© Rydges Rotorua

10 Best Hotels in Rotorua

© Rydges Rotorua

Where to Stay in Rotorua

So you’re looking for a place to stay in New Zealand’s coolest “hot spot”, a town rich in Maori culture, adventure activities and brimming with geothermal activity. Choose some of the city’s most premium accommodation by staying in the hotels in Rotorua. Sure, many hotels have similarities, for instance, spa baths or heated pools thanks to the readily available geothermal activity, but where they differ is in their cuisine, self-catering facilities, character, location and extra unique touches. We go through some of our favourites in this list of best hotels in Rotorua.

For alternative accommodation in Rotorua, see out 10 Best Motels in Rotorua or 10 Best Backpacker Hostels in Rotorua

1. Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

With an idyllic location on the shores of Lake Rotorua yet only a short walk from the city centre, Sudima Hotel combines convenience and luxury. Treat yourself at the on-site spa, do a few laps in the heated pool and enjoy the hotel’s nightly Maori concert and hangi. There are three rooms types to choose from, including Superior Rooms, Superior Plus and Family Rooms. Families may find services like babysitting useful, while foodies will love the Orareka Restaurant and Bar serving Kiwi dishes along with lake views.

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Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua© Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

2. Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Enjoy a pampered stay in the Deluxe Rooms and Club Rooms of the Millennium Hotel Rotorua, complete with a private outdoor spa pool. Alternatively, the Superior Rooms with the option of a lake view provide a more affordable option for solo travellers, couples and families. Downtime at the Millennium can be made up using the on-site spa, fitness centre, gym, pool or by wining and dining at the ultra-sleek Bar Zazu or casual Brasserie Poolside Restaurant. The Millennium also has a fine dining venue, Restaurant Nikau.

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Millennium Hotel Rotorua© Millennium Hotel Rotorua

3. Rydges Rotorua

Boasting some of the largest hotel rooms in Rotorua, Rydges Rotorua certainly provides ample space for couples, families and business travellers. The 4.5-star hotel has 135 guestrooms, 95 of which features a spa bath. The central meeting point of the hotel is in the airy Atrium Restaurant, which serves crowd-pleasers, as well as a grill menu and free meals for kids staying at the hotel. Other amenities at the hotel include a bar, gym and conference rooms.

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Rydges Rotorua© Rydges Rotorua

4. Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

Stay in a contemporary 4.5-star hotel in the heart of Rotorua. While the Novotel Rotorua Lakeside is only moments away from Rotorua’s dining precinct, Eat Street, it offers a fabulous bar and restaurant with a lake-view terrace. As for the rooms, relax in the earthy-toned interior with large picture windows allowing natural light to fill the room. The hotel offers three types of suites and five types of studios, from simple City View or Lake View King Rooms to luxurious Suites with corner rooms available, an espresso machine, pillow menu, audio docking station, ensuite with spa bath and more. Extra facilities at the Novotel include a fitness centre, babysitting and an indoor heated pool.

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Novotel Rotorua Lakeside© Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

5. Prince’s Gate Hotel

The Prince’s Gate Hotel oozes with elegance and class. If you’re not popping in for their acclaimed high tea, then at least stay in one of only 50 luxury rooms and suites with traditional decor, luxurious bathrobes, Sky TV and some with a kitchenette. In true Rotorua style, guests have access to thermally heated pools, as well as a private hot pool and sauna. Find time to dine at The Dukes Bar and Restaurant with modern European meals, a Taste Indigenous New Zealand degustation experience, and high tea in the afternoons. For more accommodation like this, see 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Rotorua.

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Prince's Gate Hotel© Prince's Gate Hotel

6. Regent of Rotorua

Another fabulous design-driven hotel in Rotorua is the Regent of Rotorua. This 4.5-star hotel is conveniently located in central Rotorua and offers a chic and contemporary style from its furnishings to its food. Choose from a range of rooms from the intimate Cutie Room for couples or solo travellers to the spacious Two-Bedroom Executive Suite with designer furniture. A stay here includes WiFi, access to an outdoor heated pool, a private mineral pool, a mini gym, lounge and wine bar, as well as the Regent Room restaurant serving sharing plates and tapas.

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Regent of Rotorua© Regent of Rotorua

7. Jet Park Hotel Rotorua

What we love about the Jet Park Hotel is how extremely catered to each traveller type the hotel is. The Standard Double rooms are a fantastic economy option for couples or for solo travellers seeking their own space, while the Family Room comes with age-appropriate toys and pillows for the little ones. Those seeking luxury or a bit of pampering will love the Executive Suite with a corner spa bath and fluffy robes or get that home-away-from-home experience in the Apartment, ideal for a long stay. Facilities at Jet Park include free car parking, free WiFi, children’s indoor and outdoor play areas, spa, swimming pool, bike wash and storage, and boutique cafe. See more recommendations like this in our 10 Best Family Accommodation in Rotorua.

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 Jet Park Hotel Rotorua© Jet Park Hotel Rotorua

8. Holiday Inn Rotorua

Located near the Redwoods Forest and a short drive from many of Rotorua’s attractions, the Holiday Inn Rotorua is a convenient hotel option for making the most out of the tourist attractions. It’s a great value option for families where kids stay and eat for free, while couples and groups of friends will have no qualm with the simple yet fresh Standard, Superior and Deluxe Rooms. Visitors who are into sports will appreciate the on-site gym, heated swimming pool, spa and mountain biking facilities. There is free car parking, while guests without a car can make use of the complimentary shuttle service into the town centre.

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Holiday Inn Rotorua© Holiday Inn Rotorua

9. Best Western Braeside Rotorua & Conference Centre

Located in a leafy suburb of Rotorua, the Best Western Braeside makes a great retreat from the day’s adventures and is within walking distance of attractions like the Skyline Gondola and Rainbow Springs. The hotel offers a range of facilities including a heated outdoor swimming pool, spa area, minigolf, children’s playground a games room and a trout stream for fishing. You can pick up food from the on-site Brook Bar & Bistro. As for accommodation, all rooms have a kitchenette, while some rooms have a private hot tub, a stream view and a balcony.

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Best Western Braeside Rotorua & Conference Centre© Best Western Braeside Rotorua & Conference Centre

10. Wai Ora Lakeside Resort

Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort is the place to unwind, rejuvenate and indulge in Rotorua, boasting a fabulous day spa and an award-winning restaurant. There are two room options, either the Deluxe Room which opens up onto the resorts swimming pool or the Superior Suite with a private balcony and double Jacuzzi bath. Contemporary fine dining can be experienced at the award-winning Mokoia Restaurant which serves Pacific Rim cuisine, as well as grill dining. For more resorts like this, see 10 Best Accommodation in Rotorua for Foodies.

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WaiOra Lakeside Spa Resort© WaiOra Lakeside Spa Resort


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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