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Golden Glow Motel
Ranked #36 of 92 Hotels in Rotorua
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

We booked for two nights and ended up staying for three. The motel is very clean and comfortable and the owners were very friendly and had fantastic advice about local attractions. Our children were very happy with the space in the room, and we made use of the wonderful drying room to catch up on our washing. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the motel as it was reasonably priced, close to town and gave us invaluable advice about what would suit us during our visit to Rotorua.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 November 2012

We had 3 nights at Golden Glow. Reasonably priced and about right for the unit we had. Very clean. Rooms were attended daily but I noticed coffee, tea etc wasn't restocked daily. The bedroom is very small with just room to walk around bed, didnt worry us as we were out most of the time. I did wonder why there was a curtain on window in bedroom and not on door that opens out to spa, light comes through the door early without a curtain. Bathroom very clean, good shower, cheap loo paper which is my pet hate ! All in all there is good effort to provide clean comfortable, friendly service at a reasonable price.

Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 October 2012

It had been 17 years since we last stayed here so we were interested to see how this motel was looking since then - especially as we had read about their 2010 refurbishments!

The motel is clean and comfortable, and the refurbishments have kept it looking fresh and reasonably modern.

As a family we were happy to have room to move around and we enjoyed the fact that the kids had a separate bedroom too!

The location is perfect for those who want to walk to nearby shops and restaurants.

The downside was that our unit was directly underneath the other units and we could hear the upstairs guests moving around and going to the toilet when they woke up in the morning!!!! This isn't the best way to wake up and we were pleased that they got up at a respectable hour of 8am - so we weren't woken too early! I don't know what can be done about making the soundproofing better, but it was rather disconcerting to say the least.

None the less, I would still recommend it as somewhere to stay in Rotorua!

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

Our one night stay to attend an exhibition was a pleasurable experience.Very clean, newly renovated, quiet, roomy and the extra $10 for a spa room is value for money.
helpful owners made a booking and supplied local knowledge willingly and accurately.
We will return.Thanks

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

We stayed here a couple of nights and went over to the racing in Taupo. After a long and hot day at the races the kids enjoyed a good hour in the spa and once we got the kids to bed we had a hot relaxing soak. Just fantastic to have a private spa in the room. They have all 3 of the Sky Sport Chanel's so I got to see some of the F1 on Skysport 3 too.

The motel has been tastefully renovated with new paint throughout and the rooms are spotless. If you're looking for a reasonably priced motel in Rotorua that is close to just about everything then you can't go past it. They also have loads of brochures on the tourist attractions around Rotorua and will do the bookings for you too.

A great stay.

Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

This was our third stay at the Golden Glow, and four and a half years since we last reviewed it. Not much has changed! The unit had been very freshly decorated, and was clean, spacious and very comfortable.
What we like about it is its location - you can walk downtown if you wish - but with none of the noise associated with city stays. The private, freshly filled spa pool is heaven. There is no noise from other units, and the management are pleasant and efficient. The fresh fish and chips from the takeaway on the corner were superb. It was an excellent base for our visit, and we will definitely come back.
Our only niggle - and it is a minor one that we meant to mention to the management but forgot - is a lack of towel rails in the bathroom - and perhaps a shelf for toilet bags, rather than having to put them on the floor.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 June 2011

This motel is just a few minutes walk from everything i needed. its newly renovated to a high standard. I found the staff very helpfull and friendly. If your looking for a five star motel at a bargan price then i would recomend you stay at the Golden Glow Motel Rotoua.

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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Golden Glow Motel

Address: 253 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#16 Spa Hotel in Rotorua
#31 Family Hotel in Rotorua
Price Range: £66 - £151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Golden Glow Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Offering spacious studios and family apartments with a private spa pool, Golden Glow Motel is a 5-minute walk from Rotorua Town where various shops and restaurants can be found. It offers free parking, free fast speed WiFi and a free shuttle from the bus station. Heated guest rooms have a kitchenette with a microwave, hot plates and a toaster. Each has a flat-screen TV with over 50 satellite channels. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and shower. A self-service guest laundry service is available and luggage storage is provided. Motel Golden Glow is a 10-minute walk from the Polynesian Spa and Lake Rotorua. It is a 15-minute drive from the Rotorua Regional Airport and a 20-minute drive from Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. ... more   less 
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