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Auckland
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2014

If you're on passing through Rarotonga, and prefer to be in the main town of Avarua, Central Motel is well located, and a short walk to the main road and faciities. I had to alter my arrangements more than once before I arrived, but Malcolm accommodated these changes pretty well. The only failing was not getting the lift back to... More 

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3 Thank GMDNZ
New Zealand
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100 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2014

We picked the Central Motel as the best-looking spot to have a rest overnight. It was pretty much as we expected. Relatively clean and comfortable. Service was no issue and the staff who we dealt with were friendly. A big plus was having air conditioning in the room we stayed in. All of this at a very reasonable price. We... More 

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1 Thank b_and_d_nz
Canberra, Australia
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2013

This place is comfortable and very central to everything. There is nothing else as clean and pleasant at this price point in Rarotonga. The rooms are very large and well equipped, and the owner is a great guy. Makes a point of remembering all the guests' names and goes out of his way to help you out. If you are... More 

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2 Thank Rachel H
New Zealand
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73 reviews
70 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2013

I chose this property because I wanted to be in Avarua - the main town of Rarotonga, during my mandatory stopover in Rarotonga before heading to another island, and Central Motel is the only property located in town. The room is basic with a queen size bed, 2 bedside tables, 2 bedside lamps, a standing fan, a coffee table, a... More 

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7 Thank little_ostow
Gisborne, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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... More 

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5 Thank Brendon L
Nelson, New Zealand
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28 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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... More 

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3 Thank Sally McM M
Honiara, Solomon Islands
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 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... More 

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6 Thank NickReese
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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... More 

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4 Thank Robwhl
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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68 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 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.

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4 Thank Laozoo
Sydney
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 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... More 

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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
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  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
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 

Additional Information about Central Motel

Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Avarua
Price Range: $113 - $118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
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“Get the rooms with air conditioning as an option.”
 of 5 bubbles O4724FAalanb, 23 Mar 2015 | Read review
“Ask for an air-conditioned room if you prefer this - some rooms are, some have fans only.”
 of 5 bubbles GMDNZ, 19 Jun 2014 | Read review
“Air conditioning is not usually necessary with the Rarotongan climate, so the fan-only rooms are also a good choice.”
 of 5 bubbles Q5568YJrachelh, 20 Nov 2013 | Read review
“Although prices are very reasonable, you may wan't to consider a room with AC for an extra NZ$10.”
 of 5 bubbles Robwhl, 24 May 2012 | Read review
“Rooms sparse 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”
 of 5 bubbles TammyL960, 9 Apr 2012 | Read review
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