We too were impressed with the standard, we had driven a distance at night and decided to stop at the first decent looking motel we found and this was it. Gabion walls (mesh cages full of rock) out front were a nice modern feature, and the motel behind the walls maintained the modern theme inside. Walk up price was the same as available on the internet, and the room spacious and modern. We called in in mid-February, and the room was very stuffy, no aircon (or reverse cycle pump) so only had a standing fan that we left grinding away all night.
Found it hard to fathom that a brand new motel would not have heat pumps.. did they run short of money during the build, or just forgot? Another review commented on the train over the road, but I heard it during the night (I'm a very light sleeper), but it was not intrusive, went straight back to sleep....
Was told that we were lucky that the bed was soooo soft and comfy, which I didn't think it was.....my wife loved the walk in shower, but the 'Camp rules" about eating/drinking/sleeping etc in the bed being strickly forbidden (Ok Ok I exaggerate about the sleeping bit, but you get my drift), i thought I was being treated a bit like an errant child...
So as a matter of principle, I drank a coffee and munched on a biscuit, standing beside the bed looking at the TV (nice flat screen), as you couldn't sit at the table in the only chairs in the room and see the flat screen TV fixed to the flat wall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Waitomo Lodge was opened in March 2008 and boasts the choice of 14 studio, and 6 one bedroom units. All units have Super King beds, flat screen TV, Sky TV, tea and coffee making facilities, blackout blinds and spacious en-suite bathrooms. Additionally, some units have spa baths, air conditioning, cooking facilities, and broadband connections. Local Tourist Attractions include the Waitomo Caves, Ruakuri Cave, Spellbound Tours, Black Water Rafting and Otorohanga Kiwi House. ... more less
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