We recently stayed at this hotel while visiting the caves. The hotel is a gorgeous 100 yr old victorian hotel set on top of the hill overlooking the waitomo village. This hotel must have been one of the top hotels about 50 yrs ago, but it has aged a bit in the last 100 yrs.
The owners are pretty awesome. They make you feel right at home and did everything they could for us to make our stay very comfortable. In fact we are defiantly going back just because the service was so incredible
The hotel and rooms are nice, but they are a bit dated. However, I think that also is one of the reasons to visit this hotel. If they fixed all the little things, then it would be way too nice for the area and they would have to charge a lot for a stay in a "boutique" hotel.
Overall a beautiful older hotel. Do not expect a hilton or trump hotel, but one that has floor boards that creak and a great ambience.
You can walk to the caves, and the village with ease. This is by far the nicest hotel in the area, and the same cost as the others.More
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