We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Golden Glow Motel

253 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand
View all 12 deals
Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect total costs of the stay, including all taxes and fees known to our partners. Please see our partners for more details.
Payments made by partners impact the order of prices displayed. Room types may vary.
Traveller (63)
Room & Suite (2)
Dining (1)
Payments made by partners impact the order of prices displayed. Room types may vary.


#51 of 89 hotels in Rotorua
Offering spacious studios and family apartments with a private spa pool, Golden Glow Motel is a 5-minute walk from Rotorua Town where various shops and restaurants can be found. It offers free parking, free fast speed WiFi and a free shuttle from the bus station. Heated guest rooms have a kitchenette with a microwave, hot plates and a toaster. Each has a flat-screen TV with over 50 satellite channels. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and shower. A self-service guest laundry service is available and luggage storage is provided. Motel Golden Glow is a 10-minute walk from the Polynesian Spa and Lake Rotorua. It is a 15-minute drive from the Rotorua Regional Airport and a 20-minute drive from Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.
Read more
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Express check-in / check-out
Self-serve laundry
Valet parking
Non-smoking hotel
Show more
Room features
Seating area
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Show more
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Chinese
181Reviews3Q+A32Room tips
Traveller rating
  • 85
  • 54
  • 13
  • 10
  • 19
Time of year
Traveller type
  • More
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Nicole wrote a review Jul 2021
Hokitika, New Zealand3 contributions
Wouldn't bother staying here again. Pretty disgusting room. Holes in the walls, bed propped up on bricks,microwave not able to be used,light bulbs missing, windows in bathroom not able to be closed, curtains ripped.Everything felt very dirty and disgusting. Duvet had stains over it. We didn't even bother to get into the bed itself lucky we had some blankets in our vehicle. The only good 2 things would be the big spa bath and sky channels. But personally would much rather a clean room. Last but not least the unit above us was an absolute nightmare thumping around all night with music blearing we barely had any sleep. With the state of our room i dont know how this place can stay open an absolute dump.
Read more
Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Dont bother
See more room tips
dionb24 wrote a review May 2021
Auckland, New Zealand43 contributions6 helpful votes
The rooms are tired but clean. The working surfaces are very clean. Corners are dirty. Sheets and towels were good. There was a hole in the wall of the toilet with a poster over part of it. Spa was clean. Looked like it hasn't been painted in 20 years. Came back from dinner to discover a rat in the kitchen. We looked under the bed for the rat after it disappeared. There was a rat trap under the bed. The corner of the bed was propped. Up with an old computer. We left and were given a full refund.
Read more
Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Good parking for each unit
See more room tips
IncognitoGypsy wrote a review Mar 2021
Thames, New Zealand3 contributions2 helpful votes
I stayed at the Golden Glow motel on Monday and Tuesday night. I received a very warm welcome and was shown how to use everything. That was fabulous! The sheets didn't fit the beds. The throws appeared to be duvet covers and also didn't cover the beds. The towels provided for the bathroom were nice and clean. The towels provided for the spa were mismatched and stained. There was a seat by the spa that looked like it was an outside chair that needed a cushion. Just left bare. Even a fake plant would have been nice. There were leaves and some rubbish outside my room that were just left there. The room etc was clean. Just uncared for and no effort made to make it pretty. There was also no plug or complimentary bathroom items. Disappointed. I wouldn't stay there again.
Read more
Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
1 Helpful vote
Corinne Rogers-hall wrote a review Mar 2021
8 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed in the room with the spa. It was cozy. Beds were very comfortable. Fresh towels each morning. The staff members were lovely and polite. Motel is only walking distance to the central mall and food stores which is convenient. Enjoyed our stay
Read more
Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
muz111 wrote a review Feb 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Have stayed here 3 times and found it comfortable although a bit run down. This time on arrival we discovered at least half of the units were occupied by people placed there by the Government for emergency housing. After 4 hours my wife was so concerned for her safety we left and found another motel. We were not advised of the situation when booking and after travelling from Auckland were shocked but gave it a go. I paid for one night on arrival (instead of the 2 originally booked) and the owner REFUSED to refund any of my money. I will NEVER stay here again and would NOT recommend this motel to anyone. P.S. In future I will always ask if there are any emergency housing people staying at any motel or hotel I am thinking of staying at in New Zealand.
Read more
Date of stay: February 2021
Room Tip: Stay away.
See more room tips
1 Helpful vote
US$63 - US$105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
golden glow hotel
New ZealandNorth IslandBay of Plenty RegionRotorua DistrictRotorua
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Golden Glow Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Golden Glow Motel?
Nearby attractions include Rotofobia (0.8 km), Fancy Meow Cat Cafe (1.0 km), and Tamaki Māori Village (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Golden Glow Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a spa, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Golden Glow Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Golden Glow Motel?
Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Golden Glow Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include EL Mexicano Zapata Cantina, Ali Baba's Tunisian Cuisine, and Gelato Mio Ice Cream.
Is Golden Glow Motel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Rotorua.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Golden Glow Motel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Chinese.
Are there any historical sites close to Golden Glow Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Tamaki Māori Village (0.8 km), Te Puia (2.2 km), and Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village (1.9 km).
Is Golden Glow Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.