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Golden Glow Motel
Ranked #33 of 92 Hotels in Rotorua
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matamata
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19 reviews
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“lovely mid week stay”
Reviewed 21 April 2013

i was treated to a night away just to spoil me and found this lovely little motel. the owner was super friendly and allowed us to check in early which gave us the chance to thoroughly check out the spacious clean room complete with kitchen and enjoy a lovely spa in the big outdoor pool on our private deck. the location is so close to town and the shops its well worth staying at for more than 1 night. extremely great value for money and is a place we definately will be recommending to friends and will visit again. thanks so much for the pleasant experience.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

Golden Glow is indeed a perfectly situated motel, a easy stroll to shops, restaurants, supermarket and the lake at a very reasonable price. Clean rooms, lovely huge private spa in its own enclosed deck area. A great couple of nights sleep on a lovely soft bed ! The real gems here are the owners with their local knowledge and advice - tell them what kind of experience you are after and they will share their experiences of the attractions. Worked out perfect, thanks guys.

Room Tip: I had a room furthest from the street so no noise issues.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

The motel was nice and comfy, we had one family room fit for 5 adults. Two bedrooms (double bed) inside with a dining room and extra bed for the 5th people at the dining room. Ensuite bathroom with nice bathtub, small kitchen and dining table, plus sofa. It was clean and OK.
This motel is in walking distance to the city centre, on the main road, close to restaurants and supermarkets. Next two buildings to the south was the shop of the winner of "New Zealand Grand National Winner best Chips Shop Competitions", People queue to buy, it is worth to try.
The sleep quality was OK, except if you have a rowdy and noisy neighbors.
The manager/owner was friendly and helpful, give some hints and useful to go around locally.

Room Tip: For the big family, the family room is worth at reasonable price (up to 5 adults), and maybe the mor...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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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 via mobile

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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Hamilton, New Zealand
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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!

Room Tip: Ask for a room which doesn't have other rooms above it!
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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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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Property: 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:
#13 Spa Hotel in Rotorua
#31 Family Hotel in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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