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Sandi's Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #19 of 53 Rotorua B&B and Inns
Reviewed 16 January 2014

Somehow we were lucky that Sandi had available accommodation for us during the high tourist season. She put us up in the Family Chalet, an upstairs very spacious bedroom with a comfy king (might have been a queen but it felt huge) bed and two single beds (we were just two), apologizing left and right that it was at the front of the property close to the road and that it might be noisy... Coming from a large city we weren't bothered at all by the road noise -- we've been in motels that are close to a bar/restaurant open late and that's far worse than a few cars on the road! The room does heat up during the summer day as it gets a lot of sun, but open windows and a fan will take care of it. There's a heat pump with A/C should we have chosen to use it. The shag carpet felt so nice under our feet after a day of hiking!

Sandi was a fantastic hostess, offering to do our laundry, and not only washed and folded it, but pressed some of my partner's shirts as well! The breakfast is a choice of either continental or cooked egg special-- my partner had 2 slices of multigrain toast, bacon, mushrooms, avocado and two eggs stacked all on top of each other. I opted for the continental option, and it came with a massive bowl of fresh fruit, and I do stress fresh -- some B&Bs will serve syrupy fruit salad straight from a can, but not Sandi. It was so lovely to have a healthy breakfast like that to offset some of the heavy eating one tends to do while traveling!

Sandi was also great and helpful at offering suggestions about restaurants and attractions in the area. The B&B is a mere 10 minute walk away from the Skyline gondola, the Rainbow Springs wildlife park and the Mitai Maori cultural experience, so that was very convenient. She even booked the Mitai evening for us, and gave us 10% off voucher for the Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderland. She truly has her guests' experience at heart. Would definitely recommend and stay here again.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 December 2013 via mobile

From the almost immediate response upon making reservations to setting foot and staying in Sandi's Bed & Breakfast, I was 100% impressed!

Sandi is the perfect host that any traveller would wish for. Her easygoing manner, friendliness and efficient, thoughtful service leaves no room for complaints.

Located 5-7 minutes drive from the city center, Sandi is near enough to visit all attractions while being quiet enough for rest. The room was beautiful and the bed so comfortable!

Well-equipped with all modern facilities and amenities, my friend and I were pampered senseless! What we loved most are the homecooked breakfasts by Sandi in her beautiful garden! We understand from Sandi that the beautiful home, rooms and garden were all built/created by her and her husband.

Dear Sandi, thank you for taking us on your beautiful "garden tour" and we would definitely return some day soon!

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

Sandi was so sweet and thoughtful. She allowed us to use a portacot, brought us amazing mixed fruit bowls as part of a large breakfast at whatever time we were ready, and offered advice on nearby attractions. Our cottage with bed & bath had a nice deck for enjoying breakfast, fast internet, a refrigerator, and a heater to keep the room cozy. The only downsides for us were having the pool closed and having a device emit bug spray into the room.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 April 2013

We very much enjoyed staying at "Sandie's Place." She is so cordial and friendly, we were overwhelmed. Even after arriving fairly late in the evening, we were given our choice of rooms. Then when we asked about doing laundry, Sandie insisted that she take care of it for us! And the breakfasts were awesome!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 April 2013

Service and feeling welcome are the main points of staying with Sandy. Just returned from staying at her place on two separate weeks to mountain bike the Redwood forest and hike in the area. Fantastic location and easy to find. Lots of good restaurants in the area. Was able to do my wash and leave luggage with Sandy. Comes highly recommended. Free WIFI with good speed.

Room Tip: Room by the Pool at back of house has good WIFI
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

Eccentrically decorated outside, the rooms were just fine on the inside. Sandi was a delight and willing to help in any way she could with directions and suggestions for seeing Rotorua. She brought breakfast every morning to the room where a toaster, fridge, and hot pot were provided. There was cereal, a lovely fresh fruit salad, yogurt, whole meal bread, jelly, butter, and coffee.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Larkette
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

This was the friendliest and most welcoming B&B we have ever been to. The hosts were so genuine in their friendliness. We were offered an entire house instead of a room and when our daughter turned up with her boyfriend, both soaking wet after a long walk, Sandy asked them in and offered them shelter. She is the most generous host we have ever met.
Breakfast is served in the room (house) and is more than delicious, including fresh fruit, really fresh.
Sandy gave us some good pieces of advice as far as restaurants were concerned.
We could not have wisheid ourselves a better place.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Thank alfonske
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Additional Information about Sandi's Bed & Breakfast

Address: 103 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua 3015, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
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Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #19 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Rotorua
Price Range: £45 - £79 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4

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