Eli Orzessek is Travel's Digital Content Producer.

Staying at the Tuscany Villas, Rotorua

Eli Orzessek checks into the Tuscany Villas, Rotorua.
The Tuscany Villas, Rotorua.
The Tuscany Villas, Rotorua.

Getting there: My friend and I drove to Rotorua from Auckland. Located on Fenton St, Tuscany Villas - part of the Heritage Boutique Collection - was very easy to find.

Check-in experience: I jumped out of the car, had a quick chat to the friendly chap on reception and we were in our room with no delay. The office has a large stack of DVDs for guests to borrow and there were some fine films among them.

Room: A modest twin suite on the top level. All you really need for an overnight stay.

What's in the neighbourhood? Lots and lots of other hotels, motels and hostels mostly - Rotorua displays them all on the main drag. There are also plenty of fast food options nearby, as well as a Cobb & Co if you're looking to recapture some childhood nostalgia with a traffic light drink. It's a 15-minute walk, or a five-minute drive, to town.

Toiletries: Heritage Hotel branded bodywash, shampoo and conditioner.

Food and drink: The classic continental breakfast is delivered to your room.

The bed: Two single beds - nothing fancy, but all we needed for a bit of shut-eye before an early morning car show.

Bathroom: This is the drawcard - the bathroom contains a huge spa pool, great for weary travellers. It takes a while to fill, so do it in advance.

Free wi-fi? Yes, unlimited.

Noise: I slept quite well and didn't notice any noise, despite being on a main road.

Perfect for: Road-trippers, families, or couples.

- NZ Herald

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