we had any doubts that their breakfast menu would meet the lofty expectations set by their dinner menu, they were quickly dispersed as we enjoyed some fantastic sweetcorn fritters (and making the hard decision not to have the buttermilk pancakes).
We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and cannot rate the hotel or its owners highly enough. I'll have to find reason to visit Rotorua again soon although I'm not sure I'll venture far from the hotel next time around.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel redefines modern hospitality with a visionary blend of classic design, luxurious facilities and bespoke service. Our philosophy is to marry personalized, intuitive service with divine rooms and suites, stunning surroundings and a smart, relaxed atmosphere. Perfectly located in the heart of Rotorua within walking distance of the eating & shopping precinct, the lakefront, government gardens and the convention centres. The Hotel offers 35 guest rooms, restaurant & bar, outdoor heated pool, natural mineral pool, mini gym, spa services, meeting rooms, unlimited free WiFi & laundry services. Our award winning restaurant can cater for up to 70 guests banquet style and meetings can be held in a choice of 3 rooms from 21sqm up to 200sqm ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Regent Of Rotorua Hotel Rotorua
- Regent Rotorua
- Rotorua Regent