We stayed here early April for a weekend away.
After seeing how old dated the rooms were, I asked if we could go onto the other side, this was met with a sorry no, that was ok we will just get to feel like we are staying at nana's house :)
its a very large old place, but needs some work everything is very worn, we had tiles missing from around the dated bathroom and the shower went hot/cold and sprayed everywhere, if you leave your curtains open people can easily see inside your room while standing there. watching tv is was very fuzzy - we got a good laugh I guess.
we met 3 people running this place (owner and 2 staff) and were nice enough over all and to get a drink you have wait at the bar until they have finished at the front desk, so best to order two at a go (the other people outside were talking about the same thing and that it was pretty slack)
come breakfast all was ok, for the cooked you didn't get a choice it was scrambled eggs and bacon - so no choice of how you would like your eggs done. as they had a 100 people coming down to eat, well we saw maybe 20.
We had a good look at the photos of the hotel back in its day but were disappointed there wasnt more on the history - the only real history we got were two ladies telling us 12A was haunted, and some photos
over all if you like places that are very run down but have history and you wont feel like dying of thirst waiting for a drink - this is the place for you :) not for us
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Waitomo Caves Hotel provides a taste of the early 19th Century grand tour hotel experience in our own time. Majestically positioned on a promontory above the Waitomo village and the world famous Waitomo caves the hotel offers sweeping views across the lush farmland, the hills and bush of the King Country. The hotel boasts sparkling crystal chandeliers, a vast art collection, spacious clean rooms, deliciously comfortable beds and a decadent spa area. Stay with us and experience the elegance of travel from a bygone era. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Waitomo Caves
- Waitomo Caves Otorohanga