Millennium Hotel Rotorua
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After a quick breakfast in Whitianga we head down the highway to Rotorua, through Te Puke, the kiwi fruit capital of the world (I'm sure you all knew that).
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Today was white water rafting! After getting up, making pancakes - which took forever because the rings in the hostel were **** - chilling at the pool, getting serenaded by some weird, crazy New Zealand half Indian boy singing classical music to us - he was clearly a very lonely individual but didn't do anything to help himself - it was time for rafting. We got picked up by Gordy from the hostel at half 12 and headed to the Kaituna River where we got our wetsuits and life jackets ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Ok hotel -- don't expect any frills
the millenium was OK -- it was pretty clean. the bed was not great and the shower curtain was filthy at the bottom -- but in general the room was OK. the location is quite convenient if you are planning on visiting the Polynesian Spa -- which is NOT like an American spa -- don't expect luxury. it is comparable to a motel 6 in the US.
A very average hotel in a convenient location. Poorly designed room - you enter virtually into the bathroom (basin area), the wardrobe is partly obscured by the bed rendering it barely usable. There are no seats suited to the balcony, which, if you have an outside room, can give a view (yes, the sulphur smell in the air can be overpowering). The gym had no operating airconditioning making it stifling. We (couple on business) would stay elsewhere next time.
Good value for money
Stayed here in September 2004 and it was the best hotel on my whole North Island trip.
The hotel is located at the heart of Rotorua.
The hotel doesn't look too beautifully on the outside, but in the inside it is very pretty. The rooms are spacious and equipped with Sat TV, Fridge (unfortunately not 100% silent), telephone, iron, alarm, and air-condition. The rooms are tastefully furnished. The bathroom is marbled and tasteful as well. The hotel was very clean the staff was friendly and helpful.
I stayed here for $135NZ per room per night. This is an excellent value for your money.
I would definitely stay in the Millenium again.
Stayed here for 2 nights in February. We arrived at about 9pm the first night. Check-in was very quick and efficient (we booked and paid in advance via Wotif). Our room was nice and big with tea / coffee facilities, so it was nice to have a cuppa after our long drive from Kerikeri. The buffet breakfast was fab - big choice. We didn't eat in the restaurant, but can recommend the Fat Dog Cafe's sandwiches (opens very early for those picnic supplies) and also the Pig and Whistle pub.
Wonderful hotel in the heart of Rotorua
The Millennium resort hotel in Rotorua was one of our favorites during our month long road trip in New Zealand. Service was outstanding, rooms were clean, spacious, and pleasant, and the location was great - just across from the spa area in Rotorua, and within easy walking distance of the town, as well.
Great family choice in Rotorua
This hotel is about as good as you'll get in Rotorua if you're travelling with a family. As the other reviews quite rightly mention, it isn't a US-style 4* hotel, but it is well furnished, efficient, clean, friendly and has a covered, warm and relatively large pool which is very kid-friendly.
The location is great, very close to the old Bath House (now the Rotorua Museum) and shopping/restaurants.
My recommendation if you have limited time, would be to avoid the hotel's cultural show in favour of one run at the Maori Cultural Centre by the geysers. Whilst the show at the hotel is fun, the setting by the pool isn't exacly authentic. The same type of show in a Maori meeting house puts it much more into context.
Everyone we met in Rotorua, both in the hotel and around the town was wonderfully friendly. Must be something to do with the amount of hydrogen sulphide they breath. It really does get on top of you after a couple of days and to be frank we were relieved to breath odourless air again when we left town.
Good overall choice
Having immigrated to New Zealand from the USA, I've been spending some time exploring this beautiful country. I've stayed at a few places in Rotorua (Rotovegas to the locals, due to the main street lined with small hotels and motor lodges - not the same as Las Vegas, though!). The Millennium is one of the top hotels and largely deserves this reputation. The staff are very professional and friendly (except one waitress who obviously needed antidepressants!), and the facilities are clean and spacious. The rooms, however, can tend to be a bit dated and worn at times. Also, several times friends have had "nonsmoking" rooms that were horribly smoky. The food is good, and the bar is a highlight that must be seen. Overall, the hotel is good, but you won't find it up to the same standard that you'd be used to with finer hotels in the USA, at least as far as "fit and finish" are concerned in the rooms. The rates are very reasonable, however, so I still think it's a good deal overall.
I don't think you can beat the location of this hotel in this price range. It was near shopping, grocery stores, restauants and the Polynisan spa. Just leave the car at the hotel.
There is a workout room that was had home "gym" equipment". Not sufficient if you are used to working out at "real gyms". The pool was nice but it closed for the supper shows at 6:30pm.
We had a lakeview room on the 5th floor which was lovely to come back to after a day of exploration.
Best hotel in Rotorua
I recently stayed at this hotel for a couple of nights and thoroughly enjoyed it..
There is a great bar area near the lobby and lovely restraunt aswell. The pool was great but the spa was soo hot you could only bare to stay in for 5 minutes or so!!
Location is wonderful, near shops and the polynesian thermal spas. The rooms were not overly spacious but well appointed and comfortable with separate shower & bath area to the mirror so one person can shower while not hogging the whole bathroom!!
I'd reccommend this to all!
I stayed at the Millennium Rotorua for two days in Dec 2003. The hotel was lovely, the staff very friendly and helpful. The location was within walking distance of the Lake and Government Gardens and across the street from the Polynesian Spa. Not far from most restaurants too.
The town isn't much to see but do go to the Spa!