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Solitaire Lodge

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#22 of 92 Hotels in Rotorua
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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Payson, Arizona
Reviewed 27 March 2016

Everything about this lodge is done with care, and attention to detail and comfort! The staff couldn't have been nicer, more engaging or accommodating. We stayed in Room #3 and the views of the lake through floor-to-ceiling glass walls were lovely and peaceful. The linens were soft, and the blankets, fluffy towels and pillows plentiful. Our room had every imaginable...

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Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 25 March 2016

We stayed 3 nights in a family suite with full length living room and bathroom windows overlooking Lake Tarawera. Dawn and twilight were the best times to watch the light changing in the sky and swans with cygnets gliding across the lake below, with birdsong in the background. Days were spend kayaking on the lake, searching for nesting swans amongst...

Reviewed 11 March 2016

Solitaire was our first stop on a recent visit to New Zealand. What a fantastic way to start. Wayne, the owner is great and could not do enough for us. Our room in the main lodge was spectacular with astounding sweeping views. The food was outstanding with great breakfasts (the croissants are beyond delicious) and dinners were wonderful and the...

Thank Kenneth L
Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 3 March 2016

This was a happy landing after Auckland. Tucked away on Lake Tarawera, it's a destination in itself. Wish we had explored the lake more. We were in Room 5 which was large, floor to ceiling window wall, with balcony and view of the water. Felt spacious and airy. I think the better water views would have been on the other...

Thank Pauline T
Park City, Utah
Reviewed 28 February 2016

Beautiful setting, perched on a hill overlooking Lake Tarawera. Our room, number 5, was large and well furnished. There was a mostly private balcony which also looked out over the water. The staff was terrific and the food beyond fantastic. The only issue I might have with Solitaire is its isolation. The road, though paved, is very twisty turny. I...

1Thank Darryn T
Muskoka Lakes, Canada
Reviewed 25 February 2016

Just our luck we met up with friends from Canada who were staying at this luxury lodge at the same time we were in the area, very impromptu. We joined them for dinner and were overwhelmingly impressed by the gracious hospitality including knowledgeable insight from the owner about the area's history before being treated to a mouthwatering array of delightful...

Thank Carrie T
Newcastle upon Tyne
Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

Booked for lunch. Asked if we had any dislikes. Welcomed at door. A table and view to die for. Delicious entré of smoked salmon followed by steak cooked to perfection. My wife had the fish. All dishes with a subtle twist but not overpowering. Brûlée, coffee and wine. Most memorable for all the right reasons. Many thanks

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were travelling across NZ (both islands) for an entire month, staying in luxury lodges. The Solitaire website looked inviting, the Trip Advisor reviews were mostly excellent, so we had high expectations from this property. The location is really incredible with the rooms facing the lake. However dirty windows with spider webs, and a tinted layer on...

5Thank Laura B
Miami, Florida
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Totally enjoyed our three nights at Solitaire despite awful weather. The Solitaire Suite has amazing unobstructed views of the lake and historic volcano from both the living room and bedroom areas, with floor to ceiling windows and comfortable furnishings. Service was great - attentive and caring - and the dining was fantastic. Overall, an excellent lodge if staying in the...

Thank ajmia111
London, UK
Reviewed 15 February 2016

Solitaire is really a boarding house with public rooms decorated in a late 1950s UK style in various shades of beige. It has a nice terrace with tables and chairs resembling a pub garden but which could do with an overhaul. It does however have stunning views overlooking Lake Tarawera and the volcano of the same name. In short the...

1Thank Telex2U

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Minibar
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
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  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Solitaire Lodge Rotorua, one of the first New Zealand luxury lodges, offers secluded luxury accommodation and attentive hosting from a spectacular lakeside location.Styled with comfort in mind, all 10 luxurious suites feature panoramic views of the glassy lake and magnificent volcano through grand picture windows. The subtle design brings the outdoors in, inviting you to unwind and soak up the peace and quiet of this tranquil setting.Renowned for its fine dining, Solitaire lodge serves mouth-watering modern New Zealand cuisine prepared with fresh local produce and complemented by superb wines from selected vineyards. Engage in lively conversation with fellow guests in the lodge’s dining room, or choose an intimate dinner for two in your suite.Minutes from your doorstep you will discover secluded private bays, hot water beaches and natural thermal hot springs beckoning you to soak in. Feeling adventurous? Embark on a scenic helicopter ride over volcanic peaks, skim across the lake in a kayak or enjoy world-class trout-fishing. The lodge is also the perfect place to simply relax, indulge and rejuvenate, left in the able hands of your warm, friendly New Zealand hosts. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Solitaire Lodge

Address: 16 Ronald Road | Lake Tarawera, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Price Range: €890 - €1,353 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Solitaire Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 10
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Solitaire Hotel Rotorua
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Rotorua
#19 Family Hotel in Rotorua
#19 Luxury Hotel in Rotorua
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“We loved the Tarawera Suite”
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  • Lake Tarawera
  • In Suite (pardon my suitcase)
Lots_of_Baggage, 17 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Room number 4 has the tub on the deck. The others do not. We had room number 1 and loved it! Beautiful lake views!”
grassykey, 11 Mar 2017 | Read review
“great hotel in an amazing location”
platinoum, 4 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Rooms 1-3 have lake views (some of the others look at the lagoon). 2 and 3 are farther from the public terrace.”
KauaiRobin, 29 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Villa suite comfortable for family of 4”
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BH136, 16 Jan 2017 | Read review
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US$1,096* /night
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