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Solitaire Lodge
Ranked #25 of 93 Hotels in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
St Ives, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Exceptional”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

The room and location both stunning. Incredibly friendly with great food and drinks. Marvellous excursions including helicopter trips directly from and returning to the hotel! Far better to stay here rather than Rotorua which is busy and very commercial. This place is a gem.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2011

Simply amazing... Wayne & Ingrid are the perfect hosts. The setting couldn't be more relaxing and the service was outstanding. Dave the Chef cooked us 5 star meals every night. Solitaire Lodge is a little piece of heaven!

  • Stayed December 2011
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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2011

Our expectations for Solitaire Lodge were high (partly based on these reviews), but we were blown away as we stepped into our room. A truly stunning view opened up in front of us.

After arriving late in the afternoon and settling in, we made our way to the lounge for the 7pm pre-dinner drinks, followed by an excellent 5-course dinner (we were absolutely stuffed).

This is possibly the best hotel we have ever stayed in. The service was excellent, particularly Graham's personal, ice-breaking fun touch.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2011

Located 20ks outside Rotoura Solitaire Lodge is a gem.
From Wayne’s warm welcome, mini tour guide around the property and Graham’s wine knowledge and Dave the chef mouth watering food to Ingrid’s breakfast makes Solitaire a perfect place for relaxation and rejuvenation.
The Waterfall Walk is a must for any visitor and if you can a helicopter trip to White Island and Mount Tarawera are also a must.
Nothing is too much of a problem for Wayne and his team.
The Lodge overlooks complete natural beauty, the website does not do this place justice (and it’s a good website!).
A must for anyone travelling around New Zealand.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2011

Very hospitable team who went the extra mile when the plane with two members of our party was diverted to Hamilton - transfer excecuted efficiently notwithstanding 3 hour delay. And a fine meal was served at 11pm to accoomodate the late arrivers. Nice place, great views.

  • Stayed May 2011
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4 Thank Accenter
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Additional Information about Solitaire Lodge

Property: Solitaire Lodge
Address: 16 Ronald Road | Lake Tarawera, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Rotorua
#19 Family Hotel in Rotorua
#20 Luxury Hotel in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€€€
Hotel Class:5 star — Solitaire Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 10
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 
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