We'd picked the Emerald Spa Resort and two others out of the guidebook provided by our car rental company, and when we arrived in Rotarua, drove past all three and decided on the Emerald Spa based on the exterior appearance (all three were on Fenton Street). The owners were delightful and accommodating.
We'd had a disappointing stay at a motel the night before and were relieved to find Emerald Spa to be everything as billed. Our room had a spa tub in the bathroom, and the bed was super comfortable. The kitchenette was well equipped in terms of utensils and dishes. TV had good selection of channels and good reception.
AC worked great and filtered out the pervasive smell of sulphur from the air. The room was essentially soundproof, in that I didn't hear any noise from any anywhere in the motel or from the street. The swimming pool was comfortably warm but not so warm that swimming was uncomfortable. Easy parking, convenient location for the different attractions (museum, Te Puia, Skyline) and reasonable choices for take out as well as restaurants in easy distance. Note that several of the local restaurants will deliver (this is the rating for room service - the motel did not have a coffee shop, which was my only "negative" about this motor inn.
While I didn't see the family rooms, there were several rooms that had families staying in them. These appeared to be larger (maybe 2 bedrooms?).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of Rotorua's newest 5 star Motels providing "luxury" accommodation with an outdoor heated swimming pool, BBQ facilities and small gym. 28 luxurious suites; studio, one and two bedroom all air-conditioned with large spas, 50+ Sky TV channels, Free WiFi, King size beds, hush glass and self catering kitchenettes. Ideal for families, couples and business travellers. Only 0.5 km from the excitement of the city, this 5-star motel has an excellent location for restaurants, golf course, racecourse, conference centre and thermal attractions. Offering superior services Emerald Spa Motor Inn is committed to ensuring that your stay is comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Emerald Hotel Rotorua