If you’re looking for hotel accommodation in Rotorua, you’re in the right place. We’ve sorted through all the accommodation listings and found you all 17 Hotels in Rotorua.
Luxury 5 Star Hotels in Rotorua
Pullman Hotel Rotorua
Opened in 2020, this is a genuine luxury 5-star hotel in Rotorua’s CBD. It’s well located, an easy walk to the lakefront or the shops and restaurants of downtown Rotorua. The fit-out is of a very high standard.
The lack of a swimming pool is a real shame in a town famous for its hot pools. In fact, this may be a deal-breaker for many families, as there are many other hotels in Rotorua with excellent swimming pools.
Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel Rotorua
Boutique luxury on the shores of Lake Rotorua, Black Swan is an excellent 5-star, small hotel with a private beach on Lake Rotorua. It has a beautiful pool and a day spa. Located well away from town, this hotel is more suited to couples looking for romance than families.
Quality 4 Star Hotels in Rotorua
Rydges Hotel Rotorua
Centrally located on Fenton Street halfway between the CBD lakefront and Whakarewarewa. This is an excellent location if you have a car, but otherwise, you have a walk of about 2km to town. Most people will take a taxi. This is an excellent affordable option for businesses looking for a conference location.
Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua is a nice hotel in a lovely spot. It’s a solid 4-star hotel located next door to the famous Polynesian Spa. A short walk from the center of town and the lakefront. Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua is an excellent option for couples, families, and business people.
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside Hotel
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside Hotel is perhaps the best-located hotel in Rotorua. It’s on the main lake frontage in the CBD. Right next to Rotorua’s main dining precinct (Eat Street). A large, well-established hotel from the Accor Group. Novotel is not quite as luxurious as Acors 5 Star Pullman Hotel. Still, Novotel is in a better location and has a pool, so it would be my pick. This is my favorite family hotel in Rotorua. It’s also great for couples and business travelers.
Holiday Inn Rotorua
Holiday Inn is a 4 star Rotorua hotel. Located next to Whakarewarewa, there is plenty of Geothermal excitement nearby. It’s well away from the CBD but is next to one of Rotorua’s main attractions. Perfect for families, there’s a great pool, and they make an excellent buffet breakfast.
Regent of Rotorua
Regent of Rotorua, a Boutique 4-star hotel, is in an excellent central location. A short walk from Eat Street and the lakefront in the heart of Rotorua’s CBD. Beautifully decorated rooms and a lovely pool make this an excellent option for couples or families. It’s a low rise, so it looks suspiciously like a really nicely renovated motel. But at the end of the day, they offer nice rooms for a reasonable price in an excellent location.
Princes Gate Historic Boutique Hotel Rotorua
Princes Gate is a Historic Boutique Hotel in Rotorua. The hotel was built in Waihi in 1897 from native Kauri timber. It was moved to Rotorua in 1917 and reassembled. Reopening in 1921 on the present site next to the Government Gardens, a short walk from the CBD. It’s a great location. The hotel has a very romantic feel in the premium rooms. Less so in the cheaper rooms, so choose carefully. Excellent old-world style and charm. Best for couples.
Quest Serviced Apartment Hotel Rotorua
Clean, modern well-priced studio 1 and 2 bedroom serviced apartments. Quest Rotorua Central Hotel is located at the business end of the CBD. Not near the lakefront, so expect a slightly longer walk than from some other locations. But this is an excellent option for anyone traveling to Rotorua. Quest apartments are popular with business people, and Quest Rotorua will be too. The 2 bedroom options are great for families. There’s no pool at Quest, but there are cooking and laundry facilities in the rooms.
Apollo Apartment Hotel Rotorua
It would be fair to say the Apollo Hotel will not be winning architecture awards. It does, however, have a nice pool. There’s no restaurant at Apollo. However, the Holiday Inn is a 2-minute walk away, and they have an excellent restaurant. It’s close to the famous Whakarewarewa geothermal park. This is cheap family accommodation in Rotorua, but it’s really not the place for a romantic weekend.
