City's venues earn travel site awards

By, Matthew Martin

Rotorua accommodation providers have rated highly in the recent Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice Top 25 Awards with eight establishments picking up 12 awards.

Destination Rotorua Marketing general manager Oscar Nathan said the awards were a great achievement for Rotorua as Trip Advisor was the world's largest online travel site with more than 60 million reviews by travellers all over the world.

"Word of mouth about an experience is really powerful," he said. "Congratulations to the accommodation providers who received awards, they should be very proud of the levels of customer satisfaction they are delivering."

Rotorua accommodation providers that had placings in the awards include Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort, Hamurana Lodge, The Regent of Rotorua, Solitaire Lodge, New Castle Motor Lodge, Mokoia Downs Estate, Rising Trout B&B; and Doolan's Country Retreat.

In the Travellers Choice Top 25 Small Hotels in the South Pacific there were two awards with Hamurana Lodge sitting at an impressive number eight and The Regent of Rotorua 14th.

The five-star boutique hotel has more than 300 "excellent" reviews on the Trip Advisor website.

Hamurana Lodge and The Regent of Rotorua also won awards in the Top 25 Small Hotels in New Zealand category, placing eighth and 14th respectively.

Solitaire Lodge also featured at 16th.

Rotorua's New Castle Motor Lodge gained spot number 20 in the Top 25 Bargain Hotels in New Zealand with Trip Advisor travellers commending the lodge saying it features "outstanding service, value and friendliness."

- Rotorua Daily Post

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