The magnificent Cactus Kate has once more been treating us to the delights of a top class luxury hotel.
Sadly, we at No Minister don't have pockets quite so deep. We also tend to believe in fiscal prudence. So instead we offer the following taken from Anzac Weekend.
Bella Vista Motel: Part of a nationwide chain, the Bella Vista Rotorua seems one of their newer motels and is certainly much nicer than their effort in Invercargill, or was it Hanmer Springs, they are all so alike, it's easy to forget. Anyway, the Rotorua motel has free plug-and-play broadband. Compact rooms but clean and tidy. Comfortable queen beds and nice bedding but the beds too soft to be Heavenly, like those at The Westin. Cost a reasonable $115pn, especially as it was one of the few places with vacancies on Saturday. All the other chains were full.
Heritage Rotorua. Much better value and luxury for little more. I have an Entertainment Book, which would have afforded 50% off the Rack Rate- $117 for a standard room or $135 for a superior in the new block. B&B options were available on Sunday for $150 and $170 , so we had breakfast in a superior. Much nicer rooms with two king size beds, though like the Bella Vista, the tv was CRT, not flatscreen. Quite enjoyed some of the movies on Sky though. There was a minibar, but I much prefer to stock up in PakNSave beforehand and enjoy $10 bubbles. The buffet breakfast was okay but nothing flash. No mushrooms or poached eggs, but rice and spaghetti, in addition to the usual bacon and scrambled eggs, reflecting the internationl clientele.
Sited next to Whakarewrera Thermal Area, the Heritage has a pool and spa pool. Maori concerts take place nightly. But alas the pools did not have that distinctive Rotovegas smell, so lacked authenticity to me, even though the waters were warm.
Luke's Place, Hamilton. A select family hostelry in the rough suburb of Nawton. The mattress was ok but the room on Friday was freezing. Fortunately, the family cat snuggled between my legs like a lovely hot water bottle. I hope I didn't catch it's fleas. As it's Nawton, make sure you lock up your car. Cost, some groceries as my mate cooked dinner for his brother Luke this evening on the return leg.