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Kowhai and Colonial Motel

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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The owner is pleasant enough when she checks you in. But don't you dare have any fun before or talk to your guests. We had a spa and due to the motel's terrible plumbing, the overflow outlet goes under the deck, through the wall and down the driveway - apparently our fault!?!? We had two people with their 9 year...

Thank greekgoddessnz
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

The lady at reception was nice but this motel is EXTREMELY DATED. I was seriously grossed out with a lot of it and I never took my shoes off inside because I can feel the carpets are dirty. The curtains feel dusty and the rooms are just OLD and smells like it also. Stay away, we will never go back....

Thank TheJojoz
Whangarei, New Zealand
Reviewed 10 January 2017

We stayed here due to peak season and booking at the last minute but, I wouldn't stay again. The property is very tired and our unit was quite dark and didn't feel really clean. Location was okay but, you really need to have a car as not central. The hot pools did not look inviting at all.

Thank rowet43
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Its very clean and close to center of town. Hot showers & brilliant water pressure. Free wi fi & swimming pool & two hot mineral spa pools.. Parking was good, right out side our door. This motel is opposite a free thermal l park. The price is very affordable, would stay again

Thank nelsonsAustralia
Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 29 August 2016

We have stayed at this motel many times before. Last year we found the standard had slipped a bit from previous visits, but the place has improved since it changed hands recently. The unit looked and smelled clean and fresh. Everything we needed was there. What we like best about this motel is that it is easy to find,situated opposite...

Thank Liz L
Reviewed 7 June 2016

The owner of the motel really needs to upgrade her customer service skills. When we first arrived, there was no soap in the bathroom and one of the towels was stained with what looked like dried blood. I asked the owner for some soap and if she could replace the towel. She then frowns and says: 'what, do I have...

3Thank spar335
Whakatane, New Zealand
Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

The facilities were average, the layout of the rooms are extremely confusing. Parking is ok. The rooms are not as clean as expected, there were visible handprints on the walls, the towels are dated and don't look clean, there was flaked paint behind the sofa, the dining chairs had marks that could've been wiped off. The futon chair cover looked...

1Thank MarewaPaaku
Waipu, New Zealand
Reviewed 15 April 2016

I stayed at this motel for 2 nights in the family unit, 3 bedrooms. The furniture and all the beds needed upgrading badly, never known double beds so hard. The bathroom was very dated, toilet very stained as was basin and bath, the shower was just ok but at least had a good water pressure. Alot of the plugs didnt...

Thank 1959jules
Reviewed 8 January 2016

The room was dated and well priced for what it is. We were very happy with the hotel until we came back later that day after exploring Rotorua. Upon trying to turn on the TV and even taking it off the wall to see if it needed to be switched on elsewhere, it would not work. Also the outdoor spa...

Thank 297nikitac
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

This place is excellent value. Good location close to town and all amenities. We stayed in the 2 bedroom at the back near swimming pool. Very spacious and comfortable and can sleep 5. Queen in 1 bedroom and single and bunks in the second.

Thank Richard W

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service

Additional Information about Kowhai and Colonial Motel

Address: 1232 Ranolf Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Price Range: $102 - $179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kowhai and Colonial Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“Maybe road facing rooms wouldn't be so dark?”
rowet43, 9 Jan 2017 | Read review
“make sure there is a car park to park your car”
nelsonsAustralia, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Choose a unit near the pool.”
579lizl, 28 Aug 2016 | Read review
“just find another hotel”
1959jules, 14 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Make sure things are working.”
297nikitac, 7 Jan 2016 | Read review
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