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“Thanks Malcolm” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Central Motel
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Avarua
Gisborne, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Thanks Malcolm”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

We stayed at Central on our first night as we had booked private accommodation in Muri Beach and this was not available til the following day. We arrived after midnight and Malcolm picked us up which was great. Rooms are basic but clean, excellent value for Raro and very central and the next morning Malcolm offered to take us to our private accomodation for little cost and along the way since basically around the other side of the island shown us places to go etc. Can't recommend Malcolm highly enough for doing this and since he has lived on the island for many years has a wealth of knowledge.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Brendon L
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Nelson, New Zealand
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29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013

We stayed at Central on the last night of our holiday after leaving Aitutaki. Malcolm, the owner, is a great character with an amazing BBC accent!! The motel is situated down a quiet street and a very short distance from the centre of Avarua, the airport and Trader Jacks bar...(although we never got to go there...(be aware nothing opens on Sundays....including just about all of the supermarkets!!!) Definately try Bamboo Jacks Resturant....they are DEF open Sunday evenings and they have a bar!!....Malcolm will direct you!! The rooms are basic but huge, there are beers and soft drinks in the fridge, all at very reasonable prices, and Malcolm is wonderful!...it's worth staying there just for the entertainment!. Excellent value for money!! Thanks Malcolm!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Sally McM M
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Honiara, Solomon Islands
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2012

The Central Motel is well situated close to the main part of town, and Malcolm the manager cannot seem to do enough to make sure everyone is looked after (i.e. great service, including airport pick-up). The rooms are clean, modern, and very comfortable. I had the best night sleep I've had in months there (a cooler Raro night - no fan or air con on!). It was great to see reasonably priced beer in the bar fridge too for those times when you just want a beer or two and don't want the hassle of going out. Highly recommended for business travelers or those who don't want the hassle of the larger resorts.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank NickReese
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Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2012

I had occasion to stay at the Central Motel in Rarotonga for around 2 weeks in April /May and would highly recommend it as a facility that provides all the basics, is central to everything in town and great value for money. It also has the best Wifi connection in Rarotonga, ideal if you are in Raro on business. Malcolm is an excellent host and nothing is too much trouble.

Room Tip: Although prices are very reasonable, you may wan't to consider a room with AC for an extra NZ$10...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Robwhl
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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68 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2012

Basic, clean, spic and span. That's the best description for Central Motel. Has aircon, hot and cold water, a fridge, tea/coffee facilities but no stove. Big selection of eating places within walking distance though. Friendly owner who also arranges airport pick ups and drops. Great for a quick business trip.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Laozoo
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Sydney
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2012

We stayed here for a couple of nights before heading off to one of the outer islands. Although this motel is not on the beach it is very central to the shops and restaurants in town and not having to rent a car/scooter was a real bonus. The rooms are basic and clean and the atmosphere is friendly. WIFI was helpful as it gave us the chance to catch up on emails.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank RoamingRonSydney
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Paris, France
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2012

Rooms simple but this is reflected in the price which has to be at least half the others on the island. Service great as the proprietor collected and took us to the airport( and he is quite a character as well!!) in the middle of the night

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
5 Thank Tammy L
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Property: Central Motel
Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Avarua
Amenities:
Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Avarua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Central Motel as it name implies, is in the centre of our main town Avarua. It is ideal for visiting consultants, business people, company representatives and tourists who like to be in town and still only a short bus,scooter,bike or car ride to fabulous beaches.We have 14 rooms and a small conference room. Our rooms have IDD phones, T.V's, fridges, toasters, kettles, mini bars, tea/coffee making facilities, fans and en-suite.There is a Spa pool to cool off in after meetings or just to cool off!We also have our own WiFi facilities for guests.The Central Motel is only 10 minutes from the airport and is within easy walking distance of most government offices/agencies, shops, restaurants, café, banks and museum and libraries. We can arrange car/scooter hire, tours and outer Island flights and tours. We have airport transfers and all our guests are met personally. ... more   less 
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