Copthorne Hotel Rotorua
This is an older 4-star hotel; frankly, it’s probably due for a renovation. It’s located towards Whakarewarewa, so a long walk to town but perfect if you have a car. The restaurant, bar, and lounge areas are excellent. It’s well priced, so it’s a good option for a company conference on a budget or NZ families traveling on the cheap. As long as your expectations match the price, most people should be happy enough in this hotel. It won’t be the highlight of your trip. They have a pool which will keep the kids happy.
Distinction Hotel Rotorua
A well-equipped 4-star hotel located a short walk from Whakarewarewa. It’s a drive to Rotorua CBD, but this is a good location. It’s a little older than some 4-star hotels in Rotorua but is well maintained. They have a nice pool. It’s great for families. Only the more expensive deluxe rooms have air-con, so choose your room carefully if that’s important to you.
Jet Park Hotel Rotorua
Jet Park Hotels are all well run, and this is no exception. It’s comfortable, clean and cheap. Aimed at the bottom end of the 4-star market. It has a pool, a restaurant, and a bar. It’s a little further from the waterfront than ideal but still within reasonable walking distance. The rooms are relatively cheaply furnished and not going to win any awards for interior design. But they have everything you need, including air conditioning. Most families will be happy enough. If this hotel was a car, it would be a Hyundai, cheap, reliable with lots of features for the price but not very luxurious. Great for families, not so suitable for a honeymoon or wedding anniversary.
VR Rotorua Lake Resort
VR Rotorua Lake Resort is a mid-range 4-star resort well away from Rotorua CBD. This is on the lake, but it’s in Mourea. Which is 15 minutes drive from Rotorua CBD. The rooms here are large and well maintained. It’s suitable for both families and couples. Quieter than the city center, they have tennis courts and a pool. And of course a restaurant and bar.
Cheap 3 Star Hotels in Rotorua
IBIS Rotorua Hotel
IBIS Rotorua advertises itself as a 3 star, and it is. But it is actually better than many 4 star hotels in Rotorua. Located right on the lakefront in the CBD next to Novotel. 1-minute walk to Eat Street. It has a restaurant, bar, and small but tastefully furnished rooms: no pool, but a great location.
Lake Rotorua Hotel
Advertised as a 4-star hotel, but to avoid being disappointed, you’d be better to think of it more as a sizeable 3-star motel. By all accounts, the beds are very comfy. But this is nowhere near the same class as Novotel or Holiday Inn. There’s no restaurant, but they do have a pool. I would describe it as comfortable, safe accommodation for families in Rotorua. You can have a great family holiday in Rotorua staying here, just don’t expect luxury or air conditioning. Oh, and you’ll need a car as it’s not really within walking distance of any tourist hotspots.
Hamurana Lodge Boutique Hotel Rotorua
Hamurana Lodge Boutique Hotel is a classic example of mid-1980s mock Tudor architecture. This former house converted to a small lodge only accepts guests over 12 years old. So maybe leave the kids at home if you’re coming here. It’s a stretch to call it a hotel. Perhaps a hotel of last resort?
Rotorua, or Roto Vegas as it’s known by most Kiwis, is a super popular holiday spot. Every school holiday or long weekend sees a flood of New Zealanders descend upon Rotorua for a family getaway or a romantic weekend away. It’s also a super popular venue for business conferences. Why do so many Kiwis flock to Rotorua? There are so many great activities, including some of the world’s best mountain biking and fly fishing. Spectacular scenery, popular adventure activities like the famous luge, the Zorb, and Rotorua Canopy Tours. As well as world-famous geothermal activity, with geysers boiling mud pools and natural hot springs everywhere.
International visitors flock here too. For all of the same reasons as Kiwis do, and to experience Maori culture. One thing all these visitors have in common is they need good quality accommodation in Rotorua.